10 Essential Android Apps For SMBs

10 Essential Android Apps For SMBs
Kevin Casey 03/30/2012 No glitz, no glamour, just results: These 10 budget-friendly Androidapps help SMB users simplify everyday tasks and power through to-do lists. You don't need to look much past an app market's bestseller list for a reminder that ... 

Smartphone Market Share: Devices Make Up Almost Half Of All Phones, With 2 ...
Huffington Post
As of February 2012, nearly half (or about 49.7 percent) of US mobile subscribers now own asmartphone, according to a new Nielsen report. That's a 38 percent increase over last February, when only 36 percent of mobile subscribers owned smartphones.

Extreme mobility: Tools and tips for smartphone-only travel
In my travels, I relied on an LG Nitro HD smartphone ($100 with a two-year contract), which runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and can tap into AT&T's 4G LTEdata service for fast connectivity. It weighs 4.8 oz. (6.8 oz. with its power adapter), ...


Does Google earn more cash from Apple iPhone than Android?
Computerworld (blog)
Well, today it's relevant to Apple [AAPL] and fresh claims Google makes four times as much money out of iOS as it does from Android devices. So who really has the power in that unequal relationship? I can't claim to be completely convinced at the ...

Will Google-Branded Tablet Crash And Burn?
Google plans to sell Android-based tablets directly to consumers in a bid to increase adoption of its mobile platform. Remember the spectacular failure that was Google's Android smartphone store? Apparently Google doesn't, because it is going to ...

Hulu Plus Expands to Seven Android Tablets
By Ian Paul, PCWorld Mar 30, 2012 5:48 AM Online streaming service Hulu Plus rolled out toAndroid smartphone users last June, but Hulu has been slow to support tablets using Google's mobile OS supporting just two slates until recently.

Time to start the RIM death watch?
CBS News
The sale of 500000 playbooks makes Android tablet sales in a market virtually owned by Apple look robust in comparison. And, critically, RIM sold 21 percent fewer smartphones than in the third quarter. That means the rebound of unit sales in Q3 (which ...

CBS News

Google revisiting a once-failed strategy to boost Android tablet sales: report
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
The move is an effort to turn around sluggish sales of tablet computers powered by Google's Android software.The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, an Android-powered tablet that will go on sale later this year. Google went this route with Android-powered ...

Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)

Can a Google Tablet Succeed Where Nexus Phones Didn't?
By Daniel Ionescu, PCWorld Mar 30, 2012 8:08 AM So Google may enter the tablet fray directly by marketing its own Android challenger to the iPad while also licensing the OS to hardware partners. What makes it likely to succeed, after its Nexus phones ...

RIM CEO Pledges Enterprise Focus, But Clock Ticks
The company saw BlackBerry smartphone sales drop 21% to 11.1 million units and revenue plunge 19% to $4.2 billion. It recorded a loss of $125 million for the quarter, partly due to write-downs of unsold BlackBerry 7 inventory. It still has $2.1 billion ...

Is Google planning iPad competitors?
Washington Post
The battle between Android and iOS may be getting more heated, with the rumored addition of a Google tablet store and future co-branded Google tablets. According to unidentified “people familiar with the matter” who spoke to the Wall Street Journal, ...

Repeat after me: There is no perfect smartphone
ZDNet (blog)
By Larry Dignan | March 30, 2012, 2:33am PDT Summary: Bottom line: There is no perfect smartphone. A lot of these devices are starting to blend together. And they will all annoy you, but in different ways. Jason Perlow wants to break up withAndroid.

ZDNet (blog)

4G Is A Big Confusing Mess! Let's Make It Simple, OK?
Business Insider
So who do you believe when two carriers are telling you they have the largest 4Gnetwork? No wonder why people are so confused when it comes to choosing a carrier or a plan or a new phone. With each one boasting the biggest or best or fastest or ...

Business Insider

Verizon's LTE iPad has one clear advantage over AT&T counterpart
Washington Post
The Verizon LTE-enabled version of Apple's new iPad has one clear advantage over its AT&T counterpart: the ability to act as a 4G mobile hotspot. But what sort of performance and longevity can buyers expect from this feature?

Google may sell tablet computers to boost Android use
Chicago Tribune
Google, looking to boost use of its Android operating system, plans to sell its own tablet computers later this year, a news report says. The search giant, which has normally stuck to producing software when it comes to the smartphone and tablet ...

Ahead of the Bell: Research in Motion
The Associated Press
BlackBerrys also lag iPhones or Android phones when it comes to running third-party applications. Touch-screen models that lack physical keyboards have largely flopped. The shift in strategy came amid a management shakeup that includes longtime ...

Report: Google Planning Online Store for Android Tablets
PC Magazine
By Damon Poeter Google is reportedly preparing to get back in the hardware retailing game with an online store to sell co-branded tablets running its Android mobile operating system that could launch this year. The search giant had mixed results with a ...

Young, affluent snap up smartphones
By Mike Snider, USA TODAY The smartphone continues to edge out traditional cellphones as the mobile device of choice, but there are holdouts among buyers. About 48% of smartphone owners have an Android device, while 32% own an Apple phone.


