Hottest Android news and rumors for the week ending November 9

By Jon Gold, Network World |  Software, Android, android phones

Samsung, on the other hand, isn't having a lot of problems on that score - just today, researchers crowned the Galaxy S III the best-selling smartphone of the third quarter of 2012, eclipsing even the iPhone 4S. Of course, given that the iPhone 5 moved 6 million units in the few days it was on the market during the quarter, it seems unlikely that the GS III will stay in the top spot for long. Still, it's an impressive achievement.

The South Korean giant is also getting ready to debut a new mid-range smartphone on AT&T called the Galaxy Express. The Express has a last-gen, 800x480 screen and other less-than-impressive features - but for $99 with a two-year contract, you can't expect all the bells and whistles. This sort of seems like a compromise on bringing the Galaxy S III mini to the U.S., since it has similar features and won't confuse people who think they're getting a real flagship device.

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The Verge reported yesterday that it had screenshots of a version of Microsoft Office for Android and iOS devices, saying that an official release of mobile MS Office will take place in early 2013.

While I still have fuddy-duddy questions about the utility of Word and Excel for mobile devices, I get that mobile productivity is likely to be a fairly big deal. And despite the fact that some nascent office options exist for Android, a fully functional Microsoft Office coming to the platform could shut them down quickly. If, that is, Microsoft does a good enough job with it.

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German-language Android blog Android Schweiz (or Android Switzerland) has photographs of what it says is an upcoming Sony 5-inch smartphone with the same 1080p screen resolution as the aforementioned Droid DNA.

The blog also says it's got the microSD slot that fans are always clamoring for, though it doesn't have a removable battery.

(Hat tip: Android Central.)

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