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Android phones get Barnes & Noble nook app: Lend ebooks to friends

Barnes & Noble now offering Nook app to Android OS smartphones

When it comes to the Amazon Kindle, you don't necessarily have to buy the e-reader hardware in order to enjoy its library. There are all sorts of free mobile apps. The same thing is expanding with Barnes & Noble too with the introduction of the nook for Android app. As you can probably figure out, this Google Android app will grant you access to just about everything that the Barnes & Noble nook has to offer. You'll need to have Android 1.6 or higher, but it means that you can shop for over a million titles including new releases and free eBooks.

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Olivepad 3G tablet from India chooses Android

Olivepad 3G Android Tablet from India

Leave it to India to tease us with a spicy Android treat. The Olivepad, from Olive Telecom is an impressive looking 7-inch tablet that puts itself between a smartphone and iPad. It’s running Android 2.1, with 3.5G HSUPA connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a TV tuner. The Olivepad has a few features that the iPad lacks, like Flash playback for one, there is a USB mini port, a 3 megapixel camera, and the 512MB RAM is expandable via SD memory.

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Google sells out of Nexus One smartphones

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Google has shut down their web store and stopped the sale of their Nexus One Android phone. They ordered one last batch of from HTC, and now that supply has been depleted. That's right. Google has completely sold out of the Nexus One. We knew that this was going to be the last batch to be made directly available from Google, but we didn't know that interest in the Nexus One would be quite this high. They sold out awfully fast, especially for a handset that isn't exactly new anymore.

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Asus drops Windows for Android-based EeePad

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It's clear that the Apple iPad is currently dominating the tablet market, but a number of new competitors will soon be entering that realm. I think one of the major keys to success is a properly designed mobile OS, so it's good to see that Asus is making the switch from Windows to Android for its EeePad.

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Sprint push-to-talk Motorola i1 Android phone coming Sunday

Motorola i1 headed for Sprint

There are a few reasons why this phone is rather important. First, it's enterprise-minded with its military-grade rugged resistance to dust, shock, vibration, and rain. However, unlike so many other rugged numbers, the Motorola i1 runs on Android 1.5. Tapping out the software suite are the avaialble business tracking and job workflow applications, as well as the "tough" touchscreen for use in the toughest of work environments. Other specs include Bluetooth 2.0, 3.1" HVGA display, WiFi, 5MP camera, and Nextel Direct Connect.

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HTC Legend review

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If you're thinking that the overall form factor looks familiar, well, you're right. The HTC Legend functions as a spiritual successor to the HTC Hero, throwing the "chin" back in the game. The Legend also comes with a bunch of other improvements too, including operating off the newer HSPA network.

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Windows 95 ported to Google Android devices

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For some inane reason, the crazy kooks at XDA-Developers have decided to port over a version of Microsoft Windows 95 to the Google Android platform. Yes, it means we're going backwards in time about 15 years, but it means that you can relive your solitaire dreams on the go. There are actually two different versions of Windows 95 for Android floating about out there. There's one version that is quite slow (just like the original!) but is reasonably stable. The other version isn't all that stable (just like the original!), but it's a lot faster. Pick your poison.

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Google to stop selling the Nexus One

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It was widely heralded as the first real "Google Phone" and now it will soon be laid out to pasture. If you were hoping to get your hands on the Google Nexus One smartphone, I highly suggest you do it very soon, because Google has placed its final order with HTC for the device. After stock from this shipment is depleted Google will no longer be selling the Nexus One through its official online store. Nada. No more. Kaput. You have plenty of other options in the Android realm, like the HTC Droid Incredible, but the Nexus One holds a special place in cell phone history.

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T-Mobile Vibrant (Samsung Galaxy S) coming this week

Samsung Vibrant

Looking for a hot new Android phone to go with your T-Mobile service? It has now been confirmed that T-Mo will indeed be launching its new Samsung Vibrant smartphone this Thursday. You might already know it as the Samsung Galaxy S; this is just their variant on the hardware. This beats AT&T to the punch by a few days, since the Captivate (AT&T's take on the Galaxy S) won't be hitting store shelves for a little while after that. It's also bodes well for T-Mobile that there are shortages of the HTC EVO 4G (Sprint) and the HTC Droid Incredible (Verizon). I hope for T-Mobile's sake that they have a good supply of these phones ready to go.

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LG Optimus smartphone and tablet launched on Android 2.2

LG Optimus Android 2.2 devices launched

Why announce a single device when you can announce a whole new brand with a complete new lineup of devices? Apparently, that's the strategy that LG is taking with its new Optimus series. The main feature of this line is that they will all be powered by Google Android 2.2 froyo, at least for now. Optimus devices include both high-end and entry-level Android devices, so the latter will likely be left out of future upgrades to Gingerbread.

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Google Android Gingerbread will require 1GHz processors, coming mid-October 2010

Nexus One photo gallery application demo similar in feel to Gingerbread release

Late last week, we heard about the upcoming HTC Vision and how it would come loaded with Google Android Gingerbread right out of the box. Well, we have now learned a little more about this Gingerbread. One of the bigger surprises coming out of the rumor mill is that it will actually require devices to have at least a 1GHz processor as part of its minimum requirements. If that's the case, the dual-core 800MHz Vision may not technically reach that benchmark.

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Cisco unveils Cius Android business tablet with front-facing camera

Cisco Cius docked in the HD Soundstation

A new business focused Android tablet has been announced by Cisco today, they call it the Cius ("see us"). Loaded with every feature we had hoped the iPad would have, the Cius comes with HD video streaming, real-time video communications thanks to a front-facing camera, tricked out 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3G/4G data and Bluetooth 3.0 so you can pretty much stay connected anytime, anywhere. A 7-inch high-resolution LCD using contact-based touch targets, something called the HD Soundstation, which without a doubt is the best looking docking bay I've ever seen.

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Samsung Epic 4G destined for Sprint

Samsung Epic 4G announced for Sprint

Giving the iPhone 4 a run for its money, the Samsung Epic 4G destined for Sprint brings dual cameras, with LED flash and HD (720p) video recording to the table. Running on Android 2.1, with a 2.2 update in the near future, and a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, digital compass, proximity sensor, light sensor, GPS and six-axis motion sensor.

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HTC Vision Android phone with dual-core processor

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Forget about Google Android 2.2 Froyo. You'll want the newer Google Android Gingerbread (2.3) that'll come pre-loaded on the HTC Vision smartphone. At least, that's what the latest rumors are leading us to believe. We don't have any kind of firm confirmation, or even initial renders for the HTC Vision, but this smartphone sounds like it's going to be a beast. In addition to boasting a yet unreleased build of Android, the Vision will also get a dual-core 800MHz processor. This might be an underclocked version of the dual core Snapdragon, but I can't say for sure.

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