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Google Gives Away Free HTC Magic at Google I/O

 Google just gave away free Android phones for those who attended Google I/O 2009! Congratulations if you were lucky enough to be a part of the 4,000 or so attendees! The free Android phone is not a regular Android Dev Phone 1 but rather a Dev Phone version of the HTC Magic! Considering that the...

Android Numbers at Google I/O

 Google I/O 2009 is Google's own developer conference and it's happening as we speak. There should be a pretty large Android imprint on the event so expect news to flow in for the next couple days.To kick off the conference, Google announced some Android numbers that reveal the ever-growing...

Google Product Search Can Now Scan Barcodes

The features just seem to grow and grow with Android.  Google just announced that they've updated Google Product Search to include support for Barcode Scanning. Just point your browser to Google.com and select 'Shopping' from the more tab. You'll have to download the Barcode Scanner application...

Google Sky Map Shows You The Stars On Your Android Phone

  Now this is cool. We know that no one really paid attention in Astronomy class yet everyone always looks up to night sky to see if they can identify any stars, constellations, and/or planets. It's just human nature, really. But half the time we don't know the Big Dipper from Cassiopeia. Luckily,...

Google Testing Android Usability on Netbooks

 We already know that a lot of PC manufacturers are looking into Android as a viable platform for their netbooks. What we didn't know is that Google is now interested in seeing if Android is actually usable for netbooks. According to some reports, Google posted an ad on Craigslist seeking Netbook...

Google's Chrome Gets a New Commercial Ad

We're pretty big fans of Google's Chrome Web Browser here at Android Central and not only because 'Chrome-lite' is on our Android phones. We love that Chrome is pushing innovative features that can help transfer a lot of desktop tasks to the 'new' web.So, we're pretty happy to see Chrome get such a...

Android 1.5 Cupcake Update Gets an Official Video Tour

We know the wait for the Android 1.5 Cupcake Update is winding down but if you want to see all the new features in action (namely soft keyboard & video recording) check out the latest video from the official Android website.In the video, the familiar face of Eric goes through some of the new...

Vodafone UK Says Future Android Devices May Have Less Google

 Vodafone recently hinted in an interview that though they'll be developing more Android devices, those upcoming Android devices may be less Google-centric than the current Android phones available (namely, the Magic and the G1). According to Vodafone's Rachel Williams:While the HTC Magic contains...

Google Product Search Optimized for Android

  Google Product Search is a nifty way to get a quick price range, reviews, ratings, and details all through the power of search. Thankfully, all that information is now easily accessible on your Android Device. This new optimized feature is incredibly useful when you're in a store and want to...

Google CEO: A Strong Year Ahead for Android

During Google's Q1 Investor's Conference, Google CEO Eric Schmidt is on record of saying:"Overall, it looks like Android is going to have a very strong year," New announcements of Android-related products and partnerships with mobile phone service providers and device makers will be "quite...

T-Mobile April 21st Launch Event Focused on Sidekick LX not Android

 Aw phooey. It looks like that T-Mobile Private Launch Event on April 21st is just going to be an event focused on the release of the Sidekick LX. We had previously speculated Blackberry and internally anticipated the Sidekick LX but still had some hope out for Android but we only get...

Google Blocks Cupcake Users From Android Market

 There are reports that users who have uploaded Cupcake onto their G1's are not being allowed access to the Android Market. So if you're running Cupcake, chances are you won't get any access to applications. And here we thought Google and Android were the good guys.At first, it seemed as if those...

Android 1.5 'Early Look' SDK Now Available, Major Features Added

Google has just announced an "Early Look" SDK for Android 1.5 which is based off the much ballyhooed Cupcake development branch. Android 1.5 packs a lot of goodies such as APIs for soft keyboards, live folders, home screen widgets, stereo bluetooth, and much, much more.Android 1.5 is going to...

Elan Micro Demos Multitouch on Android

Elan Microelectronics, a small Taiwanese outfit that recently made news for suing Apple for copyright infringement over their multi-touch technology, recently release the above video demonstrating multi-touch on an Android device. Multi-touch, with the ability to "pinch" and zoom with finger...

Android G1 Users Downloading More Than iPhone Users

According to T-Mobile USA, G1 Android users downloaded an average of at least 40 applications for their phones while iPhone users averaged about 37 apps. There is no data as to retention of apps - G1 users may have downloaded their 40 apps, only to keep half that number, while iPhone users may...

Google Allowing Tethering Applications for Non T-Mobile Users

 Remember how we told you that Google was banning all tethering applications from Android Market and didn't look so "open" while doing so? Well, we might have spoke too soon. Google has backtracked and is now allowing tethering applications for users outside of the T-Mobile US network.According to...

Google Wants To Make Android Market Better

 As much as we love Android Market, we know it has some weaknesses. The categories could be a bit more specific, the reviews could still be better, and well, the search feature needs to be more exact. Luckily, the Android Team is hard at work and listening to user complaints.In an Android...

Android Market Merchant System Fixed Now

You know that Android Market Merchant System problem we reported on yesterday? Well, it's been fixed! Google Support gave this statement:“The issue you were having should now be resolved. Please reply to me here if you experience any further issue and thank you for your patience!”Good thing Google...

Google Image Search on Android Updated and Improved

 Androinica reports that Google has updated their Google Image Search on Android devices. It's nicer, faster, and better suited for the mobile platform. They've even included filtering options which'll allow you to sort by Faces, Clip Art, Line Drawings, Photo Content and SafeSearch. The layout is...

Analyst: Android to Outpace iPhone By 2012

If you didn't know, we're pretty big Android guys here. Huge, in fact. But we also respect the iPhone and though we understand its pitfalls, we also do understand that the iPhone changed smartphones forever and is embedded in the public's mind. EVERYTHING is compared to the iPhone. So when an...

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