Android Overload: AT&T To Begin Throttling Customers, File Transfers Coming To NFC and More


Happy Thursday everyone! In case you have a hankerin’ for more Android related news, we’ve pooled all the stories we didn’t get to post into this — the Android Overload — for you to feed on. So grab a napkin, pull up a chair and chow down! G’night!

  • The Motorola Defy+ is now in stock at Clove UK.
  • Android 2.3.4 coming to SE Xperia devices including Xperia Pro. [SENSE]
  • Angry Birds speakers are almost here! Pricing revealed. [Mashable]
  • BlackBerry Playbook sees temporary price drop. $300 for 16GB til October 8th. [BestBuy]
  • Amazon may buy Palm. What does that mean for Android? [VentureBeat]
  • Facial recognition software found inside Ice Cream Sandwich. [AndroidandMe]
  • File transfers coming soon to NFC. [MobileBurn]
  • AT&T sends warnings to customers using too much data. Let the throttling begin. [9to5Mac]
Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. by Chris Chavez on September 30th, 2011 at 4:58 am

    wouldnt that be friday? ;)

    1. Well, shoot. You got me there o_O

      1. thats allright ;)
        it was 4.58am.. i wouldnt even be able to write a text in this early times!

  2. FaceLock as in I don’t need to type in a code or swype a pattern or slide a button?
    I don’t mind the privacy issues this causes (as long as the info isn’t shared with 3rd party websites (although I think with all the photo’s out there, they have the same info really) and if Google says it will not use this info or save it other than annonymised somehow, I trust google’s annonimity enough for this)

    Although it better recognize my face fast, else I it is useless. Reminds me of Visidon applock. I think it’ll work similair

    Also, how long untill my house front door has an NFC chip and unlocks when I swype my phone in front of it? (Simply wiping my phone remotely prevents phone-thiefs from entering my house, or just not storing my own home adress in my phone)

  3. So right now AT&T’s top 5% is around 10GB of data. What happens when they throttle that 5%, lowering their data usage. The next top 5% will be those above say 9GB, and so on…Eventually, the top 5% is going to be anyone who uses over 200MB.

    This new policy sounds like it has a lot of potential to be broken in AT&T’s favor.

  4. Amazon to buy Palm? What does it mean for Android?

    It means Amazon would have some killer patents to beat back Apple and Microsoft.

    Microsoft is suing Barnes & Noble for patent infringement because B&N dared to use Android in the Nook.

    Apple won’t be one bit happy with Amazon having a nice ecosystem of content with an inexpensive tablet-like device to rival the iPad + iTunes/TV/etc. You can expect Apple to sue over some patent or other.

    It’s not that Google did anything wrong with Android. It is that the US patent system is so broken that companies can hoard trivial patents that cover some of the most basic and most obvious techniques in computing.

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