BlackBerry maker to cede most consumer markets
By ROB GILLIES Struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. said Thursday that it will cede most consumer markets after failing to compete with flashier touch-screen phones such as Apple's iPhone and models that run Google's Android software.

BlackBerry Accounts For Only 5 Percent of U.S. Smartphone Sales: Rim CEO ...
International Business Times
By Surojit Chatterjee: Subscribe to Surojit's RSS feed The rise of Apple and Google in thesmartphone market has caused others to fall, notably RIM. The former powerhouse among business users has continued to lose market share, now accounting for five ...

BlackBerry maker to focus on business customers
The Associated Press
The Canadian company has long dominated the corporate smartphone market. Its BlackBerrys are known for their security and reliability as email devices. President Barack Obama even refused to part with his BlackBerry after he took office.

The Associated Press

Google to sell a branded tablet - Android game-changer?
ZDNet (blog)
But will it be enough to change public perceptions and get people to start purchasing Android-powered tablets instead of iPads? Naysayers have been quick to point out the dismal failure of Google's initial efforts to sell their Nexus One smartphone ...

Google to Sell Android Tablets Online, Report Says
Google hopes the move will increase the adoption of its Android operating system in tablets, the Journal reported, citing unnamed sources. But selling tablets online could be challenging, since consumers often prefer to see the hardware in person ...

Chinese Android Apps Are Bypassing Google's Play Store
But looking at the situation in China, amongst Chinese startups and major web companies alike, the picture doesn't look too good for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android OS, with its official app store, now called Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Play, generally being ...

New IPad '3' Release Date Came As Apple Solidified Smartphone Market Share: Study
International Business Times
By IBTimes Staff Reporter: Subscribe to IBTimes's RSS feed The release of the New iPad "3" earlier this month came as the Apple iPhone solidified itssmartphone market share. Apple's iPhone and Android devices have the USsmartphone market locked down ...

International Business Times

Report: Google to start selling Android tablets
By Brett Molina, USA TODAY Google reportedly plans on launching an online store to sell co-branded tablets running its Android operating system. According to the Wall Street Journal, the tablets will be manufactured by partners such as Samsung and Asus ...


Australia's IPad Problem Exposes LTE Roaming Challenge
The company had come under fire from Australia's competition authority for promoting the iPad 3 as a 4G device even though it's not compatible with any Australian LTE networks. iPad owners there have no option but to rely on 3G.

Dell Ditching Venue, Venue Pro, But Not US Smartphone Business
PC Magazine
Reports that Dell has exited the smartphone market in the US are "not true," Dell spokeswoman Ellen Murphy told PCMag. Dell ceased manufacturing of the Dell Venue Pro, which the company launched in 2010, and the Venue, a followup that Dell launched in ...

Google Android Tablet May be Sold Online, Challenge iPad: Report
International Business Times
By Surojit Chatterjee: Subscribe to Surojit's RSS feed The California based Internet search giant is reportedly working on a cheap android tablet that the company will release with a co-partnership with Asian tablet manufacturer - Asus.

For Struggling RIM, Sale Prospects Appear Tough
New York Times
RIM's value can generally be broken down into four areas: its hardware business; its vast network operating center, which processes the e-mails at the heart of its business; its messaging services; and its trove of smartphone and e-mail patents.

New York Times

PSA: TurboTax on Android is free through Sunday if you start your ...
By Dana Wollman
If you've ever filed your taxes on an iPad, you know Intuit's TurboTax app is free to download, but that you'll have to pay up once you're ready to submit those returns. But, in an effort to promote its newish apps for Android tablets and the Kindle ...

Android and iPhone Own Nearly The Entire U.S. Smartphone Market ...
By Jordan Golson
Thursday March 29, 2012 11:09 am PDT by Jordan Golson. The latest data from Nielsen suggests that between the two of them, Android and Apple's iOS have relegated othersmartphone operating systems to sub-single digit market share.
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors...

Android Overload: Flashable Stock 4.0.4 ROMS Available For ...
By Chris Chavez
It's been another successful day of bringing the best Android news from all around the planet. Congrats ... Android Overload: Flashable Stock 4.0.4 ROMS Available For Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, Dell Plans For 2012 Smartphones and More ...
Android Phone Fans

Wall Street Journal says Google will sell its own tablets this year ...
By Michael Crider
All of the rumor and hearsay thus far points to a 7-inch tablet from Google, placing Android 4.0 in direct competition with the likes of the Kindle and the Nook. That would mean that the price would be $200 or less, an achievement requiring ...
Android Community

Why you'll likely see Sprint LTE phones sooner than later — Mobile ...
By Kevin C. Tofel
On Thursday, Fierce Wireless heard Sprint's SVP of networks, Bob Azzi, confirm that no additional WiMAX phones will be launched. With Sprint's move to LTE for mobile broadband, this may not surprise, but earlier in the year, the operator said ...

Hulu app lands on 7 Android tablets, no love for Samsung Galaxy ...
By Tom Cheredar
Streaming video service Hulu has finally launched its Hulu Plus app on a handful of tablets that run Android OS, the company announced today on its blog. The app is available for free in the Google Play store, but users must subscribe to ...

