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Android expected to cut into Apple’s tablet market share moving forward

There isn't any question that Apple's iPad line has been a major hit, but the time it's enjoying on top may not last much longer. Android has been slowly taking away Apple's market share with a number of excellent tablets (the Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 immediately come to mind), and that looks like it'll continue as we crawl toward 2016. IDC has released new predictions for the tablet market, and unsurprisingly, the predictions have Apple's share falling year after year moving forward.

Four new games added to Humble Bundle for Android 3

Any Humble Bundle veteran knows that the games announced at the beginning of any given promotion are only the preliminary round. Like every Humble Bundle before it, the same holds true for the Humble Bundle for Android 3, as four additional games have been tossed into the mix. You'll have to shell enough to the beat the average purchase price if you want them though, and at the time of this writing, the average sits at $6.17.

Humble Indie Bundle 3 for Android launches

The latest iteration of the Humble Indie Bundle has arrived, and once again, its indie game goodness is being offered on Android. As with past bundles, the Humble Indie Bundle for Android 3 (which is a ridiculous name) lets buyers name their own price on a collection of indie games. A customizable portion of your purchase price goes to charity, so not only do you get a handful of excellent indie games on the cheap, but you also get to feel good about giving some money where it's truly needed.

Unofficial desktop Google Music Player available for Windows

Google Music is gaining momentum, and it's a great way to access your music collection. But one thing it's missing over the likes of iTunes is a desktop component - after all, plugging in your Android phone to your desktop speakers or going to the Google Music Website isn't always an ideal solution. Thankfully, DeviantArt user Victor Alberto Gil has created a desktop interface for the service. If you're a Windows user, you can download and run it now.

European carriers say Nokia should go Android

If you've been following smartphone news from some non-Android sources, you probably know that Nokia's Lumia 900 has made quite the splash over on AT&T. But apparently it's not doing so hot across the pond: reports out of European cell carriers say that their retail staff can't make a case for other Lumia phones like the 710 and the 800. Why? It's the software, of course - Nokia's gone full Windows Phone 7 with their smartphone line, something that's a hard sell for European customers expecting Android.

Splashtop Remote Desktop and GamePad on sale for 75% off

There's a lot of remote connection apps out there, but few have received the acclaim that Splashtop's has. The Splashtop Remote Desktop HD app lets your tablet remotely log into your Windows or OS X machine and control it remotely. As someone who's tried all the big VNC and RDP apps, I can say that it's surprisingly reliable - but perhaps not as reliable as its $20 price tag demands. It's a good thing, then, that the developer has put the app on sale for $4.99 in the Google Play Store, granting an awesome 75% discount.

Qualcomm invests in BlueStacks Android player

Have you tried out BlueStacks? If you're reading this on a Windows PC, you really should - it's an impressively simple way to get Android apps onto your full-sized computer, and ever since the software's beta update, it's only gotten better. BlueStacks' success has not gone unnoticed: TechCrunch reports are surfacing that chip maker Qualcomm (you know, the Snapdragon people) has invested in the company after an unusually strong showing this month. The amount of dollars changing hands isn't clear, but sources say it's in the millions.

Bluestacks App Player hacked for root and Google Play Store access

The Bluetstacks Android app player is already a pretty cool little service: after its recent upgrade to Beta status, it can handle just about any Android app on a Windows PC. The beta can sync apps from your Android phone or tablet, or download them directly from third-party apps stores, but like Steve Austin, it can be so much more. Like any Android "device", if you want to make it better, stronger, faster, then you've got to root that sucker. XDA member xRepinsSporx did just that, and he's kindly showed the world how to follow suit. And yes, you can install the Google Play Store.

BlueStacks App Player for Windows enters beta

One of the more exciting non-hardware innovations to pop on the Android scene last year was BlueStacks, a comprehensive piece of Windows software that allowed Android apps to be downloaded and installed on standard PCs. The program has graduated from alpha and entered its first beta - download it from their website now. (Sorry Mac users - they're working on it.) The update brings a host of new features, better performance and integration - if you were turned off by a low featureset before, you'll definetely want to check it out now.

BlueStacks Android app player gets 550,000+ downloads

Just in case you were wondering, yes, ore excited about the prospect of running Android apps on their full-sized computer. BlueStacks, the startup software package that lets you easily run and sync Android apps to any Windows computer, has racked up more than half a million downloads since its  October debut. 550,000 downloads is an impressive achievement for a program that was only released in alpha form seven weeks ago, and at the time lacked support for anything other than Windows 7.
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