For three years in a row now, Google has released a flagship Nexus-branded phone in collaboration with another OEM to show off the best of Android. These releases happen to correspond to the unveiling of a new version of Android. These devices often represent the state-of-the-art in terms of smartphone technology, and, characteristically, they have no third-party interface, but rather use the stock Android interface. Both the Nexus One and the Nexus S were fantastic Android devices that are still getting software updates by the development community today. Will the new Samsung Galaxy [...]
Here’s an app for Windows Phone 7 that some of you might find useful. Handyscan lets you use the camera in order to scan documents and upload them to either Dropbox or Skydrive. The $2.49 paid version even lets you convert the scanned images to PDFs, which is a pretty nice feature. It also lets you email documents, while the free version only allows for Skydrive/Dropbox uploading. The app includes some other useful features like cropping, adding text, and scanning multiple pages to a single document. You can even use digitally scanned signatures to “sign” other [...]
When you ask Siri for help with something, though it may not have the intuition of a human when crafting its responses, at least you can be sure you’re getting well-rounded, unbiased information, right? We’d certainly like to think so, but the ACLU has pointed out some cases where it seems that Siri might be withholding potentially controversial results from you.
From what we’ve heard so far, we’re not convinced this isn’t just a fluke in Siri’s level of proficiency, rather than a calculated attempt to skew results, but we’re keeping an [...]
We’ve already told you about the hidden Nyan Cat Android in Ice Cream Sandwich, but it turns out that there are even more secret treats waiting within. One apparently just discovered today offers you an alternate app launcher, but one that might be more fun than useful.
The trick to getting this version to run is the use of Android Activity shortcuts when launching the app. Properly configured, you can select a “Rocket Launcher” option that will shoot app icons towards the screen as they fly out of hyperspace. Like we said: it looks neat, but you’re [...]
Yesterday, we finally got to hear about the fruits of CTIA and the ESRB’s efforts to introduce a new app ratings system that mirrors those already available for video games and computer software. While Microsoft will adopt the system for Windows Phone apps, Google and Apple declined the opportunity to introduce them to the Android market and App Store. One major player we hadn’t heard from was RIM, and it looks like all this talk of ratings has convinced the company to emulate Google and Apple, introducing its own ratings system instead of using the proposed [...]
We may among the lucky few in the US who have gotten our hands on an HSPA+ version of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, but someday soon the rest of Android fans in the States will have the opportunity to snag the phone for themselves, this time Verizon’s LTE version. We’ve been covering the rumors and leaks surrounding this release in the weeks following the smartphone’s formal announcement. Let’s take a look at some of the latest developments, and see where we are now.
Earlier this week, we heard a rumor that Verizon was planning to open pre-orders for the [...]
Last week, we heard a rumor that Verizon subscribers would soon see an eagerly-anticipated Gingerbread update arrive for the Samsung Droid Charge. Things certainly appeared to be ready to go, with Verizon publishing materials relevant to the upgrade on the Charge’s support page. A rumor accompanied that discovery, claiming that Verizon would start distributing the update on what’s now yesterday. Maybe things started-off slowly, because we didn’t hear anything about Charge users getting update notifications on Tuesday, but today we can confirm that the Charge’s [...]
About a month ago we heard from Google that the Nexus One (the original Nexus smartphone) won’t be getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — not officially anyway.
While disappointing, it’s left some wondering: what about the G1, the very first Android-powered smartphone? The official answer is “no”, but that isn’t stopping the development effort!
What’s not working yet? Just WiFi, Bluetooth, and rotation (so far). As you can see in the video, ICS is more than just a little bit sluggish on the T-Mobile G1 — but it’s [...]
Dubbed a “pre-pre-alpha”, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is slowly making its way onto the Nokia N900 — yes, the N900.
You might recall, the N900 originally ran the Linux Maemo operating system and has been used for all kinds of hacks and ports along the way.
It’s legacy lives on with an unreleased port of the AOSP version of Ice Cream Sandwich. Based on what we can see in the video, not all the drivers are present, and it seems more than just a little laggy, but even still, how cool is that?
What legacy device would you like to see Ice [...]
Samsung doesn’t have the best history with GPS on their smartphones. The causes of their problems have ranged from contacts for the GPS antenna losing their “springeyness” and thus losing connectivity to the antenna, to aGPS server issues, and a spattering of others.
We haven’t seen many GPS-related problems in the newer Galaxy S2 phones (not when compared to the number on the original Galaxy S family), but an issue has just cropped up.
This time, a GPS problem came along with an OTA update, so it’s something that can likely be fixed with [...]
If your business just spent $300 million on a headphone company, you bundle those headphones with your smartphones, and you made a special point to play-up the audio quality of one of these handsets, we’d think the one thing you’d pay special attention to during product design and testing is that the phone really did sound just as good as claimed. HTC may very well be kicking itself now, as reports emerge of problems with the Rezound’s sound output.
The problem reportedly manifests itself when using the phone’s headphone jack, and sounds like static or RF [...]
CarrierIQ is back in the news again. For those of you who don’t know, CarrierIQ is a tool that cellular providers and/or OEM’s can pre-load on smartphones (Android and Blackberry at the moment) to help identify (and hopefully fix) problems with their handsets and networks.
