Android Overload: Microsoft Snags Pantech in Patent Agreement, Epic 4G Touch With HD Display Coming To Japan and More


We are officially back from our long and exhausting week at this year’s CES 2012 and it’s never felt better to get back into the normal grind of things. I’m sure by now you know the drill but along with our full days coverage of Android news comes the Android Overload. These are all the little news tidbits that didn’t get featured on our front page but still deserved a second shot. So hit up those links and if you find anything interesting, feel free to leave your thoughts below.

  • Pantech said to be next victim of Microsoft patent agreement. [Electronista]
  • Samsung raising investment to $41.1 billion in 2012. [Reuters]
  • China introduces $1,580 Android tablet. No, it’s not worth it. [Penn-Olson]
  • Samsung Galaxy S II HD coming soon to UK? [MoDaCo]
  • NBC app now available in the Android Market. [Market Link]
  • Japan gets Samsung Epic 4G Touch with an HD display. [SammyHub]
  • Judge postpones Oracle vs Google trial due to damage claims. [PCWorld]
  • Dell Streak 7 receives Ice Cream Sandwich port. [TabletROMs]
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. Microsoft has to do something to make money I guess. I have been playing around with a HTC Radar(Windows Phone) and I must say that although it looks pretty with all the animations my Galaxy Nexus or more specifically stock Android beats WP7 is almost every way. It is funny that Microsoft kept saying that if you use WP7 you wouldn’t have to keep looking at your phone for info because of Live Tiles but it is the opposite of that, you have to spend more time then you do if you use Widgets on Android. Live Tiles are a very poor answer to Android’s Widgets. Even with their “superior” app design, most of their apps have a 3 star ratings or even worse you can’t even find a lot of the major apps on WP7. I had one guy tell me that “well if you are like me and don’t use that many apps then WP7 is great”, if it is like that then he should just go and get a dumb phone because smart phones are all about apps.

  2. If I wanted a billion apps I would get an Iphone.  I have an android and a wp7 and I can do everything I want with both of them.  The Android does some things a bit better than the wp7 and vice versa.  I do love the live tile setup though and the smoothness of wp7.  Granted, if I wanted to play graphics intensive games I would definitely go straight android.  I was lucky and hit puberty so I have no need for those games.  Or should I say no time. lol.  I definitely prefer the live tile system though and wp7 does have more than enough apps.  The only plus side of android for me is the tinkering aspect.  That is a huge plus.

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