It seems that Google will directly challenge Apple's tablet supremacy, a ploy that has failed a litany of other worthy hardware makers. … Read more
If you're one of the new owners of a Samsung Galaxy Nexus who's experiencing wobbly signal strength on Verizon, a reprieve is on the way.
This article was originally published December 19, 2011, and updated on December 21, 2011.
The carrier, in a tweet, promised phone owner Jack Doyle that Verizon is looking into and actively developing a fix for issues with signal inconsistencies that are keeping his phone--and others--from performing as promised.
The weeks leading up to CES, the annual Consumer Electronics Show, are usually slow, but a new Android smartphone, the Huawei Mercury, is heating things up for Cricket.
At least, that's what Cricket hopes will happen with the phone it's claiming as its most advanced ever.
Previously known as the Huawei Honor (see review) or Glory, the Mercury boasts a 4-inch FWVGA touch screen (480x854-pixel resolution), a 1.4GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera with HD video capture, and a front-facing camera (with a basic VGA resolution). The device has 2GB of internal storage. Cricket's new tethering plan lets you use the Mercury to provide an Internet connection to up to five other devices.
Although the Mercury ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Cricket apparently hasn't decided whether it will upgrade the device to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, according to a Cricket representative.
The Huawei Mercury is available now and costs $249.99 without a contract.… Read more
A new Android Ice Cream Sandwich phone with Beats Audio, and the first major 4G Windows Phone handset, are coming from HTC in 2012, according to a report out this morning.
Boy Genius Report says a "trusted source" tells the blog that it's all part of a plan to switch up the company's strategy a bit in the New Year, beginning with the "HTC Titan-like" LTE Windows Phone on AT&T, currently set for a February 5 release, according to BGR. In addition, Boy Genius says a new handset called the HTC Elite … Read more
It's such a fine line between stupid and clever.
That's a quote from the movie "This is Spinal Tap," but it could just as well apply to the Sphero, a new high-tech, $130 robotic ball that's well, either pretty stupid or pretty clever, depending on how you look at it. (We first encountered Sphero at CES 2011.)
Let's start with the clever. The concept of wirelessly controlling a ball and steering it around with your smartphone is certainly intriguing, and people's initial reaction to seeing Sphero in action is usually a mix of curiosity and a bit of awe. "Wow, that's cool," is a frequent observation. … Read more
Your Kindle Fire can do more than just play games. No, really, it can. One of its many functions is the capability to stream or download music from your Amazon Cloud Drive, and I'm here to show you exactly how to do that.
First, your PC If you have an Amazon account, then you already own five gigabytes of free space on its Cloud Drive. If you're having trouble accessing your Cloud Drive, go here to get things started.
Next, on your PC, go to the Amazon MP3 page and click the Cloud Player banner in the upper-right corner.
Sign in with your Amazon account and click "Upload your music" from the upper-left corner and then click "Download Now" to download the MP3 Uploader. Once downloaded, open the Uploader and follow the default instructions to install it.… Read more
Google has long offered Android developers a number of resources for creating quality applications and games.
Indeed, whether it's the oft-updated platform version chart or a member of the team dropping by the developer blog to share some code or best practices, there's plenty of official information available.
If that wasn't enough, today brings another valuable set of tools for new and seasoned Android developers with a beta program called Android Training. Presented in a wiki-like format, this collection of classes is designed to help developers create compelling apps.
Initially, there are only a dozen courses offered … Read more
The over-the-air update applies to Nexus S phones that use the GSM/UMTS cellular technology. In the U.S., that means that the AT&T and T-Mobile versions are eligible for this first wave of updates, but sadly, Sprint folks will have to wait.… Read more
It's end-of-the-year roundup time, when we marshal the power of hindsight and judge all of the tech products that came out in 2011. There were some obvious groaners (hello, HP Veer), but plenty of winners, too.
This is a whopper of a poll. The choices are all culled from the hardware that made CNET's list of the top tech of the year.
Ask any honest Android fanboy what he envies aboutchances are good that he or she will menton Siri. And since we're speaking honestly, I'll be the first to admit that this is one feature that I wish my Android could do.