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Entertainment Weekly magazine includes Android-toting display

Entertainment Weekly magazine includes Android-toting display

There's a limited edition Entertainment Weekly magazine out there in the wild right now that contains no less than a fully functional Android smartphone. This Android device is being utilized as an advertisement, with its components spread out apart across a page that works with its tiny 2.3-inch display as an interactive experience. This device has been discovered to essentially be a cut-apart ABO 810, a budget smartphone running Android 2.2 FroYo and costing right around $40 USD if you buy one yourself.

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Tablets: an Android 2011 Retrospective

Tablets: an Android 2011 Retrospective

When the year 2011 is looked back upon by the Google historians, they'll mark it as the first time they officially made an effort to bring the Android platform to devices with displays larger than handheld smartphones - what we saw, as a result, was everything from the XOOM to the ASUS Transformer Prime. The folks at Google created a version of their mobile operating system Android titled Honeycomb and numbered version 3.0. This operating system began its life in the wild on the Motorola XOOM, a 10.1-inch tablet that by the end of the year would be replaced by the XYBOARD, a tablet which physically in weight and thickness to the iPad 2 - the dominant force in the tablet space throughout the vast majority of this past year.

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Sphero smartphone-controlled robotic ball Hands-on with CEO Paul Berberian [Video]

Sphero smartphone-controlled robotic ball Hands-on with CEO Paul Berberian [Video]

Remote controlled cars have come a long way in just a few short decades, and here in Orbotix' Sphero we've got the new benchmark for awesome. This device is indeed a sphere with bright lovely lights inside of it that can be controlled with a variety of smartphone-based apps that you can run on either your iPhone or your Android handset. And what's mot than that, you can use your iPad, your iPod Touch, and essentially any variety of Android device to make this ball go - all you need are the official apps and bluetooth connectivity. What we got to see this week, courtesy of the CEO of the group that's created this lovely device, Paul Berberian, is a hands-on experience with the near-final product in all its glory.

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Netflix now supports all Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices

Netflix now supports all Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices

Netflix has just updated its mobile app to support all Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.3 Gingerbread devices. Until now, the app has only supported a very limited selection of Android devices with the last update to version 1.3 expanding support from 9 to 24 devices. The update today will finally bring Netflix app support to almost all Android devices.

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Virgin Mobile Takes on T-Mobile AT&T Merger with Sexy Sparah Party Video

Virgin Mobile Takes on T-Mobile AT&T Merger with Sexy Sparah Party Video

It's time for Virgin Mobile's "Sparah" to take on T-Mobile and AT&T in an advertisement that not only paints the stark white backgrounds of T-Mobile, AT&T, Apple, and etcetera commercials black, they take T-Mobile and AT&T's characters down with them. Sparah is the name of Virgin Mobile USA's summer 2011 marketing campaign, one in which two supposed complete strangers have been lifted from obscurity to be manufactured into a celebrity couple to promote Virgin Mobile - Spencer Falls and Sarah Carroll. Apparently they're very popular and everyone in the celebrity world hates them or loves them or some combination of the two - now they're coming down on T-Mobile and AT&T with some sweet video action.

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LG Flip II Android Dual Screen Slider Smartphone for T-Mobile Revealed

LG Flip II Android Dual Screen Slider Smartphone for T-Mobile Revealed

While this isn't the first time we've heard of such a device, this is the most detail we've had in photos. What we've got here is a dual-screen slider smartphone device made by LG, utilizing some form of Android, and carried by T-Mobile. This device will most than likely use its lower smaller touchscreen to hold a drawer of apps along with whatever else developers find themselves developing into the platform. According to a leaked T-Mobile roadmap discovered back in May, this device will be released on the pink carrier by September 14th, 2011.

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TAG Heuer LINK Released as Swiss Luxury $6700 Android Handset

TAG Heuer LINK Released as Swiss Luxury $6700 Android Handset

There comes a time in every mobile OS's life when someone makes a device for it that's so luxurious that only Kanye West will own one. You've got your Galaxy S II our there right now for over $600 if you want it in the USA right this moment, but how about if you want to drop over $6k? How about speaking with Swiss watchmakers TAG Heuer? They've got a device coming out that's called the LINK - made of 316L Stainless steel, Gold, Diamonds, Black PVD, Titanium, Rubber, Calfskin leather, Carbon leather, Alligator and Lizard skin, ringing in at 4700€, aka $6700 USD.

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Samsung/AT&T Event, Infuse 4G Announced [Update: Available May 15]

Samsung/AT&T Event, Infuse 4G Announced [Update: Available May 15]

We're here at the Samsung AT&T event, and the big announcement is...the Samsung Infuse 4G. Philip Berne has called this phone "remarkably light", weighing less than the Nexus S, even with a screen that's half an inch larger, and with a bigger battery. Plus, it has that stunning, tear-inducing Super AMOLED Plus display that we love so much on the Droid Charge. If AT&T can get this on the market super quick, they might be the first to do so.

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DROID Charge Review

DROID Charge Review

Verizon Wireless' first 4G LTE smartphone, the HTC ThunderBolt, paved the way for ultra high-speed handsets, which could double as useful mobile hotspots. Unfortunately it had a heavy thirst, too, giving us a few hours of LTE glee before expiring. The second 4G phone to the network, the Verizon DROID Charge by Samsung, has several challenges then: deliver the same blistering speed but with all-day battery life. This is no ThunderBolt facsimile, though, with the same 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display that we fell in love with from the Samsung Galaxy S II. So, second-time the charm, or 4Get about it? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Google Doodle Ice Cream Sundae Lends to Android Rumor

Google Doodle Ice Cream Sundae Lends to Android Rumor

Well it's that time again, as it's been more and more often over at the Google Pod, for them to honor another event in their loving "Doodle" way. This time it's in honor of the 119th anniversary of the first documented ice cream sundae. That's all well and good - but isn't that sort of an odd number of years to celebrate? We think so, and Android Community thinks so - so what's the REAL deal? We're banking on the next version of Android being called Ice Cream Sundae.

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