Nielsen: Android extends its lead in the US

No points for guessing who's on top in the smartphone race. For the time period of July, August and September, Android's U.S. market share grew from 39% to 42.8%, extending its lead once again. The Nielsen numbers match up pretty well with other statistical reports. The market is growing enough that Apple also increased its share, up to 28.3%.  44% of US mobile users now own a smartphone of one kind or another.

Futuremark 3DMark App coming soon to Android, brings benchmarks to a new level

Oh man, this is awesome news for enthusiast and gamers alike in the world of Android. We have many benchmark applications such as Quadrant or CF Bench and what not for Android that tests overall performance but today I've now learned the best of the best in the benchmark business, FutureMark, will be coming soon to Android phones and tablets early 2012. I've used FutureMark 3DMark 06, Vantage and even 11 on my PC for years to test gaming and overall performance and I'm happy to announce this is coming soon for Android.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N still under attack by Apple

Uh oh folks, it looks like Apple isn't ready to stop just yet and apparently the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N that Samsung released in Germany specifically to avoid Apple's lawsuits didn't manage to escape. Samsung has been under some heavy attack in Germany, Australia and other parts of the world for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 because Apple claims it infringes on their patents and design. Today Apple seeks another injunction on the new Tab 10.1N and a court date has been set.

Archos 101 G9 “Turbo” 1.2 GHz dual-core Honeycomb Tab now available

We've been following Archos and their line of cheap and affordable budget Android tablets but lately their entire naming scheme is getting out of control. Today we have learned the new Archos 101 G9 "Turbo" edition is available now -- in Europe. We got our first glance at the new Archos G9 series a few months back featuring a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor and Android Honeycomb. Today they've released the same devices only with the addition of "Turbo" to the name with a faster 1.2 GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor.

Microsoft lets Android users try Windows Phone 7 — sort of

I know many of you loyal readers and Android enthusiasts would never even dream of switching to Windows Phone 7, nor would I. Today we have learned that Microsoft thinks showing off their phone user interface for everyone to see and try themselves might help their chances. I must admit this is actually an awesome idea. Android phone users can now get a little taste of Windows Phone 7 right on their device -- in a matter of seconds. More details are available after my awesomely confusing image below.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus receives the iFixit teardown treatment

In the usual iFixit fashion today they've been nice enough to share the details on the innards of the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus flagship Android smartphone. Like they always do, today they've tore it down and they give us a look at every little piece inside this new device. Plenty of pictures are available after the break. I'm just sad I don't have one yet while they are shredding it to pieces already.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi 16GB for $319 from Woot

Deal Alert! This here may not be a quad-core tablet rocking Android 4.0 ICS or anything but it still is considered one of the best all around tablets available in my book. Today woot.com has the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi 16GB model on sale for a mere $319.99 ($180) off retail price. It doesn't have a quad-core like I mentioned and it does happen to be a refurbished unit but that shouldn't hold anyone back looking for a great deal that missed those Black Friday sales.

Adobe promises December launch for Flash on Galaxy Nexus [UPDATE]

Imagine our surprise when review units of the Galaxy Nexus couldn't access Adobe Flash on the Android Market. It turns out that this had nothing to do with Adobe's unceremonious drop of mobile Flash, but rather the fact that the current application simply needed an update to support either the Galaxy Nexus or Ice Cream Sandwich. According to Adobe's official Flash blog, both Flash and AIR will be updated sometime next month in order to support the Galaxy Nexus.

Google Maps just got bigger, now available indoors at malls and airports

Google Maps received another large update today and while the new features are mostly still in beta they are available now for all to try. The update should be hitting devices in the market throughout the day and along with a few changes for navigation options we now have a completely new frontier for Google Maps -- indoors. Soon you'll be able to find the quickest route to the closest Starbucks at that huge airport so you can stay awake while headed to CES (which we'll be at live of course). More details below.

Acer, Lenovo and Samsung will join the quad-core tablet party in 2012

It's a good day to be an Nvidia fan. The Tegra 3 quad-core system on a chip is said to be powering upcoming tablets from Acer, in addition to Asus, Lenovo and HTC. DigiTimes is quoting OEM suppliers, confirming that all the major Android tablet manufacturers will have their own quad-core Tegra machines in the future. Specifics are hard to come by, but we already know that both Lenovo and HTC are hard at work on their new models. Samsung is prepping its own new tablets, likely updating its extensive range with next-generation Exynos chips. According to DigiTimes, Acer and Lenovo's offerings will fall between $459 and $599, hitting pretty close to the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime's $499-599 range. Look for Acer to undercut its competitors by a considerable margin, as they like to play the bargain angle. Lenovo's latest tablets, the 5, 7 and 10-inch s2005, s2007 and s2010, respectively, and Acer's A200 is making the rounds, but none of these devices are expected to bow with Tegra 3 chips. Lenovo's K2 tablet, however, has already been benchmarked with its Nvidia hardware, and may even come with a jaw-dropping 1920 x 1200 10-inch display panel.The Acer A700/A701 may have the same beastly resolution when it comes in, also using a Tegra 3. The power of the new architecture is hard to deny - just check out the latest demo from Nvidia. The Android tablet world is going to heat up in the next few months, and we can't wait to see what kind of new hardware is on display at CES in January.
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