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Android Addresses Backward Compatibility

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In an April 28 blog post, Google raises the issue of backward compatibility for Android applications, which causes some observers to ask: why? The Android developer site provides some answers.

Google Android 1.5 SDK Rolls Out

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The Google Android 1.5 SDK launches two weeks after developers were given an early look at the open-source mobile operating system. Although initially designed for use in smartphones, Android seems poised to become a major presence as an OS for mininotebooks, aka netbooks. Rumor has it that...

Samsung I7500 Smartphone Offers Google Android

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Samsung answers the call for more Google Android smartphones with the I7500 handset, which will be available in Europe this June. The quad-band phone, which features a 3.2-inch AMOLED touch-screen, will be compatible with T-Mobile's 3G network in the United States.

Android and iPhone Grab Share from Competition

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In a recent report, AdMob said growth in requests from devices running the Android and iPhone operating systems continued to outpace other platforms in March, despite the relatively limited number of devices in the market. The HTC Dream (Google G1) generated 72 million requests, giving it a...

T-Mobile Sells 1 Million Google Android Phones

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Google's Android operating system is finding traction with T-Mobile customers, who have snapped up a million Android-powered smartphones from the carrier since the device's debut in October 2008.

Google Product Search Formatted for Android, iPhone

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Google Product Search now has increased functionality on mobile devices, including ones that run Google's Android operating system, and iPhones. As Google Android begins to penetrate the smartphone and mini-notebook, i.e., "netbook" market, Google has tailored core products to run more efficiently...

Google CEO Eric Schmidt: Android Poised to Have Strong 2009

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Google executives answered questions during the company's April 16 earnings call that highlighted their thoughts on the expansion of Google Android onto mininotebooks, known popularly as "netbooks." While Google's earning report exceeded some analyst expectations, the search engine giant is...

A Dell Google-Android Smartphone in China This Year?

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Dell is planning to release a Google Android-based smartphone in China in 2009, according to reporting from Reuters. U.S. carriers felt Dell's first smartphone efforts weren't distinct enough to compete with those from Palm, HTC, Samsung, Nokia and others. Will Dell's new offering find acceptance...

Google Android 1.5 Early Look SDK Has Cupcake, Eats It Too

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Google rolled out the Google Android 1.5 "Early Look" SDK for developers. The Android 1.5 platform includes a number of new and improved tools, including faster Gmail conversation list scrolling and user interface refinements to the browser and other elements. Rumor has it that mininotebooks,...

Netbooks, Google Android Look to Thrive Despite the Economy

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Google's Android mobile operating system is likely to see increased adoption as hardware buyers tightening their purse strings consider netbooks and other types of mininotebooks in lieu of full-size laptops. The least inexpensive netbooks tend to run Linux or Android, and HP, Dell and Acer...

Google Gmail for Mobile Offers New iPhone, Android Engine

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Google updates the mobile version of Gmail running on the iPhone and the Android Web browser to make it faster and more flexible with aggressive caching and the use of new technologies such as HTML5 and Gears. The new Gmail for Mobile comes out April 7. Although Android occupies a relatively...

Samsung Plans 3 Google Android Smartphones in 2009

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The Google Android operating system will reportedly be on three new phones set to debut in 2009 from Samsung-two in the United States, likely from Sprint and T-Mobile, and one abroad. As Google adjusts to carrier requirements, more Android devices may follow from Verizon Wireless.

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