Back many moons ago, HTC and Microsoft we're buddy-buddy. HTC was producing Windows Mobile devices, Microsoft was happy to be one of the leaders in the smartphone business, and everything chugged along nicely. Then the iPhone and Android showed up, changed the smartphone game completely, and Microsoft was essentially left in the dust. The company has since been trying to get back in the ring with Windows Phone, but high licensing costs and lack of third-party support make this an unappealing option to many hardware vendors – why pay for the OS (Windows Phone), when you can get one for free (Android)?
If you like your phone to be more like a tablet, then it's hard to overlook Sony's massive 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra. Admittedly, it takes a certain type of person to show interest in a phone this big, but one thing's for sure: those who love big phones really love big phones. If the Z Ultra is the big phone for you, Sony just announced an awesome accessory for it.
We all know Android 4.4 is coming. There's a chance we could see it this month, perhaps with a new Nexus phone, but there's really nothing concrete to back that right now – it's just the rumor mill whirring as it so often does. Of course, as new versions of Android get closer to being finalized and released, the leaks become more common, and oftentimes larger in terms of the information provided.
If you picked up Fuhu's nabi XD tablet for tweens, then it's time to grab it and hit the update button. An OTA recently began rolling out that brings some intriguing new features to the device, including an all-new launcher.
The XD Launcher isn't a typical launcher, however – it's more of a complete overhaul to the way the XD works and feels. It actually slightly reminds me of Chameleon Launcher, as it has time- and location-aware options that will display certain homescreens based on specific attributes.
Have you heard the news? Caesar is dead. And he's not coming back. Who's going to take over his empire? That's to be decided, and you can throw your name in the hat in Gameloft's new game Total Conquest. By "throw your name in the hat," I actually mean join together with like-minded vigilantes and slay all the naysayers. It's time to build an army and claim what's rightfully yours.
Back in early July, I reviewed what has since been my favorite portable Bluetooth speaker: the Ultimate Ears BOOM. It really lives up to its name, delivering top-notch sound quality that's nearly impossible to find in most speakers twice its size. Of course, that kind of quality comes at a price – a $200 price, to be exact. And if you wish to utilize the Double Up feature that lets you use two BOOMs at the same time, that price doubles.
Last year's Note 10.1 was a first for Samsung. It was the first 10-inch tablet to carry the Note name, and the first consumer tablet that made good use of a stylus. It brought about many innovative, though not perfectly executed, features that changed the way Android worked. Multiple apps on the same screen, handwriting input and palm rejection, and the like were all relative newcomers to the tablet scene. And for the most part, they were all well received by those who bought the tablet.
If you've ever watched Ellen DeGeneres' show Ellen, then you may already be familiar with Heads Up!, a quirky and seemingly fun guessing game of sorts. If you haven't heard of it, this video tell you everything you need to know:
Zoolander! Oh, um, Starskey and Hutch! ... The Royal Tenenbaums! Oh! Night at the Museum!
Got the idea? Look like something you'd want to play? Good news! Now you can.
Samsung took the wraps off of three new Galaxy devices at IFA earlier this month – the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear, and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. While most carriers have announced Note 3 and Gear availability, we've been waiting on the official word from Samsung as to when the Note 10.1 2014 would hit store shelves. This morning, it announced just that.
The Note 10.1 2014 Edition is expected to be available beginning October 10th at $549 for the 16GB model, and $599 for 32GB.
If you read this site, you probably love Android. And if you love Android, you might like to let the world know. There's really no shortage of ways to do that – you could just tell people, wear an Android t-shirt, flash your phone randomly so everyone knows you don't carry an iPhone, you know the normal stuff. Or, you could decorate your house (or maybe just your office) with the little Android characters from the mind of Andrew Bell.