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More Android Opinion

  • Opinion: RIM Again Floats Idea of Licensing BlackBerry OS

    After Research in Motion launches BlackBerry 10 in early 2013, your next “BlackBerry” device could come from HTC, LG, Samsung or Sony. RIM is once again talking about licensing its touch-centric BlackBerry OS reboot to other manufacturers. The idea of BlackBerry software licensing has been bandied about ever since RIM CEO Thorsten Heins took control of the company in January. But in recent weeks, RIM has sounded closer than ever to partnering with former competitors to expand BlackBerry’s reach beyond its stagnant U.S. user base.

  • Opinion: Google's dreams of electric sheep

    For the past two years, the iPad has ruled the tablet PC roost. That status quo is about to change, though, with Google determined to claw its way to some market share – not to mention mindshare – of this key category. And it now has the means to do so, with the £159 Nexus 7.

  • Opinion: Images of Sony Xperia Tablet Leaked Online

    Photos of one of Sony's next-generation Xperia tablets have been leaked online, showing a device that boasts a number of features and accessories including a keyboard cover/stand just like the one for Microsoft's Surface tablet.

  • Opinion: Samsung Removes Local Search Feature from Galaxy S III as Patent Suit Nears

    Samsung has removed local search capabilities from its Galaxy S III in hopes of fortifying the phone against Apple patent lawsuits.

  • Opinion: Android's Piracy Problem Drives Dead Trigger Price to Zero

    Zombie-shooter Dead Trigger is now free for Android users. The reason: rampant piracy.

  • Opinion: Google Nexus 7 Tablets Selling on eBay With Premiums Added to Their Prices

    If you can't wait one to four weeks to get your hands on a Nexus 7 tablet from GooglePlay, you can get one on eBay now--you'll just have to pay a premium for it.

  • Opinion: Android, iOS Called Dominant Smartphones

    Google's Android and Apple's iOS account run 86 percent of the U.S. smartphones, leaving RIM's Blackberry and other mobile platforms -- we're looking at you, Windows Phone -- in the dust.

  • Opinion: Nexus 7 Costs $160 to Make, Says iSuppli

    Google's Nexus 7 might turn a small profit after all, according to a third-party estimate by IHS iSuppli.

  • Opinion: Android Jelly Bean Update Released For The Unlocked Galaxy Nexus

    Have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus that isn't running on Verizon or Sprint? Well good news! The update to Android Jelly Bean has started rolling out and should be hitting your phone in the next couple of days. The update brings with it Google Now, new notifications, and a much more responsive interface thanks to Project Butter.

  • Opinion: 7-Inch Tablet Showdown Looms This Fall

    Tablets with 7-inch displays will get their time in the spotlight this fall, as Google, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and possibly Apple fight for holiday shoppers' dollars.

  • Opinion: Nexus Smartphone Sales Ban Lifted by Court

    Google is expected to release an updated version of the Galaxy Nexus handset next week, which would likely render moot the temporary lifting of a ban on the sale of the smartphone.

  • Opinion: Jelly Bean in Patent Spat Crosshairs as Ice Cream Sandwich Breaks 10 Percent Mark

    Google's latest version of its Android operating system is barely out the door and it's already in a patent controversy.

  • Opinion: VLC Player Beta Lands on Android

    VLC, the free media player popular for its capability to play most media formats, is now available for Android phones. You can get VLC for Android beta as a free download on Google Play, although you should wait for the final version if you’re not a power user.

  • Opinion: Paving the Way to Abandon BlackBerry

    If your company relies on BlackBerry mobile devices, it's time to head for the lifeboats. I don't have a crystal ball, so I can't say with any certainty what RIM's fate holds in store. But, it doesn't take any supernatural ability to see that the company is floundering...badly.

  • Opinion: Google Rolls Out Chrome for Android and iOS

    Google's Chrome browser now claims 310 million active users, the company announced at its I/O developer's conference this week, nearly doubling the number it had at this time last year.

  • Opinion: Nexus 7 Tablet vs. Kindle Fire vs. the Rest: Spec Smackdown (Chart)

    Google's Nexus 7 tablet, the company's Android Jelly Bean-powered device, is heavy on the specs as it guns for Amazon's Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet. It's not only the form factor and screen size Google is challenging its competitors on, but also the price -- starting at $200 -- which means consumers will have quite a choice for a 7-inch Android tablet at this price point.

  • Opinion: Bluestacks Brings Android Apps to Mac with its App Player Emulator

    Mac users can now run Android apps on their desktop thanks to App Player from Bluestacks, an Android emulation platform that is available as an alpha version for OS X. Bluestacks does not specify any system requirements on its site, but in my tests App Player for Mac worked just fine on a MacBook running Mac OS X 10.6, Snow Leopard.

  • Opinion: MediaTek Launches Android Dual-Core Platform on Eve of Google I/O

    Just in time for the Google I/O developers conference, MediaTek launches its MT6577 dual-core platform, which is developed specifically for sub-$200 Android Ice Cream Sandwich phones. The platform is expected to ship in smartphones in the third quarter of 2012.

  • Opinion: Google's Tablet Rumored to Run Jelly Bean and Cost $200

    The biggest surprise during the upcoming Google I/O conference would be if we don't see a 7-inch Asus-built Nexus tablet running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean -- the expected name for the next version of Android. Reports have been circulating for weeks that a 7-inch Jelly Bean tablet would debut during Google's developer conference, which starts Wednesday. And now, hours before Google I/O kicks off, a new report from Bloomberg claims that an Android tablet is slated for unveiling this week, but with a slight twist.

  • Opinion: New Kindle Fire Tablet by End of July?

    On the eve of the expected announcement of a new Google tablet that takes aim at Amazon's Kindle Fire, a leak from within the online retailer revealed that a new version of its slate will be announced by the end of July.



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