We caught wind of the Samsung Gem last month, but today Samsung and Verizon's Alltel have made their match official.
The 3G, candy bar Android smartphone sports a 3.2-inch touch screen, a 3.2-megapixel camera, an 800Mhz processor, and Swype on the virtual keyboard. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a load of Google services are also present, as is a microSD card slot.
We're not too impressed that the Gem packs Android 2.1 Eclair, considering that the more advanced Android 2.2 Froyo has been available for over six months.
Still, the rock-bottom price will make up for … Read more
When Sonos launched its iPhone app in 2008, it was a big deal for the company because it allowed iPhone and iPod Touch owners to buy a Sonos system without spending the extra dough on a $400 Sonos remote. That helped spur sales of the popular multiroom music wireless system, which is easy to set up without the help of a professional home installer.
Now the company hopes its new free Sonos Controller for Android app will attract a whole new batch of potential Sonos converts--or just please existing ones who happen to own Android-based smartphones.
Sonos Controller for Android, which will be available in late March as a free download from Android Market, is designed to work on any Android smartphone running Android 2.1 or later with a screen size of 320x480 (HVGA), 480x800 (WVGA), or 480x854 (WVGA). That includes most popular Android phones, such as the Motorola Droid X, Samsung Galaxy S series, and Evo 4G.
Currently, the app isn't officially supported on Android tablets, but Sonos reps said the app would potentially work on tablets but running in a smaller window. They didn't say when a true tablet version of the app would be available that would be similar to the one available for the iPad. … Read more
An interface coming with the forthcoming Honeycomb version of Android will open up a new ability for programmers who want to tap into hardware power unlocked by low-level programming.
The new interface, is called Renderscript, said R. Jason Sams, an Android performance and graphics programmer at Google. He didn't say so in so many words, but the goal for the feature has to be better games on Android. It's a broader feature, though: it's used in Honeycomb's YouTube and Books apps.
"The target audience is the set of developers looking to maximize the performance of … Read more
Smartphone users looking to sell their current devices to pick up a new Verizon iPhone will find eBay a willing buyer.
The auction site yesterday launched a special two-week promotion through its Instant Sale feature that offers cash to people willing to sell their current smartphones.
Running through February 22, people can receive at least $200 from eBay by sending in any one of a number of phones, including an AT&T iPhone 3GS, a Motorola Droid X, a Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant, or an HTC Evo 4G. Those willing to part with an AT&T 32GB iPhone … Read more
A surge in sales turned Android into the second biggest smartphone platform in the world last year, according to a new report from Gartner.
Unit sales of smartphones running Google's mobile OS grew 888.8 percent year over year, from 6.8 million in 2009 to 67.2 million in 2010. In terms of market share, that translates into major shift--from 3.9 percent in 2009 to 22.7 percent in 2010.
For a second-tier carrier in just 14 markets, MetroPCS has been grabbing some top-tier headlines. The latest is this morning's revelation that Metro will be the first to make commercially available a 4G LTE Android smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Indulge.
Like its cohorts in the Galaxy range, the Indulge is an Android 2.2 (Froyo) slider phone with the Samsung TouchWiz interface and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It features a 3.5-inch HVGA resolution (800x480 pixels), 3-megapixel camera, and 32GB microSD card slot, and it runs on a 1GHz Hummingbird processor. The Indulge will cost $399 without a contract. … Read more
HTC may have vaulted to glory in recent years with its selection of Android phones, but last month at CES the company broadened its portfolio just a bit with the new Freestyle quick-messaging phone.
The Freestyle, which goes on sale from AT&T this Sunday, February 13, lacks the high-end features of the new HTC Thunderbolt and its simple design won't stand out in the cell phone crowd. Yet, for users who don't need a lot, the BREW-powered Freestyle should deliver.
The aluminum body features a 3.2-inch touch screen with just a few navigation controls below. … Read more
For a game with "angry" in the title, Angry Birds sure does make people happy. Maybe it's because of the steady supply of extra goodies developer Rovio Mobile continues to push out--like the new Valentine's Day addition to Angry Birds Seasons. (That's the iOS version; it's also available for Android!)
Like an unexpected gift from that special someone, Seasons 1.2.0 rolled out with little fanfare yesterday. If you already own the game, check the App Store app (or Android Market) for the update. For everyone else, the game is still 99 cents--and … Read more
Android has swiped second place from Apple as it climbs the ranks of the top smartphone platforms in the U.S., ComScore reported yesterday.
In the fourth quarter, the Android operating system accounted for 28.7 percent of U.S. smartphone market share, edging out Apple's OS, which captured 25 percent of the market. That represents a reversal from the third quarter when ComScore tracked Android with a 21.4 percent share and Apple with 24.3 percent.
The rankings show BlackBerry maker Research In Motion still at the top. However, its 31.6 percent slice of the market … Read more