Hulu Plus launches on seven Android tablets | Ubergizmo
By George Wong
Hulu Plus subscribers with Android tablets now have a reason to jump for joy – the premium online video streaming service is now available for certain Android tablets. In an official announcement today ... In an official announcement today, Hulu mentioned that the Hulu Plus app is now available for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer,Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xyboard 10.1, Toshiba Thrive, Acer Iconia and LG G-Slate. The app has also been revamped ...

Hulu Plus Arrives on Seven Android Tablets. With a Brand New ...
By Rajiv Makhijani and Zachary Pinter
Download the Hulu Plus app from Google Play and experience a new way to watch TV with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom, MotorolaXYBoard 10.1, Toshiba Thrive, Acer Iconia and LG ...
Hulu Blog

Apple's War On Android
By The Huffington Post News Editors
AppleMacGeek AppleInsider - Google earns 80% of its mobile revenue from iOS, just 20% fromAndroid http://t.co/Aihehj4U · 1 hour ago from twitterfeed ... TechCrunch Nielsen: As U.S. NearsSmartphone Majority, It's A Two-Horse Race Between Android and Apple's i.. http://t.co/gUYiqJCzby @ingridlunden · 5 hours ago from WordPress.com VIP ... Google, Motorola told to give AppleAndroid info - Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal ...
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Sprint won't launch any new WiMAX devices, exec confirms
By Dan Graziano
The announcement comes after Sprint previously confirmed that it would continue to offer 4G WiMAX devices through 2012 and support the service through 2015. Instead, the company plans to focus on its Network Vision project and upcoming ...
BGR: The Three Biggest Letters In Tech

Apple's legal war with Android receives major blow due to a 1994 ...
By Adrian Diaconescu
However, what they probably didn't think their little video would do is seriously hurt Apple's chances of winning the design patent war against Samsung and other Android tablet manufacturers, a war that is heading towards a conclusion these ...
Android Authority

DoubleTwist's New Alarm Clock For Android Wakes You With Your ...
By Sarah Perez
Sarah currently works as a writer for TechCrunch, after having previously spent over three years at ReadWriteWeb. Prior to becoming a professional blogger, Sarah worked in I.T. across a number of industries, including banking, retail and ...

Making the Android Developer Console work for your whole team ...
By Tim Bray
Today, we're making it easier to work together on analyzing and managing your publishedAndroid apps. Sharing passwords is generally a bad idea; so as of now, there's no need to do that for the Android Developer Console — everyone can ...
Android Developers Blog

Apple clarifies iPad 4G in Australia | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple ...
By Kelly Hodgkins
Apple is under fire for its iPad 4G marketing in Australia and facing legal action from a consumer watchdog group which claims the company's. ... It is not compatible with current Australian LTEnetworks and WiMAX networks. For service from a wireless carrier, sign up for a simple, month-by-month plan on your iPad and cancel anytime without penalty. Apple will also contact current iPad WiFi+4G owners and offer them a refund. Apple's not delaying on this and has already changed the ...
TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Australian regulators taking Apple to task over LTE compatibilty
All iPad WiFi + 4G models sold in Australia have this sticker attached. Apple is reportedly misleading Australian customers about LTE compatibility in its ... The iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G model can roam worldwide on fast GSM/UMTS networks, ... iOS wins over more new smartphonebuyers as Android holds steady · Bezos ...

More Android than Windows Computing Devices by 2016

Android Expected to Eclipse Windows Devices by 2016
By John P. Mello Jr., PCWorld Mar 29, 2012 8:46 AM Windows will lose its place as the dominant computing platform over the next four years, supplanted by ARM-based devices running Google'sAndroid operating system, according to a report from IDC.

Android to Outpace Windows Devices by 2016
PC Magazine
A separate report from Nielsen, meanwhile, finds that just about half of US mobile subscribers now own smartphones, and the majority of those who purchased a mobile device in the last three months opted for a smartphone over a feature phone.

BlackBerry Just 5% Of Recent Smartphone Purchases
In the last three months, only 5% of US smartphone buyers chose a RIM BlackBerry, says Nielsen. Nielsen compiled data about smartphone buying habits in the three-month period ending in February, and the news isn't good for Research In Motion or ...

Smartphone platform wars: It's an iOS, Android world and stinks to be 'other'
ZDNet (blog)
By Larry Dignan | March 29, 2012, 9:30am PDT Summary: The sad reality in smartphone land for RIM and Microsoft today boils down to this: It's an Android and iOS world. You just live in it. Smartphones are now half of all mobile phones in the US and ...

Nielsen: As U.S. Nears Smartphone Majority, It's A Two-Horse Race Between ...
New numbers out from Nielsen today point to just how close the US is to having more smartphone than feature phone users: the proportion that currently owns asmartphone, as of February 2012, is 49.7 percent, say the analysts, a big leap on the 36 ...


Samsung Galaxy S 4G Blaze is a solid choice at $120 price
ZDNet (blog)
You can check out a few photos of this new Android smartphone in my image gallery. I understand that T-Mobile wants have devices along the entire price spectrum, but does saving $50 to $100 on the initial price of a phone really matter that much?

