An AndroidSPIN source, who claims to be a Verizon employee, said the update is slated to begin August 6 and run through August 15. If true, this coordinated software update between HTC, Motorola, and Verizon would be the first of its kind. Typically, Android upgrades trickle out in a seemingly random order, often preceded by some form of announcement.
It's also interesting in light of the user interface differences on the handsets. The Droid … Read more
Kyocera raised its profile earlier this year when it announced its first Android handset at CTIA. At the time we knew that Cricket would offer the Zio M6000 (pronounced Zeye-oh), but it wasn't until this week that the carrier offered the first signs of availability.
We still don't know a price, but you can sign up on Cricket's Web site to be notified when the smartphone goes on sale. You'll also get a coupon for free overnight shipping.
As a reminder, the Zio has a candy bar design with a 3.5-inch, 262,000-color touch screen … Read more
With all of the awesome Android phones on the market now, it's easy to forget the models that came before them. But today, we take a moment to remember the device that started it all, the T-Mobile G1, as it goes into retirement and finds its place in the tech history books.
After almost a two-year run, the G1 is no longer available for purchase from T-Mobile or other retail outlets, and of course, the decision makes sense. It's old and can't keep up with the newer models, but still, you can't ignore the significance of … Read more
Who knew -- Apple still makes computers, and today launched a bunch of new ones, plus a ginormous desktop trackpad to go with them. Also: The robot that will make you breakfast. Eventually. Guest: Darren Kitchen of Hak5.org!Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
A short post on the official Android Developers blog last weekend brought big news for Android app developers and Android users: carrier billing will soon come as an option for the Android Market.
The blog didn't reveal a specific date, but "authorized carriers" are now considered an indemnified party. Current developers have 30 days to accept the new conditions to the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement (DDA), whereas new publishers are agreeing to them when signing up.
Adding carrier billing as an option should help developers move more copies of their apps. In the early days of … Read more
Update: Dell has published (and since removed) a "test page" stating that the Streak will go on sale tomorrow unlocked for $549, or $299 with a two year AT&T contract. We contacted Dell asking or confirmation on these details and were told that the test page in question was not intended to be seen by the pubic and may have contained inaccurate information. Furthermore, there are no plans for the Streak to go on sale or pre-sale today. In other words, we still don't really know how much the Streak will cost, when it will … Read more
Mobile security firm Lookout has studied 300,000 Android and iPhone apps and fully analyzed nearly 100,000 that are free as part of a new App Genome project that's designed to help keep mobile users safe.
The real-time database can help Lookout detect problems before they hit a large number of Android and iPhone users and help educate developers to problems posed by platform issues or poor coding processes. The announcement comes on the cusp of the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.
Lookout's researchers have uncovered a number of issues with the software that millions … Read more
On this week's episode, municipal Wi-Fi--one of our pet causes--is coming to Chicago thanks to AT&T, but at the same time, New York suffers a partial Verizon outage. We also look at the new legal exemptions from the controversial DCMA law recently carved out by the Library of Congress for the jailbreaking and/or rooting of smartphones (as well as for some exemptions for DRM'd video games, e-books, and DVDs), and what it means for consumers.
With our special guest, CNET mobile phone reviewer Bonnie Cha (taking the place of an under-the-weather Scott), we take on … Read more
Business-ratings app Yelp just got a massive dose of competition from a much larger source.
Google updated its Maps for Android (version 4.4) on Monday in the Android Market to make its Place Pages business listings more usable. In doing so, Google's solution for taking business listings mobile resembles Yelp's Android feature set more than it ever has before.
Once you install the update (and in our case, reboot your Android phone), you will see a new Places icon in your list of applications. Tapping the icon pulls up a finger-friendly interface with icons for seven categories … Read more