Sad trombone: The HTC One X will get Android 4.2.2, but then that’s it

Sad trombone: The HTC One X will get Android 4.2.2, but then that’s it

You can tell a lot about an Android handset maker by how well they support their devices. Sony, once the laughing stock of Android-land, now tries incredibly hard to keep their entire portfolio up to date. Samsung, like Sony, used to be horrible, but these days their devices ship with the latest versions of Android and they’re often supported for at least two years.

International HTC One owners should see a software update to address camera issues

International HTC One owners should see a software update to address camera issues

According to SlashGear, who received a statement from HTC, international One owners should check their device for a software update. HTC just issued one that fixes quite a few number of bugs, with the main focus of the update being the camera. The Taiwanese handset company has tweaked color reproduction and dynamic range in an attempt to make the photos the One outputs that much prettier.

It took a little over two years, but Swype is now available from the Google Play Store

It took a little over two years, but Swype is now available from the Google Play Store

The onscreen keyboard in Apple’s iOS operating system is considered to be the best in the mobile industry. When Google started shipping Android, it became painfully obviously that the search giant didn’t care about matching Apple’s input abilities.

Sony is letting hackers put stock Android on the Xperia Z, but there’s a massive price to pay

Sony is letting hackers put stock Android on the Xperia Z, but there’s a massive price to pay

Stock Android is said to be the greatest invention ever conceived by man. As someone who once owned a Nexus One and now owns a Galaxy Note II, I don’t agree with that sentiment, but whatever, mob mentality.

Google just spent $30 million on a small company you’ve never heard of

Google just spent $30 million on a small company you’ve never heard of

According to TechCrunch, Google just bought a company called Wavii for $30 million. The company has just 25 employees, so that gives everyone a nice chunk of pocket change.

ZTE now gives Microsoft money for every Android device they sell

ZTE now gives Microsoft money for every Android device they sell

Andy Rubin, the man who gave birth to the Android operating system, did so at a company he started up called Danger. Now everyone knows Andy works for Google, but not many people remember that Microsoft actually purchased Danger for an estimated $500 million.

DigitalOptics reveals the GS4’s eye tracking features wouldn’t be possible without them

DigitalOptics reveals the GS4’s eye tracking features wouldn’t be possible without them

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 does a whole bunch of things with its front facing camera that are genuinely new, though I’m not so sure if said things are actually useful. But enough about that, according to Engadget, a company out of California called “DigitalOptics” has revealed that they’re the guys behind the GS4’s eye tracking features.

Samsung says a ruggedized version of the GS4 will come out this year

Samsung says a ruggedized version of the GS4 will come out this year

For the next few days and weeks, Samsung is going to hold Galaxy S4 launch parties all over the world. According to T-Break Technology, during the GS4 launch party in Dubai, the Head of Samsung Gulf Electronics, Young Soo Kim, revealed that the South Korea Korean company is going to come out with a version of the GS4 that’s waterproof and dustproof in “the months ahead”.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 reviews are out, so what’s everyone saying?

The Samsung Galaxy S4 reviews are out, so what’s everyone saying?

If you’re a tech journalist, you often get courted by hardware makers to review their latest wares. There’s usually a catch though. You can’t publish your findings until an agreed upon time and date. This is called an embargo. According to my Twitter stream, it looks like the embargo for reviews of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 lifted roughly three hours ago. I’ve spent all morning reading a number of them, and here are some snippets I’d like to share.

LG Q1 2013: 10.3 million smartphones shipped, $119 million in profit

LG Q1 2013: 10.3 million smartphones shipped, $119 million in profit

LG’s Q1 2013 financial results are out, and they’re nothing but good news. Smartphone unit shipments hit 10.3 million, which is nearly double the number of Widows Phones that Nokia shipped. Just goes to show off far the mighty fall. That 10.3 million figure is also, according to LG’s press release, the “highest for LG since it entered the smartphone race.”