Android Overload: Study shows VoLTE drains battery twice as fast, Samsung spent $4 billion on marketing in 2012, and more


  • Kik updated in the Play Store to version 6.0. Adds new “cards” for sharing YouTube videos, pictures, and sketches. [Google Play]
  • Clay Jam new for Android. Brings unique, handmade “claymation” visuals to the Play Store. [Google Play]
  • Microsoft warns users about Google “Scroogling” them. [Scroogled]
  • Toshiba announces CMOS-based TK437 13MP image sensor for mobile devices. [Toshiba]
  • Huawei Honor 2 passes through the FCC with US 3G HSPA bands. [FCC]
  • Study shows Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) could slash battery life in half. We’re gonna need bigger guns. [FierceWireless]
  • Google Maps Navigation comes to Mexico. [Twitter]
  • DeNA and Square Enix pair up to bring Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade to the US Google Play Store. [PressRelease]
  • Who needs Google when you have the Calvin and Hobbes search engine powered by… Bing (blech!). [C&H]
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer… sucks less. [YouTube]
  • AT&T comes in dead last for Consumer Reports’ US carrier ratings. [BriefMobile]
  • HTC Droid DNA kernel source now available on HTCDev.
  • Samsung spent $4 billion in 2012 on marketing. Cuts in on Galaxy profits. [Asymco]
  • App Annie report shows Google Play Store profits rising 17%, while iOS remains stagnant at .7%. [AppAnnie]
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. “for a modest search, try bing”

    …bing? or for that matter, microsoft? modest?

    *bursts out laughing*

      1. Because Microsoft is not modest.

  2. Microsoft accuses Google of deceiving its users, saying “Google Shopping is nothing more than a list of targeted ads that unsuspecting customers assume are search results.”

    Unsuspecting? Google warns visitors with a showy dialog at the top of the Shopping page.

    Besides, if you search for “smartphone,” Android and non-Android smartphones are presented without distinguishing on Google, unlike on Bing, where the Lumia is the only device that has its price written in red… who’s trying to manipulate consumers now?

    1. Yup I donot pay Microsoft any mind with their BS.

      1. Wasnt MS just using Google’s search results to populate Bing anyway? Sounds like they were the one Scroogling.

    2. Doesn’t that red text just mean it’s the only phone that has a reduced price slashed from it’s original? Using prices taken from all the stores listed at the top left? I believe this to be more of a coincidence.

      1. It does, and the only phone with a price reduction is the Lumia, what a convenient coincidence…

      2. Really? Only one smartphone’s price was lowered? I find that hard to believe, there are always sales on smartphones.

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