A Google Nexus tablet? Bad news for Android partners
But the Android tablet is still in its infancy, and Google would be rocking the boat in a big way if it launched its own tablet. Google is already walking a tightrope with its partners over its acquisition of Motorola Mobility. While the acquisition is ...

Android devices will surge past PC sales, lead world in 2016, says IDC
Computerworld (blog)
If you needed any more evidence that the post-PC world will be soon upon us, a new report from IDC says that by 2016, Android devices will surge past Windows PCs to make Android the world's dominant operating system. During that time, Windows will lose ...

Motorola Refuses $300 Million Microsoft Bond to Keep Windows 7 in German Market
Microsoft could lose its rights to distribute in Germany products that use the H.264 video standard and the 802.11 WiFi standard, pending a court ruling on April 17. According to Motorola, those products infringe on its patents.

Dell Ends Smartphone Sales in the US
Ending the Venue sales means Dell has discontinued all its US smartphone brands, after entering the market in August 2010 with the Aero smartphone and Streak 5 combined tablet/smartphone. Its Venue smartphones were offered with Google's Android and ...

Google's Android has generated just $550m since 2008, figures suggest
The Guardian
With roughly 200m Android devices having been activated to the end of 2011, including an estimated 90m during the past two years, it suggests that Google derives slightly more than $10 per Android handset per year. That compares to Google's $38bn total ...

The Guardian

Sprint's LTE Plans Are Coming Up Short As iPhone 5 Approaches
With the wireless industry moving toward LTE as the two largest US carriers, Verizon and AT&T, roll out their nationwide LTE networks, it seems increasingly likely that the next generation iPhone will come enabled with 4G LTE support.

Nielsen: About half of all Americans have a smartphone
By Mike Snider, USA TODAY Smartphone-owning consumers have increased significantly since last February when only 36% had them. The increase is a result of more consumers opting for smartphones when they buy a new device. In the last three months, ...


4G Confusion Reigns: Apple in Hot Water Over iPad Labeling Abroad
Wired News
By Christina Bonnington The iPad is available in Wi-Fi and 4G LTE flavors. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired The iPad's super-speedy 4G LTE capabilities may be a no-go for some international users. New iPad owners in Australia and Europe are finding this ...

Wired News

Dell Exiting US Smartphone Market: Report
Dell reportedly is pulling out of the smartphone market in the United States, ending sales of its Venue and Venue Pro smartphones with hopes of focusing on higher margin mobile devices. The move essentially ends the PC maker's two-year dalliance with ...

Sweden looking into Apple iPad 4G complaints
| STOCKHOLM, March 29 (Reuters) - Sweden's consumer protection agency is looking at complaints that Apple Inc does not make it clear that its latest iPad will not work with 4Gnetworks outside the United States and Canada. The move came after Apple ...

Android to oust Windows in connected gadgets (but there's a catch)
Android will rise to dominate connected devices by 2016, ousting Windows and outpacing iOS according to analyst predictions, though hardware manufacturers and app developers will still struggle to make money on Android devices.


iPad Refunds; EU Roaming Caps; Facebook Password Amendment Rejected
PC Magazine
The new iPad is not compatible with existing Australian 4G LTE and WiMax networks and therefore defaults to 3G speeds. The updated tablet, however, is still advertised as a "Wi-Fi + 4G" device in the country, which prompted a complaint from the ...

Apple's iPad hits snag over 4G claims overseas
Washington Post
Following allegations by an Australian agency that Apple's advertising deceived people into thinking its new iPad could run on all 4G networks, the company has said that it will offer refunds to any iPad buyers who believe they have been misled.

Dell hanging up on US smartphone market?
A company representative says the PC maker has discontinued sales of its Venue and Venue Pro, and no replacements are in the offing. by Steven Musil March 28, 2012 10:51 PM PDT Follow @stevenmusil Dell is putting its US smartphone effort on hold.

Android: Is it even a real platform?
ZDNet (blog)
By James Kendrick | March 29, 2012, 5:55am PDT Summary: Android devices are so different and include so many variants of the system software it's not accurate to call Android a platform. Talk about Android fragmentation and you kick off a rousing...

ZDNet (blog)

Windows PCs to decline as Android, Apple devices rise
Windows is going to be eclipsed by Android in 2016, according to market researcher IDC. Expect Apple's iOS to see an uptick too. by Brooke Crothers March 28, 2012 9:54 PM PDT Follow @mbrookec The PC will become a much less popular device by 2016 ...

Android and ARM are going FTW
TG Daily
Concurrently, the number of Android-based devices running on ARM CPUs will increase from a 29.4% share in 2011 to an impressive market-leading 31.1% share in 2016. iOS-based devices are also pegged to experience an increase in market share, ...

TG Daily

Microsoft posts $300 million bond in Motorola Mobility spat
Company says the bond guarantees payback of Motorola's loss of revenue in the event Microsoft loses a patent-infringement case against the mobile company. by Don Reisinger March 29, 2012 5:03 AM PDT Microsoft and Motorola Mobility are nearing two key ...

