This week’s Xbox LIVE game for Windows Phone is Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. The controls are naturally similar to the other Need for Speed: Undercover game that’s been available on Windows Phone for a while now. Hot Pursuit brings the ability to choose wether you want your game career to be played as a police officer or an illegal racer. Naturally the game play goals and races will differ depending on which you choose. The game includes about 20 performance cars to choose from as you unlock them while progressing through the 48 different cop and racer career events. [...]
We got what was teased as the first look at a BlackBerry 10 handset this past fall, known by codename London. We didn’t know at the time if the handset was supposed to be a mock-up, or even if it was functional or not. Since then, we’ve heard of other supposed BlackBerry 10 models, like the Milan, but later learned that model was apparently shelved. This whole time, we’ve been keeping the London in our mind as the best example we had so far of BlackBerry 10 hardware. Tonight we finally get a new look at the model, and it’s finally starting to appear like a [...]
When Sony officially announced the coming Xperia S during the CES earlier this month, it mentioned that the phone would arrive for sale sometime in March. That much seemed backed-up by retailers who shortly thereafter started listing the phone for availability in early March. The release plans seemed pretty straightforward, until Play.com posted that it expected stocks of the handset to arrive on January 30. That clearly hasn’t happened, so just what’s the current state of the Xperia S?
Despite reports that the retailer supposedly confirmed that January date, and [...]
Near the end of last July, we saw the arrival of BlackBerry Messenger 6, introducing the ability for other apps to offer BBM connectivity. A BBM connected app lets users easily share content with their BBM contacts from directly within the app in question. Since then, there’s been a growing number of apps that support the feature, but a couple big names have been missing. Now we’re hearing about plans to finally bring BBM connectivity to Twitter and Facebook.
There’s no word on just when these updates might arrive, only that they’ve been delayed numerous [...]
Just before Christmas, Mozilla delivered an early present in the form of Firefox 9.0 for Android. That release brought with it some improved support for tablet screen layouts, spruced-up the browser’s HTML5 support, and included all the latest bugfixes. Mozilla continues with its rapid release strategy today, announcing the arrival of Firefox 10 Mobile.
So, what changes can you look forward to in this release? Users of Mozilla’s Sync service, letting you coordinate bookmarks between your smartphone and desktop browsers, should find the feature easier to set-up than [...]
As a smartphone manufacturer, NEC may not have a huge international presence, but that doesn’t stop the company from being at the forefront of some of the latest handset developments. The race for ever-thinner smartphones doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon, and NEC wants to make sure it keeps fighting at the head of the pack. To that end, the company’s recently announced a high-end Android that manages to keep its thickness down to just 6.7 millimeters.
What’s so impressive about that figure is how well the phone stays thin across its [...]
How well do you remember the smartphone back in 2006? Chances are most of you didn’t really care about them or owned one because they were either too expensive or just too difficult to operate effectively. This was the era of predominant QWERTY keyboards, soft-keys, small 2.4-inch screens at a QVGA resolution, EDGE data speeds, limited storage, scroll bars, and terrible browsers. Smartphones weren’t about the consumer. You’d judge them by how fast you could switch between tasks because they were mainly focused on the business user. In times when smartphones keep [...]
Samsung’s Galaxy S III is currently one of the big mysteries in the smartphone world; we hear it mentioned all the time, but we don’t have much more to go on than some basic rumors about its hardware and ever-shifting estimates for when the phone might be announced, and then finally released. The official word from Samsung is that the company’s still making up its mind about how to launch the handset. We had been hoping to get a chance to see the phone at the Mobile World Congress this year, but even that looks like it won’t be happening anymore. While [...]
Update: the video has been pulled, but we’ve added some screenshots of the video for your viewing pleasure.
The HTC Ville first broke cover when we saw its render back at the end of November; it will supposedly be one of HTC’s upcoming devices expected at MWC alongside the HTC Endeavour (ex-Edge)
The HTC Ville is allegedly featured in the video below. You can notice straight from the beginning that the phone is very slim, as the Ville is expected to be one of HTC’s slimmest phones, measuring less than eight millimeters in [...]
For as much excitement as Nokia’s initial stab at Windows Phone devices caused, especially regarding the Lumia 800, there was no lost enthusiasm for the announcement of the follow-up Lumia 900 at this year’s CES. At least, AT&T subscribers had reason to be happy, upon receiving word that the carrier would be Nokia’s exclusive launch partner for the phone. The rest of us started to grow a little concerned wondering just when we’d get a chance to pick up the handset; would the AT&T exclusive be US-only, with other plans for international markets? That [...]
Last week, we told you about the arrival of official companion apps for Valve’s Steam service, coming to both Android and iOS. The software joined the ranks of the third-party tools we previously saw released, and while the official version offered increased functionality, like the ability to use Steam chat, the requirement of needing an invitation to Valve’s closed beta test made accessing the official app difficult for many users, keeping interest up in those third-party solutions. This week, things flip on their head, as the beta starts to open-up, and third-party apps [...]
In this video, we are unboxing the the newest 4G LTE devices from Verizon: the LG Spectrum.
