Author Archives: Michael Crider


Sony confirms: no Ice Cream Sandwich for the Xperia PLAY

Android gamers, I've got some bad news for you: that issue earlier this week that saw the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY removed from Sony's Ice Cream Sandwich update list has been confirmed. In a press statement today, Sony said that they were opting not to release a final Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, on the basis that a stable experience for both phone functions and gaming cannot be achieved on the older hardware.

Samsung Galaxy S III unboxed early

Most of the gadget world is waiting in eager anticipation for Samsung's 2012 flagship, but a as usual, some isolated retailers are already selling the phone. Such is the case for one SlashGear reader, who happily shared his good fortune in the form of two Galaxy S III units with the rest of a jealous web. You can see his results below.

Team Carbon themes on sale after a million active downloads

We tend to cover custom ROMs and other mods pretty heavily, but there's an incredibly vibrant theme community around Android. One of its most active participants is Team Carbon, which announced today that its themes for the CyanogenMod (AKA T-Mobile) theme engine have reached a million active users. That's not total downloads, mind you - that's a million people with themes running from three European theme designers. Good on ya, guys!

Jelly Bean and Nexus Tablet rumored for Google I/O

Well, we've been assuming for months that if Google is preparing a big reveal for the much-rumored Nexus Tablet, it would be at the company's yearly developer conference, Google I/O. TechnoBuffalo is claiming information from an anonymous source (the best kind!) that says the tablet will absolutely show up at the conference, and as other rumors have indicated, ASUS will produce the hardware. New software is also rumored, though whether or not it's Android 5.0 is still in question. Note that this comes just hours after DiGiTimes reported the same thing.

IDC: Android surges to 59% world market share

We wondered a few months ago is Android had reached a saturation point when it was running on 50% of the smartphones on the planet. We were... wrong. According to the IDC's latest numbers, Android is now up to 59% of the worldwide smartphone market, with just under 90 million devices shipped in the first quarter of 2012. The nearest competitor is Apple, with 23% and 35.1 million iPhones.

Google acquires G1 designers Mike and Maaike

In an interesting addition to Google's growing stable of purchases, Bloomberg reports that the company has bought the San Francisco design studio that helped to create the original Android device, the Google (HTC) G1. Mike and Maaike is a two-person industrial design team whose projects have included everything from the Microsoft Xbox 360 to wallpaper patterns, including the Blackberry-style developer device that Google created some of the pre-release versions of Android on.

Because We May game sale brings great indie deals

Game developers are an opinionated bunch, they're thrilled that modern distribution platforms like Steam and the Google Play Store allow them to cut out the publisher middleman. To celebrate this, an impressive conglomeration of developers has banded together to create the Because We May promotion, running from today until June 1st. Almost sixty Google Play Store games have been put on sale, all of them at least half off and some of them even more.
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