Category: Android News


Vodafone UK joins Xperia Z2 pre-order party, throws in free TV

32-inch Bravia set offered with Sony’s latest smartphone

Vodafone UK is the latest carrier to announce pre-order details for Sony’s upcoming flagship phone, the Xperia Z2. The device is now available to pre-order from Voda, with launch day scheduled for April 10. As always, Vodafone offers a range of price plans, but the cheapest monthly contract offering a “free” Xperia Z2 is a £42 per month 3G plan with 1GB of data. Switching up to 4G,  [Read More…]

Samsung details ‘Galaxy Gifts’ package for Galaxy S5 buyers

On Galaxy S5 launch day, Samsung promised a wealth of free subscriptions to publications and online services through its Galaxy Gifts program, and today it’s revealed the full breakdown of what GS5 buyers will get. The complete list of “gifts” offers subscriptions between three months and two years and covers fitness services like RunKeeper and MapMyFitness, news publications like Bloomberg Businessweek+ and The Wall Street Journal, and cloud storage services such as Dropbox and Box.

There  [Read More…]

Android wearable SDK coming soon

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‘Unofficial’ Google Now watch concept

Google bought WIMM Labs back in 2012 and there have been numerous rumors of a smartwatch, but soon it will all be unveiled. On Sunday during a panel discussion with John Battelle at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of Chrome, Apps, and Android, announced that the search giant will be releasing an SDK within the next two weeks  [Read More…]

HTC’s latest video focuses on Ultrapixels

A year later, HTC finally defines the Ultrapixel. Sort of.

HTC has released yet another Techincal Translation short, and this time they want to talk about pixels.

Not just any pixels, but the Ultra (as in big) versions found on the HTC One and the [redacted]. We get the technical version, which gets broken down into one thing by our non-technical narrator: low light performance.

We also get to see a [redacted] and hear more about [redacted]. This  [Read More…]

Samsung posts ‘official’ hands-on videos of Galaxy S5, Gear 2 and Gear Fit

Everything you ever wanted to know about Samsung’s new products, from the people who made them

At this point, if you’re interested in the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Gear 2 or the Gear Fit, you’ve read a thousand articles, watched a hundred videos, and pretty much know everything there is to know. But that won’t stop you from watching one more video — especially when it’s direct from Samsung and has the “official” tag.

Nothing here we don’t  [Read More…]

Google may be working on their own wearables SDK

Could this mean the Google Watch is finally a reality?

According to CNET’s Daniel Terdiman, who is on the gorund at the SXSW conference, Google will be releasing their own SDK for wearable devices in two weeks.

At #SXSW @sundarpichai says Google will launch first SDK for developers for Android on wearables in 2 weeks. @CNET

— Daniel Terdiman (@GreeterDan) March 9, 2014

This could mean better support for manufacturers who want to use  [Read More…]

What I’m playing this week: BADLAND

Fantastic artistic styling and simple gameplay are hard to turn down — and it’s free to play as well

I have to say that I’m not the biggest mobile gamer out there, but when I find a title that I like I tend to sit down and sink a few hours into it. This week that game is BADLAND, and its simplistic gameplay and great design have me hooked. BADLAND reminds me a lot of the  [Read More…]

Pebble 2.0 gets a much-needed stability update

A quick heads up, folks, that the official Pebble app got an update Saturday evening to address a couple of major bugs.

Here’s the changelog:

Stability improvements throughout the app Fix issue in which users were stuck at “Starting installation…” during setup

We wouldn’t go so far to say that the app’s now what we’d expect from Pebble — it’s still way more sluggish and a little unwieldy than we’d like. But these are good fixes, and  [Read More…]

OnePlus continues its trollout, will sport a 3,100 mAh fixed battery

OnePlus — maker of the CyanogenMod-based “OnePlus One” smartphone that promises that it (and therefore you) should “never settle” — today continued its long, slow tease of its upcoming Android smartphone. The latest feature is the battery, which we now know will be a 3,100 mAh fixed cell. As in not removable. 

Writes OnePlus:

The battery was another big decision for us. Our foremost concern was implementing a battery that would last long enough for a full day of  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Imagine all the people …

The disappearance (and likely crash) of Malaysia Airlines 370 weighs heavy

So many of us who work in the mobile industry — media, manufacturers and developers alike — end up spending so much time in airplanes, so you’ll excuse me when I say I can’t help thinking about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished this weekend a couple hours after taking off from Kuala Lumpur. 

It’s just gone, and with it 239 lives. As I’m writing this early Sunday  [Read More…]