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2 years ago

YouMail returns to the Android Market, shares blame with T-Mobile for its removal

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With a case of bad communication now cleared up, YouMail has made its way back to the Android Market. As it turns out, T-Mobile was to blame for the pulling but it was all pretty much a misunderstanding and if nothing else -- a hard lesson for YouMail.  As noted on the YouMail blog, here is what happened:

  • First, a  subset of the YouMail Android applications have a real problem.   It looks like 15,000 users who went straight from 1.8.3 (an old version) to 2.0.45 (the one that was in the market and was taken down) got into a situation where the app is polling our servers continuously (the polling time got set to zero).   Of course, this leads to a host of issues for those clients, such as bad battery life, and a boatload of transactions, eating up network bandwidth.   T-mobile saying that we disrupted their network is fair, though we were unknowingly causing that.
  • Second, T-mobile did try to reach out to us that they were seeing an issue.   Unfortunately, it was in way that was almost guaranteed to be ineffective, and is probably not how businesses should communicate.   As far as we can tell, one of their engineering team sent an e-mail to our free customer support e-mail address in early November, and one of the support team basically replied it’s fixed in next release and treated it as resolved, not reporting it to anyone else.   With 1000s of e-mails/week from over two million registered users, random users weekly threatening to pull us from various stores, and lots of users with tmobile.com email addresses,  it was easy for this one message to get lost in the shuffle.   
  • Third, after almost 30 days with no response from us, T-mobile went to Google with charts showing the traffic our bad apps were generating, said we were unresponsive, and that the traffic was growing quickly.   Google then immediately cut us off - without ever sending us an e-mail beforehand, or providing us anyway to contact someone at T-mobile. That left us wondering what the heck was going on - and having a hard time figuring it out.

So, as you can tell -- T-Mobile did have genuine concerns wth YouMail disrupting their network but they seemingly went about handling them the most uneffective way possible. Either way, lesson learned -- one for YouMail and potentially other developers out there and now YouMail is back in the Android Market where it belongs.

Source: YouMail

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2 years ago

German court rules in favor of Motorola Mobility against Apple in patent suit

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The Mannheim Regional Court ruled in favor of Motorola Mobility against Apple today in an ongoing patent suit. The same German court ruled also ruled against Apple last month, but today's decision is much more significant. 

The patent in question is EP1010336, which is:

"method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system". 

The court ruled that Apple Sales International is infringing on this patent owned by Motorola Mobility.

So what happens now?

Motorola Mobility could make steps to enforce the injunction, which could result in banning Apple products from being sold in the German market. This is an extreme situation and is unlikely to happen. More likely is Motorola to work out a deal with Apple to license the technology. They are also seeking compensation for past infringements.

Apple is likely going to request a stay, which could change the ruling entirely. 

These patent wars are likely to go on for a long time, and we'd expect none of them to result in the outright banning of consumer goods. Licensing deals and money to make up for infringing in the past are a lot more likely. 

We've got the press release from Motorola Mobility after the break. 

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2 years ago

HP's webOS joins Android in the land of open-source operating systems

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Android just got a new friend in the open-source playground. HP today announced that the beloved-but-floundering mobile operating system will released to the open-source community.

"HP plans to continue to be active in the development and suppport of webOS," the company said. Like the core Android OS, webOS will be made available under an open-source license.

Exactly what that means in regards to webOS as a competitor to Android? We'll just have to see. Certainly it's great news for anyone who likes to tinker -- and you know how Android folks like to tinker. Will it overtake Android as the current embedded OS of choice? We will see some sort of mutant Android-webOS hybrid emerge from these murkey depths? (And how cool would that be?) We'll just have to see.

There's loads more, including the official announcement, at the link below.

More at PreCentral.net

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2 years ago

Not so much ...

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This the only Verizon Galaxy Nexus post we intend on doing today, unless actual news breaks. But it was just too good to pass up. This store in Memphis, Tenn., apparently didn't get the message. Either that or it has a cruel sense of humor. Either way, it'll be here when it's here.

