Android Overload: HTC Droid DNA over-the-air update, Google could be paying Apple $1 billion a year, 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.

  • HTC Droid DNA set to receive over-the-air update to software version 2.04.605.2 710RD (various bug fixes). [VerizonWireless]
  • Cordy 2 now available for Android, free of charge. [Google Play]
  • NBA All-Star 2013 now available in the Play Store. [Google Play]
  • Twitter and American Express partnering to allow customers to purchase using hashtags. (For real). [WSJ]
  • Here are 15 moon shots from Google’s “Solve for X” initiative. [GigaOM]
  • Samsung is setting up shop in the Valley and NYC with its Open Innovation Centers. [AllThingsD]
  • AT&T CEO takes blame for failed T-Mobile merger. [FierceWireless]
  • Report: Google is paying Apple $1 billion a year to keep Google as default search engine (wow). [BusinessInsider]
  • Dish Chairman talks about building their own wireless network. [AllThingsD]
  • Google renames “Circles” tab to “Find Friends” on Google+. [TNW]
  • Snapchat brings video sexting to Android via private beta. [TechCrunch]
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. Goog sellouts. Just let apple crash and burn with another search engine, like they did with Maps.

    1. Search is Google’s bread and butter. That 1 billion investment in search (by paying Apple to use it) most likely pays off a lot more to google.
      They need the money from advertisements in search to keep developing Android…so do what you gotta do Goog!

  2. There’s no money in letting apple crash and burn

  3. I think Google makes a mistake with this payment. Enough people solely use Google for searches to let Apple go with whatever they wish. People will keep installing GSearch, even if it’s not a default engine. They should learn from iP5 maps fiasco.
    Hell, do you know anyone who’d say: “I Yahoo’ed that guy today” or “I Bing’ed my girlfriend last night”? It even sounds promiscuous.

  4. Just a note, Cordy 2 isn’t free. You get the first 4 levels for free, but it costs $5 to unlock the rest.

  5. He (Randall Stephenson) said that AT&T was the first to require device makers to put a Wi-Fi client in their devices so customers could move off licensed spectrum and onto Wi-Fi. He also noted that having that Wi-Fi client in the phone is critical to the customer experience, particularly with usage-based pricing. “With usage-based pricing we have to give customers an avenue to be efficient and use Wi-Fi,” he said.

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