DigiTimes: ASUS shipped 3 million tablets in Q1, has a goal to ship 12 million in all of 2013

DigiTimes: ASUS shipped 3 million tablets in Q1, has a goal to ship 12 million in all of 2013

ASUS, the company that gamers have known forever, but consumers are finally becoming familiar with thanks to the Nexus 7, has just revealed some shipment figures that are quite interesting. According to DigiTimes, ASUS shipped 3 million tablets during the first three months of 2013. They say the company has a goal of shipping 12 million tablets this year.

Microsoft, Nokia, and others file a complaint against Google for bundling services in Android

Microsoft, Nokia, and others file a complaint against Google for bundling services in Android

Legal proceedings are incredibly boring and almost always have zero impact on consumers, which I why I don’t plan on covering them on Android Beat, but this one is special. According to The Verge, who cites an article in The New York Times, a group of companies that includes Microsoft and Nokia have filed an antitrust complaint against Google in the European Union.

DigiTimes: Acer thinking about shaving $100 off their iPad mini clone to increase sales

DigiTimes: Acer thinking about shaving $100 off their iPad mini clone to increase sales

According to a report on the Taiwanese supply chain slash rumor website DigiTimes, Acer is thinking about cutting the price of the Iconia A1 to $149 from $249. Never heard of the Iconia A1? It’s a 7.9 inch Android tablet with the exact same screen resolution as the iPad mini.

Leak: Photos of Babel, Google’s upcoming chat client that will try to take on WhatsApp

Leak: Photos of Babel, Google’s upcoming chat client that will try to take on WhatsApp

Google has an instant message service called Google Talk that’s incredibly basic. It works like the same IM services you used to use back in the 90s, by that I mean you need a username and password to get the thing to work.

Huawei wanted to ship 60 million smartphones last year, but they barely did half that

Huawei wanted to ship 60 million smartphones last year, but they barely did half that

Huawei is a Chinese network infrastructure vendor that once made cheap phones for operators, but then they decided to pull an HTC and promote their own brand. The company has had a lot of success, no one is denying that, but they’re not growing as fast as they’d like.

The new Twitter client for Android gets an update to fix the ‘Me’ tab

The new Twitter client for Android gets an update to fix the ‘Me’ tab

Twitter announced a brand spanking new Android client last week that I didn’t cover on the site because frankly I wanted to use the app before passing judgement. When it launched, the outpour of hate was frankly a bit ridiculous. I’ve been using the app for almost a week now, and while I can’t say it’s my favorite Twitter client, it’s definitely more than acceptable for normal Twitter users. I’d go so far to say as it’s a huge improvement from previous versions of the official Twitter client.

WhatsApp squashes the rumors saying they’re going to be bought out by Google

WhatsApp squashes the rumors saying they’re going to be bought out by Google

Roughly 48 hours ago, a site called Digital Trends posted a rumor saying Google is in talks to buy WhatsApp for $1 billion. For some strange reason, everyone on the internet covered the rumor. I didn’t, because I never even heard of Digital Trends until yesterday. Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp’s Business Development Head pinged AllThingsD just now to tell them the rumor is indeed bullshit.

Facebook Home leaks, but can’t you just wait a few days to try it out?

Facebook Home leaks, but can’t you just wait a few days to try it out?

Facebook Home, the replacement Android launcher that Mark Zuckerberg likes to call a “collection of apps”, just got leaked over on MoDaCo. Unlike the official version of the application, which is certified to run on just a handful of devices, this version runs on damn near everything, though it is limited to just 1280 x 768 pixels.

PSA: I’m going to be experimenting with Buffer

PSA: I’m going to be experimenting with Buffer

I follow 57 people on Twitter, which makes me strange. Many of my friends follow several hundred accounts, some follow over one thousand, but I make an effort to keep my Twitter experience lean. I’m also one of those sick people who reads every tweet in my stream.

You owe it to yourself to read Brian Klug’s review of the HTC One

You owe it to yourself to read Brian Klug’s review of the HTC One

I bought a new phone less than two months ago, so I’m not in the market for a new one, but that still hasn’t stopped me from reading Brian Klug’s absolutely perfect review of the HTC One. Calling it a review would actually do it a disservice. He goes through just about every tiny little thing that makes the device special.