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A few weeks ago, Michael James Williams declared that Froyo Tablets are Embarrassing. Today, I want to suggest a counter argument: Android needs Froyo tablets.

I believe that Froyo could be the real OS to help build up tablet market share for Google-powered tablets. The openness of Froyo plus the cheaper hardware it can be run on results in a great way to target those who still see tablets as a want and don’t want to shell out hundreds for a flashy brick. (more…)

This week I visited the Gadget Show Live, a huge consumer electronics show in the UK, where a number of companies were showing off their Android tablets. The Xoom is very impressive, but as a self-proclaimed “Android guy” I was actually embarrassed by the other tablets that I saw.
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There was once a time where the best of the best was limited to the most expensive handsets. To an extent, that is still true of the iPhone and high-end Android & BlackBerry devices. However, the open-source background of Android allows manufactures to install Android on any device they want, without stringent specification requirements.

Certainly, you should opt for the best phone possible to maximize speed and efficiency during your experience with Android, but what if you’re on a budget? Again, due to Android, phone-makers can pass off low-powered handsets as “smartphones” . That’s not true of the entry-level HTC Wildfire, which sports a relativity slick set of internals and a premium HTC Sense experience for under £200 (PAYG). (more…)

Ever been reading an article (preferably one of ours) on your desktop but found you need to go catch the bus? Or been reading a story on the way home and want to finish it off on your laptop? With Android 2.2, Froyo, you can do such a thing.

In today’s How To, we’ll be looking at how you can send webpages from Google’s Chrome web browser directly to your phone’s browser, and vice versa. (more…)

Android is rapidly increasing in market share and this certainly isn’t a consequence of the same people constantly upgrading their phones. In addition to the market’s growth, some users are switching (or upgrading) from other platforms for different reasons: Android is open, cheaper, more customizable; it’s on your preferred network; there’s more choice in terms of hardware… whatever your reason for choosing Android, there’s a big chance you’re a new user.

While Android ships with a number of pre-installed apps (in addition to some custom apps and widgets from the phone maker), the Market also houses a number of fundamental apps that every new user should have. If you’re experienced with Android, be sure to check out our absolutely essential app roundup. If you’re not, then check out this newbies’ list to get you started, instead of jumping in at the deep end.

In this special, extended article, we’re going to take a look at the first steps you should take as a new Android user including a tour of some “hidden” UI elements, must-have apps and widgets and to finish off, some tips. It’s a “Beginner’s Guide” in both senses: it’s designed for new Android users, and written by a relatively new Android user :)

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