Adobe to Steve Jobs: We have Android :P

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After the “open letter” Steve Jobs released this morning basically saying Flash will be allowed on the iPad and iPhone just as soon as hell freezes over. Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch responded with his very own “open letter,” a blog post titled Moving Forward, outright saying “We look forward to delivering Flash Player 10.1 for Android smartphones as a public preview at Google I/O in May, and then a general release in June.” Among many other things implying that Apple is not only blocking their code, but many others related to the legal conditions mandated on application developers.

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Skyfire 2.0 for Andoid launches with SkyBar toolbar

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It looks like Fennec isn’t the only one to offer a browser alternative on Android-based smartphones. The kind folks at Skyfire have come forward with the first Flash Video enabled mobile browser for Android. And this isn’t a pre-alpha release either.

In addition to support for all sorts of Flash video-watching on your Android device, Skyfire 2.0 for Android also comes with something called the SkyBar.

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Android gets early build of Fennec (Firefox Mobile) today

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As great as your smartphone hardware may be, it’s the software that can make or break your user experience. If you’re looking for an alternative on your Android phone, Mozilla wants you to try Fennec for Android, which is available for download now.

It should be noted that the current build of Fennec (previously known as Firefox Mobile) is nowhere near what a complete project should look like. It’s not even in beta testing mode. They’re saying that this build is “pre-alpha,” so I wouldn’t have the highest expectations for reliability.

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Flash 10.1 support coming to Android 2.2 Froyo

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While the boys and girls in Cupertino aren’t quite as interested in Flash, the Google peeps are coming forward with a little more love on the Android front. More specifically, Gogole Android 2.2 will come with official support for Flash 10.1.

This is according to a New York Times interview with Gogole Android project lead Andy Rubin. The next major Android release, version 2.2, will have support for Flash 10.1, but the wording in the interview isn’t clear as to how this will happen.

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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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Android 2.1 update available for Telus’ Motorola Milestone

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Last month, we took a look at the recently released Motorola Milestone. The hardware seemed pretty good, but it was still running an older version of Android. Well, there’s good news for all the Milestone owners in the audience, because Telus is ready to give you an upgrade.

You won’t be able to get the upgrade over-the-air (OTA), but a free upgrade is a free upgrade. You can now get Android 2.1 loaded onto your Motorola Milestone. The process is reasonably straightforward.

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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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WePad Android tablet gets launch date, specs, price and Flash

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It looks like this tablet thing is really going to take off and the Apple iPad won’t be the only one populating the space. One of the more interesting offerings will be the WePad, not to be confused for an adults incontinence garment – a touchscreen-enabled device running on Google Android. Well, we’ve got more info about that number now.

Several important details were announced regarding the WePad today, including the official specs, pricing, and the pending release date. The WePad results from a collaboration between Neofonie and 4titoo.

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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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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 available April 15th from Rogers

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We had already heard that Rogers Wireless would have the Canadian exclusive on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, but we were left with little more than a “coming soon” when it came to a release date. That has now changed and you may be TimeScaping with the best of them very soon.

Continuing with the Google Android revolution, Rogers has started to take preorders for the Xperia X10. This comes a short while after Best Buy jumped the gun by offering pre-orders on the phone as well.

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Google Android smartphones get loaded with Firefox Mobile

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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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Verizon Wireless starts to offer Skype Mobile this week, no Wi-Fi support

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Sometimes it can be tough to convince conventional wireless carriers to allow their consumers to use Skype on their phones. This is understandable, I suppose, since it can bite straight into the carrier’s bottom line. That said, less money from a customer is better than no customer at all.

It seems that Verizon is coming to its senses in this respect, because it has announced that Skype Mobile will indeed be offered on several of its handset. The launch is slated for this Thursday, March 25.

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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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Review: Motorola Devour Android Smartphone on Verizon Wireless

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The Motorola Devour is now in Verizon Wireless stores for $149.99 on a 2 year contract. We received our unit last week and have had a chance to give it some attention, with a 3.1-inch touchscreen, 8GB microSD card, Bluetooth, and Android 1.6, it’s not a bad little unit to keep you socially connected.

Featuring MotoBlur the Devour is intended for the younger twittering generation, it basically streamlines your texts, feeds, emails and social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace allowing them to be synched in real-time on your Devour’s homescreen.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S Android smartphone launched: plays HD 720p

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It looks like the news is coming out fast and furious from CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas. Contending to be one of the hottest new smartphones to hit the limelight – the Samsung Galaxy S is a “super” updated version of the Samsung Galaxy that has already been floating around the market. Samsung is pretty proud of this little phone, especially since there isn’t much that is small about it. For starters, you get a large four-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, which will rock for web and video since the DivX certification its garnered for HD video playback at 720p resolution.

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