The latest news and developments around Android, Google's embedded mobile platform featuring in smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, cameras, watches and some other unexpected places...


Sony scoops Red Dot product design awards

Sony is highlighting its receipt of Red Dot Design Awards.

It had two winners receiving “Red Dot: Best of the Best” awards:

Xperia Z Ultra (Android smartphone )
DSC-QX10 / QX100 (lens-style camera series for smartphones)

The Z Ultra, with its TFT TRILUMINOS 6.44-inch touchscreen, is a waterproof…

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MWC 2014: Global Mobile Awards 2014 awarded

The GSMA, organisers of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, have announced the winners of the 19th Annual Global Mobile awards.

Headline grabbing awards include the Samsung Gear Fit being awarded “The Best Mobile Device”, the Apple iPad Air scooping “Best Mobile Tablet”, LG picking up “Most Innovative Device Manufacturer…

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MWC 2014: Samsung puts its fingerprints on Galaxy S5

Along side Mobile World Congress 2014, Samsung has updated its flagship smartphone with the Galaxy S5.

Headline features of the phone include an improved camera (see the spec below), fitness tools and improved device protection, “as consumers stay fit and connected in style”.

In terms of comms, it supports the…

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MWC 2014: Nokia embraces Android with its X, X+ and XL phones

It was widely anticipated but has now officially happened. A few days before it completes its move to Microsoft, Nokia has embraced Android with its new X, X+ and XL phones, ranging in price from £74.

The entry-level X model will feature a 4in (10.2cm) screen with 512MB…

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Spectralink embraces Android for Pivot wireless mobile handset

Spectralink, a workplace wireless systems specialist, has launched a mobile handset built on Android – the Pivot.

It’s designed for “in-building mobile employees” – in hospitals, large warehouses, or building developments, perhaps – and supports Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) along with “smartphone-like usability”. It runs Android “Jelly Bean…

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Samsung extends Galaxy Gear compatibility

Samsung is extending the number of devices compatible with its Galaxy Gear smart watch.

As part of the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update, the watch will work with the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy Note II.

Samsung says it will also extend Galaxy Gear compatibility to other…

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Samsung Galaxy Gear watch tells time for Android

Just a quick post to flag the release of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch, released at the IFA show. I’ve covered it in more depth on the sister blog Gadget Master, but of course it has specific Android provenance, too.

It works with Android devices (some Samsung Galaxy…

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 clicks its stylus in Berlin

As well as the Samsung watch, the IFA show in Berlin has seen the unveiling of the (also) long-awaited new Galaxy Note – Samsung’s phablet flagship (phablets are Android territory because Apple has avowedly chosen not to occupy the ground, “tweeners” as Steve Jobs called them).

The Samsung Galaxy…

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