Category: Android News


Late night poll: Do you make in-app purchases?

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In-app billing is a bit of a touchy subject.  Nobody begrudges developers that try to make a few dollars, but billing for extra content as a per-app basis just isn’t very popular among users.  Some don’t like the fact that purchases are tied to a particular phone, and we can certainly understand that.  Wiping your phone or buying a new one and losing all your game content is no fun.  [Read More…]

Nexus S 4G one step closer to official Android 4.0.4 update

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If you own the Sprint Nexus S 4G and are waiting on the official update to Android 4.0, then we have some good news for you. A new internal testing ROM was just spotted on Google’s servers that updates the Nexus S 4G to Android version 4.0.4, build number IMM26.

The file was quickly pulled after it was spotted, but if you are adventurous you can head over to xda-developers and  [Read More…]

Japanese carrier to stop sending push notification ads

Android Central

Japanese mobile network KDDI says it’ll stop using push notification ads on its Android handsets, following some recent online controversy. Late last month it emerged that KDDI was using an updated version of its “AU One Market” application to send ads via push notification to some of its customers. We’re not the biggest fans of push notification ads, and we’re even less impressed when ads are delivered by a carrier-mandated app  [Read More…]

HTC’s thinnest Android phone captured on video

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Want to catch a glimpse of HTC’s thinnest Android smartphone ahead of Mobile World Congress? A YouTube video just appeared online which reveals the HTC Ville, a device that is rumored to feature a metal unibody design under 8mm thick.

Additional details that have been leaked so far include Android 4.0, Sense 4.0, 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 8 MP rear camera, VGA front camera, HSPA+, Bluetooh  [Read More…]

Motorola Xyboard – Strange name, solid tablet, serious contender? [Tablet Review]

Motorola Xyboard – Strange name, solid tablet, serious contender? [Tablet Review]

I’m going to skip talking about the Xyboard name for as long as I can. Ok. The name is ridiculous; I’m moving on. As Verizon’s newest tablet, the Xyboard has a lot  [Read More…]

UK retailer withdraws Transformer Prime, blames ‘faults’ and stock availability

Transformer Prime

British retailer Clove Technology has taken the ASUS Transformer Prime off sale today, saying “faults” reported by customers and difficulty in obtaining stock are behind the decision.

In a post on its official blog, Clove says stock levels have been a “real issue”, and despite being able to obtain some Transformer Prime units earlier than expected, it’s decided to withdraw the tablet from sale due to complaints of faults in some units.

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Galaxy S III coming at separate Samsung-hosted event

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We knew Samsung was reviewing their options for the Galaxy S III launch, and now it appears the company will skip Mobile World Congress in favor of hosting their own special launch event.

A Samsung representative issued a statement to TechRadar which read, “Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012. The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a separate  [Read More…]

Sony releasing an update for Google TV, brings better browsing and 3D Blu-ray

Sony Google TV

The official Google TV team let us all know that Sony has an update in the works for their Google TV devices.  The update will bring a Chrome browser that “works faster” and enable 3D for Blu-ray discs.  Expect the update for your devices this week.  A better browser is something everyone loves, but no word if any updates are coming for the Logitech Revue, which has been discontinued.

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ADzero, world’s first bamboo smartphone, to hit China and the UK this year

ADzero, world’s first bamboo smartphone, to hit China and the UK this year

While most smartphone manufacturers are battling to make their devices thinner and lighter by incorporating all kinds of different metals onto the design, a British university student has  [Read More…]

Mint.com Android app adds tablet support for personal finance management

Mint.com Android app adds tablet support for personal finance management

Mint.com ranks as one of the best personal finance management services around. I said as much when I first reviewed the Mint.com Android app back in 2010, and I’m more convinced of it now.  [Read More…]