HTC appears to be gearing up to add a new entry-level handset to its 2013 smartphone lineup. Although it hasn’t officially been announced yet, the Desire 200 has today popped up on the company’s website, confirming a number of recent leaks.
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T-Mobile U.K. has confirmed that BlackBerry Messenger for Android and iOS will arrive on June 27. That means we have exactly three weeks to wait until BlackBerry’s hugely popular chat service goes cross-platform, and you can see exactly what it will look like on Android in the photo above.
Google has announced the latest distribution numbers of the Android operating system over a 14-day period ending on June 3. The figures show a consistent growth in the number of Android users running Jelly Bean, while older versions of the operating system, including Ice Cream Sandwich, continue to die out.
Well, we can’t say we’re too surprised with this one following this week’s leak, but it’s great to see Google Play game services has been officially confirmed at Google I/O this morning. The service will rival services like Game Center on iOS, and features will include cloud-based game syncing, online multiplayer, and more.
The BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry’s first smartphone to combine a physical keyboard with its new operating system, has gone on sale in the U.K. this week, and according to the early reviews, it’s going to be a winner — for those who like phones with physical keyboards, at least.
But it appears the NEC Terrain for AT&T wants to spoil its party by giving keyboard users an Android-powered option.
Archos has today unveiled a new family of affordable Android smartphones aimed at budget-conscious consumers and emerging markets who wish to get their hands on a capable device that doesn’t cost too much. There are three devices in the lineup, ranging in price from $99 to $250.
AT&T has begun rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to select users with the LG Optimus G, almost three months after it was released by LG. The 345MB update, which comes with the JZO54K build number, will be available to download over-the-air.
Google’s latest Jelly Bean platform has been available for just under eight months now, but like its predecessors, it’s been slow to make its way to Android smartphones and tablets. That’s not Google’s fault — it’s own Nexus devices get the latest releases almost as soon as they’re available — but Android hardware manufacturers are, unfortunately, notoriously slow at updated their devices.
Nevertheless, Jelly Bean’s market share is growing. According to Google’s latest data, it’s now installed on 16.5% of devices.
It’s taken a heck of a long time, but Samsung’s original Galaxy Note — the “phablet” that inspired a whole host of super-sized smartphones — is finally getting its much-anticipated Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean upgrade. The software is arriving over-the-air and via Samsung Kies to devices with the GT-N7000 model number, and it’s said to be hitting users in Asia first.
That slightly odd looking device above is called the Constellation Ti, and it’s the first Android handset from luxury smartphone brand Vertu. It hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s already been appearing in benchmark tests and regulator databases in Singapore and Macau. Several pictures of the device — showing off all four variants — have also been published online by one Russian retailer.
The Constellation Ti is expected to get its unveiled at Mobile World Congress next month, and like all other Vertu handsets, it’s likely to cost tens of thousands of dollars.