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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.

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Microchip releases Android-friendly Bluetooth starter kit

Microchip has announced a PIC32 Bluetooth starter kit, writes Steve Bush, which includes a microcontroller, Bluetooth radio, leds, accelerometers, a temperature sensor, and push buttons. On board, a PIC32MX270F256D runs at 83DMips with 256kbyte flash and 64kbyte RAM, and includes USB, I2S/SPI, capacitive touch sensing and an 8bit parallel…

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Microsoft enters Sharks Cove for Intel-based driver development

Should flag this one for the record. Microsoft, and Intel and CircuitCo, have announced (for pre-order) Sharks Cove, a Windows-compatible devboard for developers to build and test drivers. See DevBoard Watch: Microsoft swims into Sharks Cove with Windows dev board. Why mention it on an Android blog? The…

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MediaTek True Octa-core SoC opens way to Android 64-bit era

According to Gabriel Treiband, v-p corporate marketing Europe at MediaTek, the company’s  highest performance smartphone chip, a 64-bit True Octa-core system-on-chip, opens the way to the Android 64-bit era. The MT6795 Octa-core SoC runs at 2.2GHz and will be used in…

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Unlock your phone by just picking it up with NFC

Keeping an eye on Android and NFC, this one looked interesting. Adafruit looks at how you can use NFC to automatically unlock your phone simply by picking it up. Note, however, they say you will need to jailbreak the phone to get it to read NFC from the lockscreen… They…

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AMD embraces ARM for Android

Called Project SkyBridge, AMD plans next year to introduce the first pin-compatible ARM and x86 processors, writes Richard Wilson. The 64-bit ARM variant will be based on the ARM Cortex-A57 core, and it will also run Android. The x86 variant will feature next-generation Puma+ microprocessor cores…

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