Pay-as-you-go carriers have never had the latest and greatest handsets, but many are trying to offer more higher-end devices than ever before. Thus is the case with Boost Mobile, which just announced it would be getting the LG Marquee, a modest mid-ranger for anyone on a budget, on January 23rd for $280. While there is no sort of contact involved, users who buy this device are required to purchase an "Android Monthly Unlimited" plan for $55 a month.
In the custom ROM world, there's one name that can't be denied or avoided: CyanogenMod. It's the reigning champ of all custom ROMs, and for good reason - it's amazing. The CM team is always finding ways to innovate and bring new features to stock Android, resurrect older devices, and remove manufacturer/carrier restraints from modern devices.
Apparently we're not the only ones who think so, either - CyanogenMod hit one million unique installs last night.
Lenovo has been on fire at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, announcing not one, but two Android tablets, an Ice Cream Sandwich-powered TV, an Android-Windows hybrid laptop, and an Intel Medfield-powered smartphone... but wait, there's more!
The Chinese manufacturer also debuted the first Medfield tablet. While we don't know everything about this tablet, we do have most of the important details:
- 1.6GHz Atom processor with hyperthreading
- 10.1-inch display
- 8.9mm thick
- USB and HDMI ports (assume both are micro)
- Android 4.0.x
Artem went (mostly) eyes-on with the device earlier today, have a look:
Since this device is still very pre-production, no release date or pricing information is available, but this is definitely one that we'll be keeping an eye on.
New root methods show up all the time, so it's not a huge deal that a rather unknown phone on AT&T is now rooted. So why are we posting about it? Because the root method used is, well... interesting.
It was uncovered by our own Justin Case from TeamAndIRC, and while a big part of the process will look very familiar to some of you, there is one step that induces a wait, what?
Have you ever used the Webtop feature built into a number of Motorola's newest devices? According to CEO Sanjay Jha, not many users are actively firing up the desktop-in-a-cellphone feature - less than ten percent, to be exact. Makes sense, though, as it's basically a watered-down desktop experience, and no one really wants that.
According to Jha, Moto is aware of the issues with Webtop and wants to make it more useable.
When snapping pictures, users are reaching for their smartphone instead of the point-and-shoot more and more often. The folks at Polaroid recognize this, so they decided to throw together an Android-powered camera -- a cool idea, no doubt. There is one problem with that, though: you still have to carry two different devices, which almost defeats the purpose.
That aside, the the Polaroid SC1630 is still nothing to scoff at, as it packs a 36-108mm lens and 16MP sensor with 3X optical zoom, 3.2-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, optional 3G connectivity, and even has access to the Android Market, which opens up a whole new world for the camera.
Jealous of all the new phones coming out equipped with NFC but locked into a contract with your current, NFC-less handset? Worry not, friends, DeviceFidelity and Spring Card are looking to change the game within a several weeks with a new NFC microSD card that will bring touch-to-pay to "a number" of Android-powered handsets.
The card is called moneto and seems to be a fairly simple setup. Pop it into your microSD card slot, place a small NFC antenna inside your battery compartment to help with the signal, install the moneto app, and you're ready to go.
ViewSonic, a leader in making affordable gadgets, have intro'd yet another entry level tablet: the ViewPad E70. Under its hood, the 7-inch E70 screams budget in ever single way, as it houses a 1GHz processor, 4 geebees of storage, a microSD card slot, and an HDMI output capable of streaming 1080p video.
The real story of this budget-gadget isn't the specs, though - it's the software. The E70 will be running ICS out-of-the-box, which is a more than a lot of high-end devices announced thus far can say.
If there's one thing we're all fond of here at AP, it's power on-the-go. Portable chargers, extended batteries -- whatever it takes to keep our gear charged up. There's one issue with all of these options, though: they also have to be charged. Granted, once a portable charger is all juiced up it usually lasts for a while, but wouldn't it be nice to have something that practically juices itself? Enter PowerSkin's upcoming line of solar chargers.
Even though CES technically starts today, there was no shortage of announcements, unveilings, and surprise devices during yesterday's back-to-back press conferences. If you missed out on any of the action and don't have time to dig through ump-teen posts trying to find the best info, here's a quick recap of the hottest things to hit the scene.
Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE
Verizon added yet another tablet to its ever-increasing lineup: the Galaxy Tab 7.7.