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Nokia N8 clone runs Android, sheds megapixels

Nokia N8 clone runs Android, sheds megapixels

Nokia continue to insist that they have no plans to ditch Symbian or MeeGo in favor of Android, and so we'll have to get our Google/Finn crossover kicks in unofficial ways.  Chinese firm iZiNN has cloned the Nokia N8 and slapped a copy of Android 2.1 on their copy, the CJ-3; it lacks the original's 12-megapixel camera (making do with just 5-megapixels) but does keep the HDMI output and 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen.

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AT&T Motorola Sage spotted in wild

AT&T Motorola Sage spotted in wild

Someone needs to call Motorola and let them know that umpteen versions of pretty much the same hardware isn't good enough to win our hearts.  The company's latest Android smartphone, the Motorola Sage, has leaked out in picture form to Engadget, and it's yet another entry- to mid-tier device with a 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen and MOTOBLUR.

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Android Facebook app gets much-needed upgrade

Android Facebook app gets much-needed upgrade

Facebook for Android always felt like the ugly-sister app in comparison to its slick iPhone counterpart, and happily the social networking site is finally doing something about it.  A fresh update brings far more in-app functionality, including the ability to view videos and respond to friend requests without being thrown out to the Android browser; there's also a new media reel which showcases new photos and video from friends.

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HTC Glacier dual-core Android phone benchmarks spotted: is this T-Mobile’s Project Emerald?

HTC Glacier dual-core Android phone benchmarks spotted: is this T-Mobile’s Project Emerald?

The HTC Glacier has hitherto been a single, mysterious mention buried in HTC's site; now, according to some leaked benchmark stats, it could be the next big thing in Android handsets.  AlienBabelTech spotted the Glacier's scores buried with no accompanying image in the GLBenchmark 1.1 database, comfortably out-performing single-core 1GHz rivals, and since T-Mobile USA are tipped to be working on a dual-core Android phone as part of "Project Emerald" they're guessing it's one and the same thing.

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Carrying a Torch for RIM – the Gartenberg Take

Carrying a Torch for RIM – the Gartenberg Take

This was a momentous week for RIM. They announced the new BlackBerry Torch a capacitive touch screen slider along with the latest version of their platform, BlackBerry 6. In a year where phones and platforms are changing dramatically, will this be enough for RIM to slow down market share loss and help win the hearts and minds of consumers that may be looking elsewhere for additional functionality beyond what RIM has traditionally provided?

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BlackBerry Torch hands-on

BlackBerry Torch hands-on

RIM's BlackBerry Torch 9800 is the company's answer not only to the iPhone 4 but to the growing legions of Android devices; from our first hands-on we're certainly impressed with the build quality. For the first time it's possible to have a touchscreen BlackBerry without sacrificing the hardware QWERTY keyboard, and as you'd expect from RIM that keyboard is one of the Torch's prime advantages.  More first-impressions after the cut.

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