Android Overload: The history of Google Street View, Neo N003 is a 1080p Android phone for $145, 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 what you find.

  • The history of Google Street View is a fascinating read. [TechCrunch]
  • Patents are the concept cars of tech. [Wired]
  • Check out the Tegra 4 optimized Riptide GP 2 running on the NVIDIA Project SHIELD. [NVIDIA]
  • New infographic asks, “Could Samsung Take Down Apple?” [MBAOnline]
  • Lenovo S920 and Lenovo S820 leaked. One rips off the look of the HTC One X shamelessly. [UnwiredView]
  • Google to pay $7 million to settle “Wi-Spy”case with attorneys general. [AllThingsD]
  • Neo N003 is a $145 Android smartphone with 1080p full HD display. [GizChina]
  • Barnes & Noble introduces “Free Fridays.” A new paid app available free to download each week. [B&N]
  • Divoom Onbeat-X1 portable speaker now available for pre-order. [Amazon]
  • Pantech Vega No. 6 launches in Hong Kong with a 5.9-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, quad-core S4 CPU, 3,140mAh battery. [UnwiredView]
  • XBMC makes its way to the OUYA. Video walkthrough shows us how well it runs. [Liliputing]
  • Chameleon Launcher 2 now available in the Play Store — but only for Kickstarter backers. [Chameleon Blog]
  • Arcane Legends receiving 2 new Kraken maps, PvP updates, and more next week. [SpacetimeStudios]
  • CCleaner is making its way to Android devices. [PiriformBlog]
  • Google Play Store’s birthday sale continues with new round of discounted items and freebies. [Google Play]
  • Squids Wild West now available for Android devices. [Google Play]
  • Metal Slug X now available for Android devices. [Google Play]
  • Chrome for Android updated. Brings clearer text, and the usual bug fixes. [Google Play]
  • Pixel Kingdom now available for Android devices. [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 price of that flagship phone is exactly why we will be able to see $200-$300 flagships in the USA without contract, easily, in the not so distant future, and even awesome phones will be $100 or less.

    1. I’m hoping that, with the ending of the spec wars, we’ll start seeing hardware stay where it is (quad-cores, 2GB of RAM, 13MP cameras, 1080p displays), and prices drop.

      Would be awesome if $200 – $300 smartphones became the norm in the future. I mean, it is possible, just look at the Nexus 4.

    2. I keep hearing from parts tea-rdown sites about how the components that make up a phone only compose a small amount of the final retail price.
      Phone companies like this one probably don’t need to worry so much about R&D or marketing, so they’re able to compete at a lower price.

      1. Somewhat true. Most phones cost $200 tops to produce, we’re talking iphone 5 stuff, or samsung gs3. That often also includes development cost for the SoC and such, as component prices are what retail prices are. I don’t think verizon and other carriers pay more than $400 retail for the phones, the MSRP is just to give them more profit. The subsidies they give are actually smaller than they make them seem. Look how the Nexus 4 only costs $300-$350 and google has to support the thing, and LG had to make profit on it,

  2. 1080p amoled display, is very good. Allows for a slimmer phone. But i know it needs more improvement.

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