Android Overload: Apple takes top smartphone vendor title from Samsung, Google valued at over a quarter trillion dollars, and more [VIDEO]

The Android Overload is where we feature the biggest news stories from throughout the day (see above video), as well as stash all of the stories/articles/news bits that didn’t make it onto our front page. But just because they weren’t featured doesn’t mean they aren’t worth taking a look at. In fact, there’s almost always a little something here for everyone. So, take a look around and let us know if you find anything of interest.

  • Sony Xperia Z gets priced in the UK. £529 straight up. [GSMArena]
  • ASUS MeMo Pad 10 press shots leaked. Basically, a Transformer Pad in a new shell. [UnwiredView]
  • Sony Xperia E gets torn down at the FCC, Sony’s entry level Android device. [WirelessGoodness]
  • Samsung no longer #1. Apple takes the crown for Q4 2012 (but not for long). [TNW
  • HD Widgets updated with support for Colourform theme. [Google Play]
  • Google shares hit all time high of $775.32. [AllThingsD]
  • TWRP updated to 2.4.1.0 Adds new features. [TeamWin]
  • ASUS sells 1 million Padfone 2 units globally. [Digitimes]
  • NVIDIA finding it hard to sell the Tegra 4 to handset manufacturers. Other than Toshiba, anyway. [Digitimes]
  • Chrome Beta for Android updated in the Play Store. [Google Play]
  • Intel will show off their dual-core processors at Mobile World Congress. [Intel]
  • PlayJam GameStick’s Kickstarter campaign is over. Reaches $647,000+ in funding. [DroidGamers]
  • Star Trek companion app now available in the Play Store. [Google Play]
  • Twitter hits $9.9 billion in valuation. [Fortune]
  • Flipboard updated in the Play Store. Now allows for saving images to gallery. [Google Play]
  • ARCHOS 70 Titanium and ARCHOS 101 Titanium hit the FCC. [Liliputing]

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  • Thomas

    Comments are fun “sometimes” ? Well, well, well see if I comment again ;)

  • whitehawk66

    omg. By all means: we should obaess over this epic battle of the ages as if it were the most pressing issue facing humanity.

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Humanity? No. Just one man utilizing the power of Android to overcome evil.

      Interesting story. You know, for the day :)

    • camelsnot

      it’s just a story. No need to slit your wrists over the world’s problems as they aren’t all sitting on your shoulders. Chill out hipster.

  • Mike Reid

    >Sony’s entry level Android device.

    Sony said they were doing higher end only. Then they release “mid-range”. Now they release “entry level”.

    Must be taking lessons from HTC, lol.

    • kev2684

      Ikr. If xperia z comes in as at&t exclusive, expect an xperia z+ lol

  • OptimusL

    Title should be renamed, “Apple takes top smartphone vendor title from Samsung in the U.S.”

    • fredphoesh

      EXACTLY!!! USA arrogance is astonishing. “World Series” erm, played by ONE country etc… OK maybe two or three or four countries, but the point is that elsewhere in the world, like now when 6 countries are playing Rugby, it is called “The 6 Nations Rugby Championship” – not the frigging WORLD Series. BTW, “America” is the landmass which includes North and South America… the USA took the name for themselves (as though the others don’t matter).

      • camelsnot

        how is this arrogance? Derppotesh.

      • bmg314

        Geez, don’t get your panties in a bunch. Be happy we’ll still come cover your ass when the shyte hits the fan.

        ;-P

        PS: all of the best players in the world generally go to ONE country to play.

        :-D

        • DanielMcCarthy

          It’s amazing to me that people like you are able to perform the same functions that I can. I mean, you can operate a vehicle, you can turn a knob on your shower and wash yourself properly, you can get a job and go to work, you can probably cook a meal for yourself,.you can even navigate and comment on a website for technically literate people.

          How does that work?

          • bmg314

            Wow… Not sure why you just chewed me out… It was just good natured joking… Didn’t you see the little smiley faces?

            Did I do that right? ;-P

      • DavidVarghese

        ‘Murica.

      • master94

        Dont be mad that we are number one. Just kidding. We realize there are other people in the world, just remember phandroid.com is a American site. It makes sense it will be biased towards the USA.

        • fredphoesh

          IMDB was created by and is run by a British person. So does that mean they should start talking about the #1 UK movie as THE #1 movie? I think not.

      • Nicholas Kaioken Caljean

        Toronto is definitely not in america.

      • ari_free

        ummm Canada is not part of the US

    • OptimusL

      I don’t see the point in any negative votes for this comment, I was simply stating the truth.

    • http://www.facebook.com/andersondiogo.casotti Anderson Diogo Casotti

      “Apple takes top smartphone vendor title from Samsung in the U.S.” and in the last quarter of 2012, samsung still the champion of the year

    • http://www.teqno-logical.com/ Teqno-Logical

      Yeah, Apple can lead in the US only, while the rest of the world loves Samsung!

  • EasyEEE

    For the quarter…

  • EasyEEE

    They’re probably making it a big deal because of declining Apple stock …

  • godrilla

    apple only won leader in America global leader is Samsung!

    • http://www.teqno-logical.com/ Teqno-Logical

      True!!!!!!!

  • Jayshmay

    I swear, people IPhone people have no individuality at all!!! I’m sooo sick of the damn IPhone!!!

    Is the S3 & Note 2 not making any dents at all in stealing IPhone converts???

    • http://twitter.com/Z3R0Degrees Nick

      wtf did i just read?

    • DroidDoesnt_2

      You outta thank God for the iPhone; without it, whatever POS iPhony you choose to carry probably wouldn’t exist….

      • DanielMcCarthy

        Um, Android existed before iOS even went into development. Might it have turned out differently? Sure but I doubt we’d still be using the terrible touch screens we had on smartphones from the early 2000s and be using bulky PDA-like devices.

        Stop giving Apple so much credit.

        • DroidDoesnt_2

          What exactly is the point of bringing up that Android existed before iOS when it did a complete about-face when the iPhone was revealed??? It is one of the most irrelevant point I’ve seen….

          • johnnyboy5520

            Whether the iPhone was revealed or not, smartphones would have evolved into what they are today, maybe not at the same pace but they would have anyway. The LG Prada was proof of that. It came out BEFORE the iPhone.

  • dreadnatty08

    I’m sure it was a joke of yours, Chris, but pre-paid plans are only for women? Really?

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Wait- what? When the heck did I say that? xD

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    Chrome Beta: Still slower at simple scrolling than non-beta
    TWRP: ^5

  • maximillion82

    Ya US sales only how significant. 300 million people vs. almost 7 billion worldwide where Samsung is top dog.

  • DYNK

    The pop up ads on every single webpage on phandroid is really taking its toll. .

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Every single web page? It should only be once a day or something like that. I’ll talk to our admin.

      • DYNK

        Thanks Chris. Fixed now I think!

  • WadeDogg

    i really dont care if apple is able to outsell everyone. my concern has always been apple’s stupid patent lawsuits and it seems many of them are being reversed or denied.

  • DrCarpy

    In key lime pie, I want a weekly key lime pie sent to my home! I really like the graham cracker base I guess!

  • mec

    Why do you insist on posting stories with your face and shitty haircut as the thumb nail? I thought this was about android, not your personal photo album. Really ruins the experience in pulse.

    • OptimusL

      Relax that’s no need to have your jimmies rustled.

  • Jayshmay

    Gosh,. . .some people on here sure are pricks!!!

  • CharlieTX

    Apple is about 14 minutes through it’s alloted 15 minutes of fame