The Android platform has seen manufacturers constantly try to one-up each other over the last year, regarding who can get the highest powered processor in their device, often at the expense of other necessities for a phone to really be considered great. Sure, a bigger processor will normally result in better performance over a lower end processor, but that’s only a tiny part of the real experience of a phone.

After Google released the Nexus One back in January 2010 the processors in smartphones began to be seen as the most important aspect that manufactures seemed to care about – with 1GHz processors being the bare minimum if you wanted to be considered a high-end smartphone, irrespective of how your phone performed. You can see why these firms like HTC, Samsung and Motorola went for that strategy: it was about marketing.

HTC were actually late comers to the Dual-Core game, which is unusual for the company that has a reputation for being first to everything (Android and 4G in USA to name a few), but will their entry, the HTC Sensation, be worth the wait, or have they too entered the market purely for publicity? Read on for the review.

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Google has done it again: completely revamped the design of their Android Market. Back in the end of 2010 the Market app was given a green theme and some new graphical changes such as the featured carousel, and now Google have drastically altered the design again to make it more user friendly. The updated market is meant to be rolling out over the coming weeks, though there’s an updated APK floating around on the Internet for those who want it right now.

Does the redesign live up to its potential? Read on for a video preview and my impressions!

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The Amazon Appstore launched fairly recently and it’s really cool — offering a paid app for free every day — but unfortunately it’s limited to US customers, making the rest of us feel like that kid who’s not invited to the cool party down the street.

I recently got a new Android phone and I realised that it’s crazy that I, living in the UK, can’t access the Amazon Appstore. So I did some searching around and discovered that there is a fairly easy workaround to give access to their store to everyone, not just those in the USA.

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Google has made almost every attempt possible to become the company that you use every day to check your emails, spend time on your phone, read ebooks and even edit your documents. Google Docs, the online document editor, has been available in mobile form for some time now as a web app, and many users had their hopes dashed when the Google Docs app turned out to be little more that a ‘cover’ that redirects you to the mobile web app.

I must admit that it was not until recently that I really starting using Google Docs, having always preferred Microsoft Office for its functionality and design; however, when your documents need to be viewed by multiple people or you want to continue editing them from separate places, Google Docs can be your best friend with the new mobile app. While this free application is nothing revolutionary it shows that Google is trying to allow the user to have the best experience when using their applications.

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Live wallpapers are one of Android’s most unique and wonderful features. Available for anyone on Android 2.1 or above, they are one of the best ways to customise your Android experience. Today we will be going through some of the best live wallpapers for your Android device, so sit back and enjoy the ride. Where possible I have linked to the free/lite version; as always, if you love it, we encourage you to support the developers and buy the full version.

Be cautious, many of these live wallpapers can drain your battery.

For each wallpaper that had one, I’ve included the developer’s official video below the screenshots.
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In-app payments have been a wish for many Android users and developers ever since the idea was introduced to iPhones. Last week Google finally made it a possibility for developers to integrate it into their apps, after announcing back at the end of last year that Google wanted to revamp the payment methods due to a feeling that the users just weren’t buying apps. (A reputation Android users have developed over the years.)

Hopefully this introduction of in-app payments will release Android users of this burden of being people that only get free apps, and encourage more developers to see Android as a profitable platform.

Read on to find out what in-app payments are, and what this means for the platform.
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You can barely go one minute trying to convince people that Android is great without having the fragmentation topic thrown at you. Fragmentation, for those of you not in the know, is when there are different software versions running on different pieces of hardware, in Android’s case, different versions on different phones.  

We recently published a post about the users’ and developers’ problems with the issue; while it’s clear that fragmentation exists, Google seems to be doing little about it.

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Lets face it, most of us will agree that the stock Music player for Android is nothing to be excited about. It’s dry and lifeless and when you compare it to the stock iPhone or iPad app it fails miserably.

One of the greatest features of an open source platform is this attraction of new apps. This openness creates competition, and competition is great for the user because it drives down prices and results in higher quality products. Fortunately the Music apps have been infiltrated with competition, producing some awesome (and some not so awesome) apps that give us all an alternative to the stock experience. Today we will be going through what the best Music player applications are, and what makes them so gmood.
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At last, a little over 3 years after BBC iPlayer launched on Christmas Day 2007, the official application is now available for Android. BBC iPlayer has received much appreciation in the media industry by allowing people to watch and listen to their favourite TV shows and Radio stations for a period of a week after being first aired, sparking its competitors to follow suit, and consequently creating a much better experience for their viewers to watch shows when and how they want.

Today we will be looking at the first official app that will allow users to kick back and catch up on their favourite BBC shows on their Android device. With a motto of “Making the unmissable, unmissable” it has a lot to live up to, and we will be testing whether it was worth the wait, or if it is just another flimsy app.

Note: This app requires Froyo (Android 2.2) with Flash installed and will only work on WiFi, not 3G. It is also currently only available for use in the UK.

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