Apple's iPad 4G advertisements may create legal stir in more countries
Washington Post
Both Sweden and the UK indicated that they have received numerous consumer complaints about the iPad, which is advertised as a 4G tablet in both countries despite not working on LTE in either. "One may rightfully ask if the marketing of the new iPad is ...

Run Android Apps on a PC With BlueStacks: Here's How
PCWorld (blog)
By Ian Paul, PCWorld Mar 28, 2012 12:11 PM BlueStacksIf you're dying to run Androidapplications on your Windows machine, then you'll want to check out the recently released BlueStacks App Player beta, an Android app emulator for Windows XP, Vista, ...

New General Motors smartphone app could mean the end of car navigation systems
Washington Post
DETROIT — General Motors soon will sell a $50 smartphone application that could replace your dashboard navigation system. The company said Wednesday that the app, called GoGo Link, will project smartphone navigation systems onto a dashboard touch ...

Android To Surpass Windows By 2016: IDC
... media tablets, and smartphones--Microsoft led the pack with a market share of 35.9%, at the end of 2011. Google Android held the second spot with a share of 29.4%, while Apple's iOS, which powers the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, was third at 14.6%.

Sprint washes hands of WiMax phones
With LTE around the corner, it's no surprise that Sprint is calling curtains for future WiMaxdevices. by Jessica Dolcourt March 29, 2012 9:46 AM PDT Follow @jdolcourt The days of Sprint as WiMax's champion are officially over.

Android 4.0.4 ICS rolling out for Nexus S, Xoom, and Galaxy Nexus ...
By Cory Gunther
The update to Android 4.0.4 ICS is rolling our right now, as we speak to multiple devices. Those include the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GSM), Nexus S, and the Motorola Xoom WiFi. Looks like Verizon users of the Gnex and Xoom will have to ...
Android Community

Handcircus set to return to iOS with free game based on Okabu ...
By Mike Schramm
After Rolando 2 sort of sputtered out into the marketplace, hamstrung by Ngmoco's own strategy, Oliver and his company strayed away from iOS and created a game called Okabu for the PlayStation Network. Oliver is coming back to iOS, ...
TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Android 4.0.4 rolls out to HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus and GSM Nexus S ...
By Brad Molen
Are the Verizon Galaxy Nexus and Sprint Nexus S 4G being considered second-class citizens, demoted to as lengthy a wait as the droves of other Gingerbread devices? We're reaching out for word on when (or if) we can expect the refresh to ...

World News - Global smartphone boom poses huge Internet fraud ...
By Michele Neubert, NBC News, and Alastair Jamieson, msnbc.com
LONDON - Rapidly increasing global ownership of smartphones and tablets will expose consumers and governments to much higher risks of Internet fraud and hacking, according to an expert. Martin Sadler, director of the Cloud and Security ...
Newsvine - World News - Articles

Android Overload: Nvidia CEO Hints At $200 Tablet, Galaxy S III ...
By Chris Chavez
It's time for the Android Overload. These are all the stories that we've gathered up from throughout our day that didn't manage to find their way to our front page. We put them here as a midnight snack, early morning treat or afternoon delight, ...
Android Phone Fans

Portabliss: Chaos Rings 2 (iOS) | Joystiq
By Heidi Kemps
In each installment, we'll tell you about a downloadable game on the iPhone, iPad, Androiddevice, DSi, 3DS, PSP, etc. Today: Chaos Rings 2. During GDC this year, Cave Vice-President Mikio Watanabe implored smartphone and tablet game developers to price their products appropriately: a high-quality game should come with a higher pricetag. Square Enix's Chaos Rings 2 certainly follows Watanabe's advice. At $18 on iPhone and $20 on iPad, it's among the higher-priced ...

Google Makes Four Times More Money From iOS Than Android
By Mario Aguilar
Back in October, Larry Page proudly declared that Google's mobile products would generate $2.5 billion in 2011. The Guardian reports, reports that Android accounts for a just a tiny fraction of that number. Google's iOS products contribute way ...

Sprint Epic 4G Touch receives FCC teardown | Ubergizmo
By Edwin Kee
Just in case you were wondering how come the Samsung Epic 4G Touch looks so familiar, that is because this is the Samsung Galaxy S2 version that was specially made for Sprint. I frankly do not like the idea of [...]

Android 4.0.4 Build IMM76D Hitting AOSP Right Now – Droid Life
By Kellex
The Android Dev team just announced that Android 4.0.4 Build IMM76D is being pushed into AOSP this very minute. This would be the same (or very similar) build to what was released to the Motorola XOOM WiFi this morning. This doesn't ...
Droid Life

Android 4.0.4 OTA coming to some Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and the ...
By Adrian Diaconescu
Select Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S models, as well as Motorola's Wi-Fi only Xoom tablet have been starting to update to Android 4.0.4. ... Touch me, tease me, think me – How will you control your future smartphone? sprint evo one htc one x ...
Android Authority

Dell may end all smartphone sales in the US
By Kelly Hodgkins
An unamed Dell spokesman said that it's time for Dell to get out of the smartphone business.” Mobility products have shorter life cycles than laptops and desktops,” he said. ... but wouldn't confirm whether these devices will include smartphones. This report doesn't come as a big surprise, Dell has been on the sidelines of the smartphone market for a long time. [Via PC World] ... Android user wins the "Smoked by Windows Phone" challenge ... 4G LTE showdown: AT&T vs. Verizon ...

