Android Overload: Android Isn’t Truly Open, Newly Cracked Siri App Could (Theoretically) Work On Android and More


It would be humanly impossible for us to get around to writing up every bit of Android related news that comes our way throughout the day so instead we dump the leftovers here — in the Android Overload. This is where you can come for a midnight snack and munch on all the day’s tidbits that didn’t make it onto our front page. So have a look around and if you see something you life, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments. G’night.

  • Vizio VIA smartphone visits the FCC. Could be nothing more than a fancy remote. [WirelessGoodness]
  • Nano SIM cards coming soon. 1/3rd smaller than micro SIMs. [Engadget]
  • Huawei makin’ big moves. Buys Symantec for $530 million. [Reuters]
  • Orange to launch San Francisco II Nov 21st for £90. [UnwiredView]
  • Double Twist for Android receives facelift and premium features (EQ). [Market Link]
  • Even though Google released Android 4.0 ICS source code, Android is not truly “open.” [ArsTechnica]
  • Samsung develops new Secu-NFC chip for secure mobile payments. [SammyHub]
  • Australian court to hear Samsung/Apple case in March. [Reuters]
  • Sam’s Club has Galaxy S II, Photon, Droid Charge for 96 cents on Black Friday. [DroidMatters]
  • Siri cracked. Theoretically, it could work for Android but it wouldn’t work. [TechCrunch]
  • Google apps chief promises they wont favor Android over other OS’s. [SFGate]
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. Galaxy note on sale @ newegg for $110 off unlocked version

  2. Android was never truly “open”. That’s not news; that’s olds.

  3. > Google apps chief promises they wont favor Android over other OS’s.

    While I tend to look upon Google favorably and upon Microsoft as evil, I would point out how Microsoft has made similar promises in the past and then brazenly favored their own platform while putting other platforms at a disadvantage.

    Google doesn’t have quite the same motive that Microsoft does (a proprietary platform that brings in the money).  Google rather makes money by offering a superior experience to the user, no matter what platform is used.  Android was (at least Google claims) simply a way to raise the bar and provide everyone a better platform for using Google online properties.

    Hopefully that remains true.  We’ll see.

    Google does seem to understand one thing that Microsoft never did seem to get.  Trust.  Trust is difficult to earn, easy to lose.

  4. Just to note, despite what the third item says, Huawei did not buy out Symantec.  

  5. clicking any of those links are painful the lead to whinny apple fanboys. the gates to oblivion indeed.

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