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Half a billion low-cost smartphones to be in use by the end of the year, according to Deloitte report

Half a billion low-cost smartphones to be in use by the end of the year, according to Deloitte report

Every December or January, we are used to all kinds of companies and firms conducting surveys  [Read More…]

Sorry, Peoria, you’re only still testing LTE

LTE

Good news and bad news here, for you folks in Peoria, Ill. You indeed are seeing fleeting Verizon 4G LTE signals in your fair city, according to the Journal Star. The bad news? You’re still just in the testing phase. Hey, there are worse problems to have, we reckon.

Source: pjstar.com; Thanks, Joel!

 

Sprint begins removing Carrier IQ from its devices, HTC clears it from EVO 3D

Sprint begins removing Carrier IQ from its devices, HTC clears it from EVO 3D

A few days ago, an update was released to the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint and it removed two apps — namely HTC IQAgent and IQRD,  [Read More…]

Samsung says it wants no part of RIM; BlackBerry maker’s stock falls in after-hours trading

BlackBerry booth at CES

A report from BGR today, citing anonymous sources, stating that RIM was hoping for a $ 10 billion to $ 15 billion purchase by Samsung apparently has fallen flat, but not before the Waterloo company’s stocks climbed 8 percent on the day.

Samsung has not “considered acquiring the firm and are not interested,” a company spokesman told Reuters.

Stock in Research in Motion closed the day up 1.30, or 8.04  [Read More…]

Open NFC stack now available for Android 4.0, makes NFC hardware easy to use for OEMs

NFC

The good people at Inside Secure have ported over their Open NFC stack to Ice Cream Sandwich, giving OEM’s one less hurdle to jump when getting devices ready for upgrading.  The new 4.3.3 release allows almost any NFC hardware to become Android compliant by using a Hardware Abstraction Layer and special kernel module to communicate via a set of consistent APIs.  What this means to you and I is that hardware developers  [Read More…]

CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0 now available for the HP TouchPad

CyanogenMod 9 now available for the HP TouchPad

Earlier we all got a preview of CyanogenMod 9 running on the HP TouchPad and now, if you’re a TouchPad owner looking to get in on the action — you can do so. CyanogenMod 9 for the HP TouchPad has been released in alpha form.  To break things down for you all:

Things that DO NOT WORK:

Hardware Video (OMX). As a result, Netflix does not  [Read More…]

Samsung rumored to buy RIM to make Android better, not BlackBerry

blackberry-generic

According to a new rumor from Jonathan Geller at BGR, Research In Motion may be looking beyond licensing parts of its BlackBerry operating system and moving on to selling entire divisions or more. According to Geller’s sources, Samsung is very interested in the company. But it wouldn’t be to make BlackBerry devices with Samsung hardware, it would be to make Android devices with BlackBerry software.

When you look at why manufacturers decide  [Read More…]

Review Page User Feedback

Android Central

A while back we asked you to give us feedback on the new Phone Compare pages we were working on — this went so well we’re now putting out a sneak peek of the Review Pages, too.

 

Ice Cream Sandwich for the Motorola Xoom appears to be rolling out now to everyone

XOOM ICS

A treat for the night owls from Motorola — the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Wifi only Motorola Xoom looks to be rolling out right about now.  Reports say it’s Android 4.0.3, and everything is the same as the recent “project” that started last week.  It’s an OTA, and like all OTA’s will roll out in stages of some sort or another and nobody is sure how it’s calculated.  Keep  [Read More…]

Sony’s 2012 launch schedule leaks: 12 Android smartphones coming this year!

Sony’s 2012 launch schedule leaks: 12 Android smartphones coming this year!

After it finally split up with Ericsson and started announcing and unveiling exclusive Sony branded gadgets, the Japanese multinational electronics giant seems to have big plans for 2012.

Sony is preparing the  [Read More…]