Samsung steps up its effort to co-opt Android

Samsung said it will host its own developer conference in San Francisco this fall. The news is the latest in a series of moves by the manufacturer aimed at co-opt Android to build Samsung’s own mobile ecosystem.

HTC unlocks Androids even from AT&T and Verizon

Delivering on a promise, HTC is offering a software tool to unlock its Android devices that launched after Sept. 2011, allowing users to install custom software. The supported phone list doesn’t include AT&T or Verizon models, but the tool is working on some from these carriers.