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Ice Cream Sandwich grows 50% in latest Android platform stats

Ice Cream Sandwich grows 50% in latest Android platform stats

Google has released the latest breakdown of Android versions, with Ice Cream Sandwich continuing its slow penetration into handsets while Jelly Bean remains fledgling at best. The figures, based on active Android devices using the Play store within the past two weeks, confirm that 2.3 Gingerbread remains the most commonly used version of the open-source OS, with over 60-percent of installs.

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Virgin Mobile aims at entry-level with $79.99 PCD Chaser

Virgin Mobile aims at entry-level with $79.99 PCD Chaser

If you're still rocking a flip phone and want to make the jump to a smarter category, then Virgin Mobile might have the inexpensive phone that'll help ease the transition. It today announced the PCD Chaser, costing just $79.99 without a contract commitment that can be used on the network’s unlimited $35 a month plans. The Chaser comes with a 3.2-inch screen, 800Mhz processor, and a 3-megapixel camera, all running on Android 2.3, Gingerbread.

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Orange San Diego Review

Orange San Diego Review

It’s taken a long time for Intel’s smartphone plans to come to fruition. The company has demoed its processors in mobile devices at several CES events in the past, but has struggled to bring them to market. This year, however, Intel came prepared, announcing a partnership with several manufacturers and carriers that would see Intel’s Medfield platform finally making its way into consumers hands. The first phone was the Lava Xolo X900, released in India in May, while the United Kingdom has been graced with the Orange San Diego, previously known as the Santa Clara. So, how does the pairing of Intel and Android hold up? Find out after the jump.

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Vodafone Smart II offers Android on a budget

Vodafone Smart II offers Android on a budget

If you’re desperate for a capable smartphone running Android but don’t want to break the budget, Vodafone might just have the handset for you. The company has announced the followup to last year’s cheap and cheerful Vodafone Smart, the Smart II. The phone has a 3.2-inch HVGA display, an 800Mhz processor, and a 3.2 megapixel camera. You won’t be getting Ice Cream Sandwich on a budget though, as this device is running Gingerbread.

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Sony Xperia U Review

Sony Xperia U Review

Sony pushed the Xperia S out of the door back in March, but the Xperia P and Xperia U have lagged behind a little in making it to market. Both of those devices are finally with us, and just like HTC, Sony seems to be banking on three phones hitting different price brackets to try and jump start its smartphone career. The Xperia U may be the cheapest in the NXT line, but it does have some solid specs: a dual-core 1Ghz processor, 854x480 3.5-inch screen, and five megapixel camera. How does it hold up? Find out after the jump.

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OpenSignalMaps finds nearly 4,000 versions of Android

OpenSignalMaps finds nearly 4,000 versions of Android

If you look at all the different ways people can modify their Android software and all the various kinds of hardware and operating systems, do you know how many different platforms you'll find? Apparently, there are nearly 4,000 "distinct" Android devices in the wild right now. You read that right - four thousand. You think iOS has that many?

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