Recent in Day: April 1, 2011

Things We Missed, You Shouldn’t [April Fools’ Edition]

Apr 1st - That wraps up April Fools’ Day. The weekend and a new month sit in front of us. Plenty of tidbits to dig into below, we can’t promise no jokes sprinkled among them. Any good pranks today? Ready for those April showers? The Kyocera Echo is now available for pre-order at RadioShack. Carrier Three UK has …

Verizon Opens Up Trade-In Program to Tablets

Apr 1st - With the recent push by nearly every company that ever had anything to do with electronics to put out a tablet, the devices are starting to become outdated at almost the same rate as smartphones. Perhaps it is for this reason that Verizon has opened up their trade-in program, first launched in the fall for …

In Series of 1,000 Speed Tests, Verizon LTE Topples Sprint WiMAX for 4G Supremacy

Apr 1st - Sprint’s crown as the king of 4G has just been snatched. According to research by BTIG, the WiMAX network of Sprint is no longer the nation’s fastest, as Verizon’s freshly launched LTE network has come out on top during a recent battery of 1,000 speed tests taking place in New York City. Speeds were compared …

Google Introduces New Mobile Feature ‘Meow Me Now’ for Nearby Cat Location

Apr 1st - It’s a pretty common problem: you find yourself in a new area with no idea where to turn for your fix of cuddly wuddly kittens. Thankfully we have Google constantly plugging away at such problems in an effort to make a better world. Where would we be without them? Just go to the Google homepage …

Nexus S 4G Launching at Sprint on April 18th?

Apr 1st - An image of unknown origin is suggesting the Nexus S 4G by Samsung will be landing at Sprint on April 18th. Wherever this news comes from, it appears training on the device is beginning soon. The Nexus S 4G is just as it sounds, your traditional Nexus S with a 4G (in this case WiMAX) …

Sony Ericcson Xperia Play and Xperia Arc Up for Pre-Order at Rogers

Apr 1st - We practically just heard a little rumor that Rogers would be getting the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Xperia Arc in late April, but the two devices are now up for pre-order. You can reserve yours for the expected price of $99.99 if you can sign away the next three years of your mobile life. …

Amazon May Deploy their Own NFC Payment Service

Apr 1st - As if Amazon hadn’t issued enough of a challenge to Google with the launch of their Appstore for Android followed shortly by the opening of their Cloud Player personal music streaming service, the company is reportedly exploring the possibility of launching their own NFC payment service. The mobile payment service would compete directly with the …

Canadians with a Clumsy Streak: Rugged Motorola Defy now Available at TELUS for $379

Apr 1st - The Motorola Defy is now available through TELUS in Canada. As a refresher, this is the Android 2.2 device with a 3.7-inch Gorilla Glass display and bevy of other mid-range specs packaged in a life-resistant, military spec casing. You can score the handset for $379.99 without a contract or as low as$79.99 on a three-year …

14 New Titles Gain OpenFeint Support

Apr 1st - OpenFeint have just announced that 14 new titles are in the Android market with support for their social gaming platform. You should note that all of these aren’t necessarily new (we know Meganoid and Guerrilla Bob have both been out for a while now), but added OpenFeint support is always welcome. Take a chunk of …

Thin Wins, According to NEC MEDIAS Japanese Sales Performance

Apr 1st - NEC came to market with what appears to be the world’s thinnest smartphone. It’s measured at a thickness of just 8.7mm thin and has some nice specs, to boot. According to IT Media, it outsold every device available in the Japan for the week between March 14th and March 20th. Sure, a fast start doesn’t …

Do We Even Need Faster Phones?

Apr 1st - When the T-Mobile G1 launched back in 2008 with its 528MHz Qualcomm-made processor, we thought it was fast enough for our needs. I personally went a year and a half without the urge to switch phones and I’m sure there are many who are the same. I even know people still holding on to the …

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MetroPCS Extends LTE Coverage to Tampa

Apr 1st - MetroPCS subscribers in Tampa will be happy to learn that the carrier today announced the enabling of its LTE network in that market. The only Android handset that can take advantage of that network right now is their Samsung Galaxy Indulge, but it’s not a bad handset at all. I took a look at it …

ABI: Android to Hold 45% of Global Market by 2016

Apr 1st - Let me know if you”ve heard this one before. Another research firm – ABI, this time – expects Android to hold 45% of the market share by 2016. It closely mirrors IDC’s prediction the other day that states Android will enjoy 45.4% of the market by 2015. The breakdown below Android looks to be a …

Rogers to Get Xperia Arc and Play Late April for $99.99?

Apr 1st - Our friends up north will be happy to hear that Rogers will be looking to carry the Xperia Arc and Xperia Play sometime this month. To be specific, the internal document specifically says shipments will be arriving between the 19th and 21st of April. Pricing also seems to have been confirmed for both phones – …