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Google and BlackBerry team up for a secure enterprise Android

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BlackBerry and Google are having a total peanut butter and chocolate moment here. The two companies have just announced that they're teaming up to create a more enterprise-ready version of the Android OS. The deal will see the heightened security features of BES12, BlackBerry's enterprise device deployment service, integrated into Android's 5.0 Lolipop build and Google Play for Work.

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​Google releases second preview of Android M

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Google has released the first update to its Android M developer preview, inching the mobile OS closer to its final release.

Google describes the M Developer Preview 2 as an "incremental update". It brings thousands of tiny fixes and a few major changes to the platform and APIs, as well as other issues reported by developers.

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Google Releases Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast

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The $15 Ethernet adapter is designed to bolster streaming via Chromecast for those with poor WiFi connectivity.

Google appears to have quietly released a $15 Ethernet adapter for Chromecast users with spotty WiFi connectivity.

It's unclear when the company released the device, but media reports about its availability appear to have resulted in the product being sold out on Google Store.

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Box computer and Pico-ITX SBC pack i.MX6

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Advantech launched a Pico-ITX SBC and a computer that run Linux or Android on a dual-core i.MX6, and offer 4GB eMMC, dual displays, and two mini-PCIe slots.

Advantech unveiled both a 2.5-inch Pico-ITX board called the RSB-3410 and a box computer version called the UBC-220. The name, design, and distinctive blue coloring of the UBC-220 are similar to that of the recently revealed Intel Quark based UBC-221, but the limitations of the Quark compared to the multi-faceted 1GHz, Cortex-A9-based Freescale i.MX6 SoC on the UBC-221’s RSB-3410 mainboard make these very different computers.

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Android based videoconferencing system does 9-way sessions

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Grandstream’s “GVC3200″ is an Android based videoconferencing device that offers 9-way SIP/Android sessions, a 12x zoom HD camera, and triple HDMI displays.

Any Android device with a front-facing camera is potentially a personal videoconferencing device, especially now that Google Play has apps like Skype and Google Hangouts. Yet, we haven’t seen many Android- or Linux-based systems that do business-class, room-sized videoconferencing, let alone non-video conferencing systems like this week’s Android-based DCN Multimedia Conferencing System from Bosch. The only recent exception we can recall is Google’s VC-ready Chromebox for Meetings, which runs the Linux-based Chrome OS.

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Android Leftovers

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Samsung launches SM-G9198 Android clamshell phone in China

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Others think that flip phones or clamshell phones are a thing of the past but I know a lot of women who like them. There's something nice and classy about bringing out your phone from your bag or pocket and then flipping it open to use and make a call. Okay, so you may not agree about that kind of vain reasoning but this new Samsung SM-G9198 clamshell smartphone might change your mind.

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6 affordable Android phones you'll actually enjoy using

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With an unlocked phone, you can get service anywhere you want, with no strings attached -- including at a prepaid carrier that'll charge you as little as $30 to $45 a month for the same basic service you're getting now.

These six devices will let you cash in on the savings while still enjoying a nice smartphone experience.

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Multimedia conferencing system runs Android

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Bosch’s “DCN Multimedia Conferencing System” for council meetings runs on a Wind River Android build, and features a 7-inch touchscreen, mic, and speakers.

Wind River announced the DCN Multimedia Conference System from Bosch Security Systems as a design win for its role in developing an optimized Android 4.03 based software platform and software integration services. The open platform allows the use of custom-made or third-party apps, says Wind River. The Intel subsidiary was an early supporter of Android, with its Wind River Platform for Android and the later Wind River Solution Accelerators for Android, Security.

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Qt Creator 3.5 Beta 1 Drops BlackBerry, Improves For Android

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The First beta of Qt Creator 3.5 Beta 1 is now available. This Qt-focused integrated development environment drops BlackBerry 10 support over having no maintainer while separately bringing improvements/fixes for Android and more.

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