Kyocera proved today that you don't need a somewhat powerful phone to enjoy Android's latest OS. The company announced two lower-end Android 4.0 smartphones at CTIA called the Hydro and the Rise. Although pricing is not yet known, chances are these phones aren't going to cost much after being subsidized by a carrier. The off-contract prices shouldn't be too bad either.
While the rest of us here in the U.S. have to wait to get our hands on Samsung's latest addition to the Galaxy line of Android phones, the Samsung Galaxy S III, UK residents can now begin pre-ordering it off of Amazon UK. The only difficult question you will be facing is what color you want.
Verizon unsurprisingly revealed the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE today. This phone is one of the newest devices to take advantage of Verizon's LTE network, and will be available in a few weeks time. Verizon didn't give a specific release date or a price for the Incredible 4G LTE. We'd imagine this phone won't be sold for under $199 on a two-year contract.
So far it seems like the Galaxy Nexus has seen its fair share of sales already on various carriers such as Verizon which was offering it up for $50 recently on Amazon and Wirefly. Now Sprint's Galaxy Nexus is on sale for new customers or any customers upgrading.
AT&T has changed up their pricing for their Xperia Play 4G package deal. If you happen to be in the market for an Xperia Play, this new deal which is with a new 2-year contract will net you an Xperia Play 4G device along with your choice of plan and smartphone service.
The T-Mobile crowd were understandably disappointed when they learned the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Sensation 4G wouldn't happen in April. Considering the fact that Sensation models were the first HTC devices to receive the upgrade, it's a real punch to the gut knowing several other devices are passing it by. T-Mobile isn't giving us any potential release windows, but an internal document obtained by Tmo News gives specific launch dates for ICS on three smartphones.
A couple years ago, those of us in the United States didn't know much about Huawei. As 2012 moves on, we're starting to see this company in the news a lot more. Huawei is creating the next line of myTouch phones on T-Mobile, and also claims to have one of the world's thinnest smartphones in the Huawei Ascend P1. Huawei is looking to spread its influence even further by investing around $4.5 billion to research and develop tablets and smartphones that don't necessarily need to be touched.
An interesting report has come out over at The Verge regarding the Xperia Play phone and the direction Sony Ericsson almost took with the device. In a patent that had been filed back when the device was being developed, the Xperia Play almost came with two sliders: one being the gamepad and the other being a keyboard.
Here comes a crazy rumor that is starting to circulate the internet today. Apparently Nintendo's upcoming Wii U will have the Android OS integrated into it. While this seems rather far-fetched, anything is possible in the gaming industry and crazier things have happened although this is up there in the Top 5 even as a rumor.
Valve has confirmed that not only are they looking into the possibility of building gaming hardware for the living room (a.k.a a console), they are apparently interested in the idea of building a mobile gaming device using an open hardware solution.
It seems as though more news regarding the Nexus brand is starting to come out today. Yesterday we saw the Galaxy Nexus arrive on the Google Play store in an unlocked HSPA+ version for $399. While we wait for the inevitable release of Google's tablet, news about the next Nexus phone is starting to come out.