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One of the most common, if not the top, drawback in buying an Android-powered tablet would be the shortage of apps in the Market. That is, of course, compared to the number of apps for iPad. In response, most tablets come with built-in apps, but it has to be said that the number of third-party apps in the Market has steadily increased, with Android’s growth potential rising by the minute. Six months after the release of Motorola Xoom, the first Honeycomb tablet, here are some recent app releases for social networking, productivity, and reading that are spicing up the platform….

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While Android is indeed becoming more and more popular by the minute, it still isn’t the platform businesses rely on for their mobile needs. BlackBerry, because of their robust security services, remains the top dog in this arena. Google is slowly but surely changing that though, and it’s been busy baking in a lot of enterprise-friendly features in recent updates. If you want Android to serve both your personal and business needs, it’s time you visit your IT manager (and do some gentle arm-twisting) to make them see the light. Here are a few tips to make your Android a…

My personal favorite app for the Android platform, the TouchDown Microsoft Exchange client by NitroDesk.com, is getting a whole slew of new features – many of which are tied to the new Android 2.0 system we see on the Motorola DROID. I’ve been testing the latest beta builds of the TouchDown client and have put together a video that highlights both new and old features of the application, which I consider to be the best Exchange client available on any smartphone platform.  The new Android 2.0-specific text to speech and speech to text features are quite cool, but the new…

NitroDesk have updated their Exchange client with push support for Android to its third generation. Back at the end of March we brought you news about its launch, but the newer version has “Full ActiveSync support, the ability to instantly and automatically synchronize changes made to the Exchange Personal address book into the Android phone book, and support for setting peak hours to specify when to automatically check for changes to Exchange data.” One of the more appealing aspects to the updated version includes automatic and continuous one-way synchronization of contacts from the server to the user’s device. This way,…

For many a business user, the thing that has kept them from considering the Android platform is the lack of solid, and complete, Exchange support.  One of the early Exchange client makers for Android, NitroDesk, has just announced that it has released the production version of its push-capable Exchange client to the Android Market. In addition to the push support for contacts, appointments, and email, the new version of TouchDown also supports PIN code security and support for a remotely initiated wipe of the device – in case it gets lost or stolen. People interested in the app can download…

Today, we were able to get an interview with Goutham Sukumar from NitroDesk, the developer of TouchDown. As many of our viewers already know, TouchDown is one of the first Exchange clients for Android, a necessity for many smartphone users today.  In this interview Goutham talks a bit about his history as a developer and his thoughts on Android development.  You can see our initial report on TouchDown here. You can read the interview after the jump.

NitroDesk, a company that specializes in web-services, has just released TouchDown – the first Microsoft Exchange client for the Android OS. TouchDown, unlike other released exchange services for Android, will allow users to access their email, contacts, and calendar information on their Exchange servers. NitroDesk assures users that TouchDown is secure, and that the TouchDown will be the only application necessary to ensure the process on both the mobile and server-side. In addition to allowing users to fetch data from the server, TouchDown also allows users to set their devices to periodically check for updates. TouchDown is currently available direct…