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Sony will buy out Ericsson, end Sony Ericsson partnership [Confirmed]


Sony Ericsson will be no more now that the two companies behind the joint venture have announced that they will part ways. Confirming the persistent rumors that reappeared this month, Ericsson announced today that Sony Corporation will buy out its 50 percent stake in SE and assume control of the mobile operation.

The 1.05 billion euro purchase  [Read More…]

AT&T gets its first LTE smartphones — the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid

HTC Vivid

Samsung and AT&T this morning announced the carrier’s first LTE smartphones — the Android 2.3.5-powered Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid.

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket In addition to sporting Gingerbread (and we’d fully expect it to get an update to Ice Cream Sandwich next year), the Skyrocket has a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display at 480×800 reolution, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8MP  [Read More…]

European Galaxy Nexus availability

Galaxy Nexus Europe

Samsung on Thursday gave more details on availability for the Galaxy Nexus in Europe. It’ll be available Nov. 17. Here are details country-by-country:

United Kingdom: O2, Three, SIM-free Ireland: Three France: SFR, SIM-free Germany: Vodafone, O2, SIM-free Italy: TIM, Vodafone, Three, Wind, SIM-free Spain: Vodafone, SIM-free Portugal: Vodafone, SIM-free The Netherlands: SIM-free Belgium: SIM-free Sweden: Telia, Three Austria: A1, Three Slovenia: Mobitel, SiMobil Poland: SIM-free Hungary: Telenor Czech Republic: Vodafone, SIM-free  [Read More…]

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S review

Android Central

The past 11 months have seen Sony Ericsson recover from the disappointments and frustrations of its early Android efforts, releasing a solid line-up of well-designed Gingerbread-based phones in a range of different form factors. SE’s market share might be dwarfed by rival Android manufacturers like HTC and Samsung, but there’s no doubting the quality of its 2011 Xperia series.

So as we enter the final stretch of the year, Sony Ericsson  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy Nexus hands-on [updated with video]

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Much hay has been made about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the device which just a few weeks ago we were calling the Nexus Prime. If you’re new around these parts, this is the big new Android phone for 2011 and at least most of 2012, thanks to it being the first with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and few Android smartphones have had such an insane level of hype to live  [Read More…]

Google’s Flipboard clone, Propeller, launching next week


Last year, when Google tried to purchase the innovative content reader application Flipboard, they were greeted with a confident decline. With a $ 200 million valuation and over 4 million downloads so far, it’s clear why Flipboard thinks they can be plenty successful on their own. But that decision may come back to haunt them. Google told Flipboard that if the company didn’t sell now, Google would be coming back with  [Read More…]

Verizon’s original Samsung Galaxy Tab set to finally receive Gingerbread

Galaxy Tab

Verizon has announced that the Gingerbread update is coming soon for the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The original Tab is often forgotten with the onslaught of tablets that have been released afterwards, but it remains a favorite among many Android fans. This news is great for Tab owners on Verizon who have been wondering if they would ever see another software update for the device.

The update is to Android 2.3.5 and will  [Read More…]

Samsung Italy confirms devices to get Ice Cream Sandwich


With Google’s release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, everyone is wondering when this update will be coming to current devices. Manufacturers are currently seeing which smartphones can get this treatment, and Samsung Italy has just given us a list of confirmed devices to get the ICS update.

The list is not huge, and only the newest phones and tablets will be getting Android’s latest version. Aside from the Galaxy Nexus,  [Read More…]

GameStop steps into the tablet world


Technology is evolving, and so are games. GameStop knows that gaming has migrated out of the gaming consoles, and is now very mobile, available from our phones and tablets. While these devices are not as powerful for gaming (compared to consoles), they are getting close. Without a doubt, mobile gaming has gained immense popularity, even defeating the purpose of buying gaming consoles for many.

GameStop has fulfilled our gaming needs for  [Read More…]

Android Theme Review: Ice Cream Sandwich CM7 Theme

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Ed. note: This theme requires use of the Theme Chooser.

When Google finally unveiled Ice Cream Sandwich to the world, we all knew it was going to be the new hotness. How much it changed things, though, I’m not sure anyone could have really predicted. Fortunately, it didn’t matter. Once the event was over, I knew I wanted it, period.

Thanks to one enterprising developer, there’s a wicked theme for CM7 that  [Read More…]