When one particular developer publicized what he felt were security and privacy violations, CarrierIQ released their lawyers upon him. After the developer contacted the EFF and told developers on CarrierIQ’s legal threats, they backed down and assured us they don’t record keystrokes or [...]
We all talk to our smartphones, but we’re usually talking to someone else using our smartphones — not to the phones themselves.
Android has let you input text and even send emails and texts, and dial phone calls using your voice for quite some time. Answering questions posed using natural language has been something no one has done particularly well — not until Apple’s Siri came out. Since then, everyone’s been playing catch-up.
Such is the case with Cluzee for Android, a new app that attempts to bring Siri-like functionality to Android. [...]
Whether we look at the unusual design of the supposed BBX London smartphone, or at the company’s shift towards embracing iOS and Android, it sure seems clear that there are some big changes going on internally at RIM. As a result, it’s harder than ever to evaluate rumors about the company’s direction, not really knowing what to expect from it anymore. With that in mind, we turn our attention this morning to a new rumor about the BlackBerry Surfboard.
Without knowing just where the source behind this information supposedly obtained it, we can’t speak to [...]
Release bugs are nothing new for smartphones. They usually crop up with new handsets or major revisions to the operating system and they’re usually all fixed with software updates distributed over the air.
This time around it’s the confirmed “volume bug” on the Galaxy Nexus. If you’re unfamiliar with this bug, in a very few cases users are reporting the phone’s volume changing wildly with the on-screen indicator “freaking out” (to use the technical terminology).
Apparently the bug only shows up when these smartphones are [...]
You may remember a nice little YouTube app called LazyTube that brought a decent YouTube app to Windows Phone when Google wouldn’t allow Microsoft to create an integrated YouTube app themselves. Today, we see that same developer’s new version of their YouTube app, and it’s called MetroTube. The upgrade is an incredible example of how a Windows Phone app should be done. It takes YouTube thumbnails and overlays their titles with beautiful typography. The app also supports pinning certain content like individual videos and video channels, all with very nicely [...]
Just in case you didn’t have enough Lenovo devices being thrown at you in the last two days — with the 3.8-inch LePhone S2, the five-inch LePad S2005, and the 3.7-inch LePhone S760 — here comes another one which seems to be more promising: the Lenovo LePhone K2.
It packs a 4.3-inch IPS display but the screen resolution has not yet been made public. Inside you’ll find a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 processor, 1GB of RAM, 1GB of ROM and an eight megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p videos. Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread is the operating system on it [...]
More than three months have passed since HP officially killed webOS. HP’s CEO Meg Whitman said that the company “should announce our decision in the next two weeks”, which “is not an easy decision, because we have a team of 600 people which is in limbo”.
There were several rumors around webOS, including those according to which HP would license it out. Also, in a rather interesting shift, HP’s new CEO — Meg Whitman replaced Leo Apotheker in September — said that if Apple’s iPads are regarded as PCs (according to Canalys) the [...]
The Nokia Lumia 710 is just as much of a Windows Phone as the Lumia 800, just that the latter is regarded as currently being the flagship phone. However, Nokia has started promoting the Lumia 710 too, ending the apparent ad-monopoly in favor of the 800.
You’ll see the same “amazing everyday” theme on the Lumia 710 ad, which you’ve seen on the N9’s Windows Phone brother. The 710 packs a Qualcomm MSM8255 1.4GHz processor, a 3.7-inch ClearBlack WVGA screen, 512MB RAM, 8GB storage, five-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, [...]
You might have heard of, or even used, the ability in iOS to place system setting shortcuts on your home screen. This allowed for quick, one-touch access to common Settings like WiFi and Bluetooth. We say “allowed” because iOS 5.1 Beta seems to remove this ability and chances are the public version will too.
Settings were available with the help of a special URL-type address, accessed via Safari and then saved as a favorite with an individual icon on your home screen. Not anymore with iOS 5 Beta but we hope the ability will be re-enabled in the public release — [...]
We were a little bit concerned about initial reports coming in regarding the lack of Adobe flash on the Google Galaxy Nexus. Since Adobe pushed out the last feature update to the Flash Player three weeks ago — after the company threw in the towel — we were somewhat concerned regarding Flash on Ice Cream Sandwich.
In an official blog post Adobe said that they will “provide a minor update to the runtimes to support the Galaxy Nexus“. This is great news, knowing the fact that on one hand Flash is now abandoned and on the other hand Ice Cream Sandwich is [...]
Sprint unveiled the HTC EVO Design 4G at the end of October as a world phone running Android 2.3, Gingerbread and packing a 1.2GHz processor, four-inch qHD display, five-megapixel camera with flash, and 1.3-megapixel front facer.
If you have an EVO Design 4G and are looking to unlock its bootloader, you’re lucky: HTC made the unlocking procedure easier by listing the phone on its official HTCDev website under the unlockable phones. Of course, the procedure will still void your warranty but if you must have the bootloader cracked open, you can head over to the source link [...]
Last week we’ve learned that HTC might be facing a ban in Germany for its 3G devices; initially IPCom’s injunction claim against HTC was ruled in favor but the Taiwanese company has appealed (set for November 28) the decision which suspended its execution. HTC withdrew from the appeal.
While IPCom is still willing to settle, HTC said that the company found “the appeal had become redundant since the German Federal Patent Court had previously held the relevant claim of the patent to be invalid“.
However, HTC made an official statement to BGR stating [...]