Posts From Scott Webster
Best Buy has announced a big smart phone initiative that will see free Android smart phones offered every day in December. Starting today and running through the end of the month, Best Buy will feature at least four free smart phones online, in each of their stores and, of course, Best Buy mobile locations.
The figures are in and it looks like the third quarter (Q3 ’10) was very kind to both Samsung and Android. Gartner has just reported that the handset manufacturer accounted for 32.1 percent of all Android smart phones sold in the United States over the previous three month period.
As we head into the new year and a slew of new Android goodies, we’d like to start reflecting on the current crop of phones. We’ll be taking the next few days and weeks to gauge our readers’ opinions on handsets and carriers as they pertain to Android. To kick things off, we’d like to know which Android-based smart phones are the best value for AT&T.
A week old Google HK video on Google Voice Search provides our best look to date as to what the tweaked user experience from Gingerbread should be like.
One of the first headlines I came across this morning as I was having my coffee was that RIM had acquired The Astonishing Tribe (TAT). As some of you know, these guys were among the founding members of the Open Handset Alliance are were largely responsible for how Android looked and felt in early days. So, you can imagine my concern.
Check out this Photoshop disaster from a French retailer named Phoneo which shows a BlackBerry Torch running a very Droid-like OS.
Remember those creepy Google TV commercials for Logitech featuring the television that “misses you”? Well, Logitech has somehow found a way to make those seem a little less weird. Take a look at the latest ad spot for Google TV which features Kevin Bacon as a guy who loves Kevin Bacon. Also, he looks like Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones.
As we near the impending Gingerbread announcement and its subsequent rollout to handsets, the legacy builds of Android will continue to dwindle. Newer, more popular phones with later versions of the platform will rise up to account for more market share. Take Froyo for instance. Announced back in May, Android 2.2 now accounts for more than 43-percent of the Android pie.
You knew it wouldn’t be long before the other players started chipping away at Verizon’s 4G news. Only hours after the announcement, Clearwire is among the first to come out publicly and take on Big Red’s LTE network.
We’ve waited for more than two years for this day. Google officially rolled out their RSS Reader application to Android handsets on Monday yet we had not seen anyone cover it. It’s crazy too, because we know tons of people who have pined for this app forever!
The guys over at Dead Zebra sure know how to create a demand. After already creating a highly sought after Android lineup, they turned to limited edition versions of their 3″ figurines with the Power Vampire. As expected, these sold through instantly. Get ready for another super awesome collectible in the Snowman.
Let’s just assume you’ve already cleared every level of Angry Birds on your Android handset. And let’s also assume you have three stars for each level. What do you do
One of the hottest, most talked about Android handsets on the radar today is the LG Star. The not-yet-announced LGP990 features a Tegra 2 processor, an 8 megapixel camera, and HDMI output among other things. The lucky folks at GSM Israel were privileged enough to get their hands on a Star and only too kind to film it for us.
Mobile app developers heading off to Las Vegas for January’s CES 2011 conference would be wise to check out AT&T’s Developer Summit. Running all day long on January 5th, the summit features over 30 hours of technical and marketing assistance delivered by AT&T, device makers, and more.
Autodesk, Inc. has released two versions of their popular SketchBook Mobile app for Android handsets. The digital sketchpad allows users to draw with pens, pencils, markers, and airbrushes create professional looking pictures and paintings.