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Most Redditors who’ve been around the site for a while probably recall wondering, “why haven’t I been here since it launched?” Having been hooked on Reddit for a while now, I barely remember how I used to spend my spare time four months ago, before I became a regular at this something-for-everyone repository of links and discussions. Naturally, it quickly became important for me to find an Android app to browse this beautiful universe, on the couch, in the kitchen and eventually, at my desk while I write reviews. Yeah, I have something of a problem.

I tried a bunch of Reddit clients, but eventually settled on OneLouder’s BaconReader, because I prefer a more visual Reddit experience: the app’s slideshow mode allows users to swipe through posts with their accompanying content without having to manually launch links — making it perfect for bedtime reading. But just when I thought that my Reddit fix couldn’t get any sweeter, a friend introduced me to a new client doing the rounds that promised speed, a slick UI and no ads. I decided to take it for a spin, and boy, was I pleasantly surprised by Flow for Reddit.

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Amazon is going to be bringing out a tablet soon, and TechCrunch got the scoop on the details. We’ll go over the specs in a moment, but what’s important is that it’s a 7″ Kindle successor that runs a heavily modified port of Android – without the Market. But, honestly, that doesn’t matter. What does matter is that this Kindle tablet will not equal the iPad’s price, nor surpass it. It will cost just $250.

The Kindle is an extremely popular device, even if not in sales numbers. While I don’t personally own a Kindle, I know people who do and they love their device when it comes to its primary purpose: e-reading. And it’s became very evident that Android’s chance at success is not trying to “kill” the iPad, but trying to target specific markets, like the Kindle does.

I think Android is failing in the tablet market, and I don’t think they are going to improve fast enough to turn a profit. However, I also think there’s a massive potential for Android to move into brand new markets and take over the world. (more…)

On May 27, HTC announced via their Facebook page that they would no longer be locking the bootloaders on its range of devices. Developers all over the Android community were relieved when they heard this, and the announcement, which came about after a huge number of requests from the Android modding community, really emphasized Android’s role as an open-source platform.

HTC Facebook Announcement

The announcement by HTC on their Facebook page

HTC is one of the largest manufacturers of smartphones on the market with an annual revenue of just shy of $10 billion, and is the brains behind some of the most popular smartphones, including the Desire and Sensation. But were they right in unlocking their bootloader policy? Why did they do it? Read on for my thoughts. (more…)

Google have announced that they are going to hold on to the Honeycomb source code indefinitely, rather than making it open source and available to other manufacturers. For a couple of different perspectives on this, check out two of our articles from this week: The Honeycomb Lockout and Google Starts to Rebuild the Fragments.

Opinion seems to be split on whether this is a good move or bad move on Google’s part. What do you think? No range of answers this week; just a very simple, black and white, yes or no poll. Vote, and then share your views in the comments below.

Top tier Android evangelists and Product Managers never miss a chance to rant about the openness of the Android platform. The open source nature of Android serves to snub iOS at every turn and that has been justified until last month. So what changed?

Google announced that they won’t be open sourcing the code of Honeycomb, Android 3.0, any time soon. That announcement does hurt the image of Android as an open platform. But, as always, let us weigh in on how this will affect the ecosystem and us, the users. (more…)

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