Top Android news of the week: Drive plugin, S2 Tab, free patents

This week in Android we saw Google giving free patents away, Samsung's latest tablet announced, and Google Drive comes to Microsoft Office.

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Galaxy S2 Tab launched

Samsung unveiled its latest flagship tablet, the Galaxy S2. It will be available in both a 9.7-inch and 8-inch model, and both will have a Samsung Super AMOLED display. The tablets will have an LTE option and two storage configurations.

Source: Samsung

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Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office released

Google made its Drive cloud service easier to use with Microsoft Office with the new plug-in for the suite. This enables Office users to open Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents directly in Office apps and save them in Drive when done.

Source: ZDNet

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Samsung and Apple have a third of smartphone sales in the second quarter

Apple may have almost all of the profits but not sales. Samsung is the giant in the Android world with a big track record. When Apple's and Samsung's smartphone sales are combined the two were responsible for over a third of the global total.

Source: MacRumors

Google giving patents to startups

In an effort to alleviate startups from the concern that patent trolls will come after them, Google is giving some patents to them. There are a number of conditions that must be met to qualify for the free patents, most notable the requirement that companies must join Google's network of companies fighting patent trolls.

Source: The Verge