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Android 2.2

45,000 tests prove Android surfs faster than the iPhone

March 17th, 2011

A recent study performed by Ottowa-based Blaze Software reveals that Android’s mobile Web browser is significantly faster than the mobile Safari browser found on Apple’s iPhone. Blaze performed 45,000 separate tests using 1,000 different websites along with its mobile measurement service, and found that Android was 52% faster on average. The firm utilized the latest …

Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 hands-on

March 16th, 2011

We just returned from Samsung’s 2011 spring lineup press conference. During it, Samsung announced 4-inch and 5-inch models of its Galaxy Player personal media device. It’s not the first time we’ve heard of the Galaxy Player, we had some hands-on time during Mobile World Congress, but we finally have confirmation that the two models will land …

Sprint’s Kyocera Echo goes on sale April 17th for $199.99

March 14th, 2011

In a press release today, Sprint announced the availability of the Kyocera Echo — a dual-screen Android smartphone the company debuted last month. Sprint will offer pre-orders of the innovative device beginning on March 16th, with general availability starting on April 17th. As a quick recap, the device has two 3.5-inch WVGA displays for a full 4.7-inches of screen viewing …

82% of future tablet buyers will buy Apple’s iPad, survey suggests

March 11th, 2011

According to an independent survey conducted by market research firm ChangeWave, Apple’s iPad still has no real competition in the eyes of consumers. ChangeWave released the results of its survey on Thursday, revealing that 82% of respondents planned to purchase the iPad instead of a competitive offering such as the Motorola XOOM, BlackBerry PlayBook or Samsung Galaxy Tab. The firm …

HTC ThunderBolt to launch on March 21st?

March 10th, 2011

We’ve just heard from two independent sources that the HTC ThunderBolt is now scheduled to launch on March 21st, following repeated delays. While our tipsters don’t have proven track records in this case, the date lines up with an earlier report that noted a March 21st release date briefly featured on HTC’s Facebook page. We’ll …

LG Revolution crosses FCC’s desk, release date still unknown

March 10th, 2011

We first heard about the LG Revolution at CES back in January — if you’ll recall it was part of Verizon’s decagon of LTE device announcements. The 4.3-inch handset sports a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, mobile hotspot capabilities for up to eight devices, Android 2.2, and, of course, …

Samsung Galaxy Pro unveiled; low-end Android phone with BlackBerry form factor

March 7th, 2011

British cellular carrier Three on Monday unveiled a new Android device from Samsung that will launch soon in the UK. While pricing and availability have not yet been detailed, the Samsung Galaxy Pro appears to be an entry-level Android smartphone that will target enterprise users. The phone features a 2.8-inch touchscreen display, Android 2.2 (Froyo), …

Motorola ATRIX 4G vs. LG Optimus 2X: Not all dual-cores are created equal

March 4th, 2011

Android enthusiast blog Android and Me oversaw a benchmark battle royale on Friday. While the goal of the exercise was to pit the ATRIX 4G against the LG Optimus 2X to see which phone makes better use of its dual-core Tegra 2 processor, the overall results help emphasize something we constantly stress here on BGR: specs are …

Google video visualizes global Android activations

February 24th, 2011

No platform in recent history has grown as fast as Google’s Android OS, and now Google has created a quick video to help us visualize the Android phenomenon. The sequence was first shown ahead of former CEO Eric Schmidt’s keynote at Mobile World Congress, and this week Google finally posted it to its Android Developers YouTube …

HTC ThunderBolt launch next week further supported by Best Buy store’s claim

February 24th, 2011

Following our report from Thursday morning suggesting Verizon Wireless is preparing to launch the HTC ThunderBolt next week, an earlier tweet from a California Best Buy store may confirm the device’s launch timing. A Roseville California store tweeted on Wednesday that the “HTC Thunderbolt launch has been delayed :( It looks like it may launch on …