It's "Glee" meets BOL! Ok, no, don't panic, there's not that much singing. But it's Brian Tong's first day in the co-host chair, and we are having a good time. Off the rails. In the news today: Facebook app developers were evidently selling your personally identifiable information, which Facebook could barely be bothered to punish them for. Also, group gifting on eBay and a new low in "journalism" junkets. --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
The Android rumor mill kicked into overdrive last week with chatter of a Nexus One follow-up. According to the latest dish, Samsung will be making what's been unofficially dubbed the "Nexus Two."
The first signs of the handset came October 26 when City A.M. claimed there would be a new Google-branded device out in time for the holidays. Then, a few days later, AndroidAndMe reported what could be the hardware specifications of the phone. Today, however, Samsung denied that such a phone is coming. So, realistically, what are we to expect? … Read more
Google's Android operating system continues to outpace the competition in the U.S., market researchers Canalys and NPD Group have found.
According to Canalys, Google's Android platform was running on 43.6 percent of all the smartphones purchased in the United States in the third quarter. It was followed by Apple's iOS, which captured 26.2 percent market share, and Research In Motion's OS, which tallied 24.2 percent share. Microsoft's mobile OS held 3 percent market share in the quarter.
NPD reported similar results to Canalys.
NPD found that Android was running on 44 percent of smartphones bought during the third quarter, though it claims Apple's market share was 23 percent. RIM was just behind Apple with 22 percent market share, according to NPD. The market researcher asserts that Android's growth over the second quarter--about 11 percentage points--was stolen from "RIM, rather than Apple."… Read more
Links from Monday's episode of Loaded:
Facebook is set to announce something mobile this week
PayPal's new iPhone app lets you search for local vendors that accept its payments
Google is working on another unlocked Samsung phone but it will not be called the Nexus Two
The Cisco Flip Cam grows a mustache for Movember Charity
Logitech launches a solar-powered keyboard
Mount Everest gets 3G coverage
Gucci now sells 3D glasses
November 3 is going to be a busy day for T-Mobile. That's the day the carrier will launch the LG Optimus T and the Motorola Defy, and now, a third device called the T-Mobile Comet has been added to the mix.
The T-Mobile Comet is actually a rebranded version of the Huawei Ideos and will be offered as a prepaid option at $200 without contract. You can also get the Android 2.2 device on contract for just $10. Though more of a lower-end smartphone, it features a 528MHz processor, a 2.8-inch touch screen, a 3.2-megapixel camera, … Read more
If you're still not satisfied with the selection of Android tablet options on the market (well, aren't we picky?) the fine folks at ViewSonic are throwing two more options into the ring.
The first is a 7-inch Android 2.2 tablet with the fitting name of ViewPad 7. Due out in late November, priced at $479, the ViewPad 7 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 512Mb of integrated memory and a microSD slot for your own supply. The device pulls the Internet down over Wi-Fi (b/g), but includes 3G capabilities if you want to supply your … Read more
The official Sony Ericsson product blog posted an article today advising that X10, X10 Mini, and X10 Mini Pro handsets will begin receiving the Eclair update on Sunday evening. Initially, only phones in the Nordic countries will see the update, with other European countries getting 2.1 starting Monday, November 1. All other X10 phones, including those used in North America, will get their update by the end of November.
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Smartphone manufacturers, Google, and wireless operators may think they're doing consumers a favor by preinstalling or bundling apps into the Android OS on their new smartphones, but some wireless subscribers would rather they didn't.
In this week's Ask Maggie column, I help a reader figure out the best way to disable applications that come bundled with Android phones and OS upgrades. I also explain why some phones easily connect to a 3G wireless and why some end up on slower-speed networks. And finally, I give a reader advice about how she can recycle old cell phones.
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Ever lost your car in a mall parking lot? MyChevrolet includes a GPS-enabled map and a feature that lets you add a note or photo with details or where you parked your car. There's a timer, so you can track how much time you have on the parking meter.
If you get back to your car but there's a problem, you can use the app to request roadside assistance or to locate the … Read more
This week on Android Atlas Weekly, Android is sued again, a 3D Android Picture Frame and everything you ever wanted to know about the Samsung Galaxy Tab, All that and more coming up on this week's edition of Android Atlas Weekly for Thursday, October 28st, 2010. Join Justin Eckhouse along side guest host, Senior Editor, Donald Bell.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360) EPISODE 22
Android Market tops 100,000 applications http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-20020616-265.html
Paypal support should hit the Android Market … Read more