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The latest Android news, developments, comments and apps involving Google's embedded mobile platform that now features in smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, cameras, watches and some other rather unexpected places.

Written by Alun Williams, it covers the full Android range, from automotive news and Bluetooth Smart to video and wearable technology, via Intel, mobile payments, NFC, Samsung and Sony. Additionally, we have in-depth guides to Android Advertising ID, BlueDroid, Bluetooth GATT Services, Security Enhanced Android, the Android Sensor Manager, Eclipse, and Android Native Development.

It has a particular focus on development and the electronics industry, covering such areas as development boards and detailed electronics components, such as processors, wireless modules, sensor modules, touchscreens and SOCs.

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What is… Android Runtime (ART)?

Back in June, at the Google I/O event, Google heralded the next major version of Android. While the Material Design UI change grabbed a lot of attention, another important development was also flagged…

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Reteneo Puck transmits Android-compatible beacon platform

The Reteneo Puck beacon platform is described as a stripped-down Android (and iOS) compatible beacon platform, running on a $15 per month subscription model.

A Beacon? It uses Bluetooth Smart to advertise its presence to passing smartphones, with advertising and marketing often in mind…

Reteneo says it allows multiple…

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Google Play Services 6.1 begin rolling out

Google has begun rolling out Google Play services 6.1, to support the “newest features from Google”. These can be thought of as the core Google functionality made available across a variety of different Android versions…

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Mobile chipset firm MediaTek powers Android One

Google is partnering with mobile chipset firm MediaTek to encourage manufacturers to bring lower cost Android smartphones to market, writes Richard Wilson.

The Android One smartphone design is targeted at what Google terms “super-midmarket”, in emerging markets such as India.

The first set of Android One devices features MediaTek…

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Comment: Droidcon London 2014 sees Android come of age

As the countdown to Droidcon London 2014 begins, for Europe’s largest grassroots Android developer event, Kevin McDonagh - CEO of Novoda and a joint organiser of Droidcon London - hails Android’s transition to market leader…

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Android Wear to support offline music playback

Just read a post on the Official Android blog (“News and notes from the Android team”) about some promised future updates to Android Wear – and saw this nice breakdown of four new or imminent wearable devices (watches…

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