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Google I/O 2012, Google’s developer conference, is next week! The schedule’s pretty packed, with sessions on Android, Maps, Google TV, Chrome, Drive, Google+ and more.

As with any tech event, the rumour mill is working overtime. Here are a few that I’ve heard we might see:

  • An offical 7-inch Nexus tablet.
  • Android Jelly Bean (which will be Android 4.1, not 5.0).
  • Google Assistant, Android’s answer to Siri.
  • Project Glass being worn by presenters.
  • Cross-platform games (Google+, Chrome, Android).
  • A set of Nexus handsets (as many as five at once).

There’s a great, detailed rundown over at Android Police: The Ultimate Google I/O 2012 Preview.

Vote in the poll to share what you’re most excited about seeing – and if you’ve heard any other rumours, please let us know in the comments!

You can get the official Google I/O 2012 companion app here.

I have seen countless applications released on Android months or even years later than on iOS. This seems to be a strange choice for the developers to take, as statistics show that it may actually harm their profits. In this article I will discuss my views, and share the evidence that supports them.

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It’s no secret that I love technology. Technology surrounds me every minute of my life, and I spend a great deal of time interacting with it in a variety of contexts, whether that be working on my computer, browsing Reddit and the like on my tablet, or playing games on my console (and yes, I’m intentionally leaving out brand names because this article isn’t about any loyalties or rivalries).

Five years ago, smartphones (if you’d call them that) weren’t really common, and tablets as a popular consumer device were a thing of the future. Think about it: in just those few short years, we’ve gained two significant additions to our technological lives. Many other technology-related industries have also seen significant progress during the period, including TV offerings from Apple and Google.

This is great… except the devices are all separate. I’m looking forward to a future where I just have one core device and a range of different form factors.

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Having used Symbian, Windows Mobile, Meego and iOS in the past, and settled on Android for the past 18 months, I have been quite excited to check out Windows Phone’s current offer in terms of ecosystem, OS, and devices. Thus, for the past couple of months, I have been using a Nokia Lumia 800 (running WP 7.5) as my secondary device, along with my primary HTC Desire Z (running ICS). After a series of ups and downs, I have found a lovely cocoon with both platforms, although the back and forth between them is highlighting all the exclusive features in each that I wish existed on the other.

Here, I will tackle the Windows Phone features that I really hope make it to Android; on our sister site, Windows.AppStorm, you will find the Android features that I would like to have on Windows Phone. These points are based on the out of the box options of each, neglecting what could possibly be done with rooting, unlocking, custom ROMs, homebrews, and so on.

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As you’ve no doubt heard, Apple iOS 6 was announced this week. Many of the upcoming features are actually already present in Android – turn-by-turn navigation, reply by text, Facebook integration – but a few are new (or at least only available in third party apps).

I’m particularly interested in Passbook, an app that will keep track of tickets, coupons, and loyalty cards. When you step into an airport, it’ll automatically present you with your boarding pass, for example, which you can use to check in. Yes, it’s a similar idea to Google Wallet, but a lot simpler and without relying on NFC (or on retailers to get their act together and support mobile payments).

How about you? Vote in the poll and leave a comment to share your thoughts!

In a keynote that opened with Siri telling the audience a bunch of jokes by video (including “Have any of you been working on Ice Cream Sandwich? Or Jellybean? Who comes up with these codenames, Ben and Jerry’s?”), Apple announced iOS 6, the next iteration of their mobile operating system that powers the iPhone and iPad.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at the announcements and see how they stack up to what Android has on offer. (more…)

Welcome to another edition of  “Apps That Made My Week”. Today I would like to introduce you to a novel way of reading SMS messages, a great way to look at the weather, an app that gives to charity whilst you run, and my favourite keyboard.

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Maps. We all use them at some point, and a lot of us do so on a device connected to Google’s own mapping service. Just a week before Apple is widely expected to unveil their own mapping service for iOS, Google held a small event to show off developments in Google Maps including some exciting news for those that like to view the world in 3D.

In addition to 3D, Google Maps is getting a bit of a UI update, as well as the ability to access maps while offline! Let’s take a look at what Google had to show off.

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Weekly Poll: Are You Excited By the Android News at E3?

This week, Los Angeles is hosting the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, the major trade fair for the video games industry. As you can imagine, plenty of Android-related announcements have been made:

I think this is all great news (and I’m sure there are even more announcements that I’ve missed) but then, I’m a gamer. What do you think?

(In other game-related news, we’ve recently started a new Steam group for Android.AppStorm readers and writers. If you play games on Steam, join in with us!)

Best of AppStorm in May

We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in May. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, Android, Windows, or iPad apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!

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