Recent in Month: May 2010

AT&T-Branded Samsung i897 Shows Up in the Wild, Cat is Now Halfway Out of the Bag

May 28th - Some of you probably won’t remember the phone by its model number that showed up in a Bluetooth SIG profile a while ago, but the Samsung SGH-i897 was believed to be an AT&T-bound phone thanks to some McGyver-like work showing that the model number’s structure matched up with past Samsung devices on AT&T. If that ...

You’ll Have to Pay Another $5 For That Qik Video Calling Feature on the EVO 4G

May 28th - Those “features of the future” that are becoming possible with smartphones these days definitely aren’t going to be cheap. If some of you HTC EVO 4G owners were turned away by the extra $10 premium needed to even use the smartphone with Sprint, then you’ll be angered if you were planning to get the most ...

Verizon Will Have a Hot, Droid-y Summer Thanks to Motorola

May 28th - Ah, October 2009. It seemed like it was just yesterday that Verizon started getting all of our under garments in a bunch (in a “relatively” good way) with all of those Droid Does and iDon’t teasers leading up to the launch of their first Android-based phone, the Motorola Droid. More than half a year later ...

Samsung Giving Behold 2 Owners Android 1.6, Can’t Go Any Further

May 28th - There is some very good news and some very bad news for all of you Samsung Behold 2 owners out there. The good news is that Samsung will be working to get Android 1.6 to you as soon as they can. The update will feature “Swype, an improved Media Player, updated core Android Applications and ...

SlingPlayer Mobile for Android Demoed on EVO 4G

May 27th - SlingPlayer for Android is currently in private beta, but unless you are one of the lucky few who are already testing out this home media streaming app we haven’t seen too much of how it will perform on Android handsets. It looks like the Android version is also the quickest loading SlingPlayer app for a ...

Motorola Shadow Benchmarked, Looking Pretty Zippy

May 27th - A member over at Howard Forums uncovered an interesting bit of info when attempting to benchmark his [overclocked] Droid using Quadrant (find it free in the market). Sitting just below a Nexus One running Android 2.2 and above the Samsung Galaxy S was a device listed as the Shadow MB810. That would be the Motorola ...

Google Acquires AdMob, Finally

May 27th - After much fuss from the FTC, Google’s acquisition of AdMob was finally given the OK. Without too much left to say on the matter, Google has made the deal official today. Well Google did have a bit to say about the matter, but as an end-user it’s always hard to get excited about more advertisements. ...

Will this 14MP Monster Come with Android On Board?

May 27th - Now if this isn’t the biggest lens I’ve ever seen on a cell phone, well then I probably haven’t seen enough cell phones, but the Altek Leo boasts a 14MP camera with 3X zoom. And a real big lens. At first I thought this was simply a digital camera, but sure enough it’s a smartphone. ...

Acer Liquid Running Android 2.2

May 27th - Ever since Google started getting the Froyo source code out to developers, they have been working seemingly round the clock to get it on a plethora of Android devices. The latest is the Acer Liquid, as you can see in the below video: Still a few kinks to work out, but for all intents and ...

Motorola’s Sanjay Jha Says “Focus Is on Android,” More Devices Coming Soon

May 27th - Let’s see…what burning questions did Sanjay Jha NOT answer at Barclays recent investors conference. Is Motorola looking into tablets? Moto is “engaged in thinking about the right solution there.” When Motorola acquired Azingo was it really to forge their own mobile OS? “Nearly all of my focus is on Android today,” Jha said. And he ...

Has Google TV Renewed Faith in Flash?

May 27th - The New York Post is reporting that some bigger names in media have decided to stick with Adobe’s Flash for the time being, including Time Warner and NBC Universal. This occurs just when Steve Jobs, his epic Flash Bash (TM) agenda, and the iPad seemed to be convincing more and more media conglomerates to switch ...

PTPT Shows Us Their Unique Android UI Skin

May 27th - PTPT (spoken as petite petite) is a full-blown Android UI being developed by German software startup ExB. The interface reminds me a little bit of recent takes on future touchscreen computers seen in Sci Fi flicks. Items are dragged around or dropped onto each other to create interactions or reveal more info. Divided into three ...

Facebook Launches Android SDK

May 27th - Amid an apparent meltdown in the Facebook for Android app, the official Android SDK has been launched in beta for developers to use at their disposal. Up until now developers have had to rig up interface solutions through the iPhone SDK, but the official support should now make it easy to create Facebook tie-ins across apps. ...

Kiss Your Unlimited Data Goodbye: Verizon Wants Tiered Plans with 4G

May 27th - In a move that is sure to offend customer while keeping Verizon’s pockets deep, CEO Lowell McAdam stated in a conversation with investors that he doesn’t see unlimited data plans as making sense when their 4G network rolls out. Purchasing a set data bandwidth per month is what he sees as the logical model moving ...

Motorola Shadow to be Renamed Droid Extreme at Launch? [RUMOR]

May 27th - We received word from an untested source that upon launch the Motorola Shadow will be rebranded as the Droid Extreme. Normally I’d file this as rumor and move on, but this isn’t the first time the “Extreme” name has been drawn to my attention. A tipster had previously mentioned that an upcoming Motorola device for ...