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Android adoption slows in Q4 2011, thanks to iPhone 4S

While Android's rise to the top of the smartphone world has been nothing short of meteoric, it looks like the gravy train slowed somewhat at the tail end of 2011. Despite high-profile phone releases like the Motorola DROID RAZR and the Galaxy Nexus, not to mention a wider and wider selection of Android devices across all price points, Android adoption by new users slowed considerably according to Nielsen. While 62% of first-time smartphone buyers chose Android in October, by December only 47% did.

Nokia director says youths are confused with Android, probably doesn’t have kids

A little verbal back-and-forth is normal among megacorproations, and since Nokia is on the defensive, they're not above dishing some out. Speaking with Pocket Lint, Nokia's director of Portfolio, Product Marketing & Sales Niels Munksgaard claimed that Android phones don't sit well with young people on account of its complexity. He went on to say that they don't want the iPhone, because everyone already has one. I'll give you ten points if you can find the error in that statement.

NPD: Android passes 50% market share in the US

Android has been making a beeline to the top of the smartphone world for the last two years, and it looks like the little green OS that could has passed one of its biggest milestones yet. Research firm NPD says that Android runs on 53% of the smartphones being used in the US. No other OS comes close, with iOS in a distant second at 29%. If mobile operating systems were horses, Android would lead by about two and a half lengths.

Sega snubs Android, delays Sonic CD release till 2012 [UPDATE]

If your only experience with Sega's blue hedgehog is post-Dreamcast, you can stop reading now - this story isn't for you. If, however, you've been patiently awaiting the Android arrival of one of the most celebrated 2D platformers of all time, prepare to be disappointed. Though the Sega CD classic Sonic CD will see a release on the iPhone tomorrow, December 14th, it won't be hitting Android until early next year. We'd blame Dr. Robotnik, but you'd think that he'd be on board with Android all the way. Android fans should be used to waiting by now (cough cough, Verizon).

Google’s official Siri fighter codenamed Majel, Trekkies switch to Android at Warp 9

Remember when that Google executive compared iOS' Siri voice control implementation to the bumbling droids of Star Wars, and Android's voice input to the Enterprise's computer on Star Trek? Someone in Mountain View took that analogy quite literally. Android and Me quotes insiders that say Google is preparing a natural language update to Android's Voice Actions feature, and they've codenamed it Majel, after the late great Majel Barrett-Roddenberry.

Verizon and Redbox team up for movie streaming

It seems Verizon is planning a joint venture with Redbox to offer movie streaming and TV shows through Android, Google TV, Xbox, and iOS. It’s assumed the service will be much like that of Netflix, but with a slight twist on how users will purchase content. If you’ve ever traveled to your local gas station and picked up a Redbox rental, then you would know they only charge a dollar per rental. The catch is, if you don’t return the item before the same time the following day - you’re slapped with a late fee.

Instagram is coming to Android

Many of us rely on our smartphone as the “go to” camera for anything, so it’s important to have the best effects and filters at our fingertips. Instagram does such a thing perfectly, but has solely been available for iOS for quite some time. Chief Executive Kevin Systrom of Instagram has just announced that an Android version of his applicaiton is on the way.

OnLive now available for Android and iOS tablets and smartphones

The way OnLive actually works is it streams gaming content straight from their cloud to your PC - and now that their application is compatible with Android and iOS they’re about to completely change gaming expectations. Whenever we think about playing a video game on our smartphone or tablet, there are certain expectations and limitations we are aware of. For instance, installation of the typical Android game takes around 10 minutes or so over a 3G network connection. Though many games out there push our tablet’s to their limits, most still can’t even compare to many console titles currently out. With OnLive, you can stream any of their popular games straight to your device with no need to download software or a powerful graphics engine. It works just like streaming a YouTube video or a song from Spotify.

ComScore: 41 million US smartphone owners use Android

Android is dominating the worldwide smartphone game, and while there are markets where it's even more dominant than it is in the United States, a combination of population and smartphone interest makes it one of the hottest markets on the planet. Android's continuing gains were highlighted by Nielsen last month, and comScore backs up their numbers with the latest reports on the US mobile market. According to comScore's math, 41.6 million Americans now use Android-powered smartphones.