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Gingerbread still tastier to Android users than Ice Cream Sandwich

Regardless of how much money Android has generated (or, more accurately, hasn't generated) for Google, there can be little doubt that Google is pleased with the fact that it owns the second most popular mobile OS in the world.

But the popularity of Android isn't without its problems. Fragmentation, for instance, has always been an area of concern for developers and handset manufacturers, if not for Google.

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Draw Something: one app, five weeks, 20m downloads

Developers hoping to cash in on the app gold rush today face a harsh reality. Competition is fierce, standing out can seem like an impossible task and well-heeled companies are capable of producing bigger and better apps more rapidly than ever before.

Even so, app store success stories like keep developers going.

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Apple unveils "the new iPad"

It's here!

After a long wait filled with much rumor and speculation (driving tons of traffic to tech blogs), Apple unveiled the latest version of the iPad at a press event in San Francisco.

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Is Google's Motorola "firewall" really a good thing?

Google is now seeing more than 850,000 new Android device activations per day, and Android head Andy Rubin says the search giant will "double down" on Android tablets this year.

But the real key to Android's success could be found in Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility, which was recently approved by EU and US regulators.

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Apple lures exec from Adobe to head iAd

When Steve Jobs unveiled iAd to the world, he promised an offering that would revolutionise mobile advertising.

But delivering on that promise has proven difficult for the technology company that has revolutionised so much in the past decade.

In fact, the offering's future looks quite uncertain. So what's Apple to do? Turn to one of your most-despised enemies, apparently.

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BBC achieves 1.1m downloads and 500k new users with iPhone app

The BBC’s iPlayer iOS app has been downloaded 1.1m times in the week since it was upgraded to run on the iPhone and iPod touch.

Daniel Danker, BBC general manager of programmes and on demand, said that 500,000 of the downloads were to users who had never installed the app before.

The iPlayer app, which was launched on iPad and Android in February, has been a key factor in the growth of tablet and mobile viewing of BBC content.

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Apple's Mac App Store hits 100m downloads

Little more than a year ago, I asked the question, "Will the Mac app store change the desktop software landscape?"

The answer may not yet be obvious, but one thing is for sure: Apple's attempt to bring the app store model to the desktop isn't a flop.

Yesterday, the company announced that less than a year after launching, the Mac App Store has already surpassed the 100m download milestone.

According to Apple, this makes its newest app store "the largest and fastest growing PC software store in the world."

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Microsoft to launch Windows Store for apps

Windows 8 is coming, and it's going to bring more than just a new operating system to users. Perhaps inspired by Apple, Microsoft will be delivering an app store dubbed the Windows Store with the newest version of its OS.

The Windows Store, which Microsoft wants to be the primary distribution hub for Metro style apps, is clearly something Microsoft has high hopes for. In fact, it's one of the reasons Microsoft is calling Windows 8 "the largest developer opportunity, ever."

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jQuery Mobile emerges from beta

Native mobile apps may still be the best way to deliver mobile applications that provide rich, enjoyable experiences, but there is a place for the mobile web, and in many cases, it is increasingly promising.

Technically, however, many challenges remain. The number of mobile devices and platforms grows by the day, and capabilities often differ significantly.

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Localization: the next big to-do for mobile app developers?

When the web was young, most websites were in English. This wasn't exactly surprising. After all, the web first emerged in the United States in a big way and was its largest initial market.

Over time, of course, the web has come to bring the world closer together and in turn, give companies anywhere in the world opportunities global in size.

For many companies, that meant moving beyond the English language to reach customers and stakeholders in their native tongues.

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Google's Ice Cream Sandwich: what they're saying

On Tuesday night, at an event in Hong Kong, Google unveiled the newest version of its Android operating system. Android 4.0, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich, is perhaps the most important Android release ever.

Not only does it merge Android 2.x, which is used on mobile phones, with Android 3.x, which was designed for tablets, Google clearly aimed to make Ice Cream Sandwich more than just another major release.

Its apparent goal: reshape Android, making the entire interface and experience, oft-criticized, much, much tastier for mainstream consumers and hardcore mobile enthusiasts alike.

Will Google succeed, perhaps helping it compete against iOS and the iPhone? Here's what folks are saying.

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Adobe doubles down on its HTML5 mobile bet

For Adobe, the rise of mobile, and the iPhone and iPad in particular, has been bittersweet.

Yes, the company most recognizable to consumers for its Reader and Flash products, has plenty of new opportunities thanks to mobile, but exploiting them has required the company to look at a number of Plan Bs.

The primary reason: Apple doesn't like Flash. Adobe tried to persuade Apple that Flash isn't so bad, but that wasn't going anywhere, so the company has been increasingly betting its mobile future on other technologies, like HTML5.

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