Fight for the Mic: Google Android event set for Oct. 29, same day as Microsoft Windows Phone 8 launch
Windows Phone 8 will be lauched by Microsoft on Oct 29, and--just hours ago--we learned that Google will use the same date to make an Android-related announcement. Call it the Mobile Reboot (Microsoft) vs. the Mobile Incumbent (Google) vs. the Mobile Darling (Apple).
The 5-inch display on the HTC Google Nexus 5 would put the new flagship Android in the so-called "phablet" category- a device with a screen big enough to slot in between a small tablet (at 7-inches) and a standard smartphone (typically at 4- to 4.65-inches).
Camp Android increasingly looks like a two horse race: Samsung vs. Motorola. I'm guessing that Google's mobility division is reluctantly pleased that team Samsung is venturing daily into those San Jose courtrooms.
7 reasons why the unlocked GSM Nexus is the cat's meow, the darling of darlings. Go Jelly Bean, say I, and don't look back. Are you with me?!
Google's demo of Android 4.1 - Jelly Bean - at I/O 2012 was awesome. Android has turned the corner, and the gap between it and iOS has disappeared.
For now, I'm leaving my S III 32GB pre-order intact; TouchWiz be damned. That could change over the weekend to Nexus. I want Jelly Bean!
So while S III users will have hardware bragging rights, Nexus owners will have software bragging rights. Which matters most to you?
But -- and this is a Big But -- here's the rub: I immediately upgraded to the S III before Verizon decided to pull the plug on grandfathered unlimited data plans.
If you're an existing Verizon Wireless customer I've discovered you needn't worry about losing your unlimited data plan.
The Galaxy S II runs ICS smoothly. In fact, brilliantly well. Actions are fast. In my hands-on testing I experienced no lag, stutter or issues that would want me to return to Gingerbread.