I remember a couple of years ago when Brandon told me we were hiring somebody to focus on Android, whom we’re lucky to still have with us today and you all know and love – Mr. Joe Levi. Android was so small back then, that I remember acknowledging the need to consider it, but still questioning if it was going to grow enough to justify the expansion. Back then Android was the underdog, and the world was full of Palm Treos, Windows Mobile smartphones, a couple of iPhones here and there, and both Nokia and BlackBerry shared the top of the food chain.
We’ve always [...]
Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new reports of more iOS domination in the United States. Then we do a little Siri talk, as it seems that Verizon was originally the company after buying the service before Apple did. A leaked Samsung roadmap is next and it’s all about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 that’s rumored for the next coming weeks. Nokia later takes the spotlight with some unconfirmed rumors of EOS Windows Phone devices coming with better camera technology. We end today’s show talking about HTC Sense 5.0 and some recent leaks we came [...]
Since the days of gray scale LCD screens on PDAs, the stylus has been the invaluable tool which allowed you to precisely navigate the small screen. With killer applications like the venerable PhatWare Calligrapher, which converts hand writing to text, you can use the stylus to mimic the analog world of pen and paper. Along, with integration of cell phone technology, the hope of a converged hand held device for your mobile life was starting to become a reality. As cellular data and push email where implemented, the world was starting to be at one’s stylus tip. Microsoft along with [...]
Earlier this month, we got an official update on the progress towards the next major release of CyanogenMod, now incorporating Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The news about CM9 wasn’t all good for everyone, as owners of the original “OG” Motorola Droid learned their smartphones would no longer be seeing CyanogenMod support. Considering the phone’s limited hardware, with a pretty severe RAM bottleneck, that shouldn’t have been surprising to hear, though it was unfortunate all the same. Of course, just because the phone won’t get CM9 doesn’t [...]
We’ve already seen the recent Bit9 study which unveiled popular Android smartphones being vulnerable to malware exploits and hacking attempts and now it’s time for a North Carolina State University research to raise a couple of questions regarding pre-installed software.
Researchers Michael Grace, Yajin Zhou, Zhi Wang, and Xuxian Jiang at NCSU analyzed popular smartphones: HTC Legend, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Wildfire S, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, Samsung Epic 4G, Google Nexus One and Google Nexus S. The research found that while the model implementation of Android on [...]
This time last week, we heard about Motorola’s efforts to recruit owners of the original Droid for their participation in a special project of some kind. It wasn’t spelled-out directly, but based on how Motorola’s run soak tests in the past, we had a feeling that’s what we were in for. A new update in the works for a two-year-old Android struck us as some unusual behavior, and got us wondering about just what the contents of the update could be. An official release of Gingerbread seemed like a long shot, though not impossible, and we were left anxiously awaiting [...]
Once in a while, we’ll see a smartphone manufacturer come out with an unexpected update for an aging handset. While we harp on those companies for often taking so long to release updates in the first place, it’s a great feeling when they finally arrive, breathing some new life into old hardware. Past a certain point, though, any sensible person gives up hope of ever seeing official updates released again. If you’ve been feeling that way about a first-gen Motorola Droid you’ve been holding onto, there may be a surprise in your future, as there are signs that [...]