Touting a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor the LG Spectrum is certainly on par, processor-wise compared to the rest of the devices currently on the market. Add in LTE plus a brilliant 4.5″ IPS HD display, and the device starts to look very intriguing. Sadly, the Spectrum is only running a fairly skinned version of Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread), which seems to cause some lag in the UI. We shall see if the 4G hunt for signal causes the 1830mAh battery to give up faster than if [...]
Welcome to the first installment of the Android Guy Weekly, a new web show that aims to answer your questions about Android smartphones and tablets, pose thought-provoking questions, and gaze into the vast unknown of the “near future”.
The Android Guy Weekly is a conversation, not just a web show! You’re part of the discussion! Leave your thoughts, hopes, and opinion in the comments so all the other viewers can have a richer experience!
In this week’s episode we look into tablets, their sizes, their utility, and how we’ve seem to have gotten [...]
Even though the Samsung GT-i9300 was deleted from the official UAE site where it first appeared, we still have the screenshot to prove that the phone, believed to be the upcoming Galaxy S III was featured online.
The same Samsung GT-i9300 was recently referenced online as the device was listed for WiFi certification. There is currently no information regarding the device or its WiFi capabilities.
There were several rumors regarding an official MWC launch of the Galaxy S III, with some confirming and other denying a Barcelona appearance. Samsung’s head of Marketing, [...]
The Nokia Lumia 710 on T-Mobile was launched (and available initially) for $49.99 with a new two-year agreement, but certain retailers managed to give the phone away for free, given you agree to the contract.
However, the Lumia 710 is now listed online at T-Mobile for $39.99 which is ten dollars less than what we’ve seen officially from the carrier. There are no details regarding a certain period of time in which this offer is valid so it’s kind of safe to assume that the price will remain $39.99 (online). Additionally, if you switch to T-Mobile or add a new line, [...]
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 faced a preliminary injunction in Germany issued back in August of 2011 and, after a September hearing was upheld. The South Korean manufacturer appealed the decision but the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court has decided to maintain it.
If the initial August (and September) preliminary injunction was issued, at Apple’s request, based on a violation of a Community design (which is the European equivalent for U.S. design patents), today’s decision is based on a violation of the German Unfair Competition Law.
Furthermore, the [...]
OPMOSH stands for “Operation Make Ourselves Heard” and, if recent actions tried to remind Motorola about the promises it made regarding bootloader unlocks, the second iteration (#OPMOSH2) is not happy at all with the Motorola RAZR Developer Edition.
People want “to let Moto know that this “Developer Edition” had better be available either as a trade for our devices, paying the difference, or not at all, since we all bought our devices in hopes for them to keep their word in the first place”.
The company recently announced the RAZR [...]
Announced on October 26, the Nokia Lumia 800 is enjoying great popularity on the markets where it is already present and the manufacturer is slowly working its way in other regions too. People in Australia can prepare to greet Nokia’s first Windows Phone at the end of the first quarter, in March.
It will be available both from carriers like Optus, Telstra, and Vodafone as well as through all major retailers in the country. The color palette will be complete and future owners will be able to choose from black, blue (Cyan) and pink (Magenta).
“Interest locally [...]
An Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the Samsung-made Sprint Google Nexus S 4G has been leaked online and, according to reports, chances are that this is the final build the carrier will be rolling out over-the-air.
The build number, as you can see in the image above, is IMM26 and everything seems to be working just fine. If you don’t want to wait for the official update to hit your device over-the-air, the official way, you can head over to the source link and get to work (insert usual word of warning here). The files will be over at XDA Developers for three days and, while [...]
Are you on Sprint? Got the iPhone 4 or the latest iPhone 4S? If yes then the Sprint Zone application is for you. It recently made its way into the iTunes App Store, it’s free and it offers you quick and easy access to your account.
Aside from accessing your account you will also be informed about Sprint News and promotions. The following features are available for both Sprint and non-Sprint customers: device management (power controls, resources etc.), Apple and Sprint store Locator as well as help functions, including access to a care representative. If you like the [...]
Back in June of last year, we looked at a leaked Sprint roadmap claiming to tell the tale of devices planned for release over the following few months. Not everything on that list made it out, though, including the Samsung Epic 2, to follow in the steps of the Epic 4G. Now it looks like the phone may finally be getting a chance to surface, with signs pointing to plans for its release on Sprint.
The phone shows-up in some of the latest Cellebrite software, used for transferring data between handsets, tied to model number SPH-D705. That’s one we’ve seen before, also [...]
Lenovo made its plans public to update the ThinkPad Tablet to the latest iteration of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, sometime in the second quarter of the year. The ThinkPad Tablet was announced at the end of July last year and it’s definitely good to see the manufacturer didn’t abandon the product.
The IdeaPad from Lenovo is also quietly waiting for its Ice Cream Sandwich treat but aside from a generic second quarter roll-out estimate we don’t know exactly when it will happen. Other manufacturers are already pushing out OS updates for their tablets (like Asus [...]
There was a short period of silence with regards to malware affecting Google Android-powered devices but the hackers were obviously hard at work. According to a Symantec report, multiple publishers on the Android Market are pushing out a recent threat named Android.Counterclank.
Android.Counterclank, a variant of Android.Tonclank, is a Trojan horse that steals information. The applications which were infected come from publishers iApps7 Inc., Ogre Games, and redmicapps and contain a package called “apperhand” which, once executed, can copy bookmarks on the device, [...]