Verizon is set to begin pushing out another Android 2.2 Froyo update, this time for the LG Ally. Launched last May with the release of "Iron Man 2," the smartphone has been running Android 2.1 for the better part of a year.
Details of the update range from enhancements to the browser to improved security and new versions of the Amazon, Amazon MP3, Facebook, and ThinkFree Office apps. Although the carrier has yet to announce the availability of the Froyo update, a support page has already gone live. Typically these pages hit the Web about a … Read more
With rising data usage and rising network costs, Sprint announced today that it will increase its Everything Data plans by $10 per month on new smartphone activations starting January 30.
This new Premium Data add-on, which Sprint already charges on its 4G handsets, applies to all smartphones, including BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone, Palm, and Instinct devices. Note, however, that if you own one of these smartphones and are still under contract, you won't see a change in your monthly bill until you upgrade to a new device.
Sprint still argues that its Everything Data plans, which includes unlimited text, … Read more
As you may have heard, Sprint is hosting an event in New York City on February 7 to unveil "yet another industry first." Coming on the heels of a quiet CES 2011 for the carrier--it unveiled just the HTC Evo Shift 4G--we're eagerly for some Sprint news before CTIA in late March. So what could Sprint have up its sleeve? And better yet, why the heck is illusionist David Blaine slated to appear?
Judging from the theories I've seen on various mobile and tech sites, it could be anything from a WiMAX/4G iPhone to a … Read more
Verizon Wireless announced today that it was issuing software updates for two of its Android handsets, the Samsung Fascinate and the Motorola Droid Pro. The devices aren't getting OS updates--sorry--but the new features, particularly on the Fascinate, are nothing to take lightly.
We've offered the full list below for your perusal. Verizon will push the over-the-air updates to users starting today, or you can initiate the download manually from your settings menu. For more information, check out Verizon's Droid Pro and Fascinate support pages.
Updated versions of preloaded applications, including V Cast videos, City ID, … Read more
Samsung may be holding a digital hostage; Android gains ground on Apple, but may soon lose it to the Verizon iPhone; and the announcement of the next iteration of Android raises questions about version numbers. Join Antuan Goodwin and Justin Eckhouse for all that and more in the world of Android.
This post was updated at 5:27 p.m., PT with comment from T-Mobile.
There's a story circulating the Web today that's causing an uproar among Samsung Vibrant owners and putting Samsung in the hot seat.
According to AndroidSpin, they received a tip from a reliable source that claims that Samsung is preventing T-Mobile from releasing the Android 2.2 Froyo update to Vibrant users in order to push the next-gen Vibrant 4G.
The tipster, who appears to be from within the T-Mobile organization, writes:
Some disturbing things have happened the last week or so concerning our "… Read more
T-Mobile and Samsung appear to be prepping the release of a follow-up to last fall's Vibrant. Dubbed the Vibrant 4G, the Galaxy S device should feature a handful of improvements on its predecessor, most notably support for 21Mbps on T-Mobile's HSPA+ 4G network.
Other new details include a front-facing camera, Android 2.2 (Froyo), and the inclusion of Qik (video chat) and doubleTwist Air Sync (music, media). And this time around, T-Mobile will preload the movie "Inception" rather than "Avatar." It's also worth pointing out that the carrier appears to be getting into … Read more
Android has surged ahead of Apple for the first time as the most popular smartphone OS, according to Millennial Media's mobile ad network.
In Millennial Media's December report, Google's mobile operating system won 46 percent of all ad impressions (the number of times an ad is displayed), compared with 32 percent for Apple's iOS. In November, the two operating systems were neck and neck at 38 percent each.
Rounding up the rest of the competition, Research In Motion's BlackBerry OS grabbed 16 percent of ad impressions in December, Nokia's Symbian nabbed 2 percent, and … Read more
Like many of you, I've watched the rumors of a PlayStation Phone spread across the Internet over the last few weeks. After a so-so 2010 for Sony Ericsson, this is exactly the type of device that could cement Sony Ericsson as a top Android contender. That is, if they get it right. Ask any Android enthusiast about last year's Xperia X10 and you'll likely hear gripes about how badly the company missed the boat.
Once expected to be one of the premier Android phones on the market, the Xperia X10 arrived with muted fanfare. Though eventually it was successful at a couple of carriers around the world, it never took off in the United States, even though it landed at AT&T.
What was the primary reason for this missed opportunity? Outdated software, of course. Even with its 1GHz processor, 4-inch screen, and 8.1-megapixel camera, the phone was hampered by Android 1.6. That inability to run many of today's better applications turned many potential consumers away. And even now, as some Android handsets are getting 2.2 or even 2.3, Sony Ericsson is just pushing Android 2.1 out to various regions. Thankfully, however, the future looks much brighter.
As of right now, the PlayStation should come branded under the Xperia umbrella, possibly carrying the Xperia Play moniker. Although branding it specifically as the PlayStation Phone could be a better move, it will be easier for the company to fold it into the Sony Ericsson portfolio. What's more, listing it with the Xperia name ties it to its other efforts, notably the new Xperia Arc. … Read more
Wearables are largely aimed at the person who just wants to maintain a good weight, sleep enough, and maybe get in a little cardio. CNET's Brian Cooley tells you why 2014 could be the breakout year for wearable tech.