Moments after T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm mentioned the upcoming Samsung Vibrant 4G at a press conference in New York, T-Mobile and Samsung confirmed the news in a press release.
The statement doesn't say much, which makes us think that Humm got ahead of himself in spilling the beans about the Vibrant. T-Mobile won't confirm specs or a release date at the time of this writing, though it promised to reveal more details in the coming weeks.
Yet, we do have an inkling of what the Vibrant 4G should offer. Compatibility with T-Mobile's HSPA+ 4G network is a … Read more
Six months after its release, Froyo has begun to eclipse Eclair as the most prevalent Android OS version. According to figures Google released yesterday, Android 2.2 runs on 51.8 percent of handsets that accessed the Andorid Market in a 14-day period ending January 4. Eclair (2.1) handsets had a 35.2 percent share, whereas Cupcake (1.4) and Donut (1.6) have dwindled down to a combined 12.6 percent share.
We realize that Google is using a very specific measure that doesn't reflect the total number of devices on the market, but the news is … Read more
Samsung Vibrant owners may be getting sweeter later this month. T-Mobile will begin updating the Samsung smartphone from Android 2.1 to Android 2.2. Subscribers will begin seeing the long-awaited changes as soon as January 21, though the rollout will come in waves--not everyone will receive a call to update on the same day.
In addition to serving Vibrant owners some good new about the Froyo build, T-Mobile also put to rest a nasty rumor that Samsung has been purposely thwarting the Android 2.2 update.
Samsung's custom skin and T-Mobile's add-on apps are two complications behind … Read more
Despite the surge in Android phones, iPhone owners are still by far the ones most loyal to their devices, according to a study out this week by mobile analytics provider Zokem.
Based on results from Zokem's U.S. Mobile Life panel in 2010, the iPhone took home a loyalty score of 73, far surpassing the score of 40 given to its closest competitor Android.
Gauging the loyalty that smartphone owners have for their current devices, the score looks at whether people will stick with the same brand for their next purchase as well as other factors. Even among non-iPhone … Read more
One of Google Voice's stickiest conditions is beginning to unstick, thanks to a new, very quietly rolled-out feature that lets you port your own phone number to Google Voice.
Previously, signing on to Google Voice meant searching for a new Google Voice number to pass along to (and confuse) family and friends. A call forwarding feature let you give Google Voice the blessing to handle the voice mail attached to your mobile number, but porting was frustratingly not an option, to the chagrin of all of us CNET users as well.
A missing Cricket Wireless Android costume that spurred a $1,000 reward offer has been found, according to the carrier.
The company offered the reward for information leading to the recovery of the Android mascot, which it described in a statement (PDF) as "round and green with foam tendencies." The company said it had last been seen on a 40-mile stretch of highway between Florence, Ky., and Mason, Ohio.
Latoya Robinson, a spokeswoman for Cricket, said a woman in Covington, Ky., saw news coverage of the missing costume Monday evening and called to report finding it next to a dumpster outside her apartment. (We have to wonder if the Android disappearance was an accident, especially with the anticipation over Honeycomb and endless barrage of Google TV criticism. With such intense pressure, perhaps the little green man was pushed over the edge and into a life on the streets).
The lovable Android moonlights as a mascot for Cricket. The carrier said it believed the droid may have flown out the back of a pickup truck on I-75 North during a routine trip between state lines earlier this month. Am I the only one concerned about Cricket's employee safety rules and regulations here? … Read more
The page doesn't reveal much, other than to say, "Something big is coming" and "Evolution is fate." Samsung said it will post another teaser preview on February 1, but the big reveal will occur on February 13 at 10 a.m. PT.
We should also note that Sony Ericsson is scheduled to have a press conference on the same evening, at which we might see the … Read more
U.S. Cellular announced today that it's pushing Android 2.2 Froyo to its Samsung Acclaim smartphone. You can't get the update over the air--you'll have to actually connect your phone to a PC--but that's a small price to pay for all the goodness that Froyo brings. Here are a few of the highlights as listed on U.S. Cellular's site.
Fully integrated support for Microsoft Exchange (e-mail & calendar) Use the Acclaim as a mobile hot spot through the carrier's 3G network for five to eight users Save applications to the microSD card … Read more
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