GBM’s iOS and Android Apps Of The Week [Jan 15 – 21]

iOS and Android apps of the week

Every week the staff of GBM uses dozens of apps, some we can’t live without and some we can’t uninstall fast enough.

These are the apps we’ve been using or discovered recently that stood out in the crowd. They range from the practical to the time-wasting (in a good way).

Report: Samsung’s Android Phones Preferred Above Motorola, HTC By Consumers

Samsung Logo at the CES booth

According to consulting firm iGR, Samsung enjoys the “highest brand preference among consumers,” with Motorola, HTC, and LG coming up behind. The firms new report, out this month, also highlights why consumers buy Android and what they like about them. Given that Samsung has scores of Android handsets across major carriers it’s no big surprise […]

Revive an Old iPhone 2G or iPod Touch 1G With Whited00r’s iOS 5

iOS 5.1 Release Date

I don’t imagine there are too many people out there still rocking an iPhone 2G as their primary phone at this point, but I do suspect there are a few out there sitting in drawers still in perfectly fine condition, just not terribly useful since they’re running an old version of iOS and no longer […]

AT&T Introducing Revamped Data Plans This Sunday


AT&T will be switching up its three data plans this coming Sunday, January 22nd, which will bring a $5 increase but also an increase in data as well. Yes, you will be paying more if you sign up for one but you will be paying less per byte that you use. So how does it […]

Sony’s 2012 Smartphone Roadmap Leaks Out

Sony Roadmap

Every year we see a few smartphone roadmap leaks that give us a glimpse at what we might see a company release in the days, weeks and months ahead. Today, we have what we believe is our first roadmap leak which comes from Sony and reveals that the company has at least 11 unnamed smartphones […]

iPhone 4S Sales Narrow Marketshare Gap Between iOS and Android

Nielsen smartphone operating system marketshare

Nielsen’s Mobile Media Report for the last quarter of 2011 reveals that sales of the iPhone not only enriched Apple’s coffers but also brought more new smartphone owners into the fold and increased the company’s mobile marketshare. Several factors go into this. For the first time the iPhone was available on three of the four […]

Save Money By NOT Buying Cheap Products


Yesterday LifeHacker posted a list of 10 things people do to save money that ends up costing them more. Number 5 on the list will be familiar to regular readers of this blog: don’t buy cheap products to save money. The advice bears repeating. This is true for almost any type of product, but I […]

5 Ways an Android Phone Could Stand Out in the Crowd

Android Phone

With all the Android phones that manufacturers announced at CES, each phone seems to get lost in the crowd. No matter how good one might be, they all start to look ordinary due to the number of phones available. They start to all look alike. You can buy one iPhone – the latest greatest iPhone 4S – […]

Motorola To Prove Droid RAZR Maxx Virility In February 6th Stunt?

Droid Razr Maxx

An anonymous benefactor has tipped off Engadget to a possible stunt cooked up by Motorola to show off the all-day battery capabilities of the Droid RAZR Maxx. The smartphone, which had a January 26th release date until the landing page was changed back to “coming soon”, is the Droid RAZR with a longer battery and… […]

Walmart Adds Unlimited Data To Their Family Mobile Plan


Today Walmart announced that the retailer’s Family Mobile plan will now include unlimited data instead of limiting web to a paltry 250MB per month. The pricing on the plan remains the same ($45/mo for 1 person, $35/mo for each extra phone). This move is meant to encourage more of Walmart’s shoppers to consider a smartphone. […]

CES 2012: Smartphones & Hotspots Announced This Week in Las Vegas

Samsung Galaxy Note

The various manufacturers of smartphones and wireless carriers pulled back the veils on their new phones coming out this year. Our team went hands-on with many of them at CES 2012 in Las Vegas. Below, you will find pictures and a bunch of links to hands-on videos of devices running Windows Phone 7, Android and […]

CES 2012: HzO WaterBlock Can Waterproof Your Phone or Tablet


HzO announced a new method of waterproofing electronic devices called WaterBlock that coats the internals of the device with a waterproof coating. The Utah company found a way to keep your device from shorting out even if the shell of the device fills up with water after being submerged in water. As their promotional video […]

Motorola Promises Fewer Phones for 2012


According to a report from AllThingsD, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has promised that his company will be releasing fewer phones next year, a vast departure from 2011 when the company flooded the market with devices including the Droid 3, Droid X2, Droid RAZR, and Motorola Droid Bionic. In a statement, Jha proclaimed that a “lot […]

Samsung Galaxy Note S-Pen Hands-On (Video)

Galaxy Note S Pen

The Samsung Galaxy Note is an unusual phone in many respects, though I’ve noticed most people focus more on the size. As a fan of big phones that’s not what interests me most. It’s the S Pen that I’m intrigued by. Unlike the digitized pen for the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet, the S Pen doesn’t have […]

Sprint Announces 3 New 4G LTE Devices as Part of Network Vision


Sprint announced three new 4G LTE devices as CES kicks off. The carrier, which has in the past operated on rival 4G WiMax technology, is now beginning its transition to LTE technology as part of its Network Vision strategy to offer customers more robust and faster mobile broadband speeds, which will allow faster downloads and […]

StreamerXL Outputs Android to HDTV – Hands-On Video


Android gamers, do you wish you could output your screen to an HDTV but don’t have a micro HDMI port? These days smartphones don’t necessarily need them if they have MHL technology built in, as many newer models do. With this technology one could output audio and video via the micro USB port as long […]