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Phil Nickinson

Phil is the father of two beautiful girls and is the Dad behind Modern Dad, and the head cord-cutter at CordCutters.com. Before that he spent seven years at the helm of Android Central. Before that he spent a decade making newspapers. Before that — well, we don't talk much about those days. Subscribe to the Modern Dad newsletter!

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Google launching mobile website initiative in ... wait for it ... Mobile, Ala.

Google launching mobile website initiative in ... wait for it ... Mobile, Ala.

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Google apparently is set to open a new office on the Gulf Coast, according to the Mobile Press-Register newspaper. We're not talking a sprawling, Mountain View-type campus, Dan Murtaugh writes on the paper's website, but, rather, a storefront office that will be part of an iniative to get more businesses to create mobile versions of their websites. The name of the iniative, which will...

AT&T gets its first LTE smartphones -- the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid

AT&T gets its first LTE smartphones -- the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid

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Samsung and AT&T this morning announced the carrier's first LTE smartphones -- the Android 2.3.5-powered Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid. In addition to sporting Gingerbread (and we'd fully expect it to get an update to Ice Cream Sandwich next year), the Skyrocket has a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display at 480x800 reolution, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8MP rear-facing...

Breaksclusive: Samsung Galaxy Nexus render with a 4G symbol found lurking on Samsung's site

Breaksclusive: Samsung Galaxy Nexus render with a 4G symbol found lurking on Samsung's site

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Hey, guess what. If you've been trolling around the Android Central Forums for the past day or so -- hey, it's Halloween weekend, but it's still the place to be -- you no doubt know by now that there's been a Samsung SCH-i515 -- you know that as the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus -- lurking in some source code on Sammy's site. You'll also realize that it's really not that big a...

Editorial: Fun with ‘fragmentation’ charts (or, why you shouldn’t be distracted by shiny objects)

Editorial: Fun with ‘fragmentation’ charts (or, why you shouldn’t be distracted by shiny objects)

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Let’s not mince words here: This “Android and iPhone Update History” chart is not a good chart. Oh, it’s a pretty chart, to be sure artfully illustrated and researched. But this chart -- done up by Michael Degusta at The Understatement and reposted by anyone unable to think clearly, apparently -- is not a good chart. Or at the very least, it fails to recognize a fundamental difference...

Halloween Costume Contest: E-mail us a photo of you in costume with phone or tablet in hand and you could win!

Halloween Costume Contest: E-mail us a photo of you in costume with phone or tablet in hand and you could win!

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Mobile Nations No Tricks, Just Treats Halloween Costume Contest! Submit your costume + phone/tablet photos to halloween@mobilenations.com With Halloween falling on a Monday this year, we know a lot of you will be out this weekend in costume getting your party on. So to celebrate Halloween and the official launch of our new Mobile Nations network branding, we thought we'd have some fun...

Intel CEO Paul Otellini to give keynote at CES; will we see a new generation of Android hardware?

Intel CEO Paul Otellini to give keynote at CES; will we see a new generation of Android hardware?

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It's 50-50 on this one, we suppose, but Intel CEO Paul Otellini will be giving a keynote address on the first afternoon of CES on January 10 in Las Vegas. And it's entirely possible that we'll see some new Android hardware come out of it. You'll recall that Google's Andy Rubin joined Otellini at Intel's developer conference last month to announce that "Combining Android with Intel's low...