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Google Nexus tablet coming next year?

According to an interview given by Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, the next six months will see Google begin marketing ‘a tablet of the highest quality’. Presumably this will be along the same lines as the Nexus range of phones – not manufactured by Google but being the standard for each new release of Android.

Google has already tried something similar with the Motorola Xoom, which was the first tablet to be released with vanilla Honeycomb (Android 3.0) on it, which didn’t work out particularly well – it will be interesting to see how Google fight back against the success of the iPad and Kindle Fire.

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T-Mobile and Orange start sharing 3G networks

Since T-Mobile and Orange merged to become Everything Everywhere, there have been plans to allow users of either network to roam on the other for free. This has been in place for 2G voice and SMS services since October last year, but now sharing of 3G signals has started.

I received a text message earlier from T-Mobile to let me know about this starting. All that was required was to reboot my phone.

Text message from T-MobileAs indicated in my text message, further information about this is available from the T-Mobile website.

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Android Market celebrates 10 billion downloads with special offers

This weekend saw the ten billionth download from the Android Market. The news was announced on Google’s Official Blog. As you can see from the graph below, the rate of app downloads has increased rapidly – it took 22 months to reach the first billion downloads, but it only took one month to go from 9 billion to ten billion!

Android market growthTo celebrate, Google are offering ten days of special offers, with what looks like 10 premium apps available each day for 10p.

Android's ten days of offersToday’s apps include SwiftKey X, Endomondo Pro and Minecraft. The apps will change daily, presumably going by American time.

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CyanogenMod 7 running on Kindle Fire

It seems that work on porting CyanogenMod 7 (Gingerbread) to the Amazon Kindle Fire is progressing well. The latest update from the XDA Developers forum is that a developer has got CM7 running on the Kindle Fire. Although a lot of work is still required to make it usable, just getting CM7 to boot is great progress.

Here’s an image (not brilliant quality) of CM7 running on the Fire. I look forward to hearing about further progress.

CM7 running on the Kindle Fire