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Android Ice Cream Sandwich Confirmed [Even More For Real This Time]

You know how all the bigtime Android iterations are named after desserts? Do you also see how the titles of these deserts have been released in alphabetical order? These Android titles go like so: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, and Honeycomb. This last version is the first tablet-specific version of Android and should, based on what we know at the moment, be considered as being developed aside from the main Android bloodline. That said, the next version's name has been "leaked" by a Google developer by the name of Romain Guy: Ice Cream Sandwich.

Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman Phone with Android

Sony today has quietly, and without much of any press, or Walkman lovers of any sort knowing, have announced the Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman Phone. Oh and did I mention that it runs Android. Although it is sadly only Android 2.1 Eclair. I can see this phone being perfect for some people, but having last generation hardware, and software I just don't understand why, but for those Walkman lovers you can get it soon.

DROID TV turns your Android into a mobile television experience

Everyone is still looking for that killer app that will rival iTunes for media consumption. Sure there's audio options out there including Double Twist and Pandora, but what about for watching your favorite TV shows? Hulu for Android is still not out. YouTube has the market cornered on viral videos. What about watching real shows? Droid TV may be that killer app. But not for everyone.

Gingerbread for Samsung Galaxy S goes live

Samsung has begun pushing out the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for the Samsung Galaxy S, with multiple European users of xda-developers reporting that the new ROM went live overnight. The update is available through Samsung Kies, the company's PC software tool. A Gingerbread build for the Galaxy S was leaked back in February, but until now the freshest European firmware has been Android 2.2 Froyo. US versions of the Galaxy S are still languishing on Eclair in some cases. It's early days for feedback on the new ROM, but users are hoping for snappier performance more akin to the Samsung-made Nexus S. Let us know if you spot the update rolling out to your country in the comments. [via AgeMobile - thanks droider!]

Samsung Intercept Nabs Froyo Starting Today

We're getting reports from owners of Virgin Mobile's lovely Samsung Intercept that they're being bumped up to Android 2.2 Froyo today, finally, oh joyous day! This update, like most upgrades to newer Android versions, comes after months of speculation. The first date was December 17th of last year, then it was "sometime this spring," and now it's today. Today, today, callooh, callay!

Android Remains Open, Android Remains Powerful

This week there was an article published by a pair of writers over at Bloomberg Businessweek : Ashlee Vance and Peter Burrows. This article tells an account of "about a dozen executives working at key companies in the Android ecosystem" including LG, Toshiba, Samsung, and Facebook. This epic tale even notes complaints with the US Justice Department over the situation. Noone directly commenting on the situation is named, and specific facts are sparse - is this a case of fabrication, or is it such a giant story that mafia-style gunmen will come down upon anyone tied to its publication?

Acer Iconia Tab A500 [Picasso] Android Tablet Hands-On

Now before we begin, I must say that this is not the first we've ever heard of this tablet, nor is it the first we've ever seen it in real life (If I remember right, we snuck a tiny peek at it at CES 2011 but were sworn to secrecy.) Now we've got our grubby mitts on it and we've been given the opportunity to compare it not only to the Motorola XOOM tablet, but the iPad 2, both for size and for weight. This is a tablet that's made of metal, this is a tablet that's made for Honeycomb, this is a tablet that is nowhere near ready for release.

Google Nabs more Exploits from the MarketPlace

The latest battle in the war against malicious apps is joined as Google has reported via it's mobile blog that a number of new Android Apps repackaged with malware have been removed. In addition to wiping the apps from the Marketplace, Google is in the process of removing the malicious applications via remote from affected handsets. They've also banned the suspect publishers and are calling in the long arm of the law. According to Google, the malicious applications are taking advantage of a known vulnerability in Android versions 2.1 and below, so users with handsets running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above aren't affected.

Toshiba updates AC100 to Android 2.2 with Flash Player support

Toshiba's Froyo update for the AC100 smartbook has been released, bringing Android 2.2 along with Flash Player 10.1 support to the Tegra 2 based ultraportable. Spotted by owner Steve Paine (of Carrypad fame), the 202MB update was pushed out this morning via Toshiba's official software upgrade tool. It replaces the Android 2.1 Eclair OS the AC100 launched with back in the second half of 2010, and will hopefully add up to a new turn of speed for the 10-inch ultraportable. Without a touchscreen, many of the original complaints about the AC100 will still stand, but at least it shows that Toshiba hasn't forgotten completely about the device. [via SlashGear]

Honeycomb Renderscript Detailed [The Balls]

The following is a nutshelled rundown of what Renderscript is, and what it does. Renderscript is a brand new feature that was introduced, but not fully explained during the official Android 3.0 Honeycomb event. What Renderscript is involved in is graphics. Renderscript is a new API that'll deal with high-performance 3D rendering as well as compute operations. What Renderscript aims to do is to bring a higher performance, lower level API to developers who, in a blaze of glory, want to max out the performance of their applications. These developers must be comfortable working "close to the metal" if they're going to use this new API, but in doing so, they'll receive three tools: a developer friendly compute API similar to CUDA, a simple API for rendering 3D on top of hardware acceleration, and a familiar language for use in C99.
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