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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.