One of the great things about Android is that you don’t have to spend a small fortune to gain access to its ecosystem.
Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE — and even the likes of Samsung, HTC, and Motorola — all offer super affordable Android-powered smartphones that even budget-conscious consumers and those in the developing world can gain access to. And some of them aren’t bad, either.
Take the new Moto G, for example: It starts at just $179 off contract, and for that you get an HD display, a quad-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and access to Google’s latest Android operating system.
Thanks to devices like this, smartphones are about to go mainstream in the developing world, according to a new piece in the latest edition of Wired from our own editor-in-chief Leander Kahney.
Evernote for Android has today been updated with a number of new PDF annotation features that have been taken from Skitch. The update also makes improvements to the notebook picker, and adds the ability to customize your home screen.
AT&T has broadened its horizons (yet again!) by expanding its LTE connectivity services to 18 additional locations. The announcement was made in a sequential series of press releases on the U.S. carrier’s website.
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.
EE has expanded its rapidly-growing 4G LTE network yet again to cover an additional 12 markets across the United Kingdom. This expansion brings the total number of markets up to 74, and EE claims its 4G services now covers more than 50% of the U.K. population.
Last February, China became the fastest growing market in the world for iOS and Android device activations. By the end of this month, though, Apple will actually surpass America as the world’s largest market for devices running iOS or Android.
New data from Counterpoint Research suggests that strong December sales have helped LG overtake Apple to claim the second-largest stake of the U.S. phone market. As you might expect, Samsung is still way ahead in first.
The iPad may be the king of tablets in some markets, but Apple’s device cannot compete with the Nexus 7 in Japan. Its premium price tag is causing tablet buyers to opt for Google’s 7-inch slate instead, despite its smaller display and lack of a rear-facing camera. One survey of Japanese electronics stores has found that the Nexus 7 has claimed 44.4% of the tablet market.