Samsung Stratosphere Review

To date there are only eight 4G smartphones available from Verizon, and with the notable exception of the Samsung Stratosphere, all of them are slate-style phones. If you want a keyboard with your LTE, then this is it. The QWERTY slider is very, very similar to the Samsung Epic 4G, with the distinction that it comes on Verizon and features Gingerbread. So, how does it stack up against other 4G phones and QWERTY slider from Verizon? Let's find out.

Galaxy Nexus ICS boot animation live wallpaper, get it here [Download]

Who is ready for another awesome live wallpaper? Yes, you read the title right and that sweet boot animation from the Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich can now be used as a live wallpaper. This is one of the many awesome reasons why I love Android. Thanks to the quick developer mazook98 from XDA Developers, we now have a fully working and beautiful looking LWP built from the 4.0 boot animation, check out my hands-on video and then grab the download below.

Motorola DROID 2 Global new 2.3 Gingerbread update rolling out now

It's that time again and those of you rocking the Motorola DROID 2 should have an update hitting your device sometime over the next few days. To start, we've heard and seen plenty about the 2.3 Gingerbread update for the DROID 2 Global and after more than a few soak tests and trial updates from as far back as June, today it's officially rolling out again and should be smooth and ready to rock.

HTC EVO Design 4G hands-on [Video]

If you've been waiting for another awesome HTC smartphone rocking 4G WiMAX and didn't fancy the EVO 3D or its dual cameras then we may have the perfect phone for you -- the HTC EVO Design 4G. Leaked more than a few times, including press images, HTC officially announced the new EVO Design 4G just last week. Today we have the phone in all its glory to show our readers and let you decide if its worthy of the EVO title, so check out our pictures and hands-on video after the break.

ViewSonic Viewpad 7e tab officially announced, coming this month

The low priced Viewpad 7e Android 2.3 Gingerbread tablet was just made official today by Viewsonic. We've seen this tablet plenty over the past few weeks as well as enjoyed some hands-on time with it back at IFA this year. Today Viewsonic has announced that it will officially hit the shelves this month so you should be able to snag one up any day now for just $199, more details below.

Verizon’s Samsung Stratosphere rooted already

If you want to make your Android phone work harder, there's only one way to go: root. Verizon's latest phone, the Samsung Stratosphere, has been rooted by some industrious modders. While the root method isn't the easiest in the world, but it should be easy enough for most advanced Android users. For the record, the Stratosphere was only on the market for a little under two weeks before a root method was discovered. The Stratosphere is essentially the same hardware as the Samsung Epic 4G, with a little elbow grease to move it over to Verizon's LTE network and update the software to sweet, sweet Gingerbread. As far as hardware goes it's strictly middle of the road, but for the moment it's the first and only QWERTY slider phone to take advantage of Verizon's LTE network. Interestingly, it seems to be the first Verizon LTE phone to use a Mini-SIM card, saving some small but valuable space in the phone's interior. The phone is basically on-par with the original Galaxy S, plus some extra bulk to accommodate a full keyboard. Android Community got some hands-on time with the phone last week, and a review is coming shortly. Would-be modders should know that Samsung releases the source code for its kernels on a regular basis, so now that root has been achieved, full-fledged custom ROMs won't be far behind. [device id=1936]

VMware giving Verizon phones dual numbers and identites

If you've ever been issued a company cell phone in addition to your own phone, you know what a hassle it is lugging two devices, contact lists, et cetera around with you. VMware, one of the most prominent players in the desktop virtualization market, is aiming to change that. They're partnering with Verizon in the United States and Telefonica in Europe to give employer-issued Android phones a double identity.