Boy Genius offered a load of dish Monday on Verizon Wireless' roadmap through 2010 and 2011. Some of the rumored devices we've heard about already, but not everything has been discussed before. According to the tipster, Verizon will have a Motorola Droid Pro global phone by November, two other global handsets from Samsung and HTC, a Moto Android device that will resemble the company's long-departed Q smartphone, and Android-powered tablets from Motorola and Verizon. And on the 4G front, Boy Genius predicts that Verizon will have LTE service across 75 percent of the country by April 2012 and … Read more
Today's smartphone market is overflowing with devices and their hardware specs (processors, screens, and so on) are becoming increasingly similar among the brands, so it's understandable that a company would turn to software to add its own unique spin to the devices.
For Motorola, its solution for Android was Motoblur. Introduced and heavily promoted on the Motorola Cliq, Motoblur was about instant connection to your social networks and contacts. At the time, the company saw it as a key aspect to its comeback, but now, Moto is shifting its focus.
During its Q2 2010 earnings call, Motorola's … Read more
This week was low key on the official-news front, but rather busy on the rumors front. As a gadgets blog, we report on rampant speculation, as well as cold, hard facts--and everything in the middle. Here's some of what you missed.
Fact: Amazon releases two free games for the Kindle.
Rumor: iPhone 5 might be here sooner than we think, with a smaller iPad in tow.
We think: This might be the best case for the iPad.
For nerds: Is PC gaming about to zenith?
For geeks: How a life-size Gundam comes to be, with video.
Awesome: Samsung's … Read more
Earlier this week when I told you about the new Froyo features on the HTC Evo 4G, I also invited you to share the undiscovered goodies that weren't on Sprint's official list. Whether from Android or Apple, most operating system upgrades have some secret "Easter egg" features that aren't apparent right away. With a little effort, and a little patience, you can find them. Let me share with you the tips I've received so far, along with the name of the CNET reader who sent it in. As you send me more, I'll … Read more
A recent post on the official Android Developers blog tells us that the ill-fated "superphone" sells for $529 as part of the Development Phones handsets. Previous developer phones include the G1 and the myTouch 3G/Google Ion.
Although the phone ships with Android 2.1 under the hood, it will grab the Froyo update shortly after powering on. If you are an Android developer and want to get your hands on the Nexus One, … Read more
A new version of PayPal for Android smartphones is bringing its spin on mobile money transfers to Android.
PayPal 2.0 for Android adds Bump technology, which debits money from one user's account and credits another when two phones are tapped together. Of course, both smartphones need a Bump-enabled PayPal app to work. PayPal with Bump is currently available on the iPhone, so buddies wishing to settle accounts can digitally do so despite using different mobile platforms. Digital payment of this sort is a much more elegant solution than Square, as cool as that credit card-reading peripheral may be.… Read more
Every major rock festival now features an iPhone app to help you navigate the grounds and find out when your favorite bands are playing, but Lollapalooza, which happens this weekend in Chicago, has a couple of unique wrinkles.
The Coachella iPhone app that I used earlier this year had a friend finder and the ability to post photos, but AT&T's network had trouble sending regular SMS messages, so I didn't even bother trying to use these data-intensive features. To try to get around this problem, the Lolla organizers have teamed up with AOL Lifestream to provide … Read more
With the Froyo rollout hitting the HTC Evo 4G and Droid this week, many Android users are beginning to wonder if and when their respective handset will receive the update. A quick check of the top manufacturers in the U.S. market tells us that there are nearly two dozen Android devices available to consumers. Though a majority of these are already running Android 2.1, some are lagging behind, and a select few will never see Froyo. Below I've listed the Android handsets that are currently sold by U.S. carriers and speculated when they'll get the … Read more
The official Facebook for Android app is undoubtedly the best way to interact with Facebook on your Android smartphone. An overhauled interface (that closely resembles the iPhone app, we might add) presents seven icons for your news feed, profile, friends, photos, message in-box, events (like birthdays), and pending friend requests. Below the icon dashboard is a photo reel that lets you swipe through thumbnails of friends' recently uploaded photos, although there's no context surrounding the image until you click through to your buddy's profile page. Even then, you won't be able to enlarge the image until you … Read more
TRUCKEE, Calif.--Google CEO Eric Schmidt said on Wednesday that Google believes that some 200,000 new Android devices are being sold each day, leading to significant revenue in the form of increased mobile search traffic.
"People are finally beginning to figure out how successful Android is," Schmidt said at the inaugural Techonomy conference here, pointing to recent studies showing the growth of the mobile operating system outpacing even the popular iPhone.
"The number was about 100,000 (a day) about two months ago," Schmidt said. "It looks like Android is not just phenomenal but … Read more