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Android news and rumor roundup for the week ending Aug. 24

Jon Gold | Aug. 24, 2012
Releasing a new flagship Android device within even a few weeks of the upcoming iPhone 5 is probably not the greatest idea in the world, and that has cut into the amount of blockbuster Android goodness you can expect from this column. Nevertheless, plenty is going on in the world of Google Android.

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Some news that I think we can all agree is pretty excellent -- Google's bringing its semi-skippable "TrueView" YouTube ads to the Android platform. "TrueView," if you weren't aware, is the ad platform that offers you the option to skip ads after watching the first five seconds or so, so you can hear about some new pharmaceutical without having to listen to an actor list its various side effects for 25 seconds. While I personally think even five seconds of pre-roll ad is pretty irritating, it's better than the alternative, I guess.

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For the ROMantics -- sorry, but Motorola announced on Twitter that its boot-unlocking plans don't extend to older phones like the Droid Bionic and Droid 3. In fact, the only devices that ARE supported, according to a Moto help page, are the Photon Q LTE on Sprint, RAZR developer edition in Europe, Xoom on Verizon and Xoom Wi-Fi. Still, this could ensure that entertaining bounty programs -- like the one that eventually awarded more than $3,800 to the developer that cracked the Verizon Galaxy S III's bootloader -- continue to spring up.

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Facebook released a new version of its official Android app this week, adding event creation and a better photo uploader. Oh, and improved Emoji. Now sharing all your personal information is more fun than ever!

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