Google rolling out Android 4.0.4 to non-CDMA flagship devices
Earlier, we wrote that not only was the Motorola XOOM WiFi starting to get the update to Android4.0.4, but also Google released the source code for the update into the Android Open Source Project repository...
Phone Arena - Latest News

Android - Google+ - We've started rolling out Android 4.0.4, Ice ...
1510 shares - Alexandr Provotorov, Andi Seiffi, Android and Me, Austin ... Divyesh Doddapaneni - Wait, does this mean that the Galaxy Nexus LTE ... Chad Stiemke - Hopefully the Nexus S 4Gsees the LOVE soon, too! .... like you need to go back to a flip phone, Cause know smartphoneis perfect, Including the Iphone ...

Android Devices - Google Groups
Participate in Android user experience studies! Paul, 3/26/12. Navigation does not give fastest directions, Adamnyc, 7:18 PM. Nexus S ICS 4.0.3 Battery won't ...

Wi-Fi is evolving, should you keep up? What 802.11ac means for ...
News: Wi-Fi has become an essential part of our lives. For most of us, it's second nature to tap into wireless Internet from our homes and offices, and we're all too ...

Apple's New iPad Faces 4G Snags Outside US

Apple's New iPad Faces 4G Snags Outside US
Wall Street Journal
The issue arises because the frequency bands allocated to run next-generation 4Gnetworks differ from country to country. On its website, Apple states: "4G LTE is supported only on AT&T and Verizon networks in the US and on Bell, Rogers, ...

Wall Street Journal

Magid on Tech: New iPad might be best tablet ever, but isn't all that - San Jose Mercury News: "After spending several days playing with the third-generation iPad, I put it aside and went back to using my Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1, my Kindle Fire and even my old original iPad to see if the experience on the new iPad is really superior to its competitors. My verdict is mixed. I certainly agree that the Retina display on the new iPad is best in its class and there's no question that the iPad is host to the largest and best collection of tablet-specific apps. But the difference between the new iPad and other tablets is far from life-changing, which led me to conclude that if you already have a tablet -- just about any tablet -- you might be better off staying with what you have unless you have extra cash to spend. . . . "

Intel's Ivy Bridge launch schedule leaked | bit-tech.net: "New evidence suggests that Intel is planning a tiered roll-out of its next-generation Ivy Bridge processor family, announcing the quad-core chips in April and the mobile-centric dual-core versions in June. Following reports from numerous industry sources that the launch of Ivy Bridge will be delayed until June, Intel was forced to admit that there had been a schedule slip. While Intel's Sean Maloney claimed the delay would see no Ivy Bridge chips reaching customers until June, Jon Carvill claimed that the schedule 'has only been impacted by a few weeks' as a result of what is believed to be either oversupply problems of current-generation Sandy Bridge parts or yield issues with the new parts. . . . " 

Nokia Pins Smartphone Hopes on China
New York Times
BERLIN — Nokia said Wednesday it would begin selling its new line of Lumia phones in China next month through the one of the country's largest mobile operators, as it looks to speed its recovery in the key smartphone segment. China Telecom, with 126 ...

Nokia launches first smartphone for China
By Joe Mcdonald, AP Ng Han Guan, AP Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announces the launch of the company's new Lumia 800C smartphone in Beijing, China. Ng Han Guan, AP Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announces the launch of the company's new Lumia 800C smartphone in ...


Apple's 4G iPad Problems Prompt Australian Refunds
The new iPad works on 4G networks in the United States and Canada, but not the 4G networks that are available to Australians. Telstra, the largest network operator in Australia, uses LTE in the 1800-MHz band and Vividwireless uses WiMax in the 2300-MHz ...

Struggling Nokia launches first China smartphone, hoping to drive global ...
Washington Post
BEIJING — Struggling cellphone maker Nokia Corp. launched its first smartphone for China on Wednesday, looking to the world's biggest mobile market to help drive its 1-year-old turnaround effort. Nokia said its Lumia 800C will be supported by China ...

Apple offering iPad 4G refunds in Australia
Los Angeles Times
The new iPad's 4G variant doesn't run on Australia's 4G LTE network, despite being sold as the "iPad Wi-Fi + 4G" in that country, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The 4G iPad runs on the 4G LTE networks of AT&T and Verizon in the US, and LTE ...

Nokia to Sell High-End Lumia in China
Wall Street Journal
By LAURIE BURKITT BEIJING—Finnish phone maker Nokia Corp. is launching sales of its high-end Lumia smartphones in China in a move to gain market share in the world's largestsmartphone market and to push forward the troubled company's turnaround.

Nokia to Bring Lumia Smartphones to China Starting Next Month
In last year's fourth quarter, the company had a 20 percent share of the country's smartphonemarket, down from the 42 percent it had in the first quarter, according to CK Lu, an analyst with research firm Gartner. "The rise of Android use in China has ...

