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HTC One XXL concept phone is drool-worthy

We've heard rumors of HTC's answer to the Galaxy Note, i.e. the latest entry in the "phablet" for factor, for a while. And while the One X is a beast of a phone, we couldn't help but wonder how it might change if it were made to be more like the pachyderm's proffered smartphone. Thankfully someone with a lot more talent than any of us actually put his dreaming aside to create the HTC One XXL, a concept device that uses HTC's One family principles for a Galaxy Note killer.

Carmageddon revs up for Android

Twisted Metal? Tame. Crazy Taxi? Kid's stuff. For the true connoisseur (or alternately Android bloggers looking to relive their ten-year-old gamer fantasies) Carmageddon is the cream of the crop. And thankfully, Stainless Games is bringing the much-loved and often-loathed game to Android smartphones and tablets later this year. We recommend a tailored selection of death metal to get you in the mood until then.

Oracle’s Android patent and copyright claims dismissed

The saga of Oracle vs Google appears to be over. The judge in the long-running trial to determine the validity of Oracle's copyright and patent claims on the Android platform has declared that APIs cannot be copyrighted, effectively clearing Google of all wrongdoing. The honorable Judge William Alsup declared that anyone can write code to carry out functions identical to APIs. The story isn't quite over (Oracle could appeal the decision), but it might as well be.

Baidu-branded custom ROM available for Nexus S

For the uninitiated, Baidu is sometimes considered the "Chinese Google", starting with a powerful (and relentlessly censored) search engine and expanding into things like email, maps and even mobile services. Now the company has taken it one step further, releasing a complete ROM for the Nexus S, replacing all of Google's services with their own. It's kind of like some of the Bing-branded Android phones Verizon has released, only creepier.

Samsung’s Galaxy S line sells 50 million worldwide

If there's any doubt that Samsung is the current king of Android smartphones (and smartphones in general, as a matter of fact) let it be put to rest here. The company has issued a statement that its Galaxy S and Galaxy S II phones have reached the hands of more than 50 million distributors worldwide. Combine that with an estimated 10 million pre-orders for the brand new Galaxy S III, and you've got what is easily the best-selling line of Android phones ever.

Sony shows Xperia go and acro S specs in new videos

Those of you looking forward to Sony's pair of water-resistant smartphones get a bit of a treat today, as the company is showing off its new Xperia go and Xperia acro S in new videos.  For those of you who live and breathe specs, they've embedded all the relevant details for each phone in the separate videos - you don't even need any of this here boring text, just scroll down a little.

AOKP adding swiping widgets to Galaxy Nexus navbar

We've got to hand it to the Android Open Kang Project: when it comes to taking advantage of the Galaxy Nexus, no one's going faster or harder. The custom ROM team has one of the most comprehensive modifications to the Galaxy Nexus' nearly unique soft navigation buttons out there already, with custom shortcuts, icons, colors and widgets. Their next trick is to add multiple widgets to a single icon, allowing users to quickly and easily adjust settings and playback from just about any app.

Wallee M Kickstarter is an awesome modular case for the Galaxy Nexus

Kickstarter has some great projects in the mobile space, and a lot of them are for nifty accessories you'd be unlikely to see anywhere else - check the Pebble Smart Watch for an exception. But finally there's a worthy case we can get behind, because the creators have wisely decided to include both the Galaxy Necus and the Galaxy S II in their support. If you're looking for a unique and certifiably awesome dock for your desk or car, check out Wallee.

The HTC One X is tough as nails

...or tougher, in fact. We've seen this trick performed before, but it's nice to see that one of the most high-profile phones in the android world can take a lickin' and keep on tickin'. We don't know why this angry Russian man is hammering nails into a two-by-four with his shiny new HTC One X. We don't really care, either. We just like to see good old-fashioned engineering start to make phones than can double as small home repair tools.

Sony Xperia Neo L could be headed for global market

The Xperia Neo L turned heads when it was announced out of sheer novelty: at the time, it was Sony's one and only Ice Cream Sandwich handset. Then we all faced the disappointment that it was only confirmed for a release in China, and got on with our day. Now the device has popped up on Sony's international website, strutting its stuff in both black and white. That's a definite indication that a wider rollout is on the horizon.
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