Category: Fun stuff
Switch view

Here’s the story of the first Android mascot and how the dessert-based naming scheme came to be

by 62 comments

Android’s mascot, affectionately known as Bugdroid, has become instantly recognizable in the mobile world and it has already gone several transformations to match the dessert a given Android version is named after. But Bugdroid wasn’t the first mascot.

These loopy-looking robots were. They were created by Dan Morrill, who worked in developer relations, when he decided that slides for a presentation to Google’s dev team needed eye candy. Read more »

The Google Android team wishes you a Merry Christmas with a cheerful video and holiday cards

by 83 comments

The Christmas cheer is in full swing at the Android HQ in Mountain View, California. So much so, that the Android team has released a series of Android-themed Christmas cards and even a video to celebrate.

Shared through the Nexus Google+ page, the ‘Happy Holiday Cards’, as they are called, are showing a happy Droid with some of its arctic friends. Read more »

S Beam shines in Samsung’s latest ad, Santa takes one for the team

by 31 comments

Samsung USA’s latest ad portrays a typical family holiday scenario. In comes “Santa” down the stairs (yeah, chimneys are overrated) to give the kids some presents.

Long story short he falls while trying to impress the kids and the fail gets caught on camera thanks to an Galaxy S III that was lying around. Read more »

Samsung pokes fun at Apple Maps in Oz

by 116 comments

Samsung is now taking to the streets to mock Apple – this time it’s George Street in Sydney, Australia.

Samsung has put up a poster and a huge 4-by-4 with some camping equipment with a sign reading “Get navigation you can trust”. Read more »

Microsoft’s #DroidRage Twitter campaign backfires in a spectacular manner

by 104 comments

Sometimes things go exactly as planned, other times – as Microsoft found out – things fail with a loud bang. The software giant has been on an offensive against Google lately – the Scroogled campaign and, more recently, the #DroidRage campaign.

Except most of the Twitter missiles that Microsoft though users will fire at Android as part of the campaign were smacked right into Windows Phone. Read more »

Star Trek Into Darkness teaser trailer finally available

by 12 comments

The official teaser trailer of Star Trek’s sequel – Into Darkness – is finally available. The world premiere is on May 17, 2013.

J.J. Abrams is taking the director’s chair once again, while the screenplay is done by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. Yeah, the whole Fringe and Lost gang is here. Read more »

Microsoft pokes fun at itself while poking fun at those who blindly hate IE

by 122 comments

IE6 sucked. We all know that. But the good thing is so does Microsoft and the company has been doing a lot since the past couple of years to make people switch over to the newer versions, which have been a significant improvement, and trying to repair the tarnished image of the browser in the eyes of the internet users.

But there are people who don’t want to let Microsoft repair that image. IE has become a laughing stock of the internet to the point where it’s now a meme. You will often hear people saying how the browser sucks and how they use it only to download other browsers. And while the browser did suck in the past, the new one does not (not as much anyway). And Microsoft wants you to know that. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 920 taken on rough ride through the desert for the ultimate optical stabilization test

by 82 comments

The Nokia Lumia 920 features optical image stabilization (OIS) for its 8MP camera and while Nokia dropped the ball when it was discovered its promo video was not shot with the 920 at all, fans took it on themselves to reshoot the sample. But riding a bike is too mellow, driving a four by four through the desert puts lot more stress on the OIS and is much cooler too.

UK Mobile Review has a series of posts on how its team did the test, culminating in a 8 minute long video of them driving across sand dunes in the desert near Dubai. Read more »

The Nokia 3310 can probably survive the apocalypse, but will it blend?

by 105 comments

The Nokia 3310 is widely regarded as the toughest phone on the face of the Earth. A Chuck Norris of the phone world, if you will.

And to check out if this is an urban legend or an actual fact, the guy from the Will it Blend series of videos puts the mighty 3310 to the ultimate blend test. Read more »

Watch the Galaxy S III take a beating in Samsung’s own lab

by 108 comments

We enjoy putting phones through their paces in our office, but as a manufacturer, Samsung too subjects its phones to a host of reliability tests before launching them on the market. And it’s a different type of tests, mind you. A Samsung made video gives you a rare glimpse behind the curtains of their test facilities.

It’s a video ad, that’s alright, but none of these tests seems staged. I’m sure most (if not all) Samsung phones go through stringent testing procedures like these (even employing the help of “I sat on my phone” buttocks dummy). Key press tests, USB socket rigidness, twisting and flexing, abrasive action by vibrating foreign objects, and even rain – it’s all there. Read more »

These Cut the Rope plush toys make good stocking stuffers, give you access to exclusive game levels

by 9 comments

Getting ready for the Christmas holidays are we? Here’s another perfect Christmas present to have in mind for the Cut the Rope fans in your life – a plush toy of the main game character – Om Nom.

Round5 announced that it will be selling the adorable plush toys in different sizes varying from 4″ to 16″. On top of that, if you purchase some of the Nommies micro figures, you will get access to exclusive bonus levels of the game, which aren’t available otherwise. Read more »

A squadron of Galaxy S III units attacks the iOS fleet in this epic Phone Wars video

by 77 comments

Here at GSMArena we are huge fans of well-made parody videos and when we find a good one we can’t help but share it with you. What you are about to see might not be the highest-budget production in the world, but it’s certainly the most hilarious clips we’ve seen lately.

So there’s this fleet of iPhones and iPads that has just completed a hyper drive jump to the orbit of planet Earth, where they are attacked by a squadron of Galaxy S IIIs. An epic battle forms up and a surprising victor emerges. Read more »

Sony Xperia go goes up a snowy mountain, suffers various accidents, lives to tell the tale

by 39 comments

The Sony Xperia go just can’t catch a break – the durable Android handset was tortured in the summer and now the same guys are back to torment it in winter conditions. The poor guy was thrown around, ran over, jumped on, bashed, dunked and put through other trials.

The Xperia go sports an IP67 certification, giving it dust and water resistance, but it also seems to handle subzero temperatures quite well. Read more »

WP8 wars: HTC calls Lumia 920 a fatty, uses pennies to make a point

by 264 comments

Oh No You Didn’t! HTC went on Facebook to flaunt its slender Windows Phone 8X device and take a jab at “that other Windows Phone”Nokia Lumia 920 for being “more than 20 pennies” heavier than the WP 8X.

A bit of research and we find that the American penny (or otherwise one cent) weighs exactly 2.5 grams. So we calculated 20 pennies to be precisely 50 grams, meaning HTC is referring to the 55 g heavier than the WP 8X Lumia 920. Ouch! Read more »

Conan O’Brien features iPad mini comic ad, meet the Mini Mega Micro Max

by 16 comments

Conan O’Brien has been known to feature cool videos on his show dedicated to poking non-offensive fun at Apple’s products and the people that use them.

His latest one is a parody promo ad of the iPad mini and things somehow got to the iPad Mini Mega, the iPad Mini Mega Micro and finally the iPad Mini Mega Micro Max. Read more »