Box releases mobile app menu for iOS devices
The tool, called Box OneCloud, is an application menu that initially only includesiOS apps because they are the most popular programs for enterprise use, according to Chris Yeh, vice president of Platform at Box. A user clicks on an application link ...


Summary Box: Nokia launches China smartphone
Seattle Post Intelligencer
AP, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announces the launch of the company's new Lumia 800Csmartphone in Beijing, China, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. Struggling cellphone maker Nokia launched its first smartphone design for China on Wednesday, looking to the ...

Apple to Issue New iPad Refunds in Australia Over '4G' Issues
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius An Australian consumer group said Wednesday that Apple has agreed to issue refunds to new iPad buyers who are not satisfied with the device's "4G" speeds. The new iPad is not compatible with existing Australian 4G LTE and WiMax ...

Samsung ships 5 million Galaxy Note tablet-smartphone hybrid devices
Los Angeles Times
The Note runs Android's Gingerbread OS. "It combines core on-the-go benefits of various mobile devices while maintaining smartphone portability, to create a whole new user experience," the company said in September. Samsung has been selling the hybrid ...

I'm sick to death of Android
ZDNet (blog)
In that time I've gone from the original Motorola Droid to the Droid Bionic, and now the Galaxy Nexus. I've seen the Android OS improve considerably and continue to be impressed by the innovations that each successive version brings to the table.

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Apple offers refund to new iPad customers in Australia over 4G capabilities
Fox News
AP Photo/Paul Sakuma Next Slide Previous Slide MELBOURNE, Australia – Apple has offered to refund Australian customers who bought the new iPad expecting to use the country's 4G network, but denies it has misled the public. In Federal Court proceedings ...

Nokia launching first Lumia smartphones in China
CNET (blog)
Variants of the Lumia 800 and Lumia 610 will wend their way to the world's largest smartphonemarket in the second quarter. by Lance Whitney March 28, 2012 5:59 AM PDT Follow @lancewhit Nokia is bringing its Lumia 800 and 610 smartphones to the booming ...

Apple refunds Australia over fragmented iPad 4G promise
Computerworld (blog)
Many carriers will adopt hybrid models of combined broadband provision, using everything fromWi-Fi to Femtocell to White Space frequency solutions. Your smartphone will hop between these without you knowing it. This will help carriers control traffic ...

China Telecom and Nokia launch first CDMA Windows Phone in China
Stunning new Lumia smartphone, Nokia 800C, makes everyday moments extraordinary for China Telecom subscribers Wang Xiaochu (China telecom) and Stephen Elop (Nokia) on stage with nokia 800CBeijing, China - Today China Telecom and Nokia announced the ...

Preview: BlueStacks Android App Player for PC, Now in Beta
Tom's Hardware Guide
BlueStacks is shaping up to be an awesome Android emulator for Windows 7, as seen with the new beta release. It's been a while since we last tested BlueStacks -- October 2011 in fact, arriving as an alpha with limited features.

Nokia seeks to retake China market share
Baltimore Sun
China has become one of the hottest markets for smartphone makers, with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook in Beijing this week for talks with government officials amid problems ranging from labor issues to a contested iPad trademark.

AT&T promises biggest launch ever for Lumia 900
Windows Phones, however, have struggled to really make a dent in the market, with the platform controlling only a sliver of the market share for smartphone platforms. The market is dominated by the iPhone and a wave of Android smartphones.

Temple Run Launches on Android
PC Magazine
In Google Play (the new name for Google's Android Market), Temple Run is fourth on the list of Top New Free games. It already has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5, generated by 20138 user reviews. Another popular iPhone app is soon heading to Android.

4G or Not 4G: A Guide to Cut Through All the 'Fast' Talk
Wall Street Journal
By WALTER S. MOSSBERG Of all the confusing technology terms used in consumer marketing today, perhaps the most opaque is "4G," used to describe a new, much faster generation of cellular data on smartphones, tablets and other devices.

Bringing broadband to the boonies, part 3: Fiber's not free
But without further investment, the new technology could continue to pass him by. by Eric Mack March 28, 2012 5:00 AM PDT Follow @ericcmack The broadband options are piling up in this tiny town... if you can access them. PENASCO, NM -- So far in this ...

Apple to Offer Refund Over Australian 4G iPad Claims
By Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Apple will offer refunds to people who bought its latest iPad following a claim by Australia's competition regulator that it ran misleading advertisements over the device's 4G connectivity. The Australian Competition and ...

4G: Just what does it mean?
Wall Street Journal (blog)
You've probably seen the ads from various mobile carriers, touting their high speed 4G networks. But The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg explains, not all 4G networks are created equal. Confused? Here's a video of Walt sorting it all out for us.

Apple faces European rebuke over Apple's '4G' iPad claim
ZDNet (blog)
By Zack Whittaker | March 28, 2012, 8:30am PDT Summary: From Australia to Europe: more complaints are coming in from customers to regulators that the iPad 3's “4G” capability simply doesn't work. If you thought ZDNet's London Calling was spending a ...

