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Chinese “Android” store sells iPhones too

Hardly a week goes by without the tech world spotting a humorous fake piece of electronic detritus coming out of China's seedier factories, and these days it's usually running Android. (Hooray for open source!) But at least one Chinese retailer has decided to go all out and copy Android for their entire storefront. It's not necessarily "fake" in the sense that the branding is misappropriated; anyone selling Android hardware can make use of Google's Android logos and typefaces. But simply naming your store "Android", as the shop in Zhuhai, Guangdong province has done, is a no-no.

Rumor: Galaxy S III to include waterproof seal

Samsung's Galaxy S III is fast becoming the biggest rumor monger in the Android universe, replacing the Galaxy Nexus at the top of ridiculous speculation. The latest tidbit comes from a "well-placed UK independent phone retailer", who claims that the next version of the Galaxy S family will come with a coating compound that blocks out water and other liquids in a pretty amazing fashion. He claims that both the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 will have a waterproof seal provided by Liquipel, whose gadget-dunking demonstrations impressed onlookers at CES 2012.

Anomaly Warzone Earth HD “Tower Offense” game lands on Android

While Tower Defense games are hugely successful and loads of fun I can't help but feel like we have entirely too many. What we have today though is the poplar "tower offense" game called Anomaly Warzone Earth HD from 11 bit studios. This game was extremely successful over on that iOS platform and now it's finally here where it belongs -- on Android.

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.

Android beats iPhone in Facebook users

Earlier this month Facebook for Android was updated with a new look and apparently the update has worked out well. TechCrunch reports that Facebook on Android has more active users than Facebook on the iPhone daily. This is the first time the number of daily users on Android has been higher than the number of iPhone users.

T-Mobile pits the Amaze 4G against the iPhone 4S, Street Fighter style

It's a common enough argument: my phone is better than your phone. If you've got any friends who are particularly attached to their iPhones, you might hear it a lot. T-Mobile's out to end the debate, and they're not above using Scott Pilgrim-grade nostalgia to do it. Their latest anti-iPhone commercial pits their current flagship the HTC Amaze 4G against the iPhone 4S in a one-on-one battle to the death to the end of Round 1.

Quid pro quo: Motorola granted injunction against Apple in Germany

There are all sorts of appropriately snarky comments one could place here. But we'll stick to the facts, ma'am, just the facts: FOSS Patents reports that Motorola Mobility has been granted a preliminary sales injunction against Apple in Germany, based on one of its wireless communications patents. Unless Apple can get the ruling overturned or stayed, it may face a sales ban on the iPhone and iPad in that country.

Consumer Reports: iPhone 4S is OK, but can’t beat Android

Apple earned itself a black eye during the antenna debacle after the iPhone 4's launch, leading the highly respected Consumer Reports to recommend against purchasing the ubiquitous smartphone. (They didn't think they were holding it wrong.) Apple's solved its reception issues for the most part, and Consumer Reports has responded in kind, recommending the iPhone 4S to their readers - but not above high-end Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Motorola DROID BIONIC. The put-down is another blow for Apple, which continues to trail behind Android in market share.

iPhones dominate AT&T Q3 sales, but Android is catching up

For a long time, there was no real challenger to the iPhone's smartphone dominance. That all changed after Android started getting traction and the devices running the OS started to sell in droves. AT&T was the first of the iPhone carriers in the US and the iPhone still continues to be the most common smartphone sold on the network.