Google's Grand Android Plan

Google's grand Android plan: Finally, it all makes sense
Computerworld (blog)
By JR Raphael (@jr_raphael) Get ready, gang: Android may be on the brink of its biggest change yet -- a shift that could redefine the platform and send waves through the entire mobile market. Signs of something big have been brewing in AndroidLand for ...

Google's Android Strategy Looks to Limit Wireless Carriers: Report
Google wants to upend the power structure of the mobile marketplace by—again—sellingAndroid-based devices directly to consumers, the Wall Street Journal reported May 15. The move will help it to build a more “united front” with smartphone and tablet ... 

Google Shifts Tack on Android
Wall Street Journal
The plan also aims to assuage concerns of smartphone and tablet makers that build devices using Android, many of whom are wary of Google because of its pending acquisition of device-maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., these people said.

Wall Street Journal 

The Android Plan: Why Google Will Mimic Microsoft To Conquer Apple
International Business Times
But Google, realizing how Apple has largely dominated the market with a singlesmartphone -- the iPhone -- has decided to shift its mobile strategy for Android in a big way. According to The Wall Street Journal, Google looks to sell "a portfolio" of ...

International Business Times

HTC One X, Evo 4G LTE Denied US Entry Over Patent Dispute
PCWorld (blog)
By Ian Paul, PCWorld May 16, 2012 6:33 AM The HTC One XUS Customs is holding up imports of HTC's One X and Evo 4G LTEAndroid phones because of HTC's ongoing legal battle with Apple. “US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed ...

HTC Smartphone Blockade Racks Up Victims
The raging smartphone patent war appears to have claimed its first true victim: HTC. On Tuesday, HTC revealed that the One X and EVO 4G LTE Android smartphones have been held up at customs because of an exclusion order issued by the US International ...

Samsung Dominates Global Android Smartphone Sales
PC Magazine
Overall, some 81 million Android-based smartphones were sold during the quarter for 56.1 percent of the market, up from 36.4 percent during the same time period last year. Apple's iOScame in second place with 22.9 percent of the market, ...

Apple Patent Spat Delays US Rollout of HTC One X, EVO 4G LTE
PC Magazine
As reported by Reuters, the US availability of the HTC One X and the HTC EVO 4G LTE will be pushed back until US Customs officials can verify that HTC has removed an infringing piece of software from the devices. "The US availability of the HTC One X ...

How does HTC Evo 4G LTE stack up against HTC One X?
Washington Post (blog)
The HTC Evo 4G is perhaps Sprint's most important phone ever. When it was released in 2010, it was Sprint's best phone by a long shot, and one of only a few truly great Android devices. Two years later, Sprint's in dire need of another winner, ...

Samsung Tops Handsets With 40% Android Share, Gartner Says
Smartphone sales rose 45 percent, the researcher said. Samsung, which also makes screens and other hardware used in smartphones, has profited from its ability to offer devices running Google Inc. (GOOG) (GOOG)'s Android software at a wide range of ...

HTC Delays US Launch Of Smartphones Due To Customs Review
Wall Street Journal
-- HTC will delay the launch of a new smartphone in the US due to a customs review required by a trade body in relation to a patent lawsuit it lost to Apple. -- HTC said it has worked around its design and is now in compliance with the ITC ruling.

Google to centralize Android development and sales
ZDNet (blog)
By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | May 16, 2012, 9:05am PDT Summary: According to a Wall Street Journal report, Google is going to radically shift how it works with its partners in developing and selling Android. One reason to unify Android?

ZDNet (blog)

Diablo III Delays; Android Jellybean Details; Synced Tabs for Chrome
PC Magazine
In other news, Google reportedly plans to give multiple mobile device makers early access to its next version of Android, dubbed Jellybean. The new strategy would be a major shift away from Google's current practice of working with a single maker of ...

Browser Wars on iOS? Seems Unlikely
By Harry McCracken | @harrymccracken | May 16, 2012 | + I'd love to see Google's Chrome browser arrive for iOS devices. I'd be even more thrilled if an all-out browser war broke out on Apple's mobile operating system, with multiple players going ...


US Customs is blocking shipments of HTC One X and Evo 4G LTE "indefinitely"
While HTC One X carrier AT&T, Inc. (T) and Evo 4G LTE Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) have some stock of the new Android smartphones, hopes of strong sustained sales may have been crushed this week. US Customs officials announced that they were freezing ...


