LG upgrades flagship smartphone to revive fortunes

LG upgrades flagship smartphone to revive fortunes
Models display the Optimus LTE II at an unveiling ceremony in Seoul. The OptimusLTE II smartphone, which $804 without subsidies, will be released by all three mobile carriers in South Korea this week. Park Jong-seok, president of LG's mobile business, ...


Samsung Smartphones Represent 40 Percent of All Android Sales: Gartner
Samsung smartphone accounted for more than 40 percent of the Android phones that shipped during the first quarter of 2001, while no other device maker had more than a 10 percent share, according to Gartner. Apple, with the whole market, felt the impact ...

Google To Sell Android Phones Directly
The strategy change is also supposed to ease device maker concerns regarding favoritism toward Motorola Mobility from Google's pending acquisition, expected to close this quarter. After the acquisition completes, some handset makers believe they won't ...

PC Magazine
Sprint's fastest, most powerful and elegant smartphone is now waiting for the carrier's new LTEnetwork. The most powerful Sprint cell phone (but just by a nose), the HTC EVO 4G LTE($199.99) is both fabulous and frustrating.

Why Google's Nexus Plan Makes Sense
Google is preparing to revamp how "pure Android" smartphones are sold in a move that will surely appeal to diehard Android users. Google plans to give five hardware makers early access to Android 5.0 Jelly Bean and will sell the resulting handsets ...

LG Introduces New Optimus Smartphone
Wall Street Journal
LG's new Optimus LTE II matches and sometimes surpasses the technical specifications of Samsung's new Galaxy S III. Both run Google Inc.'s latest Androidoperating system, have screens nearly 5 inches in diagonal size, run on the fastest4G mobile ...

Wall Street Journal

Verizon to drop unlimited data plans for upgrades from 3G to 4G LTE
CBS News
(CBS News) Verizon Wireless announced Wednesday plans to drop their $30-a-month unlimited data plan for a tiered data model for customers who want to upgrade from the 3G network to 4G LTE. Fran Shammo, Verizon Communications chief financial officer, ...

CBS News

How to survive without an unlimited data plan
Wi-Fi is your best friend. Use reliable wireless broadband networks any chance you get. All data consumption via Wi-Fi will not count against wireless plans, so surf the Web or download apps freely. Get to know the data hogs. If you're Tweeting,...


HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G held up at US customs
Christian Science Monitor
The launch of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G is temporarily delayed – the byproduct of a patent snafu settled earlier this year by the International Trade Commission. By Matthew Shaer / May 17, 2012 Back in December, the International Trade Commission ...

Christian Science Monitor

Verizon Killing 'Grandfathered' Unlimited Plans as Carrier Moves to 4G
Verizon Wireless customers still holding on to their $30 unlimited plans will have to let go when they upgrade to 4G, said CFO Fran Shammo, explaining that everyone will soon move to shared data plans. Verizon Wireless customers taking advantage of a ...

Researchers Tackle Android Fragmentation, Find 4000 Devices
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Android fragmentation is always a hot topic among the Android faithful and detractors alike. But just how many different variations of the Google-based operating system are we talking about? New research found almost 4000 distinct ...

New HTC Android Phones Tweaked to Evade Apple Patents
HTC's Android phones have similar functionality, which was grounds for infringement, the US International Trade Commission ruled. According to The Verge, the US versions of HTC's latest phones no longer have the so-called “data tapping” functionality ...


Android 5.0 will reportedly launch in the fall on five phones
TG Daily
While many of us are still waiting for Android 4.0, Google is already firming up plans to launch version 5.0. Also known as Jelly Bean, Android 5.0 is a huge enigma that nobody really knows anything about. However, according to the Wall Street Journal, ...

TG Daily

Verizon customers, say goodbye to grandfathered unlimited data plans if you ...
Washington Post
Verizon Wireless will no longer be allowing customers on a grandfathered unlimited data plan to upgrade to a 4G LTE smartphone when the carrier launches its tiered data share plans in mid-summer. Executive Vice President and CFO Fran Shammo announced ...

Android hackers hone skills in Russia
By Antone Gonsalves CSO - The malware business growing around Google Android -- now the leading smartphone operating system -- is still in its infancy. Today, many of the apps built to steal money from Android users originate from Russia and China, ...

