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December, 2011  // Posts published in December, 2011

31 Dec Posted by in Android News | Comments

Jared’s top apps of 2011

 

Android Central

Applications come and go on a daily basis, some for testing purposes, others because they are new and shiny and well I think I have to have them.

Only a few applications make the daily use category, so hit the break to find out which those are!

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31 Dec Posted by in Android News | Comments

Jared’s top apps of 2011

 

Android Central

Applications come and go on a daily basis, some for testing purposes, others because they are new and shiny and well I think I have to have them.

Only a few applications make the daily use category, so hit the break to find out which those are!

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31 Dec Posted by in Android News | Comments

The top Android news of 2011

Happy New Year!

So here we are, in the final hours of 2011. (And to those of you who have crossed the threshold already, happy new year!) It was certainly the busiest 365 days of Android we’ve seen yet — and we’re willing to bet 2012 gets even crazier.

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31 Dec Posted by in Android News | Comments

And the winner of the Sonos prize pack is …

Sonos prize pack

Drumroll, please.The winner of the Sonos End of Year Rockin’ Giveaway, with prizes including a Sonos Play:3 and a Play:5 as well as a brand new Kindle Fire is….

Congratulations, Joe! We had tons of entries, and you were chosen as the big winner through a random drawing. We will contact you shortly to get your shipping information. For everyone else that entered but didn’t win, keep entering! We have contests every week, and you can’t win if you don’t enter. Big thanks to the Sonos team for sponsoring the contest!

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31 Dec Posted by in Android News | Comments

Report puts LG-Intel relationship on track with Android at CES

Android Central

Back in October we got word that in 2012 we’ll be seeing versions of Android optimized to run on Intel chipsets. Word out of Korea is that the first smartphones running on them, will be made by LG and on show for the world to see at CES.

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31 Dec Posted by in Android News | Comments

HTC EVO Design 4G and Hero S kernel source released

HTC Hero S and EVO Design

HTC has released the kernel source for the EVO Design 4G, and its US Cellular cousin, the HTC Hero S.  The specific version is 2.6.35 for Gingerbread, which is the current kernel running on the devices.  Having kernel source opens up some ridiculously cool mods and hacks, and the development community should have plenty of fun with this.  This means that we’ll all be having fun shortly after.  If you’re an interested developer, hit the link below and grab some code.

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31 Dec Posted by in Android Tablets | Comments

MID M709 4GB Google Android 2.2 7" Touch Tablet PC Silver

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31 Dec Posted by in Blog | Comments

Chinese vendors form alliance to battle Apple and other patent predators

Handset makers in China have formed an alliance to prepare for possible patent battles with Apple, Microsoft and Nokia. Coolpad, Konka, TCL, ZTE and Lenovo were among the companies named in a report by DigiTimes on Friday. The number of lawsuits filed in China is expected to increase as Microsoft, Nokia and Apple try to increase market share there, the report says. Nokia has already filed patent infringement suits against several Chinese phone makers and Microsoft has gone after Huawei to try to secure a patent licensing deal. Huawei responded to Microsoft’s threats in early November and explained that it has 65,000 patents worldwide. “We have enough to protect our interests,” Huawei Devices chief marketing officer Victor Xu said. “We are a very important stakeholder in Android.” Each of the Chinese companies reportedly has a large patent portfolio and, combined, they could create enough of a force to stave off at least some of the patent-related lawsuits that have plagued other companies.

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31 Dec Posted by in Blog | Comments

Looking back at 2011: iPhone 4S and Galaxy Nexus cap off the year of the smartphone

Despite numerous lofty predictions from analysts and market watchers, 2011 wasn’t the year of the tablet. Not by a long shot. Apple’s iPad 2 continued to sell well this past year but among dozens of rivals, only a handful of tablets managed to garner even the slightest interest from consumers. No, 2011 was the year of the smartphone. Global smartphone penetration is now approaching 10% and in the United States, nearly half of all cell phone users own smartphones. While smartphones proliferated all year long, 2011 would save the best for last: at the start of the fourth quarter, Apple launched its latest iPhone handset and as the year drew to a close, Verizon and Samsung released the Galaxy Nexus.

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31 Dec Posted by in Blog | Comments

Verizon blames IP Multimedia Subsystem for 4G LTE outage

Verizon Wireless was the first major carrier to launch its super fast 4G LTE network in the United States. Being the first comes with its fair share of problems, however. Earlier this week Verizon’s 4G LTE network suffered its third major outage in the month of December. In an interview with GigaOM, Verizon Wireless vice president of Network Engineering Mike Haberman responded with:

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