Nvidia supporting Google Android at Computex

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The big bang of computing devices into the mobile space clearly looked like Apple’s iPhone. But as this new universe cools and expands at an unthinkable rate, the early constellations are coalescing around (Google’s) Android’s impressive gravitational field. At the annual Computex show in Taipei, Apple’s iPad has once again set the bar; the hip device this year is the tablet. But where Microsoft’s Windows and Android are both represented, a clear preference for the Android is emerging (sorry again, Steve Ballmer).

“Windows is too big and it’s too full featured for smartbooks and tablets,” Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at Nvidia said, speaking with reporters in Taipei on Monday. Smartbook is a term used to describe low-cost laptops containing processors designed by Arm instead of x86 chips from Intel or Advanced Micro Devices. “The good news is that we finally have an operating system to unite behind. Android is an operating system that has gained a tremendous amount of momentum all over the world,” Huang said. Strong words in an industry still ruled by Microsoft’s founding principles of fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

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FTC approves AdMob sale to Google

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It’s becoming increasingly clear. Google is the new Microsoft. It’s going around acquiring new companies left and right, dominating everything that we do on our computers. The latest acquisition is that of AdMob and this sale has now been officially giving the go-ahead by the FTC.

So, what does this AdMob-Google partnership really mean? Well, they’re saying that this will help to “move mobile advertising forward” as they “develop new products and services for our advertisers, developers, and publishers.”

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Google Android 2.2 Froyo is official

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We all knew this was coming, but it’s good to see the official wraps come off of Google Android 2.2, the updated operating system affectionately known as Froyo in techie circles. Yup, they’re continuing with the food-based monikers for the mobile platform and this official announcement comes during Google I/O conference. Android 2.2 Froyo doesn’t really bring much in terms of surprises, but it does come with at least one quantum advantage over Android 2.1. There’s a new compiler, which is supposed to bring a 2-5x speed boost to your everyday functionality.

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Google stops selling Nexus One through web store

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Well, that experiment didn’t exactly go as planned. When Google first launched the Nexus One, the phone was really only available through the search engine giant’s web store. This was fine for early adopters, but not so good for everyone else. In fact, it seems that the sales through the web store have been so bad that Google is giving up on it. An official post on the Google Blog says that they are no longer selling the Nexus One through the web store.

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Google to work on iPad killer with Verizon Wireless, HTC too?

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Apple may be the first to sell a million tablet computers, in part due to their massive application portal and market penetration, but Google says they are not far behind. We knew the Internet giant was planning a Google tablet, it would without a doubt run on a modified mobile Android OS, but the details were slim. Verizon Wireless CEO just announced they plan to work with Google on it; perhaps with what could lead to an interesting device, giving them a chance to make right what the iPad did wrong.

“We’re working on tablets together, for example. We’re looking at all the things Google has in its archives that we could put on a tablet to make it a great experience.” Verizon’s chief executive, Lowell McAdam told The Wall Street Journal.

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Verizon not getting Google Nexus One, HTC Incredible subbed in

HTC Incredible, Verizon's substitute for the Google Nexus One

For a while there, we were told that a version of the Google Nexus One would be devised to work with the Verizon Wireless network. That made sense, since the two GSM versions of the Nexus One only worked with AT&T and T-Mobile. Well, as it turns out, Verizon isn’t getting a Nexus One after all.

That’s not to say that Verizon isn’t getting a snappy Android phone, however. In an official statement from Google, they said that they “won’t be selling a Nexus One with Verizon,” but they are encouraging customers to buy the Droid Incredible by HTC instead.

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Vodafone UK picks up Google Nexus One superphone

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The Google Nexus One has been available for some time in its unlocked form directly from Google, but it would be nice to get your hands on a healthy subsidy on the hardware price. Yes, T-Mobile USA customers have that, but what about our friends over in Europe? Vodafone wants to fix that.

