Waiting for your older Acer Iconia to make the jump from Android 4.0 ICS to Jelly Bean? Today isn't your lucky day. According to Italian website NotebookItalia, an Acer UK representative has already stated that several older Iconia devices will not get an official upgrade to Android 4.1.
HTCSense.com has made a comeback, starts by letting you customize your future HTC One X+
Earlier this year, HTCSense.com was taken down by HTC. They said that it would one day make a return and that they were taking it down for maintenance reasons and to improve on it. Apparently, all that work is now finished because HTCSense.com is back. It doesn't work for current HTC devices, but you can set up your future HTC One X+ on it.
Cheap Archos Arnova Gbook unveiled. Does it combine the best of a tablet with the best of an e-reader?
Archos is known for releasing cheap and relatively decently specced Android-based tablets, but the company’s latest device seems to win a lot of points in the former category and not that many in the latter. The Arnova GBook 7-incher isn’t even advertised as a full-fledged tablet by Archos, although the company’s official website does mention that it “combines the best of a tablet with the best of an eReader”.
Jolla to demo user interface and release SDK on November 21
In a touch screen world the user interface is essential get it wrong and nothing else matters. A quick look around the smartphone industry will reveal several different approaches to touch based UIs. Windows 8 has it "modern UI", iOS has Cocoa Touch and Android, well, everything including has widgets, themes, skins and customized launchers. Now Jolla, the company that was formed to further develop MeeGo when Nokia jumped off its burning deck into the hands of Microsoft, is getting ready to reveals its UI and software development kit (SDK) at the Slush event in Helsinki, Finland on 21-22 November.
Facebook tops 1 billion active users, 600 million are mobile
When 20-year-old Mark Zuckerberg first created “TheFacebook” in 2004, the social network’s membership was restricted to Harvard students, which naturally limited the maximum number of users. Eight years, several lawsuits, one controversial hit Hollywood movie, and one not-so-great IPO later, there are no less than one billion people worldwide that live and breathe Facebook.
Fall is upon us and the Thanksgiving holiday season (and all the numerous sales and discounts that arrive around that time of year) is getting ever closer. As was the case every single year, smartphone manufacturers are gearing up right about this time to provide the “best and latest” of the Android ecosystem, in an attempt to gain a place in the smartphone consumer’s heart, mind and wallet. See the best Android smartphones of fall 2012 after the jump!
Alternative app stores and platform branches: Is Android too open?
Android is continuing to dominate the worldwide smartphone market. Google’s open approach with Android is often cited as a major reason for the platform’s success, but recent events beg the question of whether that openness is a double-edged sword.
Motorola job cuts to cost Google more than expected, with a $300M bill for Q3 2012
As part of Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility, the company has announced plans to streamline operations by laying off about 20% of Motorola's employees (two thirds of which outside of the U.S.). But while Google originally estimated the downsizing to cost $275 million in the 3rd quarter of 2012, the company is readjusting its estimates upward to $300 million.
Samsung says Apple patent verdict was tainted because of jury foreman’s misconduct
Samsung is still seeking other legal remedies to Apple's $1 billion patent infringement win, among these trying to shoot down the jury's decision because of juror misconduct. In a request to dismiss the verdict, Samsung says that jury foreman Velvin Hogan failed to disclose his bankruptcy filing in 1993, and the fact that he was sued by hard drive-maker Seagate, his former employer. Sounds far-fetched? Read on.
US Cellular Galaxy S3 getting software update with Google Wallet, no word on Jelly Bean yet
After officially learning that all US versions of the Samsung Galaxy S3 will get Jelly Bean “soon”, we all hoped to get automatic prompt messages for downloading a new buttery software package on our super-phones. That hasn’t happened yet, although owners of the US Cellular version of the S3 are getting a (much less significant) update as we speak.