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Finally, Netflix for Android has been released. It’s currently available for select HTC phones along with the Samsung Nexus S. Streaming over Wi-Fi has been reported as excellent, whereas 3G requires minimal buffering. Video after the break. Click here for the first picture in gallery.

We are slightly frustrated that navigating away from Netflix to answer a text or simply locking the screen forces the videos to buffer again.

[via Engadget]

Microsoft has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Barnes and Noble “based on the Redmond company’s assertion that the Android operating system violates its intellectual property.” According to Microsoft, “the patents in dispute ‘cover a range of functionality embodied in Android devices that are essential to the user experience, including: natural ways of interacting with devices by tabbing through various screens to find the information they need; surfing the Web more quickly, and interacting with documents and e-books.'”

The Android platform infringes a number of Microsoft’s patents, and companies manufacturing and shipping Android devices must respect our intellectual property rights. To facilitate that we have established an industry-wide patent licensing program for Android device manufacturers.

[via Geekwire]

Android device owners rejoice! Google has just released a Maps 5.0 update that lets you explore the world in 3D. In other words, “you can tilt, rotate, zoom smoothly, and enter compass mode to orient yourself in the world with Google Maps.” Continue reading for a short preview.

You’ll need at least Motorola Droid-level hardware for some of the crazier features like 3D though — 3D buildings for 100 cities; 3D compass; Two new gestures: two-finger swipe to tilt the map and twist to rotate.

[via Gizmodo]

Finally, after months of waiting and a few delays, pre-orders for the Android-powered Notion Ink Adam are set to begin today. At $498, this tablet boasts “WiFi, 3G, GPS, and a Tegra 2 system-on-chip powering things.” Video after the break. Click here for more pictures.

…with prices dipping down to $449 if you exclude either the 3G or Pixel Qi display option, and $399 if you drop both and make do with a WiFi-only LCD-based tablet.

[via AndroidPoliceEngadget]

Leaked pictures of Samsung’s Gingerbread Android phone have surfaced, and it will reportedly feature “either a 4.3- or 4.5-inch “sAMOLED2″ display, presumably standing for ‘Super AMOLED 2’.” Continue reading for one more spy shot.

It’ll naturally have Android Gingerbread and be equipped with an 8 megapixel camera capable of 1080p video capture, 14.4Mbps HSPA, Bluetooth 3.0, a 1.2GHz core of some sort, and 16GB of storage onboard.

[via Engadget]

Angry Birds Android is finally available, and it’s free to boot. Developer Rovio says that “it was an ‘obvious choice’ of GetJar over Android’s Market, thanks to the ‘global reach and popularity as well as their unique App It! download service.'” Video preview after the break.

Although it’s free to the Android user, the guys at Rovio won’t be living off baked beans and cup-a-soup you’ll be pleased to know, as it’s ad-supported.

[via Gizmodo]