Google cracks down on fragmentation, but does doing so put the Android Open Source Project's openness in jeopardy? First an app store, then a cloud streaming service, and now is Amazon planning an Android-based phone? What podcatching app do you use on your Android phone? We have the answers to all of these questions, plus Antuan tries to name as many popular Android devices as quickly as he can in this week's episode of Android Atlas Weekly with Justin Eckhouse and Antuan Goodwin.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) |&… Read more
iOS 4.3 could be getting another point release update within the next two weeks.
That's according to a story today from Boy Genius Report, citing a source who said that iOS 4.3.1, which is currently available on a number of Apple's more recent iOS devices (short of the Verizon iPhone), will be succeeded by 4.3.2.
Before you get too excited, the report says the update squashes some bugs and security holes, as well as "a few enhancements." This should come as no surprise given that Apple tends to keep major changes, … Read more
Apple is said to be beefing up its storage capacity with an order of storage equipment from Isilon Systems that tops out at 12 petabytes.
The news, which was picked up by AppleInsider earlier today, comes from a source at Isilon who told site StorageNewsletter that Apple was the buyer, and was making the purchase to "manage the video download of its customers using iTunes."
CNET has contacted Isilon for comment on the report.
The much anticipated dual-core HTC Pyramid could be less than a week away from making its official debut. Expected to be among the announcements at HTC's London event scheduled for April 12, the high-end smartphone may carry a different name. According to sources close to tech blog Pock-lint, the handset will arrive as the HTC Sensation at some point over the coming months.
Indeed, HTC has made a habit of releasing similar hardware designs across multiple markets with U.S. carriers branding the phone and loading their preferred applications. In contrast, wireless providers across the pond typically keep HTC's product name and offer the device as is.
The Pyramid name that we've heard whispered over the last few months will likely disappear with the Sensation name signaling a new flagship series. T-Mobile has long been rumored to carry the Pyramid with an expected May launch. Considering the timing of the event, I would anticipate HTC announces the Sensation next week with T-Mobile following shortly after with their own press releases.
The hardware for the Pyramid is a considerable step forward from last year's HTC phones. Expected hardware includes a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 7,658MB RAM, and an 8-megapixel camera. Factoring in the 4.3-inch qHD 960x540-pixel display and it sounds very similar to the EVO 3D unveiled at CTIA.
In any case, a high-end announcement from HTC is needed. Its announcements from Mobile World Congress this year weren't major steps forward for the hardware maker. The Desire S and Wildfire S were merely refreshes of existing handsets, while the Incredible S basically is a bigger Droid Incredible. … Read more
Dell will reportedly launch a new 10-inch Android tablet this summer, according to a Forbes story .
Citing a source at Dell, Forbes said that the Android-based tablet would hit the market earlier than initially expected, possibly by mid-June. Briefly teased at CES in January and mentioned by Dell in February, the new Android tablet wasn't initially slated to launch until sometime next year.
Outfitted with Android 2.2, aka Froyo, the Streak 5 offers a WVGA (800x480) display … Read more
Editors' note: April 6, 2011, 12:15 p.m. PT Article was updated after we noticed that Sprint changed its Web site.
Sometime after we posted this story, Sprint's specs changed again, this time citing that the Evo View will carry the "latest version of Android."
Verizon Wireless appears to be the next carrier in line to offer the entry level Android-level Samsung Gem. The budget-friendly handset was announced back in January and already has found a home with Alltel and, more recently, U.S. Cellular.
Ironically it was a Verizon-branded version of the Gem which first popped up on our radar back in August of 2010. Flash forward eight months and the stars appear to be aligning around a Big Red announcement. Tech blog Pocketnow found the Gem hiding on Verizon's Web site earlier this week, and others have begun reporting accessories arriving at … Read more
Listed with a model number of GT-I9020A, the handset is strikingly similar to the Samsung I9020T currently supported by T-Mobile. The Web site specifically mentions AT&T and references the carrier's UMTS 850/1900 network bands, but with no announcement from Google or AT&T, this remains strictly unofficial at this point.
Boost Mobile is holding a press event tomorrow in New York City where the prepaid carrier should unveil, among other things, a new Android handset. Rumors had been gathering steam over the last few days that Boost will announce a no-contract Galaxy phone, dubbed the Prevail.
Engadget obtained a PDF document that outlines Boost Mobile's plans for the near future. Included in the file are the first preliminary details for the new smartphone.
Though an exact release date remains unknown, it appears that Boost will debut the Galaxy Prevail with a $179.99 sticker. Details for the handset include … Read more
Security firm Webroot has announced a new app for Android users.
Dubbed Webroot Mobile Security for Android, the application, which runs on both smartphones and tablets, scans apps for malware prior to installation. It also checks URLs to block phishing attacks. The app's identity-protection feature lets users remotely lock and wipe the device, while a map and "loud alert" help users find their lost hardware. The app also features the ability for users block calls and text messages.
Webroot Mobile Security for Android might be coming at the right time. Last month, several malicious applications were found … Read more