If you believe in comparison shopping, do yourself a favor and download ShopSavvy. The free, ad-supported app seeks out prices for goods when you either scan the barcode with your Android camera or type in the product name. ShopSavvy then spools out online prices and local offerings at major brick and mortar stores. You can read other peoples' product reviews, and can save what you like to a wish list. When you select a Web entry, you can view it in the browser, e-mail the link to a friend, or broadcast your find on Facebook or Twitter. ShopSavvy's price … Read more
At CES 2010, AT&T said it would introduce an Android phone from HTC this year, and over the past couple of months, we've seen signs of an imminent release. On Monday, however, AT&T officially introduced the HTC Aria as its next Android device.
Available starting June 20 for $129.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate, the Aria is an Android 2.1-based smartphone running HTC Sense. It has a design similar to the HTC HD Mini, which we saw back at Mobile World Congress. It features a 3.2-inch HVGA … Read more
Verizon Wireless and Motorola are in what appear to be the final stages of preparation for their next handset releases. According to Boy Genius Report, the Droid X will surface sometime in July, with the Droid 2 bowing a month later. Both phones could steal the spotlight back from HTC's Evo.
Formerly rumored as the Droid Shadow and Droid Xtreme, the touch-only Droid X features a massive 4.3-inch display. Although that's equal to the screen on the EVO 4G, the Droid X's body is a touch thinner and taller. And with the four buttons across the … Read more
In Slacker Radio, curated stations that are organized by musical genre meet algorithmically-generated playlists based on artists you pick. As with Slacker Radio on other mobile platforms, the Android app lets you stream music from preprogrammed genres and stations, or from stations you set up yourself online. You'll be able to view album art and bios, block a song or vote it a favorite, and skip ahead--this is limited in the free version and limitless in the premium upgrade. If you like what you hear, you can share a link to that station on SlackerRadio.com via e-mail, SMS, … Read more
Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha set big expectations this week when he promised that his company would have an Android phone with a 2Ghz processor by the end of the year. But is such a goal really possible? We're not so sure.
Conceivably Tech first reported that Jha made the pledge while speaking Thursday at the Executives Club of Chicago. As the publication didn't quote Jha directly, we wondered if his comments were open to interpretation.
Today, however, Moto spokeswoman Juli Bruda confirmed with CNET that Jha promised such a device to his Chicago audience. We would have loved … Read more
Danny Pier wants to send a smartphone into space. An Android smartphone.
Why? Well, because. Also, he is concerned that U.S. space exploration might not be progressing apace. His parents and grandparents got to witness an astronaut land on the moon, while Pier, 25, worries that he will have to wait until 2035 to see a man step on an extraterrestrial surface (Mars, according to plans laid out by President Obama).
So while Piers waits for middle age, he wants to try shipping the first smartphone into the stratosphere as a symbol of his belief in the importance of … Read more
A handful of images showing a Motorola Droid 2 ready for production appeared online Thursday. The handset appears to retain much of the look and feel of the original Droid, but it shows new and different elements.
From what we can tell, Moto has changed the four buttons across the bottom of the display to be more in line with what the company has been putting on its recent device. The most notable difference comes when you slide the handset open: gone is the directional pad on the right side in favor of a more spacious keyboard with slightly raised … Read more
iPhone, shmiphone. If you're not interested in hitching your wagon to Apple and/or AT&T, your best alternative (by most accounts) is an Android-powered smartphone.
From now until midnight on Sunday, you can get one absolutely free.
Wirefly is offering your choice of three Verizon Android phones for $0. You don't have to mess with any rebates, and even shipping is free.
You will, however, have to pony up $35 for activation--and, of course, sign up for a two-year Verizon contract. (Hey, I never said service was free.)
The only real dilemma? Which model to choose. … Read more
When is Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday? What is the currency used in Kiribati? If you've got a short question burning a hole in your brain--and an Android, WebOS, or Android phone in your hand--Google may be able to help.
On Thursday, the search giant opened its ability to surface short answers to definitive search queries to select mobile platforms. Search in English for a well-documented query, like a country capital or president, famous composer, or movie release date, and you should see an answer--and its Web sources--surface near the top of the search results page.
Not every … Read more
Though LG is a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance, the manufacturer has introduced just a handful of Android phones so far. Only one model, the Ally for Verizon Wireless, has landed in the United States and even that was just a few weeks ago.
That will soon change, however, as LG CEO Nam Yong recently announced that his company would introduce 20 Android-powered devices by the end of this year. Though the new models will be on a global scale, and the number doesn't take into account the same phone being rebranded for other carriers, it's … Read more