Android Hits Half a Billion Global Activations

jellybean statue on Google lawn

Hugo Barra of Apple announced yesterday via Google+ that worldwide Android surpassed the 500 Million mark in global activations. That’s quite a milestone and a nice figure to surpass on the eve of the Apple iPhone 5 announcement. The announced figure amounts to over 1.3 Million activations for Android devices per day. The number includes […]

Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G With Mobile TV hits MetroPCS

MetroPCS Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G

MetroPCS has a new mid-range Android phone for its prepaid 4G LTE network, the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G which has a built-in TV tuner. The Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G looks a lot like a Samsung Galaxy S II variant. It has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED with an unspecified resolution, a single-core 1GHz processor, […]

Aston Martin Luxury Phone is a Glorified Samsung Nexus S


As with many premium brands before it, Aston Martin is now in the mobile business with a rebranded Samsung Nexus S. If you think that Aston Martin merely slapped its logo on the vanilla Google handset, think again as the company had partnered with luxury phone-maker Mobiado with the Grand Touch Aston Martin phone. Essentially, […]

AT&T Sony XPERIA Ion 4G LTE Android Smartphone Hands-On (Video)


At CES 2012, we got to spend some time with Sony and check out the Sony XPERIA Ion smartphone, which is destined for AT&T’s 4G LTE network. While the phone is 4G compatible, it could also be used on GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+ networks as well where LTE isn’t yet available on AT&T. The device retains Sony Ericsson’s […]

Sony Walkman NW-Z1000 iPod Touch Competitor Spotted at FCC


Sony is prepping a new portable music player with the Walkman branding and large touchscreen that will utilize the Android operating system in the form of the NW-Z1000, which was recently spotted at the FCC for U.S. regulatory approval. The device would be positioned as not just an iPod Touch competitor, but Sony’s latest Walkman […]

Samsung Fascinate Gingerbread Update Ready, Rolling Out Now?

Samsung Fascinate

Just a few short days after Samsung and Verizon managed to push the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update to the Samsung Droid Charge, it would appear that another miracle is at hand as Verizon apparently has Android 2.3 primed and ready for the Samsung Fascinate, the carrier’s original Galaxy S device. It also appears that at […]

Samsung Droid Charge Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Droid Charge

We had heard that the Samsung Droid Charge Gingerbread update was imminent and sure enough, this morning, our Inbox was flooded with people boasting of an update from Android 2.2. It appears several other places are hearing the same thing so we think it’s pretty safe to say that one of Verizon’s original 4G LTE […]

Gingerbread for Samsung Droid Charge Rolling Out November 29th?

Droid Charge

We had heard that the Gingerbread update for the Samsung Droid Charge was imminent and it appears that we may have a date. That date, which comes from an internal document released by Droid-Life, points to tomorrow November 29th as being the date that Verizon plans on rolling out the software to owners of the […]

Samsung Droid Charge Gingerbread Update Imminent?

Droid Charge

Verizon still has two high-profile phones that are currently still stuck on Android 2.2 Froyo. Those are the 3G powered Samsung Fascinate, its Galaxy S device, and the Samsung Droid Charge, one of its original 4G LTE devices. Well, it appears that there is some good news afoot for one of these phones as the […]

Samsung Galaxy S 4G Gingerbread Update Now Available

Galaxy S 4G

For those that are still the owners of T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S 4G, today is a fantastic day as the carrier has announced that the Galaxy S 4G’s update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread is now available through Samsung’s Kies Mini Software. T-Mobile has made it clear that the update will not be sent Over-The-Air (OTA) […]

Droid Incredible Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Once Again

Droid Incredible

If you own an HTC-made Droid Incredible, then you are probably aware that the manufacturer and the phone’s carrier, Verizon, kind of sort of rolled out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update back in September. Some people were able to get it and then the update up and disappeared without any sort of explanation. Well, it […]

Kindle Fire Review Roundup: Competitive With Compromises

Announced in New York City six weeks ago, Amazon’s debut Google Android tablet is the company’s first foray into the tablet market, and the Internet giant made a splash with an innovative UI, attractive price that undercuts competitors, and a breadth of content thanks to a diverse ecosystem that takes aim squarely at Apple’s iPad. […]

Motorola Atrix 2 for AT&T Review (Video)


When Motorola had proudly showcased the Atrix 4G earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show, the Motorola Atrix received accolades for the features that it packs. Being among the first 4G (HSPA+) devices with a high resolution 960 X 640 qHD display, the Atrix was deemed the most powerful smartphone in the world thanks […]

Sony Swipes Swype Keyboard for Xperia Phones

Sony Gesture Typing

Sony has been paying attention to the needs of Android users, and found that many of them are fans of the Swype keyboard, which allows you to slide¬†your¬†finger across keys to type. Instead of paying to put Swype on the new Xperia smartphones, like many other manufacturers have started doing, Sony decided it would be […]

T-Mobile Announces Samsung Exhibit II 4G


The Samsung Exhibit II 4G will be made available with a two-year contract and also without a service agreement as a T-Mobile exclusive in the U.S. beginning on October 27. The affordable entry-priced smartphone will cost $200 without a contract and $30 after a $50 mail in rebate and two-year service agreement. Available initially on […]

HTC ThunderBolt Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Once Again

HTC ThunderBolt

The HTC ThunderBolt Gingerbread update appears to have made its triumphant return to the airwaves, something that we expected to happen sometime this week, and it’s now pushing out to ThunderBolt owners. I’ve heard from a few different people around the U.S. who were able to pull the update and I’m now seeing other places […]

HTC ThunderBolt Gingerbread Update Re-Release Is Imminent

HTC ThunderBolt

We had heard that the HTC ThunderBolt Gingerbread update might be making its glorious return at some point in the not-so-distant future and sure enough, it appears that things are in motion as Verizon has updated its support PDF for the update and it now lists the update as 2.11.605.5 which is the same version […]