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  • Optimus One proves success is about the average user

    Posted November 16, 2010 - 12:57 pm

    LG announced that it sold a million Optimus One phones in 40 days. The success story should be a lesson for all smartphone and mobile device makers - focus on the core needs of the average user and deliver quality at the lowest possible cost.
  • Android fragmentation a problem? Depends on who you ask

    Posted November 15, 2010 - 6:53 pm

    Netflix blames platform fragmentation for streaming client delay, TweetDeck says it isn't a problem. Steve Jobs claims it's a huge problem, Google says there is no problem. Users generally don't complain about it while IT departments do. Is anyone really right or wrong?
  • Samsung shares Galaxy Tab's open source code

    Posted November 15, 2010 - 3:03 pm

    Samsung's Galaxy Tab has only been out a few days in the United States, but already the benefits of its open source roots are becoming evident. Specifically, Samsung has released the open source portions of the software code used to run the device, opening up the doors to a potentially exciting array of third-party modifications and enhancements.
  • Froyo coming soon to Dell Streak

    Posted November 15, 2010 - 3:01 pm

    Dell's Streak will soon be powered by Froyo! Dell announced that Froyo will begin rolling out Froyo to its half-tablet-half-smartphone Streak by the end of the month. The 5-inch smartphone-tablet crossover launched this summer, and originally shipped with Android 1.6. In September Dell offered a limited update to version 2.1, but it was not without its troubles.
  • Review

    Apps for Printing Photos From Android Phones

    Posted November 15, 2010 - 11:49 am

    With mobile phone cameras getting better and better, more people are using their smartphones as their primary cameras. Eventually, you'll want to print the cherished family photos that you've saved on your phone. Rather than dealing with MicroSD cards and USB cables to transfer your photos to a computer, wouldn't it be nice if you could print them directly from the phone?
  • 12 Android Apps to Replace Your Other Gadgets

    Posted November 15, 2010 - 11:39 am

    Android phones can do more than just answer calls and take pictures. Like digital Swiss army knives, they concentrate a lot of utilities into a compact, pocket-size device. Straight out of the box, your Android phone is a still and video camera, an address book, a GPS navigator, and even a phone.
  • Netflix explains absence of streaming app for Android

    Posted November 15, 2010 - 8:33 am

    In a blog post Friday, Netflix explained why they still don't have an Android app: lack of consistent DRM tools across Android devices. Truth or PR spin?
  • Samsung Android Phones: More Leaks

    Posted November 12, 2010 - 12:44 pm

    Pictures and specifications of what is claimed to be another upcoming Samsung Android phone with a larger than 4-inch display have been leaked by tech blog Engadget. Only yesterday the site posted pictures of an upcoming Google-branded Nexus S phone from Samsung, and this second device is also said to run on Android 2.3, Google's next major update of its mobile OS.
  • Android No. 2 mobile OS: Apple eats its dust

    Posted November 11, 2010 - 3:33 pm

    Google's Android is now the second most popular mobile operating system in the world - second only to Nokia's Symbian OS, according to Gartner's third quarter report. Apple's iOS comes in third, followed by Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry OS, and Microsoft Windows Mobile.
  • Droid Pro tests Android's enterprise chops

    Posted November 10, 2010 - 3:13 pm

    Although businesses have been spending more money on Android-based phones recently, they'll have their first opportunity on Tuesday to order an Android phone tailored specifically to enterprise users.
  • iPhone edges out Android smartphones in reliability race

    Posted November 10, 2010 - 3:03 pm

    Apple's iPhone remains the most reliable smartphone, edging out hard-charging Android-based handsets made by Motorola and HTC, says a provider of after-sale warranties.
  • RIM continues to lose smartphone market share in Q3

    Posted November 10, 2010 - 2:44 pm

    Google's Android vaulted into second place among mobile operating systems in the third quarter, while Symbian -- though still No. 1 -- and Research in Motion lost ground.
  • Android smartphone sales top 20 million in Q3

    Posted November 10, 2010 - 12:23 pm

    Smartphone sales for the third quarter almost doubled compared to last year, driven by explosive growth in sales of Android phones, although Symbian remained the best-selling operating system. Sales of Apple's iPhone also grew strongly, according to figures from Gartner.
  • Apple's mobile developer momentum could falter

    Posted November 9, 2010 - 3:17 pm

    Business application developers will be quick to embrace other mobile OS options to hedge their bets against Apple's consumer focus, analysts say.
  • Survey: Google Android users admit secret lust for iPhone

    Posted November 9, 2010 - 2:50 pm

    A new survey suggests Google Android smartphone rather envy and admire Apple iconic iPhone.
  • 8 useful Google Android resources

    Posted November 9, 2010 - 10:30 am

    If you've found yourself playing catch-up on Google Android, here's a selection of resources from Network World and our sister publications to get you up to speed quickly.
  • How Android conquered the mobile world in just three years

    Posted November 8, 2010 - 7:21 pm

    It's easy to forget that not so long ago, no one was sure if Android would ever be relevant. What accounts for its meteoric rise?
  • More ominous signs for RIM, BlackBerry

    Posted November 5, 2010 - 2:28 pm

    The infiltration of other smartphones into the workplace spells big trouble for BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd.
  • Big-bank iPhone tests could mark start of Blackberry's role as legacy system

    Posted November 5, 2010 - 12:51 pm

    When status-conscious industries change to a new thing, it may not mark the end of the old thing. When hidebound, conservative banks make such a change, the switch has been thrown.
  • Verizon's Android App Store: Everything There Is To Know

    Posted November 4, 2010 - 9:16 pm

    Android users are about to get a new place to shop.
  • 3D Android smartphones coming soon

    Posted November 4, 2010 - 5:06 pm

    Why does Japan get the cool stuff first? 3D smartphones will soon be a reality there. Two upcoming Sharp smartphones will offer a 3D-capable display. These two new Android powered phones, known as the Galapagos 003SH and 005SH, won't just house any regular 3D screen. Instead, they'll be based around an autostereoscopic 3D display developed by Sharp itself, which means that you'll be able to 3D content without the need for pesky 3D glasses. After all, who would want to wear 3D glasses just to use their smartphone?
  • Smartphones grow by 90% in third quarter, IDC says

    Posted November 4, 2010 - 4:24 pm

    Year-over-year growth for Q3 2010 was enormous. But it may come as surprise to a tech press besotted with Android and iOS that Nokia still clings to the number one spot.
  • How to lock down your Android devices

    Posted November 3, 2010 - 12:36 pm

    Two years ago almost nobody had heard of Android. Now it's nearly ubiquitous among smartphone users, and it's on track to become the most popular mobile operating system in the United States. When it comes to business use, though, Android still has some growing to do. Here's how to keep your Android phones and tablets safe from malware and hackers.
  • Forrester: Focus mobile support on Android, BlackBerry, and iOS

    Posted November 3, 2010 - 12:22 pm

    Businesses should support a range of mobile phone operating systems, but focus their efforts on the Blackberry, Android, and iPhone operating systems, according to analysts at Forrester.
  • Apple dominating tablet market (for now)

    Posted November 2, 2010 - 2:25 pm

    No doubt, Apple owns the tablet space with its iPad. But Android is coming, its small third-quarter decline notwithstanding.
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