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What You Missed on Last Night’s AGTN!

We had another great show last night on the Android Guys Thursday Night Droid-cast! Here are the highlights from the show last night: We talked with Meredith Flynn-Ripley, the CEO

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Fring Updates Android App

In a posting on their blog, Fring has announced that they have updated their Android application to improve the quality of video and regular calls using their service. The above video is the app running on the Nexus S, which touts “enhanced” support with Fring.

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AndroidMarketZOOM Takes a Deep Look into the Success of the Android Market in 2010

AndroidZOOM has put together an interesting pdf, which is chockfull of 2010 Android Market statistics and challenges for 2011. The report showcases the vast growth that the Market has seen over the past year including number of apps, submitted, ratio of paid and free apps, and most downloaded apps.

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Are Sites Like AppBrain in Danger From the New Android Web Market?

Since we have seen the launch of the new web based Android Market, questions have surfaced about 3rd party app markets like our beloved AppBrain. Will they survive? Will they be forced out of relevancy? Can they continue to grow? According to Mathijs Vogelzgang, developer for AppBrain.com, the answer is a resounding “YES!”.

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Barnes and Noble to Stop Selling the Nook Color for Two Weeks

Barnes and Noble are pulling their entire stock of Nook Colors off the shelves for the next two weeks in preparation for a Froyo launch, according to the official line.

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Michigan Best Buy Leaks Launch Date of XOOM, Thunderbolt on Facebook Page

Does one Best Buy’s Facebook update speak for the entire chain of stores? Will we see the XOOM in three short weeks?

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Review: T-Mobile G2

Two years and a few spare months have gone by since Google and T-Mobile partnered up to give us the world’s first Android phone, The HTC-built, T-Mobile G1. The G1 pioneered Android’s initial design, hardware and software alike. Tucked behind the 3.2inch LCD display, 528mhz processor, 192mb of ram, and 5-row keyboard was a infant mobile OS with exponential potential. The G1 led the first steps towards Android’s globalization. Over two years later, Google, T-Mobile, and HTC have come together once again to bring us the next generation of the G1…not surprisingly named the G2. The G2 gains a modern upgrade and design along with HSPA+ support, while retaining specific qualities that the G1 possessed, like the physical landscape qwerty keyboard. Evolution, or just a spec bump? Read along through this review to find out!

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Intuit’s GoPayment Among First Mobile Payment Apps Optimized for Honeycomb

Already a great mobile payment option for Android users, things look to get even better with the advent of Honeycomb. Intuit recently began promoting and demonstrating an Android 3.0 version of the app which promises added features.

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Samsung TV Remote App in Android Market

We received word from Samsung this morning that they are offering a remote control application for their televisions. Connecting via WiFi, it works for a variety of 2010 models as well as some of this year’s models of smart TVs. The remote also features an on-screen QWERTY keyboard and 4-way directional pad to make it easy to get around.

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Rumor: HTC Pyramid Coming to T-Mobile

It seems that every other cell phone provider in America is getting some 4.3″ HTC love expect for T-Mobile. Well that is about to change according to a rumor that was first published on Android And Me and also independently reported by TmoNews. It seems that a previously unnamed HTC phone is in the works for T-Mobile, and it is going to be big, literally. The rumor as it sits right now is that is it going to be a 4.3″ qHD display, with HSPA+ capabilities, and running the first Qualcomm dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz (MSM8x60).

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SwiftKey Announces Tablet Optimized Version

SwiftKey has officially announced SwiftKey Tablet, the tablet optimized version of their revolutionary keyboard. This new version uses the split keyboard template they showed off last month. According to their blog

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Tonight on AGTN!

Tonight on AGTN: Meredith Flynn-Ripley, CEO of Heywire will join us Adam Wilson from Orbotix, the creators of Sphero will give us an interview and demo of an Android controlled

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Pulse Reader Gets Updated for Honeycomb

The hugely popular Pulse RSS Reader that is on both Android and iOS devices had the honor of being showcased during the Honeycomb press conference yesterday. The presentation showed an updated UI that takes full advantage of all the new developer toys that are being included in the latest build of our favorite mobile OS.

Check out the full press release after the break. If you have not downloaded Pulse, I highly recommend it!

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AndSpot Launches into Public Beta

We have introduced the AndSpot Socially driven app market to you before, talking about how interesting we thought it was upon launch. Today AndSpot is announcing that it has entered into public beta phase, with some new features for it’s users. A quote from their press release sums it up:

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Dell Venue, AKA “Thunder” Now Available for both AT&T and T-Mo

The Dell Venue, previously knows as the artist called “Thunder” is now available unlocked on both the AT&T and T-Mobile networks. In a posting on a community blog over at Dell, it is being said that: