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Hands-on With Android 2.2 (Froyo) and Flash 10.1

Google’s I/O Conference kicks off Day 2 with the official unveiling of Android 2.2 aka Froyo. We’ve had a review build of 2.2 with full Flash 10.1 support on a Nexus One for under a week. Here’s what we found.

The bump from Android 2.1 to 2.2 isn’t as significant as the bump from 1.6 to 2.0. There’s been a slight UI …

It’s Google Doodle Time: Our Geeky Favorites

I just can’t get enough of these.

Google’s annual Doodle 4 Google contest is upon us, with this year’s them set as “If I could do anything I would…” and we were happy to see so many aspiring nerds among us. (Chemists! Comic artists! Time travelers!) Google received more than 33,000 entries from students in grades K-12 from 20,000 …

Android Gingerbread Slated For Q4 2010

Google’s official announcement of Android 2.2 (Froyo) is likely slated to be the big thing today at I/O (that or Smart TV). But even before Froyo is officially unveiled, we now know when Gingerbread (build # unknown) will likely launch and what platform(s) will support it. Launch dates can always be shifted around and platform …

Google To Debut Smart TV Tomorrow?

The LA Times is reporting that Google will unveil their Internet TV tomorrow at the I/O conference in San Francisco. It’s unclear what the service will entail but Sony, Intel and Logitech are expected to join Google on stage to announce Smart TV.

Like any Google product, Smart TV is probably half cooked and Google will release dev …

Google Announces Browser-Based App Store

Citing the difficulty inherent in finding web-based applications, Google has announced its own web store, fittingly called the Chrome Web Store. It’ll feature one-click purchases tied to your Google account, and purchased browser-based applications will appear right on your Chrome start page.

During the keynote at its 2010 …

Poll: Would You Dump Gmail For The New Hotmail?

Today, Microsoft unveiled its big Hotmail upgrade, followed by a resounding, “About time.” Among its new features, the revamped Hotmail will use cloud-based data storage, enable you to edit Microsoft docs directly within the email and will filter messages into four different “buckets:” mail from your contacts, mail from social networks, …

The Future? Google Phone Whispers Targeted Ads

Though this video from The Onion is a tongue-in-cheek look at Google’s advertising platform, it may not be too far off from what’s coming in the future.

The idea is simple. Google gives away handsets and service for free and in return, it uses voice recognition software to detect what you’re talking about and whispers …

Google Shutting Down Nexus One Store

The adoption rate for Android has skyrocketed in the last few months with more and more carriers offering Google’s mobile OS devices. The NPD Group released a report earlier this week showing Android’s market share had risen significantly in the first quarter even surpassing Apple’s iPhone.

(More on Techland: 18 Best Android …

Acer to Show Off Chrome OS Computers in Early June?

VentureBeat is reporting that “Acer will launch Chrome OS devices at the Computex Taipei show, which will be held from June 1 to June 5.” That’s according to “multiple sources,” though it’s not to say that the “launch” will mean that the devices will be available for purchase in June. I have a feeling Acer won’t be the …

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