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  • 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.

  • Opinion: Can Google Outshine Apple And Microsoft at Google I/O 2012?

    Google will have its chance to show up Apple and Microsoft in the coming days when the search giant is expected to debut the next version of the Android mobile operating system and new Nexus-branded devices. Google's big show will happen during Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference, which includes keynote sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. The Google conference follows a flurry of announcements from Apple and Microsoft during the month of June.

  • Opinion: Report: Samsung Says Galaxy S III Shipments will Hit 10M by July

    Samsung said it expects to ship 10 million Galaxy S III smartphones by the end of July. The phone went on sale in the U.S. last week, it was available in Europe since late May, and began shipping in South Korea Monday, Reuters reports. The company expects its latest iPhone rival to be the fastest-selling smartphone it has ever produced.

  • Opinion: Evernote Hello Comes to Android, Helps You Remember People

    A couple months ago I told you about three smart ways to use Evernote in business.

  • Opinion: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Teased for Galaxy Nexus

    Google's Galaxy Nexus phone may soon receive Android 4.1, codenamed “Jelly Bean,” according to an inadvertent leak by Google.

  • Opinion: Samsung Galaxy S III, the Android Phone to Beat, Say Reviewers

    Samsung’s Galaxy S III is the Android smartphone to beat, the first reviewers of the phones concluded, as the phone arrives in the U.S. on AT&T and Sprint to boot.

  • Opinion: App Spotlight: Protect Your Android Data with Clickfree Backup

    Ever think about what would happen if your phone or tablet got lost? Or stolen? Or broken? Suddenly you're without critical contacts, appointment info, documents, photos, and the like.

  • Opinion: Android Users: Microsoft Debuts a Version of its My Xbox Live App for Android

    Android-wielding Xbox fans, rejoice! Microsoft debuted a version of its My Xbox Live app for the platform Wednesday. Also released: A significant upgrade to the iOS version of the app.

  • Opinion: Songbird Gets Social, Creates The Pinterest Of Music

    Songbird, the company best known for its iTunes alternative on PCs and Macs, is looking to help you discover your next favorite band. On Tuesday the company announced the launch of Songbird.me, a service that helps you discover music relative to your tastes based on what songs you play the most and which artists you've Liked on Facebook.

  • Opinion: Dual Core Processors Wasted on Android, Intel Claims

    Current versions of Google's Android operating system for smartphones make woeful use of their dual core processors, according to an Intel executive.



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