Review: Android 4.0 phones from HTC aren't identical twins
It seems there is a new crop of Android phones every few months, which is great if you're in the market for a new phone. I got separate pitches from AT&T and T-Mobile a few weeks ago about new phones from HTC. First, T-Mobile sent me the HTC One S, ...

Android 5.0 Will Launch this Fall with Five Nexus Devices: Report
By Katherine Noyes, PCWorld When Android 5.0 “Jelly Bean” launches this fall, it will appear first on several new mobile devices sold by Google itself as part of the “Nexus” line. That's according to a Tuesday story in the Wall Street Journal, ...

Smartphone Security Is Heading for 'Apocalypse'
By Colin Neagle, NetworkWorld The meteoric rise in the smartphone market is creating a dangerous vulnerability in smartphone security - one that may not be patched until the problem expands into what has been dubbed an "apocalypse.

Android, Samsung top smartphone sales, topping Apple's iPhone
According to Gartner's data, Samsung was by far the biggest Android smartphone maker as its devices accounted for nearly 44% of Android-based smartphone sales. The other Androidvendors, including HTC or Motorola, were all at 10% or less, Gartner said.

Google shifting its Android strategy, seeks to fix fragmentation
Los Angeles Times
By Salvador Rodriguez Google is changing the way it approaches the production of new Androidsmartphones, seeking to end fragmentation among phones running the many different versions of its OS. For its upcoming line of Nexus smartphones and tablets, ...

T-Mobile Introduces New No Annual Contract Mobile Broadband Service Passes
MarketWatch (press release)
With T-Mobile's new, more affordable No Annual Contract data passes, customers can experience T-Mobile's blazing-fast 4G network speeds across a variety of mobile broadbanddevices including tablets, mobile hotspots and laptop sticks -- with no strings ...

Smartphone market consolidates around Apple and Samsung
Meanwhile Samsung represented more than 40 percent of all Android smartphonesales, with no competitor topping 10 percent. Meanwhile, Samsung stole Nokia's crown, by becoming overall global handset sales leader. Gartner's data is the most revealing, ...


Smartphone App Downloads Jump 28 Percent
PC Magazine
According to stats from Nielsen, the average number of apps per smartphone has increased 28 percent since 2011 - from 32 to 41. The large majority of those apps are being downloaded ontoAndroid and iOS devices. Those mobile OSes accounted for 88 ...

Optimus LTE 2: LG unveils new smartphone to revive business
South Korea's LG Electronics on Thursday unveiled a new version of its Optimus smartphonewith greater memory and a more powerful battery, in an attempt to catch up with its rivals. The company said the Optimus LTE 2 -- which will be released in the ...

New Verizon Data Plans Coming, Likely To Kill Unlimited Data For All
ABC News (blog)
However, those that had been grandfathered in under an unlimited data plan have still been able to pay $30 a month for an unlimited data plan for 3G and 4G phones. But that looks as if it might come to an end this summer, when Verizon announces new ...

ABC News (blog)

Report: Android Nexus Program Extending to Multiple OEMs
by Justin Rubio Google's flagship Nexus devices are typically the cream of the Android crop. They're the first to be blessed with the newest version of the operating system, the first to get updates, and are free of carrier and manufacturer bloatware.

Samsung accounts for 40% of Android smartphone sales
By Joe Wilcox The figure is so important, I'm breaking it out from the long analysis posted mid-afternoon about the smartphone market consolidating around Apple and Samsung. The South Korean electronics giant is doing to Android on smartphones what ...


Microsoft's smartphone market share tumbles 27%. Will Windows Phone ever gain ...
Computerworld (blog)
If people are giving up an old Microsoft smartphone OS, and switching to Android or iOS rather than Windows Phone, it's a failure. The Gartner findings mirror other research reports in the last several weeks. The NPD Group found that Windows Phone had ...

An iOS 6 wish list
by Lex Friedman, Macworld.com Nobody knows for certain what's on the docket for this year's installment of WWDC, other than the fact that iOS and Mac OS X will be the topic of more than 100 technical sessions hosted by Apple engineers.

Sprint's Android users get carrier billing in Google Play - Engadget
By Jon Fingas
American Android users started getting carrier billing in Google Play early this month through T-Mobile (and later AT&T), and now Sprint can. ... answers 2. Type Smartphone; Operating systemAndroid (Ice Cream Sandwich [4.0]); Screen size 4.7 inches; Internal memory 16 GB; Carriers (US) Sprint-Nextel; Dimensions 5.3 x 2.7 x 0.35 in; Weight 4.7 oz; Released 2012-05-18 ... SEE ALL · HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE delayed at customs due to ITC exclusion order (updated). 1 day ago ...

