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Join Matt and Kevin for this week’s live podcast, where you can participate in the chat room. This week: hands-on impressions of the G2x, Acer’s newest Honeycomb tablet, the Droid Incredible 2 and the Infuse 4G. Plus: what to expect from Google’s big event next week! Read more »

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Research firm Canalys released global smartphone sales estimates from the first quarter of 2011, with conjecture that no more than 2.5 million handsets running on Microsoft’s platform were shipped to retailers. That’s just a small percentage compared to Android, iOS and even Samsung’s Bada platform. Read more »

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Quanta has reportedly received orders to build up to 800,000 Amazon tablets per month. Only Quanta knows what Amazon’s new tablet will physically look like, but it’s easy to see how such a device might be used and how it can stand out from the crowd. Read more »

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Mobile gaming on smartphones is tied for the fifth-most used activity on a handheld. Some thing the handheld gaming market is different from that of smartphones, but that’s old school. Cheaper software that can leverage connectivity for social or multi-player gaming is earning high scores. Read more »

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Research In Motion’s new Bold brings an updated operating system and several hardware improvements to help BlackBerry sales keep pace with competitors. But the handsets are still a stepping-stone because neither uses the new QNX platform yet. The PlayBook gains video chat and a Facebook app. Read more »

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After nearly 16 months, my Google Nexus One is finally out-of-date. That’s a record for me keeping one single phone, but it’s time for an upgrade, because Google just announced video chat capabilities in Android 2.3.4, rolling out to the Nexus S and other new phones. Read more »

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Today’s free Amazon app for Android devices, Business Calendar, is so good, I’d actually pay for it if I had to. In fact, I wouldn’t mind seeing Google purchase the software and integrate into Android as the native Google Calendar client for smartphones and tablets! Read more »

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Amazon is the most noteworthy of a small army of new app distributors that are hoping to compete with Google’s Android Market. Here are a few other companies that should consider joining the field and capitalizing on Android’s runaway success. Read more »

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Verizon Wireless today announced an April 28 launch for the HTC Incredible 2, a successor to one of the carrier’s most popular Google Android handsets from last year. Although the handset can’t use Verizon’s 4G network, it may appeal to frequent travelers due to GSM support. Read more »

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In honor of Earth Day, I’ve been testing a couple of solar chargers from Scosche and Choice Solar. The good news is that charger prices have dropped significantly. But their capabilities vary, so it’s important to select one that meets your needs. Read more »

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Sony is finally getting into the Android tablet game, announcing two new Honeycomb tablets, codenamed S1 and S2, that arrive this fall. That gives time for Honeycomb to mature and gain tablet-optimizes software while Sony leverages its consumer electronics ecosystem for media and entertainment. Read more »

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Sprint today announced the Nexus S 4G, with support for Sprint’s WiMAX network, is launching on May 8 for $199 with a two-year contract. Will customers be interested in the new Nexus when dual-core, higher resolution phones are available? They probably will for one key reason. Read more »

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It’s easy to hate on RIM’s new BlackBerry PlayBook, but are some people overlooking the positives that RIM’s new tablet offers? Here’s a list of my favorite selling points, which actually provide a solid foundation for the PlayBook to mature and be successful in the future. Read more »

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With flash storage subject to production issues and relatively high costs compared to other mobile device components, maybe it’s time to revisit the idea of broadband enabling near-limitless virtual storage. We’re not there just yet, but we’re getting closer due to smarter apps and improved connectivity. Read more »

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Barnes & Noble released software for its Nook Color e-reader, bringing Android 2.2 and third-party software to the $249 device. At this price, consumers may opt for a multipurpose e-reader over a tablet. Why not, when you can play Angry Birds, YouTube vids and check email? Read more »

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Matt and Kevin share hands-on impressions of three devices this week: the BlackBerry PlayBook from Research In Motion, T-Mobile’s G2X Android smartphone and the G-Slate Honeycomb tablet. Join them live for the podcast and you can participate in the show through the live chat room! Read more »

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