Author Archives: Chris Burns


Samsung Galaxy S II global sales at 10 MILLION

It appears that the next generation in the radically popular Galaxy line from Samsung is hitting just as many plateaus as its predecessor, today the Galaxy S II being reported as hitting 10 million in global sales. This is the model GT-I9100, the original version of the device that you'll remember seeing first in Chris Davies original review of this device. It's been one of the most tantalizing devices for the USA for some time now as it's been blocked from release for whatever reason or another, but just a couple weeks ago we've seen the drop begin. What will sales be now that the states have versions of the handset as well?

HTC Bass aka HTC Runnymede leaks on video

It's someone in the UK that gets the credit (or the blame?) here, folks, for a video that shows off the soon to be revealed (or revealed again, if you count the multiple leaks across the internet) HTC Runnymede aka HTC Bass. You should know that this is going to be one of the first HTC devices to work with Dr. Dre's Beats audio integration, one we expect to come packed with branding galore, a gigantic 4.7-inch display, and a lovely white front and back. Have a look at this video and let us know what you think.

Motorola XOOM 2 Revealed in leaked photos [UPDATE: More photos revealed]

It appears that the XOOM will truly have a followup in the future, the very near future it seems if these photos are to be taken as images of a real live test unit of the upcoming tablet from Motorola. This device is said by our source here to be tagged with the product number MZ617 and indeed called XOOM 2 (at least for the time being, that is.) The source of the photo also mentions that there's an HDMI and microUSB port (or two ports, one single port would mean MHL), some "big" physical flush buttons on the back, a SIM card slot, and "no SD slot at first glance." Sound alright so far?

Archos 80 G9 Hands-on and Unboxing [Video]

We've got products coming out of our ears this week here at Android Community, the newest of which is the Archos 80 G9, a lovely new Honeycomb tablet sitting itself up to compete with the now-saturated tablet market here in the USA. This tablet has a unique shape and size, feels just divine to hold with one or two hands, and does indeed have a built-in kickstand to allow you to do your everyday work and play with complete ease. Will this tablet drown in the sea, or will it have a fighting chance at taking a sizable bite out of the fledgeling Android tablet market?

RadioShack soon selling Barnes and Noble Nook and Nook Color

Just when you thought you couldn't get a Nook at RadioShack, they come up and surprise you by carrying the Nook. They've also got the Nook Color, both of these device available very soon in most if not all of their thousands of locations across the USA and Mexico. What you need to know is that while Barnes & Noble continues to grow their eReader business, their competitors are either dying (Borders, just this past weekend, rest in peace), or re-ramping up so as to avoid the massive Nook pain. Do you own a Nook yet? Do you plan on picking one up in the near future?

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Unboxing and Hands-on [Video]

In the mail today we've received a lovely surprise, no less than the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S II. What we've got for you below is a full hands-on rundown of the features you'll be working with here on the AT&T iteration of this device specifically along with a brief review of what this device will contain in our full review. Remember that this is not the first time the Galaxy S II has been released here in the states, but it is the closest we've gotten to the original version yet - more on that in the deep! AT&T, are you the best carrier of this device yet?

Motorola ELECTRIFY Review [Video]

Let's go ahead and get hands-on with this above-average super powerful dual-core Android handset that'll make your robots explode with pleasure. This is the Motorola ELECTRIFY and it's being carried here in the USA by none other than U.S. Cellular. This is the first time we've gotten to see such an amazingly powerful device on this carrier, the ELECTRIFY running with the big dogs here with a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor as well as what Motorola calls Webtop functionality for a fully immersive multi-purpose Android experience, complete with Motorola's newest user interface to guide you.

Motorola ELECTRIFY lands tonight at midnight on U.S. Cellular

So you're working with the carrier by the name of U.S. Cellular here in the United States, are you? You've been waiting for what seems like forever for a device that's any better than the HTC Merge? Today (or tonight, rather) is your lucky day (and night) because your smartphone companion for your Motorola XOOM is here, and it comes in a dual-core flavoring! It's time for the Motorola Electrify, a device that's basically the newest version of the Motorola Photon 4G and the Motorola ATRIX 4G, aka the first dual-core smartphone to be released in the USA officially. Now we've got the ELECTRIFY coming to U.S. Cellular and it's coming tonight!

Is your Epic 4G Touch getting hot?

The Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch has just been released to the United States market and everyone and their mother appears to have purchase one. With this comes the possibility for every single tiny flaw in the hardware and/or the software to be uncovered - and of course that's what we want to do, and we want to find flaws as soon as possible so that the manufacturers and/or the carriers can alleviate concerns before they become explosive. Today's report comes from the wild streets of XDA where they say they're getting hot, hot, hot. Temperature-wise on their Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch units, that is, and with both temperatures listed and screenshots shot, we've gotta treat this one as a real concern with need for fix for certain!

Spotify Premium Members reach 2 Million Mark

If there was any doubt that Spotify would continue its crushing blow to the top of the streaming music world, today might well be the last time such a doubt was spoken. What we've learned, straight from the source of course, is that the Premium service that's available with Spotify streaming music service has now reached and broken the 2 million person mark. This means that over 2 million people are now paying to have the full Spotify service on their phones and in their homes - is this fantastic for a group that started out only across the pond back in 2009?