Sprint and AT&T aren't the only ones with big LTE plans. U.S. Cellular is taking bold steps to build out 4G LTE wireless data access, too. In February, the carrier announced the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator, its first smartphone to link to the provider's swift new infrastructure, and just last week it revealed its first 4G tablet. Today U.S. Cellular has officially launched the $199 handset. … Read more
When it comes to downloading apps, most smartphone users think there are exactly two places to go: the iTunes App Store for iOS and Google Play for Android. But what many of these users might not know (or what they may be choosing to ignore) is that there's actually another shop on the block that is slowly growing its catalog (and I'm not talking about BlackBerry App World).
With over 70,000 apps and games available, and roughly 300 new titles added every day, the Windows Phone Marketplace certainly looks like it's on an upswing, which is … Read more
I had the chance to briefly play around with the latest Transformer Prime update. My impressions are thus:
System bar lock By enabling the system bar lock, the system bar (which lies across the bottom of the screen) will be unavailable until unlocked by the user.
This could prove especially useful if playing a game like Riptide GP where your fingers are usually locked into position at the bottom corners of the screen. With the lock on you'll no longer waste precious nanoseconds instantly popping back into the game after you accidentally tap the Settings icon. Say "thank you" gamers.
Not to say it works perfectly, though. Periodically, after locking the screen, it would revert back to an unlocked state after a couple seconds. … Read more
Samsung's Galaxy Nexus for Sprint just can't be kept under the lid.
In January, there was the ad that appeared on our own site, which basically let everyone know that Sprint was going to carry the Galaxy Nexus. Whoops.
Now Engadget got its hands on a leaked training manual distributed to Sprint employees about the device. With a rumored April 22 release, this means that these poor guys will have to cram all that Nexus knowledge within two weeks.
(Then again, I managed to memorize a dozen or so monumental Supreme Court cases in one night for college, … Read more
Sprint is the latest U.S. carrier to jump on the HTC One X bandwagon. The cellular provider will offer its own version of HTC's flagship device rebranded as the HTC Evo 4G LTE. I managed to spend some time with the phone and can say it's simply gorgeous and a worthy successor to the Evo 4G legacy. … Read more
commentary Since Instagram became available for Android users yesterday, a lobby of "but that was OUR app!" tweets are starkly highlighting the rift between iPhoners and Androiders.
The allure of exclusivity is understandable. As a Droid Incredible owner who sat on the sidelines as the Instagram app became increasingly popular, I felt a pang of jealousy and longing whenever I looked at my iPhone-owning friends' beautifully saturated pictures. I can only imagine that they felt a similar little pang of satisfaction knowing their pictures were "special" in that they weren't replicable by everyone. … Read more
Consumers awaiting the next Galaxy S smartphone could be treated to an eye-catching resolution.
If true, this would represent a healthy bump up from the Galaxy S II, which offers a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 800x480 pixels.
Samsung has already indicated that … Read more
Samsung has been a bit of a tease when it comes to exactly when we might see Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Galaxy Note -- and nobody likes a tease, especially in the rooting and modding community.
At first, Samsung told us to expect the upgrade sometime in the first quarter of 2012, and then as March was winding down, the update was pushed back. Now, a leaked version of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Galaxy Note has been posted at RootzWiki and the reaction in the community so far seems to be quite positive. … Read more
Well, it's been fun, but along with the rest of the weekly CNET Live lineup, the CNET Labscast (formerly known as Digital City) is being sent to the great podcast studio in the sky. For this final episode, the whole gang shows up, as we debate the right time to buy a laptop, and list our picks for the most influential gadgets of the modern era. … Read more