That’s why Vodafone UK has just announced that it will be launching the Nexus One at the end of this month. They’re not even calling it a superphone and not a smartphone. I wouldn’t go quite as far as that, myself, but the Nexus One is certainly an attractive piece of hardware.

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Video: Hacker runs Google Android on first-gen iPhone

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Just because you have an Apple iPhone doesn’t mean that you need to restrict yourself to the iPhone OS. Just as people have been able to hack their Windows Mobile smartphones to run on alternate operating systems, it seems that the iPhone is worthy for some hacking as well.

In the video below, you’ll see that “planetbeing” has been able to modify his first generation Apple iPhone to run Google Android. I don’t know why you would want to put Android on an iPhone (why not just buy an Android phone?), but it is an exercise in what is possible.

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Google doing very well with Nexus One phone

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It’s quite clear that more people are buying the Apple iPhone than they are buying the Google Nexus One, but does that mean that the latter is not profitable for the search engine giant? Apparently not, because Google is very proud to say that the Nexus One is “a profitable business for us.”

This comes from Patrick Pichette, Google’s chief financial officer, during a company earning’s conference call. Clearly, the Nexus One is not the primary source of revenue for Google, but it’s not a loss leader either.

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iPad tablet clone runs Google Android

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Maybe you’re really interested in the Apple iPad, just like everyone elese these days. However, you’re not as interested in that iPhone-based operating system and you can’t be bothered with something the size of the iPad. It seems that a strange company called Moonse has you covered.

What you see here is the Moonse E-7001 tablet. In just about every regard, they’ve designed this product to look just like the Apple iPad. There are certainly differences, of course.

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Google to combat iPad with Android tablet of its own

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Google created the Android OS, then we saw a handful of smartphones using their platform before the Nexus One came along. Now, the search engine giant could be taking a similar approach to the emerging tablet market, because a Google Tablet could be imminent.

The Nexus One was far from being the first Android phone, but it was the first real “Google” phone. We haven’t seen a retail release of an Android tablet yet, but several have already been announced. It’s unclear whether Google will be releasing its first own tablet before or after these folks.

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April Fools: Next Apple iPhone to run Google Android

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I don’t think anyone saw this one coming. The smartphone market has become increasingly competitive in recent years, seeing major entries sporting all kinds of different platforms. As it turns out, at least one company is taking the old adage: if you can’t beat them, join them. Google has been fighting an uphill battle against […]

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Google Android smartphones get loaded with Firefox Mobile

Fennec Mobile (FireFox Mobile) Beta for Android devices

People got pretty excited when the Mozilla crew said they’d be making a mobile version of the popular Firefox web browser. Unfortunately, the versions released were for less popular platforms. That’s changing, because they now have Fennec for Android and it’s available for download today.

As you may recall, the first version of “Firefox Mobile” (Fennec) was made available for Nokia Internet tablets, but not too many people are rocking those just yet. Then, they shifted their attention to Windows Mobile, but few people are using those smartphones too. Android is on the rise, so it seems that Mozilla has it right this time.

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Google Voice Android app gets speedy update

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Google Voice for Android has been updated and should now be much faster, according to an announcement on the Google Voice Blog. The update includes a feature called “Inbox Synchronization” which will notify your Android smartphone of new text messages or voicemails within seconds of them arriving in your Google Voice inbox.

Its simple to activiate Inbox Synchronization, just go to your Google Voice settings and touch Refresh and notification.

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Google Nexus One smartphone is one hot tamale

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The Google Nexus One is just about the only mobile smartphone device that has ever launched on the market in an “unlocked” state, being able to be used on any carrier that will support it. Some think this was crazy, but now the true marketing genius behind Google’s actions is beginning to show.

RCS Limited is one of the world’s largest international traders of consumer electronics, including cellular phones. Recently they have seen demand for Google’s Nexus One climb steadily since 2010 started. Just last month demand for the Nexus One was 16% higher than that of the iPhone, according to RCS, and they don’t expect a slow down anytime soon.

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