A Look at Android Fragmentation: The Good, the Bad and the Pretty ...
By Ina Fried
Of the nearly 600 different brands, Samsung rules the roost with nearly 40 percent market share, followed by HTC, SEMC, Motorola and LG. At the bottom end of the market-share battle, the company spotted a pair of the ill-fated Fusion Garage ...

Android Overload: Sony Xperia SX Shown off In Press Release, NTT ...
By Chris Chavez
The Android Overload is lookin' a little skimpy, here tonight. But that doesn't mean you wont a little something. I'd suggest ... [GmailBlog]; Android (and iOS) fuel an app explosion in the US. [Nielsen]; Sony Xperia SX shown off in press release ...
Android Phone Fans

Facebook Quietly Launches Pages Manager iOS App, But You ...
By Chris Velazco
As far as the design goes, the Pages Manager app should be familiar territory for anyone who's ever used the standard iOS app, though a few thoughtful additions make the prospect of keeping tabs on multiple Pages a little less hairy. All of the ... No news yet on whether or not an Android version is coming down the pipeline, though considering the slow-and-steady approach they're taking with this early iOS release, it may be a while before we see it making the rounds. Sponsored Ads ...

6 Educational Android Apps for Adults
By Rob Lammle
There are hundreds of Android apps to help kids learn shapes, numbers, letters, and colors. But what about adults that want to continue their education? Whether you need to brush up on a skill like a foreign language or dive head first into a ...

Daily App Deals: Get ProCapture for Android for 99¢ in Today's App ...
By Dusty Wright
ProCapture (Google Play) Previously $3.99, now 99¢. ProCapture for Android adds an assortment of advanced features to your Android's camera, such as the inclusion of camera shooting modes like Timer, Burst, Reduced Noise, and more.

Verizon killing off “grandfathered” - Android Community
By Cory Gunther
Today the news has just dropped that Verizon will be axing data plans for those using unlimited data on old “grandfathered” plans from back before 4G LTE and all that. If you've been enjoying unlimited data for $30 a month like many others, ...
Android Community

iOS, Android mobile app usage increases in 2012 [infographic]
By Dan Graziano
That number has increased dramatically, however; according to Nielsen, one in two mobile subscribers now owns a smartphone. Driven mostly by the rise of Android and iOS, which account for more than 80% of the U.S. smartphone market, ...
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Case Marine waterproof smartphone case. By Edwin ... When attached securely, it will ensure your smartphone can swim with the fishes up to 10 meters deeep. Not only that, there is the added protection of placing a smartphone cover over it.

HTC shipping custom Android builds on US devices to avoid Apple ...
By Nilay Patel
The HTC One X for AT&T and Evo 4G LTE for Sprint already bear the distinction of being the first Android devices to face an import block at US Customs for potentially infringing an Apple patent,...
The Verge - All Posts

Firefox 14 for Android: new UI, improved performance, flash support
By Bams Sadewo
Mozilla has updated its Firefox browser for Android. The Firefox 14 beta for Android, which has just been released on Google Play by Mozilla, brings a new user interface to the app, as well as some significant boost of performance.
Android Authority

Scanbox turns your smartphone into a scanner
By Enid Burns
This foldable box creates the right setting to use your smartphone as a scanner. ... The design works independently of any apps and can be used with iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Windows phones, or any other smartphone camera.
Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine

Verizon preparing to kill unlimited 4G data – Cell Phones & Mobile ...
By Ryan Whitwam
Until now, Verizon Wireless was good enough to allow existing customers to keep their unlimited data plans even when upgrading to 4G LTE handsets. Verizon's CFO has finally dropped the bomb we've all been expecting: unlimited data on ...

Google's Grand Android Plan - Slashdot
Submission: Google's Grand Android Plan: Finally, It All Makes Sense .... Smartphone service for $35/mo from Virgin (Score:4, Insightful) .... The only reason I say Verizon is because I got on their unlimited 4G data plan before quit offering it to ...

OpenSignalMaps - Android Fragmentation Visualized
The many faces of a little green robot. Fragmentation matters to the entire Android community: users, developers, OEMs, brands & networks. It's a blessing and a ...

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