Android Overload: Sony Yuga pictured in the wild (again), new Verizon 4G LTE markets, and more


The Android Overload is the place where we stash all of the stories/articles/news bits that didn’t make it onto our illustrious 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 any gems. Oh, and I already posted the warning below but you may wanna stay away from the comment section of that Apple Insider article. That is, unless you wanna rage. Night, folks.

  • Facebook’s working on a new sexting app. Time to start working out! [ReadWrite]
  • Sony Yuga pictured again, nothing new but still sexy. [Mobile-Review]
  • Oppo shows off a few sample shots taken from the Oppo Find 5 with Sony Exmor RS sensor. [XperiaBlog]
  • Google and FTC are close to making a deal. Investigation could end as soon as this week. [WSJ]
  • Motorola to end relationship with Foxconn to manufacturer handsets. Will sign a deal with Flextronics to make only mid to high-end smartphones. [Digitimes]
  • Solid Explorer finally leaves beta. Is now a $2 paid application. [Google Play]
  • Google Play launches “Surprise Calendar” offering real-world deals for downloading apps. [Google Play]
  • Verizon announces new 4G LTE markets going live on Dec. 20th — Arizona being a huge one. [Verizon Wireless]
  • Sony updates users on Jelly Bean schedule for a handful of devices. [SonyMobile]
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 US models added to CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies. [CyanogenMod]
  • Instagram reveals changes to Terms of Service going live in January. They own all your ‘grams. [InstagramBlog]
  • Android poised to completely “take over the smartphone market.” [AppleInsider] (Try to avoid reading the comments)
  • Eric Schmidt heads to Europe to speak with the EU over antitrust concerns. [NewYorkTimes]
  • Lookout identifies new Android malware dubbed SpamSoldier. Sends “barrage” of SMS messages without user’s consent. [LookoutBlog]
  • Tumblr for Android updated with tablet support, just no landscape mode. [Google Play]
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. The comment section on AppleInsider is great (you basically made me read it by saying don’t). I love how many people talk about Apple’s profits like that is a good thing. Lower market share, but higher profits…isn’t that an indicator that you’re paying too much? Yes, I realize the Apple units shipped has increased overall even though their market share percentage is decreasing. Still caught me as funny. One of my friends just got an iPad Mini…all he could say was, “it’s so light.” I just don’t get the culture.

    1. I echo your sentiments exactly, almost verbatim. I don’t know, maybe I just don’t get it. It seems to me that everyone, and I mean everyone, with an iOS device feels like they’re APPL shareholders or chairmen and everyone who buys into Android is stealing from them. Like its their duty to Apple culture to vigorously defend Apple products at all cost and in all capacities.
      Apple doesn’t care for any of their customers individually, only their wallets. And even then its on a collective level. Apple fanboys are all, almost uniformly, against anything and anyone who don’t follow their society of paying more then you need to for a company’s product. Fact of the matter is, to put it bluntly, whether your pro-Apple or pro-Android as long as your device does what you purchased it to do, and suits YOUR needs, shut up about it, don’t harrass any and everyone that doesn’t spend their money the way you spend yours, and chase the American dream. They’re just devices. /end rant
      On an similar, yet unrelated note. Chris, if you happened to read through all this, you really should do an editorial on what Android really is. An insurance policy. Google wasn’t, and possibly still aren’t looking to make runaway profits off of android. They need an alternative to provide a channel for their services in case Apple, Windows, RIM, etc. Decide that they no longer wanted to play on Google’s terms. The fact that they had that foresight in 2006, prior to everything we know Apple is doing as of late I find as amazing. All that Google cares for is market share, i.e the number of eyes on their platform. And in that regard I’d say they’re obviously winning.

  2. Apple Insider comment:

    “Meanwhile iOS still has more traffic than Android by almost 2:1 for phones and 9:1 for tablets.

    When Android internet traffic passes iOS, then they can claim the smartphone or tablet crown. Until then they don’t “own” anything.”

    LOL. How does the internet traffic show which OS is more popular or more profitable? Lmao.

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