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Google surprised Nexus One owners this week by releasing an update for the Android-based phone. In the meantime, Motorola introduced the Devour in the U.S., and Samsung unveiled a new Android phone due to appear in Korea early this year.

Google surprised Nexus One owners this week by releasing an update for the Android-based phone. The Nexus One has only been on the market for a month, but the update added a fair bit of functionality — notably multitouch — the lack of which has grated enthusiasts. It also addresses the 3G connectivity problems that some owners had been reporting.

This week also saw Motorola release the Devour in the U.S. The Devour is the newest addition to the Droid family on the Verizon network, and the first with the MOTOBLUR technology, which aggregates the phone owner’s social networks into one screen. The Devour has a sliding QWERTY keyboard, and is smaller than the original Droid.

Samsung unveiled a new Android phone as well, one that brings 720p video recording to the mix. And since the handset needs high-speed connectivity to send those HD videos, 802.11n, too. Dubbed the M100s, the new phone packs a large 3.7-inch AMOLED screen into a svelte form and is due appear in Korea early this year.

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