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This years hottest Android event in the UK takes place in London on October 6 & 7 - Droidcon UK, and we've teamed up to give attendees a special discount offer of 25% off the regular attendance fee by using the code OTAMATE-DROID-150 when registering hereDroidcon is Europe's largest conference that exclusively covers Android development and applications. This year, over 500 Android enthusiasts will rub shoulders with many of the world's foremost Android experts to dig into every aspect of Android and its ever-growing ecosystem. The themes this time around are Android for Developers, in the Enterprise, Gaming, and Design. 

News  Handsets & Devices

One tough cookie

Panasonic has added the Toughbook to the vast range of Android tablets on the market now, with the clue in its name that this one's different due to its rugged build and security system. Unveiled  at the Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEi) at Londons Docklands, the Toughbook features a stylus with a 10.1-inch XVGA (1280x1024 pixel) antiglare touchscreen display with 5:4 aspect ratio – figures that will definitely offer high brightness and greater viewable angles even under direct sunlight. The tablet has deep rooted security measures embedded at hardware level. Other features include satellite-based GPS, full-shift battery life, professional-grade accessories and optional in-built 3G mobile broadband connectivity.


News  Handsets & Devices

Sharp has announced the Aquos SH8298U handset to rival LG's latest 3D model. It runs Android 2.3.4, has a 4.2-inch screen and the 3D effect doesn't need special glasses. There's 512Mb RAM with 2Gb internal and it's powered by a 1.4Ghz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU - with the graphics being handled by a Adreno 205 GPU. To record 3D video, dual 8 Megapixel cameras are on the back with a single LED flash. This one looks hot - but unfortunately it's only available in Sharps homeland of Japan at the moment, on the SoftBank network. Expect further news on this when it's rolled out to other countries soon...

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Jelly Bean - yeah, sort of rolls off the tongue doesn't it? Continuing the sweet/dessert themed alphabetic sequence for Android the boffins have though long and hard about one which began with "J", following the "I" of Ice Cream Sandwich and, as is reported to have been leaked by a trusted source, it's to be called Jelly Bean. Also, some of the "game changing stuff" originally planned for Ice Cream Sandwich has been moved back into this version, although as intriguing as this sounds there's absolutely no information on what that could be. It's not official yet - we need to see a giant one on Googles lawn first - but it seems a great fit. Time to think about "k"?