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Motorola reveals new budget Android smartphone, the MOTOSMART

Today Motorola has offered up a new budget Android device for the UK in the form of the MOTOSMART. The specs of the device are certainly nothing to get excited about -- this one is all about the cost. Due for release at the end of July, T-Mobile will be selling the MOTOSMART on contract for just £...
Kobo Vox

Kobo Vox mini review

​Kobo's Android powered e-reader has just gained Google certification. Does that now propel it into the realms of a viable, budget tablet? Or, is it a case of "right place, wrong time?"  The Kobo Vox wasn't a new idea when it was first launched. The e-reader-cum-tablet space already had two big...
Orange San Diego

Orange San Diego review

Intel finally arrives on Android, but is it everything we were hoping for? The Android/Intel love affair kicked off officially in January back at CES in Las Vegas. Back then, the computing giant took to the stage to show off their new, prototype hardware running on its Medfield chipset. The...
Huawei Honour

Huawei Honour now available in the UK through independent retailers

Huawei today announced that the Honour, its 4-inch, Gingerbread-powered smartphone, is now available in the UK through independent retailers. Don't let the British spelling fool you-- the Honour is the same device we reviewed back in January, complete with 1.4 Ghz  Snapdragon processor, and 8 MP...
Huawei Activa 4G

MetroPCS introduces the Activa 4G, Huawei's first U.S. LTE smartphone

MetroPCS today introduced its latest Android smartphone, the LTE-capable Huawei Activa 4G. This is Huawei's first LTE device here in the United States, and for $149 without a contract (after a $50 instant rebate and a $50 mail-in), we'll happily welcome it to our shores. The Activa isn't going to...
Platform Versions

Ice Cream Sandwich now on 7.1 percent of all Android smartphones

Over the past little while we've started to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich make its way to quite a few devices and now Google has updated their latest Android platform version statistics to give us all a better look at the rate of adoption across the board. Gingerbread is still the run away leader...
Vodafone Smart II

Vodafone UK introduces the modestly-priced Smart II

Vodafone UK today introduced the Smart II, its budget-friendly Android smartphone priced at a cool £70 on pay-as-you-go plans. Targeted at first-time smartphone buyers, the Smart II is the successor to Vodafone’s original SMART. The Smart II comes spec’d in line with its price tag, and includes a...
Xfinity Player for Android

Comcast releases Xfinity TV Player for Android

We've been waiting on this one for a while now, but thankfully Comcast has finally decided to release an Xfinity streaming app for the most popular mobile OS on the planet. With Xfinity TV Player for Android you can stream thousands of on-demand movies and television shows from Comcast, right to...
Xperia Play

Sony confirms ICS not coming to Xperia Play

Remaining 2011 Xperia ICS updates to start next week Bad news for Xperia Play owners today. Sony Mobile has confirmed that the planned Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the PlayStation-certified smartphone has been canned, and that the device will remain on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sony...
EVO 4G

From the Android Forums: Factory data reset questions

acr456 asks in the Android Central forums,  Hello, I am going to factory reset my phone. However, my question is, since this is a complete reset will it also rollback to the version of Android that the EVO was launched with? For example, I know have version 2.3.5. Will it roll it all the way...
Motorola Motoluxe

Motorola Motoluxe review

There's more to Android than high-end devices, as we take a look at Motorola's entry-level Motoluxe On the European side of the Android world, Motorola hasn't really made the same impact as it has in the US. Moto brings good hardware to the table, yet we live in a Samsung and HTC dominated world...
Android Central

Future of CyanogenMod 7 detailed, new device support on the way

While much of the custom ROM community is focused on getting the latest and greatest Ice Cream Sandwich-based goodies onto their devices, the CyanogenMod team continues work on the Gingerbread-based CM7. The current iteration, CyanogenMod 7.2, is being developed alongside the upcoming CyanogenMod...
Droid 3

Motorola Droid 3 getting a sizable update, but not to ICS

The Motorola Droid 3 has a large system update queued and ready to roll out, but it's just another version of Gingerbread. The 5.7.905.XT862 update checks in about 230 MB, and is chock full of fixes, patches, and enhancements -- all very welcome for most any user. With "only" 512 MB of RAM, we...
Motorola Cliq 2

Motorola Cliq 2 gets updated to Gingerbread

The Motorola Cliq 2 is finally getting it's Gingerbread update. I'll spare you from the witty and/or snide remarks abut Gingerbread being 18 months old. It's not an OTA update, and you'll need a computer running Microsoft Windows to update your Cliq 2. I'll spare you from the witty and/or snide...
Android Central

Latest Android version numbers show gains for ICS and Gingerbread

The latest set of Android version numbers has been released by Google, showing details of the spread between various versions of the OS. As always, the stats were collected from devices accessing the Google Play Store during the last two weeks of the month. Here's a quick breakdown -- Android 4...
SONY

Sony on track with its Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 rollouts for 2011 Xperia smartphones

Back in March, Sony highlighted some details surrounding their rollout of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the 2011 line of Xperia smartphones and at the time, their plans looked a little like something like this: Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray, starting mid-April. Xperia Arc,...
Android Central

Panasonic Eluga on sale in the UK, available for £369.99 SIM free

First seen at Mobile World Congress, the Eluga is Panasonic's first real attempt to break into the international Android market. The 4.3-inch, dust resistant, Gingerbread phone has been available in Japan for a few weeks now, but right on cue the predicted April launch for Europe has arrived with...
LG Spectrum

LG Spectrum software update docs live, look for an OTA 'soon'

Verizon has published the support documents for an upcoming LG Spectrum update, and going on the history of such matters, we expect an over-the-air update rather soon. It's not the Ice Cream Sandwich update many users are wanting, but it does address some issues and bring newer versions of the...
LG Optimus Elite

Hands-on with the LG Optimus Elite

Sprint and LG were at tonight's Pepcom event in New York City, where the theme was eco-friendly technology. On hand was the upcoming Optimus Elite, the entry-level "green" device scheduled for an April 22 release. The Elite will not be the device of your dreams, but for $29.99 on contract, there...
G2X

T-Mobile G2X gets another Gingerbread update

There's an update waiting for you in the LG Mobile Support tool if you have a T-Mobile G2X, but relax -- it's not Ice Cream Sandwich. V21Y brings the G2X to Android version 2.3.4, swaps out the baseband for a newer version, and adds Google+ to the ROM.  Early reports say that battery life has been...

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