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Hottest Android news and rumors for the week ending Aug. 31

Jon Gold | Aug. 31, 2012
It's fair to say that the verdict in the landmark Samsung vs. Apple case could have been better for the Android manufacturer, as the jury dealt it a billion-dollar blow. Many pundits are already saying that the case could have broad ramifications for the rest of the Android world, scaring off hardware makers that couldn't absorb such a whopping judgment as easily as Samsung and forcing product redesigns that avoid potentially damaging legal trouble.

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The first update to the Google Now Android assistant was announced Wednesday night, adding sports information, movie details and emergency alerts.

I'm a little surprised they didn't just have Google Now mine my search history to add teams automatically - I'm pretty sure that this would have, accurately, led the system to conclude that I like the Boston Bruins quite a lot - but I guess it's nice that they opted for manual addition of sports teams. It's a lot less creepy. (FYI: Some teams are listed under weird names like "Foxborough New England Revolution.")

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Amazon's app store is now available in the U.K., France, Spain, Germany and Italy, giving Android users in those countries a new way to download Angry Birds - as well as paving the way for its presumptive release of the Kindle Fire 2 on Sept. 6.

 

 

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