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Where Android's little green robot mascot came from

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We're not exactly sure where the little green robot that's become the staple of Android's branding originated. But apparently it just started to "show up" all over Android's apps.

"So the robot [is] starting to show up," one person who worked on the Android team in its early days told Business Insider. "Some engineer, somebody created it. I don’t even know who. And then they probably showed it to Andy [Rubin], and he said 'that’s cool,' and he took that robot and he open sourced it."

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Top 5 Android smartphones — April 2015

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This year is seriously cruising by. Can you believe we’re already in the second quarter? The good news is that summer is just around the corner and, of course, it also means we’re back with our quarterly list of the very best Android smartphones you can buy.

Samsung and HTC have new flagship smartphones out. You can already order the One M9 directly from HTC and it’s hitting U.S. carriers soon. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge hit store shelves today.

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  • Google, Intel vow to speed up delivery of Android updates

    It usually takes months for mobile devices to get Android updates, but Intel and Google want to slash the wait time.

    Tablets and smartphones made as part of a new Intel mobile-device development program will be able to receive new Android versions and features in two weeks via over-the-air upgrades.

  • AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S5 gets Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Exclusive: Google is close to making Android Wear work on the iPhone
  • Which smartwatch sucks least? Apple Watch, Android Wear, Pebble, Samsung Gear?

    Reviews of Tim's Apple Watch are pouring in, mixing like oil and water. Most reviewers agree that Apple's new shiny timepiece isn't fully perfected. That being said, the chief contention among reviews relate to degree and magnitude of imperfection. In other words, many reviewers can't agree on (if or by) how much the Apple Watch sucks.

  • Google Boasts Android Wear Watch Bands Available From Clockwork Synergy, E3 Supply Co., And Worn & Wound

    Apple has spared no opportunity to advertise how customizable its debut smartwatch is, thanks to the promised number of bands wearers will be able to swap in and out. Unsurprisingly Google wants to take some of the wind out of those sails. The company has taken this moment to highlight a set of straps available for various Android Wear devices from the likes of Clockwork Synergy, E3 Supply Co., and Worn & Wound.

  • Watch Wars: Apple Watch vs. Android Wear

    The Apple Watch hits stores in just two weeks, and based on the reviews, it’s both an impressive bit of modern technology and a beautiful piece of jewelry. But the Apple Watch isn’t the only smartwatch on the market.

    Apple’s nemesis, Google, already has its own watch operating system, Android Wear, and companies like Samsung, LG, and Motorola make smartwatches that run it. What’s more, these Google watches are less expensive than the Apple Watch and come in a host of different styles.

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop Update For Nexus 5 Rolls Out To More Users; Nexus 4, 7, 9 Confirmed Next By Google

    The Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the Nexus 5 is finally starting to roll out to additional owners of the smartphone almost a month after being initially announced by Google.

  • Sony Begins Xperia Z2 And Z2 Tablet Android Lollipop Global Rollout

    As previously announced, Sony has started pushing Android Lollipop out to Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet devices all over the world. These updates are going out in phases and vary according to your region and carrier, so you still may have to exercise patience a bit longer.

  • Google is bringing back month view to its Calendar app for Android

    As it turns out, Google has been listening to your feedback and has decided to reintroduce month view to its Calendar app. Since Google updated the Calendar app alongside the jump to Android 5.0 Lollipop, many users have been begging the company to bring back the month overview so they can see more events at one time.

  • New Nexus 7 Android 5.1 Release Imminent

    A new Nexus 7 Android 5.1 update has been confirmed thanks to Google’s Android Open Source Project and it’s probably not the one that many Nexus 7 users were expecting.

  • Logitech Keys-To-Go now available for Android, Windows
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPe now receiving OTA update for Android 5.1

    While Sony is gearing up to release its fourth Xperia Z phone, some phablet fans are still sitting pretty with the original’s larger-than-life cousin, the Xperia Z Ultra. For those who opted to keep things pure, the GPe variant was the way to go. Fortunately, Google hasn’t forgotten about the largest phone to have been offered with stock Android, as the just a few days after Android 5.1 hit LG’s G Pad 8.3 GPe, it’s now time for the Z Ultra GPe to receive the latest Lollipop build.

  • This brilliant free Android app will change the way you use your phone

    Multitasking is great, but smartphones will never offer a multitasking experience on par with desktop devices because they just don’t have enough screen real estate. That doesn’t mean switching back and forth from app to app is the only way to go on mobile phones, however, and a great Android app called Flynx has come up with a simple and elegant solution that you really have to check out.

  • Firefox for Android passes 100 million downloads four years after launch

    Mozilla announced Firefox for Android hit a big milestone today: 100 million downloads. The figure is confirmed on Google Play, where the app now shows the installs category is in the “100,000,000 – 500,000,000″ range.

  • Amazon Prime Instant Video finally comes to Android tablets

    For the longest time, Amazon enticed users to choose the Fire tablet with exclusive access to Prime Instant Video; despite the fact that Fire devices run a version of Android, purely Android tablets were denied the benefits of their modified brethren. Yesterday, though, that finally changed — Amazon unceremoniously made the Prime Instant Video app available to all Android tablets.

