Anyone who wants to know how to find a lost or stolen Samsung Galaxy, LG G2, or HTC One, no have to rely on third-party options. Google today released Android Device Manager, an app capable of locating a lost phone or tablet and wiping it if the device is stolen.
ASUS has ignored the US market with each smartphone release, but the Taiwanese manufacturer will finally begin selling in the U.S. next year when it delivers the Padfone phone that can transform into a tablet.
Nokia planned to release an Android smartphone prior to news that Microsoft would purchase its handset division for $7.2 billion. Despite expectations that the project was likely to be killed, Nokia is continuing work on its "Normandy" Android phone and may release it before the Microsoft deal is finalized.
Samsung and HTC were the first companies to release versions of their popular smartphones running plain versions of Android through the Google Play Edition program. That has extended today with the announcement of the first GPE tablet, the LG G Pad 8.3.
The LG G2 has a large 5.2-inch display thanks to designers keeping the margins on the phone very thin. The G2 is still a fairly large device, so LG is reportedly working on a smaller version to attract more potential buyers.
Google Hangouts took over the messaging duties on some Android devices in recent months, and that led to some headaches that were not fixed until a new version of Hangouts was released today.
Smartphone vendor Xiaomi, the fast-moving Chinese upstart that hired Hugo Barra to gain more popularity outside of Asia, may soon be in the business of releasing a smartphone capable of customizing specific parts of a phone to build the perfect device.
Motorola will give one final push to its Cyber Monday sale that drops the price on the Moto X to $349 without contract. Motorola had originally intended to make the sale a one-day promotion last week but its website failed to handle user demand. The solution was to have customers register for codes at motorola.com/holiday2daysale in order to get a voucher that lowers the price. Motorola will resume delivering those codes today at 12 noon ET / 9 AM PST, and supplies are limited,. Once a code is obtained, users have 7 days to create phone on Motomaker.com to complete their orders.
The HTC DROID DNA is getting an update to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean that will include several new features from Sense 5, including a long list of user interface improvements and new features like Blinkfeed.
The modern smartphone era is a tough one for fans of phones with a keyboard, but it's not completely hopeless. QWERTY aficionados will soon have a new option in the LG Optimus F3Q, heading to T-Mobile.