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Android Design preaches ICS best-practice for devs

Google has launched Android Design, a site dedicated to Ice Cream Sandwich best-practice in style, UI and behavior. Apparently intended to teach developers some of the justifications behind design decisions made in Android 4.0, and convince them to adopt them when they're coding for the platform, the new site could help Google achieve some of the consistency in third-party software iOS is renowned for.

Sony Xperia ion and Xperia S Hands-on

Sony has dropped the "Ericsson" and outed a pair of highly-desirable smartphones at CES 2012 this week, the LTE-toting Xperia ion for AT&T's 4G network, and its Euro sibling, the HSPA+ Xperia S. Both have a squared-off aesthetic and a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 HD display, running Gingerbread on a  1.5GHz dual-core processor with an ICS upgrade tipped for Q2.  

DROID 4 and DROID RAZR MAXX Official: Hands-on

Motorola and Verizon have officially launched the DROID 4 and DROID RAZR MAXX at CES this week, and we've got hands-on with both Android smartphones. As expected, the DROID 4 packs a slide-out five row QWERTY keyboard, while the RAZR MAXX takes the original styling of the DROID RAZR, makes it a little chunkier at 8.9mm thick, and uses that extra space to slot in a 3,300 mAh battery.

Lenovo IdeaTab S2 10 and S2 smartphone debut

Lenovo has launched a new Android slate and handset duo, the Lenovo IdeaTab S2 10 tablet and S2 smartphone, running Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread respectively, at CES today. The S2 10 is the more interesting of the two, pairing Android 4.0 with Lenovo's own Mondrian UI on a dual-core Snapdragon 8960 processor.
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