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Google Enhances Android Developer Dashboard with Expanded Stats

Developers can drill down deep into individual application statistics to see exactly which phones and versions of Android are using their apps.

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Verizon Confirms March 17 for Thunderbolt

Verizon finally confirms the release date of the HTC Thunderbolt as March 17th.

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T-Mobile Gives Re-Birth, Announces Sidekick 4G

The iconic Sidekick brand comes back to life in the Android-powered 4G model. Slated to arrive later this Spring, it features a pop-tilt hinge, five-row QWERTY keyboard, and a 1GHz Hummingbird processor.

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AndroidGuys Weekly RoundUp March 7 – March 11

Yeah, it’s that time of the week again: time for the AG Weekly RoundUp, where I cover all the news that we reported on last week. So, let’s get to it!

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AppBrain Adds More Metric Info For Your Statistical Delight

The independent 3rd party Android market, AppBrain, added some interesting metrics to their lineup of stat info that you can access on their site. If you are a developer that has an app on AppBrain, you already know about their pretty impressive developer dashboard that gives you all kinds of information goodies about users that download your apps, as well as the ability to have your app promoted if it fits the criteria. In addition to that, AppBrain has added the ability to view some new Market statistics.

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Everbadge Lets Devs Add Badges to Any Android App

I don’t know what it is about the whole badge idea, but it is a pretty successful mechanic to attract users to an application. Perhaps it has something to do with the whole “gotta catch em all” kind of thing. Regardless of the reason, badges bring traffic to apps, and Everbadge is there to help devs try to leverage that traffic. In a press release, Everbadge has announced the release of their SDK that both allows devs to insert a badge system into their app, and at the same time monetizing their apps to a point by allowing cross promotion of other apps that employ the Everbadge system. Check out the full press release after the break, then get working on the badge system for your next big app. Make us want to “catch ’em all!”

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Droid Incredible 2 Spied, Looks Exactly Like You Think it Would [VIDEO]

Looking all but officially announced, the Droid Incredible 2 has begun making its way around the internet. The accompanying spy pictures show the Verizon branding at top, indicating it’s in production now.

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Leaked Staples Lineup Shows Eight Android Tablets Due by June

Staples looks to be the place to go this year for Android tablets. The office retailer is forecasting at least eight Android tablets by June with five of them running Honeycomb.

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Get the AllRecipes.com “Dinner Spinner” Android App

If you are like the average American, you could use a few more hours in your day, or at least some tools to help you make some mundane decisions such as what to have for dinner. AllRecipes.com has given our busy schedules some hope in the form of their new app built for Android, the “Dinner Spinner”.

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App Review: TV Shows Stream

Be careful when it comes to sizing of the images. Anything over 500px wide will not display properly on the site, especially the home page. Otherwise, don’t sweat the comments that come with this.

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Download This: Car Dashboard

Car Dashboard aims to be a step up from Google’s Car Home app, providing not only big-button shortcuts but speedometer and other relevant information. The app launches automatically when you place

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Amazon App Store Scores Angry Birds Rio Exclusive

Amazon’s app store looks to be nearly ready to open now that we know one of their first titles. Angry Birds Rio is exactly the title to let people know there is another app distribution channel worth checking out.

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Twelve Minute Video Demo of Galaxy Tab 10.1 Shows a Sleek, Powerful Tablet [VIDEO]

The chaps at AndroidHD were able to score some time with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet where, thankfully, they recorded the experience for the rest of us. In fact,

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Sprint Making it Easier to Become Their Customer

If you have been considering switching over to Sprint as your mobile carrier, (I know I have been, sorry T-mo, you are the only carrier with no 3G and no service in my home area), now may be the time to do it. Sprint is right now offering people who have smartphone contracts with other carriers $125 for each number ported over. If you are a non-smartphone user, they are offering $50. Check out the quote from Sprint’s posting on their site:

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HTC Thunderbolt Sounds Locked for a March 17th Launch

After weeks of slipping launch dates, the 4G LTE era is set to begin on March 17th with Verizon’s release of the Thunderbolt.