Recent in Month: January 2012

Entry-level LG Optimus L3 appears on Swedish retailer’s site

Jan 30th - A new entry-level handset from LG appears to have slipped under the radar and right onto a Swedish retailer’s site. CDON.COM has the LG Optimus L3 (E400) listed, detailing it’s 3.2-inch display at 320×240, 3MP camera, and Android 2.3 operating system. The pint-sized device combines both size and cost efficiency. It is listed for the …

Congress Introduces Privacy Act to Prevent Sneaky Carrier-IQ Like Tracking

Jan 30th - Do privacy issues regarding mobile apps concern you? Or are you one of the “if you’re not doing anything wrong you shouldn’t have anything to worry about” types? Either way, the Carrier-IQ scandal caused a stir when the app was discovered pre-installed on mobile handsets, collecting data including geographic locations and times, without prior consent …

Third-party Steam apps being removed from the Android Market?

Jan 30th - Nothing like a little controversy to add a dash of excitement to another Monday, right? With an official Steam app promised for months but few signs that a release would happen in a timely manner, several developers took up the online gaming service’s freely available API and crafted it into a number of not-so-bad mobile …

Samsung may have an updated Galaxy Nexus up their sleeve

Jan 30th - If you are the type that likes to go around believing just about everything on the internet, then Samsung has a new Galaxy Nexus on the way with an updated CPU. According to a NenaMark benchmark report, a recently tested GNex was logged with a PowerVR SGX 544 GPU, a component not matching the SGX …

Shared family data plans may becoming to Verizon sooner than expected

Jan 30th - Verizon has hinted at shared data for their family plans sometime in 2012, and a newly leaked look at Verizon internal training software seems to suggest we could be seeing such plans sooner rather than later. The new training materials includes an overview of “account level data plans” that consist of a single monthly charge …

Samsung Norway: Android 4.0 will hit Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note before end of Q1

Jan 30th - Some Samsung-owning Norwegians are about to be very happy. A post today on Samsung Norway’s Facebook page revealed that the update to Android 4.0 should be hitting the Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Galaxy note by the end of the first quarter of 2012. Before we get too excited, Samsung still has plenty of …

Latest marketing campaign all about getting consumers obsessed with Samsung

Jan 30th - While Samsung’s latest marketing campaign seems focused on mocking the culture of obsession surrounding Apple’s iPhone, the goal of the ads is less about tearing down the competition and more about creating a similar bond between consumers and the Galaxy line of Android smartphones, according to marketing head Younghee Lee. “People are obsessed with Apple,” …

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Android Developers now on Google+

Jan 30th - For those looking to get social about development, the Android dev team has just launched their official Google+ page. The new resource is meant as hub for developers to meet and chat with members of the Android team, discuss aspects of coding for Android with other members of the community, and otherwise expand their knowledge …

Reversing the trend, T-Mobile UK introduces new unlimited plans

Jan 30th - In a move directly opposite of the current trend in mobile service plans, T-Mobile UK is introducing The Fully Monty. Yes, that’s really the name for a plan that affords subscribers unlimited calling, texting, and data. Divided into four price brackets, The Full Monty comes at four different price brackets ranging from £36 to £61 per month. …

ASUS Padfone to be Unveiled at Mobile World Congress

Jan 30th - MoDaCo’s esteemed founder Paul O’Brien has apparently heard it from ASUS that they will be showing off the Padfone at Mobile World Congress. To be exact, February 27th is the date we should be circling. The Padfone, as you might have guessed, is a combination of a smartphone and a tablet dock. The dock would …

Motorola Expects Google Takeover to Complete in Early 2012

Jan 30th - During their earnings call on Friday, Motorola provided an update regarding the $12.5 billion takeover by Google. They have quoted early 2012 as the expected timeframe for the completion of the deal, but have noted that “factors outside the company’s control” could come into play. As Android and Me reports, the biggest problem might come …

User Reviews Filter Now Available for Developers in Market Console

Jan 30th - Google has added a nifty little tool allowing developers to filter the reviews their apps have received in the Developer Console. Most developers should be seeing the notification once they log in to their Android Market Developer’s account. The tool allows developers’ to segregate reviews based on language, app version, star rating, and most importantly …

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Global Android DevCamp Coming to a Town Near You

Jan 30th - Various Google Technology and Android User Groups around the world are joining hands to organize the first ever Global Android Dev Camp from the 17th to 19th of February. As mentioned on their website, the idea was first discussed at last year’s Google I/O. “After hashing things out during the GTUG Barcamp @ Google I/O …

HTC Amaze 4G, HTC Sensation 4G and More Nearing End-of-Life on T-Mobile?

Jan 30th - Some devices survive a mobile lifetime without hitting end of life while others are decommissioned faster than the season in which they launched is over. It looks like T-Mobile will soon be putting several of their devices on end-of-life, many of them being Android-based handsets. Highlights include the HTC Sensation 4G, the HTC Amaze 4G. …

First Three Phoenix Wright Games Coming to Android

Jan 30th - Objection! One of my favorite game series on the Nintendo DS is coming to Android. Along with an announcement of Ace Attorney 5 for the handheld, Capcom have announced that the first three Phoenix Wright games will all be coming to Android. They’ll be the same games we’ve had on the DS except they’ll have …