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Hottest Android news and rumors for week ending Sept. 7

Jon Gold | Sept. 10, 2012
So those references I've been making to a generally low level of activity among major Android players in the days leading up to the iPhone 5's launch now look a bit silly - mea culpa.

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From the "ugh, bloatware" department - Verizon is planning to integrate an entire homescreen's worth of Amazon apps, including Kindle, Shopping, MP3, IMDb, Zappos and Audible, into all future Android device releases. Only Nexus devices will be spared, apparently.

If these apps follow the usual bloatware pattern of being impossible to remove, that's a major retrograde step for Verizon, which could have done a lot more to increase customer satisfaction by opting for a clean, flexible user environment.

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Jelly Bean (4.1) updates - Internal Sprint documents published by Phandroid and Engadget seem to indicate that the company's Nexus S 4G and Galaxy Nexus devices are due for an upgrade to Jelly Bean any minute.

If this does happen within the next 24 hours or so, it'll be particularly frustrating for Verizon Galaxy Nexus users, who - despite signs that an update may be close - remain stuck on Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.4).

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Samsung says it's sold 20 million Galaxy S IIIs in the device's first 100 days on the market. That's about 1.4 million per week, 200,000 per day, or 8,333 in an hour.

 

 

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