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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...

Ice Cream Sandwich

Motorola's Intel-based Android smartphone due in October

Motorola Mobility has launched the Motorola RAZR i smartphone which has a 2GHz Intel Atom as its media processor, writes Richard Wilson. The new RAZR will be available in October in certain European markets including the UK, France and Germany. It runs Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” (upgradeable to…

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Jelly Bean remains a small Android stat

A stick often used to beat Android is the fragmentation of the OS across various devices. And in particular, the slowness with which new platform updates emerge across the market. Take, for instance, the latest monthly stats from Google that show an uptake of 1.2% for its latest and…

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Android-on-a-stick promises flexible media player

Thanks to our technology editor, Steve Bush, for flagging these – I haven’t actually seen Android-on-a-stick devices before, but it seems they are quite a plenty… Check out TrustedReviews and their examination of a Rikomagic MK802, which runs Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” from a memory…

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Sony Walkman goes Android

Those of a certain age – a pre-iPod era – will recall Walkmans as the definitive mobile music device. Worth pausing just a short while then, to note a little Sony landmark. TechRadar is reporting that a new flagship Walkman, the F800, runs on Android 4.0… Jools Whitehorn writes: The…

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Samsung goes open source with Galaxy S3

Credit where credit is due – Samsung has taken the decision to open source its version of Android 4.0 (“Ice Cream Sandwich”), the code it runs inside Galaxy S3 smartphones, reports The Inquirer. Lawrence Latif writes: Samsung has released 180MB of source code for Samsung Galaxy S3 units with the…

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Google polishes Chrome browser for Android

Google is bringing its Chrome browser to Android three and a bit years since the browser’s launch (yes, it will be in beta)…

On the Google Mobile blog, the company writes:

Today, we’re introducing Chrome for Android Beta, which brings many of the things you’ve come to…

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Windows 7 gets a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich

Maybe taking things too far, but a bit of fun for a Friday… The Inquirer is highlighting the committed work of one Android fan – Flickr user 9davidandreas has overhauled the look of his Windows 7 machine to match the mobile OS (Ice Cream Sandwich flavour). See his ICS Desktop above…

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich gets NFC stack

Inside Secure’s latest version of its open-source NFC protocol stack for the Google Android 4.0 release, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, writes Richard Wilson.

Available for download from the open Near Field Communication (NFC) website, the open NFC version 4.3.3 for Google Android 4.0 is…

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