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Google Maps Navigation arrives in UK

Up until now, despite having a fair few Android 1.6 or 2.x devices to choose from, UK owners didn't have (legitimate) access to Google's Maps Navigation beta, with its free turn-by-turn directions.  That's all changed today, with an unannounced overnight update delivering the 4.1.1 Beta (that hit US Android phones back on April 6th) to UK handsets.

Is Orange Fr. The European Version Of AT&T?

We're all aware of AT&T's recent Android releases with certain Google apps removed or replaced. These are the most restricted Android devices on the market today. Orange may be following suit with their upcoming Android devices. Google Maps, Youtube, Gmail, Gtalk and possibly Search too will all be removed in their devices.

People of Lava’s Scandinavia 42-inch Android TV

Google has plans to introduce an Android integrated television. We'll, looks like they were beaten to the punch by a Swedish company. People of Lava's Scandinavia Android TV is a 42-inch Full HD 1080p set with three HDMI ports, a DVB-T digital TV tuner and USB port. It also features an 833MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and it run Android 1.5.

Dell Aero hands-on and UI walkthrough – Video

Like most new phones, AT&T and Dell are trying to keep the information on this phone tight lipped until they are ready to officially introduce it. Engadget managed to get some hands on time with the Aero at this year’s CTIA and there were a few surprises packed into this phone. Needless to say they are not the type of surprises we like around here.

“Life Smart” UI On The Galaxy S – Video

The Galaxy S by Samsung has been overshadowed by the announcement of the HTC EVO 4G by Sprint. Since then Samsung has released their presentation from this year’s CTIA. Also, they folks at androidcentral were lucky enough to get some hands on time with this beautiful yet powerful handset.

Foursquare for Android

Foursquare, a location based social networking game, is now available for Android. This game allows users to share their location with their friends. It has been one of the most popular apps for the iPhone and is Gowalla’s main competition. Usually apps ported over from the iPhone are not as good on Android as they were on the iPhone. But this app has a few features that the IPhone doesn’t; the most notable one is Google Maps integration.

Google Buzz widget in the market

Our awesome director, Simms22, has found the official Google Buzz widget in the market. Buzz was introduced by Google awhile back and has quickly became a popular way of sharing your location and it offers twitter like functionality.

Google Maps for mobile 4.1 adds Live Wallpapers, Latitude widget, more

Google have pushed out Google Maps for mobile 4.1, for Android devices running 1.6 or higher.  Among the changes are a new Latitude widget for the Android homescreen, the ability to set a map as the Live Wallpaper, and the ability to swipe through multiple pages of search results. The Latitude widget shows the people listed as your friends who are geographically closest to you, while the Live Wallpaper - which obviously requires a device running Android 2.1 right now - lets you set a regular map, satellite map or topographical map (complete with optional traffic data) as your homescreen wallpaper.  That map automatically moves as you do, using GPS and aGPS to track your position.  It certainly looks good, though it has the potential to really hammer both your battery life and data connection. Google have also reworked the way search results are presented, putting all the information on one page rather than splitting it across multiple tabs, and allowing you to swipe from side to side to see more details.  Finally, you can switch between multiple Google accounts on the one device, so if you have a personal Buzz account and a work Buzz account (or perhaps use Latitude with one or both) you can see results for either. If you've an Android device running OS 1.6 or above, you can update your version of Google Maps for mobile by heading into the Android Market and checking the Downloads tab.

Google Nexus One Heading to Sprint

It's official, Sprint just announced via a press release that the Nexus One will be available on their network soon. Google just released an AT&T and Rogers compatible Nexus One the other day and now Sprint is joining them at the table with their own Nexus. All while the Verizon version has yet to be announced officially.

2.1 For The Droid is Near

Android 2.1 for the Droid may be closer than we think. An official pamphlet has been discovered from Verizon wireless that gives specific details on the update. So we can pretty much put this in the confirmed pile.
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