Author Archives: Eric Abent


Dell waves goodbye to smartphone business

We don't see too much of Dell in the smartphone space these days, and it looks like that's only going to continue. The company has announced that it will be exiting the smartphone market entirely, as it wants to focus on its Windows PC and laptop business. Little surprise there, considering that Dell is a PC maker first, but it has dabbled in the smartphone space a few times in the past.

Dual-screen YotaPhone shown off in demo video

Yesterday we were introduced to the YotaPhone, a new dual-screen handset that has both an HD LCD display on the front and an e-ink display on the back. It's an intriguing phone that hails from Russia, and today we're getting our first look at the phone's big talking points in a new demo video from Mobile-Review. Anton Tarasenko, who serves as the head of product management and planning at Yota, takes us through the YotaPhone's notable features, including gesture controls.

Verizon Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update confirmed for December 14

Yesterday we told you that Verizon's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III had been approved, and that it would begin rolling out this weekend. When Verizon announced this news, it didn't mention any specific date, but now all of that has changed, with the company dating the initial roll out of the upgrade. Galaxy S III owners get ready, because Android 4.1 is scheduled to start rolling out to your devices on December 14 (which just so happens to be tomorrow).

AT&T brings 4G LTE to six new markets

It would seem that today is 4G LTE expansion day for two of the nation's biggest carriers. Hot on the heels of Verizon's own 4G LTE expansion, AT&T has announced that it's LTE network is now up and running in six new markets. On top of that, it has expanded its network in two existing markets, so a fair number of AT&T customers should be experiencing faster data speeds today.

Sound Search for Google Play widget launched

It happens all the time: you hear a song that you instantly like and you want to find out what it's called and who it's by so you can add it to your music collection. It's frustrating when it happens and you can't figure out the title or artist, but thankfully there are a number of apps that will help you identify songs using your phone's microphone. Today, Google has stepped into that arena, launching its Sound Search for Google Play widget.

Sony XPERIA Tablet S reviewed at SlashGear

There certainly isn't any lack of Android tablets to pick from, and now Sony has thrown another one onto the ever-growing pile. We don't hear as much from Sony as we do from other manufacturers in the Android space, but when we do, there's a pretty good chance that Sony has implemented some strange feature to make its products stand out from the rest. That's no different with Sony's latest tablet, the XPERIA Tablet S, with Chris Burns recently posting his review of the device over at SlashGear. You'll have to head over there to get the full opinion, but we'll tackle some of the big points here.

Google Zeitgeist 2012 looks at the year in search

We're dangerously close to the end of 2012, which means that it's time for another installment of Google Zeitgeist. Google has taken all of the biggest search terms from the year and compiled them into one big showcase, splitting up terms into categories like athletes, feature films, consumer electronics, and Google+ hashtags. There's also a little Android-flavored Easter egg hidden among the lists for those who don't mind doing a little bit of looking.

HTC partners with UEFA until 2015

HTC has been struggling a bit of lately, but the company has just signed a new partnership deal that's bound to bring in at least a few new customers. HTC has signed a three-year partnership deal with the Union of European Football Associations, making HTC "the official phone and tablet" of the UEFA. This partnership is schedule to run until the end of the 2014/2015 season.

GoLive Mobile and Airpush hit with lawsuit, accused of unwanted charges

We're not sure about you, but we've never met anyone who's willing to pay a monthly fee for one of those "premium text messaging" services. Perhaps that's why companies will resort to some shady tactics to get mobile phone users to sign up? That's what app developer GoLive Mobile and ad agency Airpush are accused of doing in a class action lawsuit headed up by Colorado law firm Edelson and McGuire, PCWorld reports.