Patent craziness, Google+ mobile updates highlight today's Google news

There's a lot of news surrounding Google to digest today, so let's get started:The biggest piece of news from the tech world's perspective was that a jury unanimously ruled that Google did not infringe upon patents held by Oracle...

Average U.S. smartphone user has 41 apps on their device

Nielsen has some interesting new data out today about Americans' smartphone usage.  The big takeaway: Americans love their mobile apps.How much do they love mobile apps, you ask?  For starters, the average number of apps on a typical...

The big question: Does Google really know how to make an Android device better than anyone else?

The Wall Street Journal today reports that Google is planning to release a slew of Nexus-branded devices from a host of different manufacturers.Google plans to give multiple mobile-device makers early access to new releases of...

Tab syncing highlights the latest Google Chrome update

The good news: The latest version of Chrome allows you to sync up tabs on your desktop PC with tabs on your smartphone and tablet.  The bad news: Chrome for Android is still in beta testing, meaning that it's only available on a...

Samsung lists T-Mobile phones due for Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade

Good news for T-Mobile Android fans -- Samsung will upgrade (some of) your devices to Android 4.0 ("Ice Cream Sandwich") after all!Over the past few weeks, Samsung released a list of Android devices that were slated to receive ICS on...

The Tablet Claw promo video shows just how boring our lives have become

I get an insane number of PR pitches over the course of the day.  Most of them go straight into the trash, some of them are followed-up on and made into stories, and some occasionally catch my eye for reasons that their senders...

Facebook's proposed app store: I think this could actually work

As if we didn't have enough places to buy mobile apps on our devices, it seems that Facebook is going to jump into the game with a mobile app store of its own.  Let's go to VentureBeat, which got the scoop this morning:Facebook is...

CTIA 2012: AT&T Wireless chief slaps down T-Mobile's comically misleading new ad

One of the more ironic moments of this afternoon's wireless CEO session at CTIA came right after Sprint CEO Dan Hesse had just finished chastising his fellow carriers for producing ads that mislead consumers about the speeds of their...

First impressions of the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE

If you bought an HTC Droid Incredible two years ago and were happy with it, you might consider getting the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE when you're due for an upgrade since it's by and large the same device.And that's not a knock,...

Hands on with the Samsung Focus 2: You could do a lot worse for $50

Going to AT&T's special pre-conference event in New Orleans today gave me a chance to play around with the Samsung Focus 2, the latest and cheapest ($49.99 with a two-year service agreement) Windows Phone device to hit AT&T's...

Samsung Galaxy S III launch sets new standards for bombast and pomposity

Samsung took the wraps off its new Galaxy S III today and from the initial look, it's pretty sweet.  But Samsung's grand unveiling of the device was most notable for the new benchmarks it set for pomposity and bombast as the company...

Win or lose, at least RIM is taking its time to get things right

Research in Motion has been a pretty easy company to bash in recent years (I've done my fair share of it myself), but the initial reports I've read about this year's BlackBerry World conference leave me optimistic that RIM's next...

Hands on with Google Drive: It can face-recognize Cthulhu!

As you might have heard, Google released its Google Drive online storage service today.  One of the cooler features in the new service is its ability to scan your pictures for text and frequently-used images to help you identify data...

For better or worse, Google is now at the epicenter of tech and the law

There have been three major stories surrounding Google over the past couple of days and all of them show how intertwined Google has become with tech-related laws in the United States and elsewhere.  Let's start with the biggie, which...

What privacy controversy? Google still the top-rated tech brand

Given all the hubbub surrounding Google's recent changes to its privacy policies, you might have thought that the company would take a significant hit in the court of public opinion.Well, that clearly hasn't been the case so far, as...

Sweet new Chrome feature lets me read what I was reading on my smartphone on my PC (does that make sense??)

Have you ever glanced at an article on your smartphone and then said to yourself, "I don't have time to read this now, I'll have to look at it later?"  And then you get to work and you forget what the heck you were reading in the...

Highlights from Google CEO Larry Page's "State of the Company" address

Google CEO Larry Page published something of an open letter to Google users today outlining where the company is right now and where he wants to see it go in the near future.  For those of you who don't want to read the whole thing...

Google posts first "Google Glasses" video

Well, well, well!  It looks like the team at Google [X] has indeed been busy working on the so-called "Google Glasses" project (now known as Project Glass) after all!  And even better, they've been kind enough to post a video of...

Instagram, BlackBerry Mobile Fusion highlight a busy day for Android news

Today was one of Those Days where a whole bunch of little news items popped up that related to Android and I didn't have time to write stories on all of them.  So instead, for your benefit, I've decided to round them all up in one...

New "bootkit" Android malware infects more than 50 apps, 1600 devices

Another week, another story of potentially major Android malware out in the wild.  The latest batch comes to us courtesy of Dr. Xuxian Jiang a professor at North Carolina State University and the chief scientist for NQ Mobile.  The...

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