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As our friendly neighborhood search giant extends its tentacles, drawing together more and more useful functionality, you may well wonder if you can manage without Google. Would a lack of support for Google services be enough to turn you off a mobile platform?

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Let me begin by saying welcome to the family. You have your first Android device! I don’t know what you had before this, but since this is your first Android, we’ll cover a few things to get you started. It may seem a little daunting, this awesome new operating system, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll never want another.

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There is so much good stuff in the Android universe. We have amazing phones, tons of apps and games, and the best operating system around. Even with all that awesome at our fingertips, we are still looking to Android’s future.

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  From all of us here at Android Authority, we hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season. Being the time of year that it is, we have just a short, roughly 30 minute show for you this week, covering a few top topics from the past few days. On the Google Ecosystem front, Google Play released their top apps of 2012. According to Google, these apps really make Android shine. They are the best apps available for your favorite Android tablet or smartphone.  While some some launched this past year, others received updates offered great utility, beauty and accessibility. Next up…