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    Android is a great operating system for smartphones, tablets, and even TVs, but it doesn't have a lot of hooks to allow stuff beyond what's built into the device to talk to it. With an announcement at Google IO, that's about to change. The new Android Open Accessory standard (and accompanying software development kit) will allow external USB hardware (and eventually Bluetooth hardware as well) to "interact with an Android-powered device in a special 'accessory' mode". Think of the functionality of the proprietary car and desktop docks for the Google Nexus One made available for any ...

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    Sometimes a smartphone is just too bulky. You might not want to pull a 4-inch phone out of your pocket just to check the time, the weather, or even to see if you have any missed calls. For those a watch might be a better tool. A watch is strapped to your wrist so it can provide basic information at a glance. However, on its own a watch can't do much more than keep track of the date and time. To provide any other kind of information it needs a way to receive data. A few years back Microsoft attempted to provide more data to watches with a technology they called SPOT. SPOT used an FM radio ...

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    One of the fun parts of this job is speculating about what the future might hold. As with any predictions into the future, the following may not ever come to pass. I'm not under any non-disclosure agreements with Google, and I don't have any insider information from them either. That having been said, I decided string together a few rumors, events, and announcements, then make some fairly radical extrapolations. Rumors are beginning to circulate that the next version of Android, codenamed "Honeycomb", will be released sometime around March 2011. We have also been led to believe that one of ...

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