Weekly News Round-up: What You May Have Missed in the World of Android

Unfortunately and apologetically, I missed last week’s round-up, so this should be an extra treat. I should be back on schedule now, despite a massive “detour.” Here’s what’s happening:

  • Mashable reports that if you’re an Android user, you might also be gay, lesbian, or transgender (that’s going to create some interesting hits to this site), at least according to a poll from YouGov who found that 5.25% (~15,000) of 300,000 respondents identified themselves as gay, lesbian, or transgender.
  • It seems that Microsoft is balking at Motorola’s offer to license patents for Xbox and Windows OS for $2.25 and $0.50, per device/copy, respectively. An International Trade Commission ruling last month also negatively affected Motorola’s Android devices which use Microsoft Activesync patents to translate information. Motorola offered to pay $0.33 per device for that license from Microsoft.
  • Motorola’s been busy lately, I guess because they might get paid. The company released Android 4.0 update documents for several Droid phones, and update 905 for the Motorola Droid Bionic. If you’re a brave soul, you might also try installing the leaked version of Android 4.0 for Droid Bionic. I might give this a try.
  • Be on the lookout for Zeus. This is a harmful piece of malware that disguises itself as a valid security app, called Android Security Suite Premium, then promptly steals your information. If you need a great security app, go for Lookout. It’s my preferred, free, security app.
  • Want to have some musical fun, and get held for contempt at the courthouse? Then you’ll want to try the “Guitar Hero” piano look-alike, Magic Piano (free with paid addons). With a few magic fingers (not these magic fingers), you’ll be a Baroque virtuoso in your own mind.

And that folks is the 2 week version of the news round-up. Oh, wait, one more video, just because you haven’t done enough “awesome” stuff in your life:

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