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Critics Poke Holes in Android vs. iPhone Browser Test

The browser in Google’s Android mobile operating system is more than 50 percent faster than the browser found in Apple’s iOS, according to company Blaze.io. Blaze tested the embedded browsers in Android 2.3 and iOS 4.3. These were WebView and UIWebView, respectively. The tests were conducted against websites of Fortune 1,000 corporations.

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Fixing the Fragmented Face of Android

Android 3.0, aka "Honeycomb," took center stage at Wednesday’s AnDevCon keynote address, and LinuxInsider joined about 200 Android developers in a small room at the Marriott Hotel in San Mateo, Calif., to listen in. Presenters Chet Haase and Romain Guy of Google explained some things about the Honeycomb operating system and demoed some of its features using a Motorola Xoom tablet while trading quips.

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Motorola Revs Up Devs at Android Conference

A small conference room at the San Mateo Marriott Hotel in San Mateo, Calif., was packed to overflowing for the keynote speech Tuesday from Christy Wyatt, a Motorola corporate vice president, at AnDevCon 2011. About 300 people squeezed into the room, forcing hotel staff to bring in some chairs and some attendees to liberate seating from nearby rooms.

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Android Calls Shotgun in Upcoming Saabs

In what could potentially be a huge win for Android, Swedish automaker Saab has selected the operating system as the basis of its IQon in-vehicle infotainment system. Saab will open up the API for IQon to third-party developers and set up an app store to which they can post their apps after approval. Users will be able to download any apps they like from the store, although Saab didn’t provide any details about pricing.

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Google Makes Its Ebookstore More Android-Friendly

Android users can now purchase e-books from the Android Market using a new feature that allows them to tap into Google’s ebookstore for Android-ready reading. Google launched its ebookstore last December. Users can search its database by genre, and in addition to books for sale, it offers a section for free books.

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MWC 2011: Android Mania

In the past year, Android has managed to replace iOS as the most popular smartphone platform for new purchases, and it even toppled Nokia’s Symbian OS on a global scale, according to at least one report. So it’s not surprising that at the Mobile World Congress last week, Android took center stage.

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Samsung Adds New Stars to Android Galaxy

Last year, Samsung put its production of Android devices into full gear and delivered its newly minted Galaxy line. Originally just used for its highest-end Android phones, the Galaxy name has branched off to a new tablet product, and now to lower-end smartphones as well as a rival to the iPod touch. Samsung’s products on display at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona have one thing in common: Android.

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MeeGo After Nokia: ‘I Will Survive’ or ‘Where Did Our Love Go’?

Now that Nokia has moved away from MeeGo, its mobile OS love child with Intel, will the development of this you operating system be stunted, or will it be able to carry on? MeeGo was formed by combining Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin platforms in February of 2010, and Nokia’s announcement last week that it would team up with Microsoft on Windows Phone 7 instead stunned the mobile world.

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Android Sharpens Its NFC Chops With Gingerbread Bump

Google has added new near-field communications capabilities to Android 2.3, aka "Gingerbread," via a small feature release, version 2.3.3. NFC lets consumers use their mobile devices make purchases and exchange data with other devices, among other things. The new features include a comprehensive NFC read/write API that lets apps read and write to most standard NFC tags in use today.

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10 Things You Need Before You Write An Apple App

How do you go about writing an app? In fact, what do you need before you being app development? Well, that’s where this article will help. I’ll provide you with 7 things you need before you start writing your Apple app. Even if you’ve never developed content for a mobile device, or if you’re new to software development, you should know that learning iPhone development can be a fun and rewarding experience.

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