Weeks after its official end, it feels like winter is finally relenting, and Google seems to be getting into the vernal spirit: the company shared a number of spring-themed wallpapers on its Instagram Story yesterday, featuring its trademark color scheme in a variety of warm-weather scenes with the message "Happy Spring Screening." One of the screens in particular, featuring Google-colored ice pops, looks like it could be a tease for the full name of the upcoming Android P—but it almost certainly isn't. Read More
Most of you are probably familiar with the Bugdroid: he's the official mascot for Android and a common depiction in Dead Zebra's Android Mini figurines. The company has just pushed its latest special edition set for spring to its site, revealing pre-order availability for tomorrow (March 20th) at 11AM Eastern time and I can't keep up this facade anymore THEY'RE LIKE TINY ANDROID PEEPS IN A BOX, OH MY GOD. Read More
Spring, the fashion shopping application that launched on iOS several months ago, is now available on Android devices as well. The service isn't focused on social sharing, instead billing itself as an e-commerce and aiming first and foremost to make it easier to shop 700+ men's and women's fashion brands. It has exclusives, sales (sometimes), an easy check-out experience, and it handles customer service for orders instead of directing you to the brands. And this isn't your whim-of-the-day start-up. According to Forbes, Spring has kept a 100% retention on all of its launch brands, is adding more every week, and has now secured $25 Million in funding to grow its business and hire more people beyond its current 45 employees. Read More
Update: both HTC and AT&T have posted changelogs for the update, you can see them here (ATT) and here (HTC).
Ahhh. The feeling of spring. The sun is shining, birds are singing, and flowers are blooming. Everything feels fresh and new, and - if you are an AT&T customer who is the proud owner of an HTC M8 - things are about to get even fresher and newer. Mo Versi, Vice President of Product Management at HTC, announced this evening via Twitter that Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming to the AT&T One M8 starting tomorrow April 7. Read More
Sprint is currently in the midst of a buyout with Japanese company SoftBank that would give the foreign telecom control of not only the Now Network, but Clearwire as well, and infuse the company with some much-needed cash. Dish Network, however, hopes to derail these plans with a bid of its own, offering more cash than Softbank has on the table, as well as synergy with its existing television and and broadband packages.
Dish is offering Sprint roughly $25.5 billion for the carrier. This is about $5 billion more than SoftBank is offering, and would keep ownership of the company within the U.S. Read More
If you've still not tried one of the best ambient "chill-out" games out there, Osmos HD, and you don't use the Amazon App Store, now's your chance. The game's developers at Hemisphere Games have put Osmos HD on sale for just $0.99 (that's two dollars less than its normal $2.99 price) in celebration of the vernal equinox today. The sale will last for an un-quantified "few days."
For those who haven't heard of Osmos, it's an ambient game that could almost be considered a classic for the Android platform. The general idea is that you are a small blob, navigating through the "Blobiverse," soaking up smaller motes, while avoiding larger, more dangerous life forms. Read More
HTC has just unveiled its new 2012 One flagship series of phones, at least one of which T-Mobile USA is going to introduce in the United States this spring - the HTC One S. Of the three variants announced today, the One S is the thinnest - it's only 7.95mm thick. In fact, it's so thin that T-Mobile has never carried another phone that could beat it in that department, which it was quite happy to highlight this afternoon.
The HTC One S sports a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, Android 4.0 with the newest Sense 4 and Image Sense, an advanced 8MP camera with an F/2.0 lens and 0.7s shot time as well as HSPA+42 capabilities on the network side. Read More