After months of leaks and even a brief public appearance, Google and Samsung made it official and announced the Nexus S on Monday, the first smartphone to run Android 2.3.
The Nexus S will be sold from Best Buy, both online and in stores, and will be available for purchase on December 16. You can buy it unlocked for $529 or with a two-year contract with T-Mobile for $199. If you happen to live in the U.K., the phone will be available from Carphone Warehouse after December 20.
Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, brings such new enhancements as … Read more
Two significant features are coming to Opera Mobile for Android, the Oslo company's higher-end smartphone browser: playing HTML5 video and accommodating Adobe Systems' Flash Player plug-in.
"New Web technologies aim to replace it, but Flash will be around for some time. If you have Flash player installed on your phone, Opera will support it," mobile team member Pavel Studeny said in a blog post on Saturday.
HTML5 video, one of those technologies that encroaches on Flash's turf, lets developers embed video directly into a Web page, as happens with images. It's also en route Studeny … Read more
Blame it on the holidays, but it wasn't a busy week over at the Federal Communications Commission. Besides a couple of Sharp handsets headed for Japan, we found a new Samsung Android handset, the SHW-M190S.
Because the FCC has to certify every phone sold in the United States, not to mention test its SAR rating, the agency's online database offers a lot of sneak peeks to those who dig. And to save you the trouble, Crave has combed through the database for you. Here are a selection of filings from the past week on new and upcoming cell … Read more
Google quietly ushered in another new Android Market feature today with the integration of a "related" tab. Designed to aid in application and game discovery, the tab lists apps that are related to the title that you're currently viewing. For example, when browsing Google Sky Map, related titles include astronomy, lunar, and satellite titles. Depending on carrier or handset, the tab may be called "similar" instead of "related."
The feature is just the latest in a series of small moves that will add up to a much improved Android Market experience. For example, last month saw the implementation of additional graphics, YouTube videos, recent change logs, and content ratings.
The next release of Android, Gingerbread or OS 2.3, is widely expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks. The redesigned Market is among the many rumored changes that Gingerbreaf should bring to the platform. Judging by the new features and options, users will have plenty at their disposal to learn more about apps and discover content that may have been otherwise missed.
The related tabs has not been formally announced by Google, so it's hard to say exactly what version(s) of Android is required. My instinct tells me it is for 2.2 and above, as that's the going trend with recent apps from Google. Maps and Gmail have both seen updates that require Froyo in order to take advantage of the new features. … Read more
Samsung's Galaxy S smartphones have reached another milestone.
The company said today it has now shipped 3 million Galaxy S smartphones. The figure comprises sales of the seven models of Galaxy S smartphones, including the Fascinate, Captivate, and Vibrant, currently available from all the major carriers. The announcement comes about three months after Samsung said it had shipped 1 million of the phones, which run on the Android operating system.
Samsung also noted today that it plans to upgrade the phones to Android 2.2 "in the near future." It wouldn't provide an exact time frame … Read more
Google has produced more than a couple Android apps over the last two years with Listen, Scoreboard, and Sky Map among its most notable titles. Yet, there has been one app people have been clamoring for since the T-Mobile G1 debuted: Google Reader. Sure, we've always had a mobile optimized site available to use, but nothing beats a good native client. And earlier this week, Google finally released a Reader app.
Reader is not just a simple port of the Web experience since it adds some nifty features you don't get from the browser--take multiple account support, for … Read more
A phone with the soul of a tablet, Google TV a flop?, and our required App list, All that and more on this week's edition of Android Atlas Weekly for Thursday, December 2nd, 2010. Join Justin Eckhouse along side Senior Associate Editor, Nicole Lee!
With all the millions of dollars that manufacturers and mobile operators pour into advertising their flagship smartphones, you'd think more commercials would be hits. But we all know better than that. For every poignant or entertaining ad there are five more duds that fail to entertain, or elicit any sort of emotional response.
Take 2010, for instance. There have been few memorable campaigns, not all of them good, and many more that amounted to expensive TV noise. It casts a shadow on Apple's advertisers that one of the year's best commercials was an Internet-viral Jane Lynch parody … Read more
Cheap Android tablets seem to be popping up in the oddest places these days. While holiday shopping over the weekend, I randomly came across budget-priced ($100-$200) Android tablets at Kohl's, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, and even Toys "R" Us.
I understand the appeal. The iPad is going bonanzas, but it's priced out of reach for most people. Android smartphones like the Motorola Droid franchise have been heavily promoted on TV, extolling the virtues of the OS and its iPhone-killing "does" philosophy. Throw in our existing love affair with e-book readers, and you'… Read more
The rumored Sony PlayStation phone has been spotted again, this time getting captured in video form.
A Greek gadget blog has roughly 2 minutes of blurry footage of someone reportedly playing with the device. Although we never see the phone opened up to reveal the gaming controls, it appears to be a real working model. According to Techblog.gr, the handset is codenamed Zeus and will bear the name of Sony Ericsson Z1 when it arrives.
Specifications for the PSP phone include a 1GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera, 512MB of RAM, and 1GB of ROM. It's suggested that the … Read more