Google Partners with MasterCard, Citigroup to Develop NFC Payment Scheme

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The Google Nexus S has a near field communications (NFC) chip in it, so you know that Google is interested in pursuing this technology for a variety of purposes. The most obvious application is mobile payments and it looks like the search engine has just made its next big move on this front, buddying up with MasterCard and Citigroup to make it happen.

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Nielsen Breaks Down Smartphone Market Share by Brand and Age

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So, in the battle royale involving a little green bot, a half-bitten produce, and some Canadian fruit, who reigns supreme? Nielsen has compiled its statistics for the period covering November 2010 to January 2011 and is presenting it in the form of a couple colorful stacked bar graphs.

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Verizon Accounts for Over a Quarter of Motorola’s Total Sales

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If you take a look at the smartphone lineup over at Verizon Wireless, it’s pretty clear that Motorola is pretty important to them. As it turns out, the reverse is very much true as well. According to Bloomberg, Verizon Wireless accounts for 28 percent of revenue for Motorola Mobility.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Destined For Verizon And Rogers

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We were all thumbs over the possibility of a PlayStation Phone for a very long time. We had the teaser stuff during the Super Bowl, but now Sony Ericsson has officially come forward with an official announcement for the Xperia Play.

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REVIEW – $188 CherryPad 7-inch Android tablet

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CherryPal’s claim to fame came when they released the world’s first $99 laptop with a 7-inch screen back in 2009. The 400 MHz cpu with 256 GB RAM and 2GB of flash memory was by no means a workhorse, but it didn’t need to be. CherryPal makes devices a couple generations behind the current markets offerings, this is because they target lower income families, educational institutions and “emerging markets.”

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Google TV to be powered by ARM “soon”

Google TV to be powered by ARM "soon"

Nearly a year after Google entered talks with ARM Holdings, Google TV is speculated to be made available on the cheap, efficient ARM chipsets later this year. Charbax of ARMdevices.net published an article last week stating he has it on “very high authority from someone at Google (to remain anonymous) that an ARM-powered Google TV platform is coming soon.”

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Sony Ericsson sticking with Android smartphones for now

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XPERIA X10. XPERIA Arc. XPERIA Play. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Sony Ericsson is very much cozying up with Google Android, but now the company has made it official. I wouldn’t go so far as to say SE is putting a ring on it, but they are sounding pretty committed.

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Google teases with Android 3.0 Honeycomb video for tablets

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Google’s latest Android version 3.0, Honeycomb just got a bit sweeter with the release of a teaser video. Google is showing Honeycomb at CES, and it appeared first on the Motorola XOOM Android tablet. Google touts Honeycomb as being the first Android OS designed “Entirely for Tablets.”

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Android set to overtake BlackBerry for 2nd place in USA

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The newest data is for November 2010 and it shows that RIM’s BlackBerry dropped from 33.9% in June to just 26.1% in November. By comparison, Google Android-based devices rose from 15% to 25.8% over the same time period with no real sign of slowing down. That puts Android within fractions of a percentage point of RIM. For frame of reference, Apple is sitting relatively steady at 28.6%.

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Android Market reaches 200,000 apps

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Everyone is still trying to catch up to the ever-growing flood of apps available through the iPhone’s App Store, but Google Android is certainly starting to pick up steam. According to some unofficial reports from AndroLib, Android Market is now loaded with over 200,000 of those little programs for your favorite Google-flavored devices.

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