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Tablets: an Android 2011 Retrospective

Tablets: an Android 2011 Retrospective

When the year 2011 is looked back upon by the Google historians, they'll mark it as the first time they officially made an effort to bring the Android platform to devices with displays larger than handheld smartphones - what we saw, as a result, was everything from the XOOM to the ASUS Transformer Prime. The folks at Google created a version of their mobile operating system Android titled Honeycomb and numbered version 3.0. This operating system began its life in the wild on the Motorola XOOM, a 10.1-inch tablet that by the end of the year would be replaced by the XYBOARD, a tablet which physically in weight and thickness to the iPad 2 - the dominant force in the tablet space throughout the vast majority of this past year.

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Developers: an Android 2011 Retrospective

Developers: an Android 2011 Retrospective

When we look back at this year, we'll think of it as the year of the birth of the dual-core mobile super chip, the double CPU processor becoming the status quo for a smartphone or tablet running Android, this the single most important thing to those who use the devices as tiny computers while the term "4G" dominates the memories of the masses, but it's developers that mattered most. There's no thinking about Android this year without recognizing that it's still running alongside Apple's iOS, the iPhone, and the iPad 2 as its primary competitors, and as its own user interface changes drastically, its competitors instead tweak functionality inside their already set-in-stone aesthetic. Then there's the battles between manufacturers, carriers, and Android versions too, but none of this existed outside the underground of hackers, developers, and tweakers galore!

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Huawei Honor (U8860) Review

Huawei Honor (U8860) Review

When Huawei sent over their new and soon to be released smartphone set to debut in Asia in Q4 called the Huawei Honor (U8860) also known as the Glory, I was expecting another run of the mill Android smartphone for the budget crowd like their previous devices. I couldn't have been more wrong. The Honor offers a 1.4 GHz processor, Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread, an HDR capable 8 megapixel camera and a huge battery. I quickly realized this was a much better phone than I'd thought. Now that I've had some time with it here's my thoughts.

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Motorola DROID 4 dual-core LTE QWERTY slider revealed semi-officially

Motorola DROID 4 dual-core LTE QWERTY slider revealed semi-officially

When it comes to the DROID line as carried by Verizon, there's no knowing which manufacturer is going to get to have their hardware graced with the name, but usually it's Motorola - and here in the DROID 4, the trend continues. What you're going to get in this several-times half-leaked device is a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the newest version of Motorola's custom user interface over Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. This device is of course also running on Verizon's 4G LTE network.

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HTC EVO Design 4G Review [Video]

HTC EVO Design 4G Review [Video]

Here we have the *near* smallest smartphone to carry the legendary EVO namesake, and with a 4-inch S-LCD display with qHD resolution and price tag of under $100 right out of the gate, we've got to wonder if this is the perfect package for petite palms. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is powered by a 1.2Ghz single-core processor from Qualcomm, all inside a smartphone that's a scant 4.80 x 2.40 x 0.50 inches in size. It's tall, it's substantial, and it's made to be your everyday hand-sized EVO at an inexpensive price.

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Samsung Stratosphere Review [Video]

Samsung Stratosphere Review [Video]

The next step forward in having the mobile world adopt a connection speed isn't always necessarily straight to the newest high for specs, and the Samsung Stratosphere is here to prove it. Fitted with a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard complete with Android menu shortcuts and coming in as the second Samsung handset to work on Verizon's 4G LTE network, the Samsung Stratosphere isn't here to win any benchmark wars with its single-core 1GHz processor and relatively thick chassis, but it IS the only 4G LTE device on the market with a full QWERTY keyboard, and the 4-inch 800 × 480 Super AMOLED display doesn't hurt none either. Will the Stratosphere access a market just waiting to be tapped? We shall see!

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich / Galaxy Nexus Launch Wrap-up [Videos]

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich / Galaxy Nexus Launch Wrap-up [Videos]

We're now a few days out from the first big impact of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as it's launched formally with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in Hong Kong, China, and here we've got a complete wrap-up of the events and the waves that've come after. First we'll get down to brass tacks on what it feels like to handle Ice Cream Sandwich and the phone Google has chosen as it's hero device to run the system without any sort of modification from the manufacturer on top of it. Then there's a few comparisons that need to be made - both to the top device at Apple, the iPhone 4S, and the alternate hero device from Samsung, the Galaxy S II. Devour it all here!

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Here’s why the DROID RAZR is the ideal Android for today’s mobile landscape

Here’s why the DROID RAZR is the ideal Android for today’s mobile landscape

Let me tell you here why Motorola presented the ideal phone for a person like me this week in New York City. And also let me tell you why I'm sad it didn't come out several months ago. First, the positives - they all begin with the heavy metal that makes up the majority of this device. Then let's speak about how thin and lovely this device very much appears to be. Then we'll speak about how even though I will be switching to the Galaxy Nexus sooner than later, you certainly don't have to. This is the DROID RAZR, the greatest Motorola smartphone ever created and soon to be at once the thinnest and the toughest to break smart handset on the market.

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ICS rules phones and slates as Honeycomb and Gingerbread crumble

ICS rules phones and slates as Honeycomb and Gingerbread crumble

As far as versions of mobile operating systems go, Google has been rather up front with the names for Android, each of them sticking to a kind of delicious food - this week in Hong Kong we've confirmed that no longer will the treats Honeycomb and Gingerbread rule the separate worlds of Tablets and Smartphones - there will be one, Ice Cream Sandwich. This version of Android is numbered 4.0 and the name, Ice Cream Sandwich, has two meanings when it comes down to it - As you may recall from all the way back at Mobile World Congress 2011, there was an event we were at where Google's Eric Schmidt first told us of a future with one Android OS.

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Samsung Google Android event set for October 19 in Hong Kong [Official]

Samsung Google Android event set for October 19 in Hong Kong [Official]

Invites have been sent out to those considered worthy of attending what may well be the biggest event in the shared history of Samsung and Google, one taking place LIVE from Hong Kong, China. This event will almost certainly be showing off the newest Android operating system Ice Cream Sandwich working on a Samsung device either called the Nexus Prime or the Galaxy Nexus. One way or another, the 19th of October, Hong Kong (and the 18th of October, USA, for those that understand time zones,) will be the date of the big Samsung Unpacked event that was cancelled last week. Can you even contain your excitement at a time like this?!

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