Android Overload: Sony Xperia Z hitting Europe February 21st, Sign petition to help make unlocking cellphones legal, 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 gives us a look back at their 15 years of smartphone design. Teases something big for Tuesday, Feb 19th. [HTCBlog]
  • Cryamore is an action-RPG that blends steampunk, with Secret of Mana, Zelda, Megaman and features beautiful hand-drawn sprites. Looks for funding on Kickstarter. [Kickstarter]
  • Deals: ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T 32GB complete with keyboard dock is only $360 brand new and with free shipping. [EbayDeals]
  • Arcane Legends Double EXP Weekend. Only for Feb 16th and 17th, so get playing! [SpacetimeStudios]
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini rumored for a May launch. [SamMobile]
  • Sony Xperia Z could hit European markets on February 21st. [GSMArena]
  • Opera buys Skyfire for $50 million for their video optimization expertise. [TNW]
  • Samsung release source code for Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S2. [SamMobile]
  • 5-inch XOLO A1000 Android smartphone announced in India. Only $275. [Engadget]
  • You can now travel inside football stadiums using Google Maps Street View. [GoogleLatLong]
  • iPhone 5 doesn’t make Sprint’s top 5 highest rated smartphones. (Sorry, Apple). [UnwiredView]
  • Chameleon Launcher developers tease smartphone version coming soon (at no extra cost). [YouTube]
  • LG announces 15 million L Series smartphones sold globally. [LGNewsroom]
  • Sign the petition to stop CTIA and make unlocking cellphones legal again! [WhiteHouse]
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. Sorry Chris, I’ve always thought the OUYA was pointless. I’ve got a beautiful computer with a nice xbox 360 controller. I can get pretty any emulated game possible. I haven’t tried bluestacks, but that probably opens even more doors.

    1. I got caught up in the hype and backed the OUYA, but now I’m wondering how much I’ll actually use it. I’ve always preferred the convenience in mobile gaming and I don’t know if casual runner games are enough to convince me to get off my couch and flip on my TV.

      I think OUYA should really considering adding Google TV to the console. I mean, Xbox is doing something similar and they’re “the competition.” It would be refreshing to see Google TV running on something better than a crappy Mediatek CPU.

  2. Sprint’s top 5 are all Android? Sorry, Apple? Uhhh, sure… unless you count the iPhone 4s (#4) and the iPhone 4 (tied for #5; granted, the iPhone 5 didn’t make the cut)! C’mon, Chris…

  3. That Cryamore game looks like it could be something epic!

  4. Come on people! The petition still requires almost 30,000 signatures. Of people reading tech blogs don’t sign the thing, who will? I’m sure there are some of you who haven’t signed it yet.

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