HTC's answer to the Galaxy Note, i.e. the latest entry in the "phablet" for factor, for a while. And while the One X is a beast of a phone, we couldn't help but wonder how it might change if it were made to be more like the pachyderm's proffered smartphone. Thankfully someone with a lot more talent than any of us actually put his dreaming aside to create the HTC One XXL, a concept device that uses HTC's One family principles for a Galaxy Note killer.
Author: Michael Crider
Oracle vs Google appears to be over. The judge in the long-running trial to determine the validity of Oracle's copyright and patent claims on the Android platform has declared that APIs cannot be copyrighted, effectively clearing Google of all wrongdoing. The honorable Judge William Alsup declared that anyone can write code to carry out functions identical to APIs. The story isn't quite over (Oracle could appeal the decision), but it might as well be.
Baidu is sometimes considered the "Chinese Google", starting with a powerful (and relentlessly censored) search engine and expanding into things like email, maps and even mobile services. Now the company has taken it one step further, releasing a complete ROM for the Nexus S, replacing all of Google's services with their own. It's kind of like some of the Bing-branded Android phones Verizon has released, only creepier.
10 million pre-orders for the brand new Galaxy S III, and you've got what is easily the best-selling line of Android phones ever.
Xperia go and Xperia acro S in new videos. For those of you who live and breathe specs, they've embedded all the relevant details for each phone in the separate videos - you don't even need any of this here boring text, just scroll down a little.
Android Open Kang Project: when it comes to taking advantage of the Galaxy Nexus, no one's going faster or harder. The custom ROM team has one of the most comprehensive modifications to the Galaxy Nexus' nearly unique soft navigation buttons out there already, with custom shortcuts, icons, colors and widgets. Their next trick is to add multiple widgets to a single icon, allowing users to quickly and easily adjust settings and playback from just about any app.
Pebble Smart Watch for an exception. But finally there's a worthy case we can get behind, because the creators have wisely decided to include both the Galaxy Necus and the Galaxy S II in their support. If you're looking for a unique and certifiably awesome dock for your desk or car, check out Wallee.
HTC One X. We don't really care, either. We just like to see good old-fashioned engineering start to make phones than can double as small home repair tools.
Xperia Neo L turned heads when it was announced out of sheer novelty: at the time, it was Sony's one and only Ice Cream Sandwich handset. Then we all faced the disappointment that it was only confirmed for a release in China, and got on with our day. Now the device has popped up on Sony's international website, strutting its stuff in both black and white. That's a definite indication that a wider rollout is on the horizon.