ZTE Director arrives at US Cellular, takes charge of entry-level Android

US Cellular has had precious few truly low-cost smartphones running an Android build that wasn’t baked in 2010. For those who’d like something a little fresher, the ZTE Director is here. While it’s only slightly ahead of the trailing edge with stock …


Insert Coin: MiiPC promises a kid-safe Android PC that allows surfing, gaming for $99 (video)

In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you’d like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with “Insert Coin” as the subject line. If there’s one thing that smartphones have taug…


Refresh Roundup: week of October 8th, 2012

Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging for an update. From time to time, these mobile devices are blessed with maintenance refreshes, bug fixes, custom ROMs and anything in between, and so many of them are floating around that it’s easy for …


Ematic outs 7-inch FunTab Pro with ICS and a Zoodles mode for kids, available for $150

Even though the market’s currently populated with slabs such as Archos’ ChildPad or LeapFrog’s LeaPad 2, the race to become the go-to child-friendly tablet could still be considered as wide open. Having previously introduced its FunTab for kids, Emat…


Intuition by LG hands-on: a pen-enabled competitor to the Galaxy Note for Verizon

It’s a silly name as smartphones go (and one that conjures images of lady-focused razors), but regardless, LG’s Intuition is now officially a member of Verizon’s lineup. The 4G LTE device, shown off today at the manufacturer’s launch event, is nigh u…


AT&T upgrades Samsung Captivate Glide to Android 4.0, keeps the QWERTY habit going

Hardware keyboard fans must feel like they’re part of an endangered species — there’s greater uncertainty these days about software updates, let alone new smartphones. If you’re part of that persecuted group, AT&T and Samsung have your back: the…


T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 lands Ice Cream Sandwich update

After more than a month of waiting, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 for T-Mobile has finally joined some of its brethren with an Ice Cream Sandwich update. Big Magenta has posted the Android 4.0.4 download for those who’d like to install the OS manually vi…


O2 UK denies Xperia Ray, Arc and Neo owners Ice Cream Sandwich

It’s bad news for Xperia Ray, Arc and Neo owners on O2’s UK network, as the carrier’s reported it won’t be updating these Sony handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich. O2 claims it has tested three versions of the OS update and decided not to approve it, due …