4G iPad complaints snowball: Sweden and UK weigh response
Apple's iPad 4G woes look set to spread, with reports that consumer watchdogs in several European countries are weighing complaints ahead of possible action over misleading advertising. The “4G” nomenclature used widely across Apple's marketing, ...


Nokia to Sell First Windows Phone in China
Wall Street Journal (blog)
By Sven Grundberg STOCKHOLM — Finnish handset maker Nokia said a version of its Lumia 800 smartphone will be available on the Chinese market in April. The Chinese version of Nokia's first Windows handset, called Nokia 800C, is a CDMA-device, ...

Motorola XOOM WiFi Receiving Android 4.0.4 Update – IMM76 ...
By Chris Chavez
After a mysterious “soak test” was opened up to a select few Motorola Xoom WiFi owners, we were left scratching our heads on what Motorola could have planned. Well, an email to Droid-Life this evening has detailed exactly what to expect ...
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Opera Mini 7 For Android Out Today: A Fightback For Web Browser ...
By Ingrid Lunden
Given that Android is now the biggest smartphone platform around and able to gain ground on Opera simply through that market share, it was essential for Opera to update and go one step further than it had before. New features include the ...

Apple, Motorola discuss Xoom in Düsseldorf courtroom | TUAW ...
By Mike Schramm
Apple and Motorola finally got to face each other in a German courtroom earlier this week, according to reports from Dow Jones. In this case, they're.
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Apple offers refund over Australian 4G iPad confusion -- Engadget
By Mat Smith
Free Engadget for Android - get the app now! ... Apple will also amend its point of sale details to explain that while it can connect to 4G (LTE) networks in the US and Canada, it won't connect to Australia's own next-generation network offered by Telstra. Apple ... Form factor Tablet; Operating system iOS (5); Screen size 9.7 inches; Storage type Internal storage (16 GB, Flash); Maximum battery life Up to 10 hours; Dimensions 9.5 x 7.31 x 0.37 in; Weight 1.44 lb; Released 2012-03-16 ...

Epson Moverio BT-100 see-through Android video glasses available ...
By Michael Crider
The glasses use Android to get their various audio, video and networking functions to work together. Specs include a WiFi connection for browsing, Android 2.2 (really?) with Flash pre-loaded, and a 1GB on-board storage capacity plus a ...
Android Community

Why Do Android Tablet Apps Suck So Much Compared to iPad Apps?
By Casey Chan
Segan likens Android tablets app to WAP browsers that look better fit for Razrs and dumbphones than a tablet app. iPad apps? Better than smartphone apps, as tablet apps should be. Check out Segan's full report here where he compares ...

dailywireless.org » Cracking Smartphone Codes
By Sam Churchill
DailyWireless.org covers current developments in broadband wireless, including WiMAX, LTE,WiFi and mobile aps. Online since 2002, with nearly 10000 in-depth articles, we also cover ...The firm's XRY application can quickly crack an iOS or Android phone's passcode, dump its data to a PC, decrypt it, and display information like the user's GPS location, files, call logs, contacts, messages, even a log of its keystrokes. Here's how easy it is to recover the security codes from a mobile ...

The Problem with Android • Articles • Eurogamer.net
'The Problem with Android' Screenshot 1. Another World, one of the many games to hit bothAndroid and iOS. Personally, I find Apple products and the entire circus surrounding them somewhat irksome, and I have cultivated a maniacal, ...

Trayvon Martin iOS Photo Frames Visualize Your Support
By Zoe Fox
What's Going Down?, a new iOS app for sharing photos, has released Trayvon Martin solidarity photo frames. ... SEE ALSO: Android App Lets You Fight Kony With Violence of Your Own. In addition to integrating causes into social photography ...

Sprint CFO hints at an LTE-equipped iPhone
By Dan Graziano
Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer said at an investor conference on Tuesday that the company has a deal in place to offer a future Apple iPhone that supports 4G LTE, The Dow Jones reported. The CFO declined to say if Apple had such an iPhone ...
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Mobile broadband in Texas – Off the Kuff
By Charles Kuffner
Almost half of adult Texans, about 8.9 million, use mobile broadband devices — cellphones, laptops or tablets using a cellular network — to keep the Internet a constant companion, according to a survey by Connected Nation, a nonprofit that ...
Off the Kuff

Q&A: iOS Printing Without AirPrint - NYTimes.com
Most companies selling the software usually direct the iOS device to printers on the same Wi-Finetwork, or “borrow” the computer's connection to a printer to get the job done. Software like Printopia for Mac and FingerPrint for Windows and ...

The iPhone vs. Android battle
By Sameer Singh
Today, iOS is the second largest smartphone platform in the industry behind Android. Thesmartphone industry itself has grown by nearly 50% over the last year. Looking at the figures, it's natural to assume that the iPhone will continue its ...
Android Authority

Temple Run - Android Apps on Google Play
Run for your life! The addictive mega-hit Temple Run is now out for Android! All your friends are playing it - can you beat their high scores?! You've stolen the ...

AT&T HTC One X with Snapdragon S4 Krait benchmarked | Android ...
Read these related Android Central stories ... or the Exynos based Galaxy S2 because the LTEvariant scored way below the GNex and in real world the GS2 is ...

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