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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: What We Hope to See

Google spilled the beans quite literally on its newest version of Android Tuesday, erecting a giant jelly bean statue outside Google HQ on the same lawn where it displays statues commemorating previous version of Android such as Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich.

http://mashable.com/2012/06/27/android-jelly-bean/ 

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Facebook has created a new feature that lets users find friends and potential friends nearby. Currently Initially called “Friendshake” and also accessible through a URL that is the abbreviation of “find friends nearby” (http://fb.com/ffn), it’s another step in Facebook furthering its reach into mobile, and creating services to meet new people — rather than building up more connectivity with the ones you already know. And, in keeping with Facebook’s emphasis on being as ubiquitous as possible, for now it’s not being delivered in a native app, but via the mobile web. Update: it’s accessible via Facebook’s mobile apps, too (see below the break for more details, including comments from the developer).

The service comes a little under two months after Facebook announced the acquisition of Glancee, a mobile app that helps users discover people near them with similar interests, whose three founders have now joined Facebook…

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It’s been a long time since Sony released a smartphone in the U.S. market that had a chance of hitting it off with customers — too many of their recent releases have either been meant for niche markets (the Xperia Play 4G) or were expensive and unlocked (nearly all of these things).

That said, they’re looking to give it another go with the new Xperia ion, and it certainly looks like it could go all the way. It’s the company’s first LTE-enabled phone to land in the United States, it packs a much touted camera, and it’ll only set AT&T customers back $99. What’s not to like?

Read on for all the juicy details.

Features:

  • 4.6-inch 720p Reality Display and Mobile Bravia engine
  • Runs Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB of onboard storage, can take up to an additional 32GB microSD…

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