Dell will sell a bigger version of its flagship Android tablet

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You might not think of Dell as a big name in tablets -- not on the level of, say, Apple or Samsung. In fact, though, the once-stodgy PC maker sells one of our favorite Android tabs, the Venue 8 7000, which won a Best of CES award and earned a strong score of 84 in our review. Now, the company is back with a 10-inch edition (the Venue 10), and it's basically a blown-up version of the original, just with some improved ergonomics.

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  • HTC One M8 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Continues

    Back in January HTC announced they’d miss the deadline they set themselves for the HTC One M8 Android 5.0 Lollipop update, but since then we’ve received plenty of good news as it’s rolling out to multiple carriers in the United States. It first kicked off for owners back in January, and over the past few weeks has continued to arrive for more and more proud owners.

  • One Android fan’s righteous rant: He owns 6 Android devices and none of them have Lollipop yet

    We all know there are good reasons why Android will never be rolled out as efficiently as the way Apple rolls out new versions of iOS. That said, surely the process can be better than it is right now… can’t it?

  • Moto G Android 5.1 Lollipop Update Is Out And What To Expect For 2013 Moto X, Moto E And Moto G LTE

    Motorola has begun rolling out the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the Moto G Google Play Edition (GPE), and it is possible that other versions of the phone could receive the update anytime soon.

  • Amazon Prime Instant Video comes to Android tablets with a catch

    Check the Amazon Instant Video splash page and you'll see the news: You can officially stream videos from Amazon to your Google Android tablet. I say "officially" because tech savvy folks may have already sideloaded, or manually installed, the phone version some time ago. But for the mainstream masses who typically get their apps from the Google Play Store -- a smart move for security reasons -- this is new.

  • ‘Mortal Kombat X’ Available On iOS And Android, Launch Trailer Contains System Of A Down — Plus Full Roster Revealed

    The mobile companion game for Mortal Kombat X is available for download on both iOS and Android. Mortal Kombat X Mobile can be downloaded for free (with in-app purchases) on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, according to Hardcore Gamer. The Mortal Kombat X Mobile is the full Mortal Kombat X experience built for mobile devices.

  • Mortal Kombat X Mobile Android Release Date: iOS Version Is Live But When Will Fighting Game Appear In Google Play Store? [VIDEO]
  • A case to keep Android and Chrome OS separate

    There are many Android fans who aren't enamored with Chrome OS. They cite lack of apps for the latter, and the wealth of features that make up the great utility of the former. There has long been speculation that Google will eventually merge the two platforms into one OS. I hope that never happens.

  • Apple Watch vs. Android Wear, Pebble and Samsung Gear

    What is a smartwatch, and what can it do? The Apple Watch arrives in a landscape filled with things for your wrist. How does it stack up? Great in some ways, and not so wonderfully in others. Let's look at the closest competition and see.

  • Android 5.1 to hit Google Play Edition of HTC One M7 and M8

    Owners of the Google Play Edition of the HTC One M7 and M8 should stay tuned for Android 5.1.

    In a tweet late Tuesday, HTC vice president of product management Mo Versi said that "approval for both M8 & M7 GPE versions have been granted by Google for 5.1 OS. OTA out shortly!" That means an over-the-air update should reach both models soon if it hasn't already. The Google Play Editions of such phones come with pure Android, which excludes any customizations typically made by the manufacturers.

  • Google highlights even more Android Wear watch faces, straps

    Itching to make your shiny new Android Wear watch really yours? You're in luck -- Google's curating not only the best watchfaces to throw on your teensy wrist-display, but some of the handsome watchbands you should lash onto it too. Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang pointed out new (and mostly leather, sadly) straps available from E3 Supply Co., Worn & Wound and Clockwork Synergy in a post on the Official Android Blog earlier today. Thing is, you can't actually buy these accessories straight from the Play Store proper -- you'll still have to mosey on over to each retailer's site to lay claim to your next bit of wrist candy so the approach isn't exactly as seamless as we would've hoped.

NCR Launches Android-Based Thin Client ATMs

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A few years ago NCR took a fresh look at ATM operations. Cloud computing was becoming more powerful and NCR decided that banks could achieve significant efficiency by moving to a thin client ATM. It chose Android as its first operating operating system but may consider others in the future.

“Android gives a developer access to the source code, so we can build in security and get the level of control that some other systems might not give us,” Johnston explained. “Once we have written in the security add-ons they will carry through and we can upgrade without having to rewrite all the security.”

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New Atom SoC will target IoT devices, says Intel

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At IDF Shenzhen, Intel announced plans for a rugged IoT version of the Intel Atom x3 SoC, with built in cellular radios, and both Linux and Android support.

At the Intel Development Forum (IDF) in Shenzhen, China, Intel announced a future Internet of Things version of its new Atom x3 (Sofia) system-on-chips, some of which are built by China-based Rockchip. Intel announced the Atom x3 at Mobile World Congress in early March along with the more powerful, 14nm fabricated “Cherry Trail-T” Atoms, the Atom x5 and x7.

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