This may not be strictly Android-related news, but it's safe to say that what Google does to search results is relevant to our readers' interests, no? Today, Google announced via its Inside Search blog that the company will start including the volume of valid copyright removal notices as a factor in determining how high or low a site ranks in its search results. Translation: pirate sites won't be removed entirely, but they'll start ranking lower than legitimate sites. Read More
If you happen to be in the market for a new phone on Sprint in the near future, you might want to hold off for a couple days. TechnoBuffalo reports that the Now Network is getting ready to launch a promotion on August 12th—and continuing until September 30th—that will offer customers a free ZTE Optik tablet when they purchase any new smartphone. Yes, any new smartphone. Including the free Galaxy Nexus for new users ($99 for upgrading customers). Read More
We've received some interesting information from an insider at Carphone Warehouse suggesting that a black version of Samsung's Galaxy S III is in the works, and we're inclined to trust it. Here's our evidence, from the company's internal product database:
If you recall, way back when the Galaxy S III was but a rumor-laden twinkle in our collective eyes, GSMArena received a similar leak from inside Carphone Warehouse confirming the white and blue colors the phone was launched in. Read More
In a post to its "Inside Search" blog, Google announced today that several improvements are currently being rolled out to mobile search (for phones and tablets), making some of the engine's quick answers "richer, more beautiful, and more interactive."
In the recent past, users have enjoyed improvements to weather and calculator searches, with handy interactive cards (reminiscent of Google Now's visual style).
Google is now updating a heaping handful of other quick answer features including finance, currency conversion, unit conversion, dictionary definitions, local time lookup, and holiday and sunrise times. Read More
Today on Facebook, HTC took to answering some user comments about ICS timelines for a few of its flagship devices. In particular, the manufacturer confirmed that both the Desire S and the Thunderbolt would be receiving updates to Android 4.0 before the end of this month. The latter in particular is good news, as rumors have been circulating that the Thunderbolt would not receive the upgrade after its similarly-specced sibling, the Desire HD had its frozen dessert plans cancelled. Read More
A leaked image of an upcoming device for T-Mobile, dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q (a name that violates no less than three commandments) just surfaced over at TmoNews. As its [awful] name suggests, this appears to be a QWERTY-fied version of the Galaxy S Blaze, though the rumored specs actually point to a bit of an upgrade in the display department, as well:
- 720p display (size not mentioned)
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB storage
- HSPA+ 42
- Slide-out QWERTY
- Android 4.0
By comparison, the Blaze 4G packs similar specs (sans keyboard), but with a meager 480x800 display and slower Snapdragon S3 (as opposed to the S4 in the Blaze Q). Read More
It seems the announcement of "root for Samsung device x" always manages to occur well before most consumers actually have their hands on it. Today marks yet another such occasion, with the Galaxy Note 10.1 having already been cracked by Zedomax over at the surprisingly aptly-named RootGalaxyNote.com.
It's so easy that I'm just going to give you the gist, head to the source for the full instructions. Basically, you need a Galaxy Note 10.1, Odin, Samsung USB drivers, and a firmware file. Read More
Three new devices joined the T-Mobile guard today: two phones and one phablet.
First, the new Huawei myTouch has hit the stores, with a price of $49.99 on a new 2-year contract accompanied by the following specs:
- 4-inch "high-res" screen
- 1.4GHz CPU
- 1500mAh battery
The device is available in black and dark red varieties; if you're after a bargain, you might want to head over to Wirefly, where you can get both colors (black and red) free. Read More