Sprint's Evo 4G LTE: The Best Phone You Can't Buy?
Discovery News
The Sprint HTC Evo 4G LTE's already unwieldy name would be more accurate with an asterisk tacked on. Two major features won't work until Sprint deploys network upgrades later this year, another needs work by Google -- and, oh, you can't buy one.

HTC EVO 4G LTE review
Now, Sprint and HTC are back again with the HTC EVO 4G LTE, a smartphone that is more than worthy of its “flagship” designation. Impressive though it may be on paper, can Sprint score an EVO 4G-sized hit with this upcoming superphone or is it destined ...

Is Google Readying a 'Nexus' Android Invasion?
By Jared Newman | @OneJaredNewman | May 16, 2012 | + Tired of bending to the will of wireless carriers, Google reportedly wants to sell more contract-free Android phones directly to consumers. The phones would be part of Google's “Nexus” line,...


WiMAX vs. LTE: Should You Switch?
PC Magazine
4G wireless data comes in a couple of flavors. Which one should you choose? We explain the difference between WiMAX and LTE. By Sascha Segan When it comes to wireless data networks, besides knowing the difference between 3G and 4G, there's another ...

Nielsen: 1 in 2 own a smartphone, average 41 apps
According to the latest report published by Nielsen, 1 in 2 mobile subscribers owns asmartphone of some kind and those smartphone owners average 41 apps per device. by Joe Aimonetti May 16, 2012 9:34 AM PDT One out of every two mobile subscribers owns ...

HTC One X, Evo 4G LTE shipments delayed over Apple patent investigation
HTC's One X and and Evo 4G LTE may have been praised for their decidedly un-iPhone-esque designs, but the differences are apparently not enough for US Customs. The two devices have fallen victim to a surprising US Customs ability to ban the importation ...


Half of US cell phones are now smartphones
By David Goldman @CNNMoneyTech May 16, 2012: 12:48 PM ET For the first time, more than half of all American mobile customers own a smartphone, according to a report released Wednesday by Nielsen. That's up from 38% a year ago.

Smartphones: Commoditization looms; shakeout can't be far behind
ZDNet (blog)
By Larry Dignan | May 16, 2012, 8:07am PDT Summary: Bottom line: The smartphone race will look dramatically different a year from now. A shakeout is on the horizon. Smartphones used to carry a price premium. In reality, they're starting to look a lot ...

HTC Delays US Launch Of Smartphones
Wall Street Journal
By ARIES POON TAIPEI—HTC Corp. faces another setback in the US as the Taiwanese handset maker said Wednesday that a customs review required by a trade body will cause a delay in the launch of a new smartphone and potentially disrupt future sales of ...

Report: Google Planning Five New Android Jellybean 'Lead Devices'
PC Magazine
By Damon Poeter Google reportedly plans to give multiple mobile device makers early access to its next version of Android in an attempt to create a more robust ecosystem to take on Apple and also to reassure partners that its Motorola Mobility ...

Report: Google Will Unveil Android 5.0 on Multiple Nexus-Branded Smartphones
Wired News
By Nathan Olivarez-Giles In support of its upcoming Android 5.0 operating system release, code-named Jelly Bean, Google will deploy the OS on not a single Nexussmartphone per Android tradition, but perhaps on five Nexus phones this fall — so says a ...

Wired News

HTC One X And EVO 4G LTE Held Up In U.S. Customs, Sprint Pushes Back EVO ...
According to a release put out by HTC last night, US Customs has blocked shipments of AT&T's HTC One X and Sprint's EVO 4G LTE thanks to an ITC ruling handed down last year. The news may come as an especially large bummer for Sprint customers looking ...


Android buries the competition in Q1 smartphone sales
Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system powers 56.1 percent of all smartphones sold in the first quarter and now represents 36.4 percent of the worldwide smartphone market. Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS fuels 22.9 percent of first-quarter ...

Google to Sell Android 'Nexus' Devices Directly to Customers [REPORT]
Google will give several device manufacturers early access to future releases of the Androidoperating system, a new report says. As part of the shift in strategy, the search giant will also begin selling some devices directly to consumers.

Sprint EVO 4G LTE Review
The HTC EVO 4G LTE is coming to Sprint and it brings the much-vaunted One Series to the Now Network. In this review, we'll see how good this LTE-enabled phone really is. The Sprint 4G LTEnetwork is virtually nonexistent. The EVO 4G LTE is essentially ...