Source: Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

Google improves movie search on the go

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Google has improved searching for movies and theaters through your mobile browser by implementing a new interractive "ribbon" at the top of search results. Now, by searching "movies" or a specific theater in your Android's broswer (it works on iOS, too), you'll see the film poster, a quick summary, ratings, and showtimes. Clicking the movie title will give you a detailed summary, cast information, and showtimes at all nearby theaters. While it may not be as good as a dedicated app, it's surely improved from the scrolling that a movie search used to entail. Check out your browser now to give the new method a spin.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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2 years ago

Celebrate the Universe with a limited-time free beta of SkySafari

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This one's for the giddy-little astronomer in all of us. Like a bunch of schoolkids, on Dec. 10 before the break of dawn, many of us will jauntily find our ways out and gazing at the open skies to watch the final total Lunar Eclipse to be seen for the next two years. But just in case 2:30 AM (EST) is too early for you to be waking up, a new app from Southern Stars is sure to be of some use to you. SkySafari, which is something like Google Earth but for the Universe (and with cool stuff like time-lapse tools and detailed info about various celestial beings), is coming to Android officially by the end of the month; but the developers wanted to celebrate the unusual event with a free beta release to interested users, and you're on that list.

The app, which has already found itself fairly popular in the iOS ecosystem, allows you to not only see what the night sky looks like at the current date/time, but will also show you the transitions of that sky through any time period. If you won't be awake to see the Eclipse for yourself, use SkySafari to select the date and time of the Eclipse (December 10th at 2:30 AM EST) and watch the moon virtually as its shape is transformed through the night. It will be a sight worth seeing that you won't want to miss, and now you don't even really have to.

Read the company Press Release after the break announcing how to get access to the beta app and see for yourself what all the hubbub in space is all about. 

Download the beta here

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2 years ago

Android Market problems? You're not alone

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Experiencing issues with the Android Market this morning? You are not alone as it seems a wide variety of users are experiencing the same. It either works, or it doesn't users are reporting, doesn't seem to be in the middle for anyone, either they have luck or they can't purchase. Hopefully it's just something minor that Google can get up and running quickly, but keep your eye on the source link and here for more updates!

Source: Google Groups

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2 years ago

Sense 3.0 updates rolling out for HTC Desire HD, Incredible S

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And the Wildfire S gets a new lockscreen

Looks like HTC is going on something of an updating spree. According to reports from multiple HTC users, the Desire HD and Incredible S have both received updates to Android 2.3.5 and HTC Sense 3.0, bringing their software in line with more recent phones like the Sensation and EVO 3D. In addition, the Wildfire S has apparently received an update of its own, and while it's still on Sense 2.1, its Android version has been bumped up to 2.3.5, and it's now sporting the fancy Sense 3.0 lockscreen that we've enjoyed on high-end HTC devices for some time.

To grab the updates on your device, head to Settings > About Phone > Software Updates and tap the button (note that if you're on a carrier-branded device, you may have to wait a little longer before it's rolled out to you). If you've already upgraded, let us know how you're getting on over in the comments.

Source: XDA (1, 2, 3); thanks, Dingbums!

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2 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 81: Google Currents, 10-cent apps and a Galaxy Nexus Q&A

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Audio-only stream below

Google Currents is finally live, 10 days of 10-cent apps celebrate 10 billion downloads, and we throw a massive Samsung Galaxy Nexus Q&A. Listen in!

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2 years ago

Zynga Poker becomes latest addition to the Google TV library

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Zynga become the latest developer to throw their hat into the Google TV ring, as Zynga Poker is now available for the platform. 

The social poker game is now playable across multiple Google platforms, via Google+, their Android app and now their Google TV application.

The Google TV version features custom optimisations for the TV with custom graphics, and a control system to take full advantage of the Google TV remote. Download links after the break.

via Google TV Blog

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