Category: Android News


All HTC phones launched after September 2011 are now ‘unlockable’ from HTC Developer site

HTC Vivid

HTC has updated their Developer site’s bootloader unlock page, and the news is good:

All HTC Android devices launched after September 2011 are unlockable. The website will be updated accordingly to reflect this in the coming weeks. We continue to work on models launched prior to September 2011, please check back often for the status of older devices.

We’ve verified this with the HTC Vivid, which does not appear on the “official”  [Read More…]

NTT DoCoMo, Samsung, Panasonic, Fujitsu and NEC team up to take on Qualcomm

snapdragon-gps

When it comes to manufacturing chips for smartphones and tablets, Qualcomm has been leading the mobile industry for awhile. In order to have the resources to compete with the giant, several smaller companies would need to combine their efforts . Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has teamed up with Samsung, Panasonic, NEC, Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Semiconductor to create a high-powered fabless joint venture for the purpose of developing “feature-rich, small-size, low-power-consumption  [Read More…]

Samsung is reportedly trying to upgrade the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab to Android 4.0

Samsung is reportedly trying to upgrade the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab to Android 4.0

Several days ago, Samsung came forth stating it would be nearly impossible to run Android Ice Cream Sandwich on their older models such as the Samsung  [Read More…]

Papa John’s giving away Samsung Galaxy Nexus and discounts to Android app users

Papa John’s giving away Samsung Galaxy Nexus and discounts to Android app users

While you and your friends get together this weekend to discuss the need for a playoff in NCAA football, you’re probably going to order pizza. Perhaps you want to make  [Read More…]

PRADA phone by LG 3.0 now available in South Korea; Europe, rest of Asia in January

PRADA phone by LG 3.0

The obtusely named PRADA phone by LG 3.0 is now available in South Korea, the manufacturer announced today. It’ll be released in most European nations and in other parts of Asia in January.

As you’ll recall from our hands-on with the phone earlier this month, the PRADA phone by LG 3.0 (seriously, we’re just calling it PRADA 3.0 from here on out) is running a unique UI on top  [Read More…]

Android welcomed 3.7 million new devices this weekend

Android welcomed 3.7 million new devices this weekend

A lot of people were in the Christmas spirit over the holiday weekend. As a matter fact, a lot of people were in the Android Holiday spirit and bought their loved ones a new Android device. Flurry Analytics estimates that  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab 10.1 appear poised for US Cellular

USCC inventory

It’s long been rumored that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 would be headed to US Cellular. And now, thanks to USCC’s ESN system, it looks like the Galaxy S II is headed that way as well. Neither device has been officially announced by the regional carrier. But given the depth of its current roster of Android smartphones and tablets, it’s probably just a matter of time.

Thanks, anon!

 

Sony Ericsson reminds us its sync service is shutting down, use Google’s instead

Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson today is sending out e-mails reminding folks (or chaps, since the e-mail we received was sent to our UK operation) that it’s shutting down its Sony Ericcson Sync service on Dec. 29. The good news, of course, is that you can (and really should) sync all the same stuff with your Google account, including your contacts and calendars, along with, well, every thing else Android does extremely well.

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Deal of the Day: Seidio SURFACE Case for Motorola Droid Bionic

Seidio SURFACE Case for Motorola Droid Bionic

The Dec. 27 ShopAndroid.com Deal of the Day is the Seidio SURFACE Case for Motorola Droid Bionic. Available in four colors — black, sapphire blue, burgundy and amethyst —  this case consists of interlocking top and bottom pieces that fit your Motorola Droid Bionic snugly, and Seidio’s signature soft touch finish provides a great feel and better grip without attracting lint. And, best of  [Read More…]

HTC Super Tool unlocks bootloader, roots most devices

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There is no doubt that most users are shied away from messing with the guts of their devices. Not only does this usually void your warranty, but there is also a danger of bricking your device (if things aren’t done correctly). One-click methods are the way to go for all “non-techy” users out there, or those who prefer simpler methods. The guys at XDA Developers know this, where an awesome tool  [Read More…]