Scientists Make Wi-Fi Twenty Times Faster
By Jamie Condliffe
Scientists Make Wi-Fi Twenty Times Faster If you're never content with Wi-Fi speeds, rest assured that scientists are trying to help. In fact, a team of Japanese researchers has just broken the record for wireless data transmission in the terahertz ...

Russian researchers build partial android for bizarre mind-transfer ...
By Anthony Verrecchio
A Team of Russian researchers are building a conceptual mind-transfer android, and we're definitely not talking about Ice Cream Sandwich. However. ... HTC One X and EVO 4G LTEdelayed at customs due to ITC exclusion order. 15 hours ...

3997 Models: Android Fragmentation As Seen By The Developers ...
By Chris Velazco
Over the past six months, the folks at OpenSignalMaps have been keeping tabs on the devices that have been downloading their network monitoring app, and so far they've recorded downloads onto 681900 separate Android devices in 195 ...
TechCrunch » Mobile

ICS update for HTC Amaze 4G hits US next ... - Android Community
By Shane McGlaun
If you're the owner of the HTC Amaze 4G smartphone on the T-Mobile network in the United States, good news. T-Mobile has tipped that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update will land on May 21. That would be Monday of next week.
Android Community

OpenSignalMaps Gives Us A Look At Android's Fragmentation ...
By Chris Chavez
We hear it talked about a lot in the tech circles, but if you were hoping to get a glimpse of whatAndroid's fragmentation looks like, the boys at.
Android Phone Fans

Pantech P8010 meets FCC, brings AT&T LTE along to say hello ...
By Brad Molen
Free Engadget for Android - get the app now! ... The P8010 just got approved by the FCC, and its next-gen radio offers support for no less than four LTE bands: the 700 / 1700 frequencies used by AT&T, as well as 850 / 1900. What's curious ...
Engadget Mobile

Smule Brings Songify App to Android
By Christina Warren
Smule, the popular iOS app maker behind such hits as Magic Piano, I Am T-Pain and Glee Karaoke is finally making its way to the Android platform -- startin.

Google to reveal Android 5.0 on several Nexus devices? [Rumor ...
By Gene Ryan Briones
Google to reveal Android 5.0 on several Nexus devices? [Rumor]. By Gene Ryan Briones on 05/16/2012 01:55 PDT. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google could be brewing a new strategy for its Android mobile operating system.

New research shows smartphone growth is global | Official Google ...
By A Googler
Today, we're releasing new 2012 research data, and the findings are clear—smartphoneadoption has gone global. Today, Australia, U.K., Sweden, Norway, Saudi Arabia and UAE each have more than 50 percent of their population on ...
Official Google Blog

Baidu's Changhong H5018 Android phone is official, comes with ...
By Bams Sadewo
Chinese web search Baidu has revealed its latest Android-based phone, the Changhong H5018. The dual SIM phone ... Google must force carriers to do better, and insist they rollout newAndroid versions promptly · blackberry os 10 ... HSPA+ vs LTE: Which one is better? Light, and ...With a relatively attractive casing and a very affordable price point, Baidu's second attempt in the local smartphone market will likely be more successful than the company's first outing. Do you think the ...
Android Authority

Android 5.0 may have five Nexus devices
By Marin Perez
We're expecting to see Google's Android 5.0 to be shown off next month at the I/O conference and the usual routine has been Google giving one manufacturer early access to the software. HTC got it early with the Nexus One, Motorola got it ...

Evangelion comes to Android: hands-on with Sharp's NERV edition ...
By Jeff Blagdon
Today at NTT Docomo’s summer lineup event we finally saw the company take the wraps off a working version of its NERV edition SH–06D Android handset, inspired by (and designed alongside)...
The Verge - All Posts

Tech darling Twilio cozies up to Android with new client | VentureBeat
By Jolie O'Dell
Twilio has finally released its Android client with a new native software development kit that will allow Android developers to add VoIP features to any Android app.

13 Amazing Facts About Smartphone Use Around The World ...
By Matt Rosoff
Can you guess which smartphone platforms are most popular in China? ... Android is most popular in Japan, with 55% of respondents using it, versus 39% for iOS. Android is also number one in a few other countries, including New Zealand ...
Business Insider

Firefox's new native Android version now available in beta from ...
The new native Android UI version of the Firefox browser is now available directly ... built up quite the dust/gunk collection in the ear piece of that EVO 4G LTE.

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