Android Overload: HTC engineers send angry letter to CEO Peter Chou, Third of all phones shipped in Q4 2012 ran Android, and more [VIDEO]


The Android Overload is where we feature the biggest news stories from throughout the day (see above video), as well as stash all of the stories/articles/news bits that didn’t make it onto our 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 anything of interest.

  • Pageonce update brings a shinier, Holo UI-type interface. Free bill pay too. [Google Play]
  • Review: Open Launcher for Google TV. [GTVSource]
  • Your smartphone may get a little bigger/thicker once LTE Advanced comes to town. [BGR]
  • The Neptune Pine, a smartwatch running Android, will now have access to the Google Play Store. [NeptunePine]
  • The Android army marches on. 1/3rd of all phones shipped in Q4 of 2012 were running Android (69% of all smartphones were running Android). [Canalys]
  • Samsung wants to reward you for using AllShare Play. Register your device and win new Sammy gadgets. [AllSharePlay]
  • 1,000 HTC engineers write CEO Peter Chou an angry letter after cutting R&D costs (wages?) by 60%. [UnwiredView]
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. Chris, I think you got the Canalys report headling wrong. From the article: “In the smart phone market, Android handsets accounted for 69% of the 216.5 million shipped. Android smart phones accounted for 34% of ALL phone shipments.” :)

    1. Huh? Isn’t that what I said? O_o

      Wait- are you saying I forgot the “all?”

      1. of all PHONE shipments, Chris. That’s another misleading headline from you!;)

        Android = 70% smartphones
        Android = 34% of phones.

        SAMSUNG sells more than 110 million phones per Q, 65 million of them are SMARTPHONES.

        1. Woah.. there are phones out there that aren’t “smart?” :O

      2. No. Look at the reply from Galaxy_Note_III. ALL phones is not the same as ALL smartphones. The percentages are different. :)

        1. Oh, thanks. I clarified.

          1. No problem. :)

  2. What is wrong with HTC? Every couple of days all you ever hear is negative news. They didnt meet this financial quota. They’re losing money here.They seem to slowing losing whatever they had that mad them sucessful in the past. Do they need a CEO replacement? I’m beginning to wonder as it seems as if they just don’t listen to anything except what they what to hear.I love their products but this kind of negativity is starting to make me wonder if its still a good decision to continue buying their products. All this negative attention and news must have some degree of truth to it. And the frequencey at which its happening is very alarming.

    1. Because they stuffed their index fingers in their ears and went “LALALALALALALA!” when we (the consumers) told them what we want. Now HTC are reaping what they forgot/didn’t bother to sow.

      1. tchaaa you know what? uh uh!

  3. Re 1000 HTC engineers – Chris, why would you continue to propagate the author’s dishonest and misleading headline, when even he admitted that the letter came from only one engineer? And, with no evidence that that engineer was actually “representing” the 5000 engineers to which his letter referred.

    1. No evidence to say otherwise? Didn’t think so. Considering how far HTC has fallen, it’s safe to assume they aren’t doing much R&D these days. A non-derp non-nerdrage answer would have you thinking they are understaffed, no budget or bad management. Any and all 3 are probably right. Carry on little fella.

    2. just trying to stir the pot

  4. I get that a lot. “Is that the new Galaxy?”

  5. A phone being 1mm thicker would probably feel like that to most people, from what they’re depicting.

    Also, I wouldn’t mind the bulkiness. My Epic 4G Touch is WAY too light. If I didn’t have a case on it, I would accidentally throw the phone. LoL!!

    I’m sure phones would probably be as thick as the OG Evo 4G or the HTC HD2. Those phones are pretty adequate in size. There is nothing abnormal with the size. The Evo 4G doesn’t feel uncomfortable to hold. Dugh!!

    I say bring this out now. This uber-thinness has got to go.

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