Lockheimer talks Android future, yearly release still on

Year 2006 proved to be life-changing for Hiroshi Lockheimer when he joined Google to work on a mobile operating system which we now know as Android. Lockheimer was personally invited by Andy Rubin, co-founder and then CEO of Android, who was also his former boss at Danger Research. Rubin already left Google but his former software engineer remained at the tech giant and is now the Google VP of engineering. His position now includes working on Android and Chrome OS.

Orbitz releases new hotel booking app for Android

Popular travel site Orbitz just released a shiny new Android app designed to help users book hotels from their devices quickly and easily. The app, aptly named Hotels by Orbitz, should make traveling a little bit easier. With this new app, you can not only find a hotel, but you can also book it directly from the app, so there is no need to pull out the computer. When using the new app, you can search for hotels closest to your current location. This is helpful if you find yourself needing a hotel at the last-minute. If you are looking to book a place in advance, you can search for hotels almost anywhere by simply typing in the location. The app has plenty of ways to sort hotels to help you find the one that works for you. You can sort by price, value, and distance. Clicking on any hotel will let you see reviews, amenities, and the choice of rooms available. This should help you narrow down the hotels to the perfect one. So far the app is getting good reviews on Google Play. As of this writing, it is sitting at 4.9 stars, with a little less than 20 reviews. To go along with the release of this app, Orbitz is offering a 10% discount for any booking done through the app. This deal is good through this Sunday, October 21. If you've been meaning to book a hotel for your next trip, now just might be the perfect time. [gallery] [via Android Central]

Samsung Galaxy S III on sale in 28 countries

Well it's finally here folks - the most anticipated Android launch of the summer. In selected countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United Arab Emirates (which got a bit of an early start) the Samsung Galaxy S III hits retailers today. Even as the superphone launches, it's facing setbacks: the "pebble blue" color option is in extremely limited supply after a manufacturing defect, presumably caused by a faulty glaze that shows scratches too easily.

Acer’s quad-core Iconia Tab A510 on sale now

Well look at that - on the same day that Acer's nailed down a date for updating its older tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich, it's also started selling the new Iconia Tab A510. This revision of the A500 model includes a Tegra 3 quad-core processor and ships with Android 4.0. And if you care about such things, it's also the "Olympic Edition", which means you get a snazzy five-ring logo on the back. The Iconia Tab A510 is shipping now from Acer's online store for $449, and should show up at retailers soon.

ASUS Transformer Pad 300 set for US release on April 22nd

If you've been dying to get your hands on some quad-core tablet action but can't stomach the $499 entry price for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, you're in luck. The slightly lower-end Transformer Pad 300, the replacement model for ASUS' original Transformer, will hit the United States on Sunday, April 22nd. PC World reports the news from an ASUS spokesperson, who says that pricing won't be revealed until that date - but international pre-orders indicate that a $399 price to match the original Transformer is likely.

T-Mobile UK will sell subsidized HTC One X and One S on April 5th

The HTC One X and One S are the hot topic in the Android world right now, and while UK citizens can stroll down to their local electronics store and pay full price for one as of today, those who want a cheaper contract option will have to wait. But not too long: T-Mobile's UK arm will begin selling both phones from its online and retails stores on Friday, April 5th. T-Mobile will join Three, Vodafone, and others in offering the new phones on subsidized plans - if only US carriers could get along so nicely!
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