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Android Community is here at Google I/O 2012!

It's finally time again for the biggest Android developer event of the year, and Google's throwing the party! Google I/O 2012 has begun - registry has begun, at least, and the big events start tomorrow morning bright and early! Join us all week long as we bring you all the greatest news and revelations as they occur from tomorrow morning until night on Friday!

No Chrome OS tablets coming any time soon

Those of you hoping for a convergence of Google's mobile and cloud desktop operating systems won't be fulfilled any time soon. In a recent interview with Tech Radar, Googler Linus Upson put rumors of Chrome OS tablet - and full integration between Chrome OS and Android - well and truly to rest. The teams working on Chrome and Android are to remain separate, with the obvious exception of Chrome for Android.

Chrome for Android coming out of beta soon

Google's push to extend its Chrome browser to the Android platform has been a successful one for the most part, and apparently they're done making it sit at the software equivalent of the kiddie table. Google's senior vice president of Chrome and Apps Sundar Pichai said that Chrome for Android will lose its beta label "in a matter of weeks", making a statement about the mobile version of Chrome's readiness to take over Google's web presence on Android. Pichai did not give a more precise date for the transition.

Google Chrome Beta for Android receives an update

Google Chrome Beta's last update was back on February 24th, and this particular revision has primarily focused of bug fixes. Chrome should now properly run on any version of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), so many of the custom ROMs out there could possibly be supported. There are still the same three known issues since the previous update: No way to toggle between mobile/desktop UA, YouTube links don't prompt specific application use, and proxy settings are still not supported.

Chrome for Android updated, no longer works on some custom ROMs [Update]

Oh yea! Chrome for Android Beta just received an update from Google over in the Android Market. At first glance we aren't seeing anything particularly new, not to mention they weren't nice enough to provide a change log for the update. Most likely the update just brought minor bug or performance fixes although we do have some bad news. The update is causing issues and Chrome for Android is no longer working on custom Android 4.0 ICS ROM's such as CyanogenMod 9.

Android Community Evening Wrap-Up: February 20, 2012

Earlier today, press photos of the Huawei Ascend D1 Q leaked. We should see more of this device at MWC, which is quickly approaching. We've written up an article to sum up what we should expect to see from Mobile World Congress this year, but hopefully we'll run into a few surprises as well. While we had hoped CES would be a bit more innovative than it turned out to be, this is the tech world's chance to redeem themselves - so get ready. Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean) has been in the news a bit more lately, and rightfully should be considering its estimated Q2 release. It turns out we could see a WebTop style desktop mode integrated as an optional interface. This will most likely suit devices like the Transformer Prime that take advantage of keyboard attachments. Chrome for Android is set to improve by "leaps and bounds" very soon says Chrome's Senior VP Sundar Pichai. As if the new browser, which is still in Beta, wasn't speedy enough. There still isn't a definite area Pichal suggests will be improved, but rather that users should expect an even better experience. Another application set for an update soon, rather a launch, is Temple Run. The highly anticipated game has let its users know the official announcement will take place on their Facebook page. Any MIUI fans out there? You'll be glad to know it's packed into a retail tablet in Japan. Named Eden Tab, it sports a 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16 GB of onboard storage. It packs a 1280x800 pixel resolution into a 7" display, so you'll notice extra sharp images. It will only run at $370, and should start shipping this weekend. MIUI has been successfully ported to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), so there's also a possibility it ships with that version.
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