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The latest news and developments around Android, Google's embedded mobile platform featuring in smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, cameras, watches and some other unexpected places...

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Security: Android extends checks of application integrity

Google is responding to increased security concerns around Android by extending its checks for harmful apps on a device.

It says it adding to its general “service layer” for “further fortifying your Android phone or tablet”. Specifically, it is giving the option for the system to continually check your device…

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Nikon Coolpix S810c snaps Android

Nikon is releasing another Android-based camera, the Coolpix S810c (a successor to the Coolpix S800, announced in August 2012).

The Wi-Fi and Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) support is to allow the quick uploading of images to social networking sites, cloud services, and the like.

With a…

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LG’s Android Wear-based G Watch priced at £180 for UK

LG is to charge £180 in the UK for its first Android-powered smartwatch, the G Watch, and the device will go on sale in July, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The announcement was apparently made at the company’s UK showcase in Weybridge, and is the first indication of UK…

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Twitter takes Cover for Android focus

The battle for the Android home screen continues a-pace.

In a sharpening of Twitter’s mobile focus, it has bought the start-up Cover, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The company makes a (beta) app that lets you determine which applications are shown on the home screen depending on…

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Google’s Android TV coming soon…

Hot on the heels of Amazon releasing it’s Android-based set-top box, Amazon Fire TV, Google is anticipated to do the same with Android TV (as distinct from the Google TV launched a few years ago, not very successfully).

The story comes the Verge.com – Exclusive: this is…

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KitKat takeup doubles – Android in April

Statistics, of course, can be twisted in all sorts of ways. And to say Android “KitKat” takeup doubled in April sounds dramatic, but we are talking about a low-base for the newest version of Android…

Google has published its latest platform stats – based on active Android devices interacting with…

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Amazon tunes Android for Fire TV video streaming

Amazon’s fork of Android – known as Fire OS (the “Mojito” version, to be precise) - is what powers the new video streaming hardware Amazon Fire TV.

It’s Amazon’s first attempt at TV hardware, supporting 720p and 1080p output, and it runs on a quad-core Qualcomm Krait 300…

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Google clarifies app policies for Google Play

Google has updated its developer policies for Google Play, with a general thrust of greater clarity on app behaviour, in terms of advertising, in-app payments and system modifications.

As well as adding an App Promotion policy, and a new provision for disclosing in-app payments behind any app feature…

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Android Jobs roundup… Car connectivity; NFC; Software Engineer

Time once more for our look at career opportunities in the Android area. In other words, looking at the Electronics Weekly Jobs service, what vacancies are available for those with some expertise of the Google embedded platform?

How about this permanent, full-time software engineer position based in Cambridge related…

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