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Android finally gets Vodio, the video searching application

Vodio, the video searching application that merges Youtube, video news results, and other services such as DailyMotion together in one vast detailed list of results based on search subjects, has finally made its way over to Android. Previously it was only available on iOS, where it began to garner rave reviews. But surprisingly, that's not the biggest news of all.

Android distribution numbers for November see Jelly Bean making gains

Google has released the Android platform distribution numbers for November, and things are starting to look up for Jelly Bean. Whereas Jelly Bean only held a 2.7% share in October, it was up to 6.7% in November. That's not too bad when you think about the sheer number of Android handsets out there, but of course, Gingerbread is still reigning supreme as it's running on 50.8% of handsets according to the data.

Android distribution: Ice Cream Sandwich on 4.9% of devices

Around here, the beginning of the month means paying the power bill, lifting another page on our Hello Kitty wall calendar, and checking the official Android distribution numbers from Google. The period ending on May 1st is a little rosier, with the various versions of Ice Cream Sandwich totaling 4.9% of all active Android devices. That's more than double the previous increase, but it's still just shy of one out of every twenty Android phones or tablets.

Google’s original Android tablet UI design revealed

In case you haven't been following along today. Google and Oracle are still knee-deep in battle and their lawyers have their work cut out for them. Lucky for us the lawsuit by Oracle is revealing all sorts of juicy information. From the original "Google Phone" in 2006, to the first ever revenue numbers of Android alone and more. All that and more can be seen below but check out this photo from 2010 revealing Google's initial tablet UI for Android.

Gingerbread still leads but Android 4.0 jumps to 2.9% of devices

The beginning of the month brings paychecks, bills, and new Android distribution statistics from Google. And while April's stats aren't dramatically better than March's, they do show a steady progression for Ice Cream Sandwich. Thanks to a handful of updates on devices like the HTC Vivid and Galaxy S II, the latest version of Android is now running on 2.9% of devices, up from 1.6% last month. That's about an 80% growth factor - and impressive figure, but still a little disheartening when you think that the open-source software has been available for almost five months.

TurboTax offers free tax filing on Android tablets this weekend only

Death and taxes and early termination fees: the bane of civilized man. At least one of those has gotten easier in the last few years for US taxpayers thanks to tax preparation software, and this weekend, you won't even have to pay for it. TurboTax is offering free 1040 EZ returns on Android devices between March 30th (today) and April 1st (Sunday). That's a steal as long as you've got a pretty standard salary or hourly income - the normal state and federal filing through TurboTax costs $67.

Tablified Market: all tablet apps all the time

If you're the proud owner of a Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich tablet, you know that finding good tablet-optimized apps in the ever-growing Google Play Store is something of a chore. If you don't already know what you're looking for, then finding anything that takes advantage of the large screen and resolution on tablets is frustrating. Enter Tablified Market HD, a curated list of the apps on the Google Play Store that support tablet user interfaces. It's not a seperate app market, just a dead-simple way to find great tablet apps already available. Appropriately, you can download it for free in the Google Play Store.

Harris RF-3590 tablet brings Android to the front lines

Harris isn't a name you'll see often on Android Community - it's a communication contractor that works on various government and armed forces projects. But their new RF-3590 tablet is surely an eye-catching machine, especially if you happen to be an active-duty soldier or marine. The Honeycomb tablet is specifically designed to withstand the harsh environments of war, with a huge shock-absorbing frame around a 7-inch screen. Mil-spec construction makes it practically waterproof and dustproof, though it may or may not stop a bullet.

Ice Cream Sandwich posts small gains in February

Any long-time Android observer knows how this goes: a new version of the operating system is painfully slow to germinate with the public. Such is the case with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which now accounts for 1.6% of all Android devices across its three published versions. That's about a 60% growth from just a month ago, but still only accounts for about 4.5 million phones and tablets, given Google's MWC report of 300 million total Android devices.
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