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Android Robot Mini FM Radio and MP3 Player with USB and MicroSD Support

Today we have a little surprise for all you die hard Android fans or collectors of Andy gear. From Marvel Digital we present you with the Android Robot Mini Radio and MP3 Player. Designed just like a Android mini collectibles this has USB support, comes with a 2GB MicroSD card (supports up to 8GB) and has a built in speaker and some pretty nifty controls to keep the design simple and elegant.

IOIO for Android detailed: Project samples from USB breakout board [Video]

We mentioned SparkFun's brilliant new IOIO for Android earlier this week, a USB I/O breakout board for Android smartphones which turns your handset into a super-Arduino of sorts. Now the brains behind the board, Ytai, has spilled the beans on the project, including some sample code and a handful of ideas that you can use IOIO to create. For instance, there's the Retroid, a smart alarm clock which can be told to make different ringing patterns and show various LEDs depending on incoming calls, messages and other events on the handset. Or the Visual Charger, a huge multi-segment LED power indicator which gives an at-a-glance idea of what percentage the smartphone's battery is at. [youtube 8sAvXCfEj3s] We prefer the Wall Printer, though, which uses seven Sharpie-style market pens hooked up to servos for an old-school printer effect controlled by an Android phone. Definitely worth considering if you're into Android and electronics; you can pre-order the IOIO for Android here, for $49.95. [youtube aYUMYyXBaF0] [via Twitter]

Adam runtime 15hrs+ claims Notion Ink

Notion Ink has been teasing with more details about their upcoming Adam tablet, and perhaps most interesting is the expected battery life.  According to the company's blog, the current Pixel Qi units are seeing a minimum of 15 hours runtime, stretching into in excess of two days. Meanwhile USB Host functionality is also working, with Adam supporting peripherals like keyboard and mouse, together with external storage such as hard-drives.

Android 2.2 Froyo packs WiFi/USB data tethering

One of the most asked-for features - and commonest reasons for rooting an Android device and installing a custom ROM - is tethering support, and it looks like Google are including that in Android 2.2 Froyo.  According to TechCrunch, the upcoming version of Android will have integrated USB and WiFi tethering, allowing you to share your phone's data connection either via a wired link to your laptop or by turning the smartphone into a MiFi-style mobile router. It's unknown whether carriers will be able to selectively deactivate the functionality, but we expect they'll be looking to add a little extra to your monthly data plan in order to cover tethering.  Still, this is brilliant news if you don't want to pay for a separate 3G contract for every mobile device you have - say, tethering a tablet (like an iPad; I know, blasphemy!) or netbook while you're on the move. We've already heard that Froyo runs significantly faster than previous Android builds; this tethering leak is the cherry on the frozen yoghurt.  Android 2.2 is expected to arrive at - or in time for - Google I/O next week, and Android Community will be there to bring you all the news.
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