Google speaks up on the Acer/Alibaba affair

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by 1 year ago

This week, a report hit the web claiming that Google has strong-armed Acer into cancelling the launch of the CloudMobile A800, a smartphone running Aliyun, the Android-based operating system developed by Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba. Google has now clarified the problem.

HP “Bender” Android phone shows up on benchmarks

by 1 year ago

Barely a day after HP CEO Meg Whitman hinted in a TV interview that they haven’t given up on their smartphone ambition, up popped a purported HP phone on the benchmark scene, bearing the name “Bender.” And what a surprise it was to see that the HP Bender runs Android OS.

HTC to crank up the battery on One X+, rumors say

by 1 year ago

It is obvious that HTC isn’t going to let the lucrative Q4 market roll by without trying to entice customers with some new devices. In the case of the One X+, it is but a slightly improved version of the leader in the One series. Now, we already know most things about the HTC One X+, the details of which have been confirmed by its recent FCC filing. But HTC apparently isn’t quite satisfied yet and is going to make some final tweak to the phone.

4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update rolling out to Xperia Ion LTE

by 1 year ago

It was a sad day for customers who bought the Xperia Ion LTE when they found out it had shipped with Gingerbread instead of Ice Cream Sandwich. Thankfully, Sony didn’t let that error live for long as an official update to Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 has begun rolling out to Sony Xperia Ion LTE owners.

Samsung is working on a new back-illuminated 13MP camera for phones and tablets

by 1 year ago

According to its own website, Samsung is now working on a next-gen 13MP back-illuminated sensor, called S5K3L2, that’s meant to go into phones and tablets sometime next year. The news comes after we have already heard that Samsung has been working on a 12MP sensor (S5K3L1) that’s currently in production for upcoming devices. The question is, will the new sensor be competitive enough in 2013?

Conan’s iPhone 5 stolen by Samsung ahead of launch day, probably to check its weird specs and features

by 1 year ago

Even Conan O’Brian made fun of Samsung during the trial in one of his shows, clearly suggesting that Samsung is indeed following Apple’s lead. Fast forward a few months and it looks like everything worked out against Conan, as Samsung took direct action against him and his iPhone 5 hands-on preview that should have taken place a few days ahead of the phone’s official launch day. Just check out the video below to see what happened:

AT&T Galaxy Note 2 release date set for October 21?

by 1 year ago

The Galaxy Note 2 is Samsung’s latest addition to its high-end Galaxy-branded smartphone lineup, but we still have no idea when the device will hit stores. A recent leak revealed that German customers may get the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Note 2 LTE version in October and November, respectively, confirming what Samsung said on stage during its special Unpacked IFA 2012 event that we attended a few weeks back.

Deal: Motorola DROID RAZR M currently on sale for only $50 with contract

by 1 year ago

Though it was only released yesterday, you can already pick up the new Motorola DROID RAZR M for only $50 with a two-year contract. That’s half off the price you’d pay to buy it from Verizon, and probably very irritating if you already bought it yesterday. As we mentioned yesterday, one of the the main selling points of the DROID RAZR M is its small size. At $99, there are many devices in the same price range with better specs. At $50, that number drops dramatically. With a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 2,000mAh battery,…