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4 years ago

HTC's Peter Chou dismisses talk of $6-8 per-phone payment to Apple

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Since HTC and Apple settled their patent disputes and agreed to a cross-licensing agreement, there's been plenty of speculation as to exactly what this deal entails. One figure floating around the blogosphere last week was $6-8 per phone -- an estimated amount that at least one analyst thinks HTC might be paying Apple.

However HTC CEO Peter Chou was quick to rubbish this particular number at a recent public appearance in Tokyo. According to reports from Reuters, when asked directly, Chou dismissed the figure as "outrageous," while saying he is "happy" with the way the settlement worked out.

"I think that these estimates are baseless and very, very wrong. It is a outrageous number, but I'm not going to comment anything on a specific number. I believe we have a very, very happy settlement and a good ending."

The exact details of the settlement and cross-licensing agreement remain confidential, although rival manufacturer Samsung is working through the courts to reveal the exact amounts involved. It's widely speculated that at least some money is going in Cupertino's direction.

For its part, HTC's only official comment on the specifics of the agreement has been to say it doesn't expect it to have any "adverse material impact" on the company's financials.

Source: Reuters

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4 years ago

Android 4.1.2 firmware for international Galaxy Note 2 leaks

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Samsung continues to push ahead with Android OS upgrades for its leading smartphones, and the latest leaked build to emerge demonstrates Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on the international Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100). The leaked firmware comes via Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn, and as you might expect, it looks a whole lot like Android 4.1.1 running on the Galaxy Note 2. The only difference we've been able to spot from the screenshots provided is a notification icon for the multi-window feature.

The leaked build carries the number XXDLJ2 , which according to Samsung's naming scheme indicates something built during October. Earlier leaks have hinted at a possible Android 4.1.2 upgrade for the international Galaxy S3 in December, so we'll have to wait and see if this holds true for its big brother, too.

Source: Tinhte.vn; via: SamMobile

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4 years ago

U.S. DOJ requesting more information for MetroPCS merger approval

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MetroPCS announced today that the U.S. DOJ (Department of Justice) has requested additional information from the company regarding its proposed merger with Deutsche Telekom's subsidiary, T-Mobile USA. Although it has not disclosed what additional information is required, MetroPCS intends to fully comply with any DOJ requests. The end result, assuming that this second request goes to plan, is that the merger approval process may be postponed by up to 30 days extra.

Even with this possible month setback, MetroPCS continues to expect that the merger with T-Mobile will be completed in the first half of 2013. The companies are confident that the U.S. government will find the merger to be both pro-competition and pro-consumer.

Source: MetroPCS Investor Relations

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4 years ago

Nexus 7 shipments for 2012 expected to top 5 million

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We heard straight from ASUS itself that shipments of the Nexus 7 were approaching 1 million for the month of October, and now we're hearing more information about shipments for the whole of 2012. According to DigiTimes, suppliers report that ASUS will be shipping upwards of 5 million units total for 2012. That's quite a feat for a device that launched in just July of this year.

The report explains that many manufacturers peak their manufacturing in October and November for the big holiday sales, but that ASUS intends to keep shipments strong all the way through the end of the year. The new, lower price levels for the Wifi models and inclusion of a new HSPA+ model are surely helping out sales this quarter, and we'll be interested to see what the final numbers are at the end of the year.

Source: Digitimes

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4 years ago

HBO Go app updated for Android 4.2 and Nexus 10

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Home Box Office has updated their Android app to support Android 4.2 and the Nexus 10 this evening, allowing plenty of folks (including yours truly) to go into couch potato mode. Besides these two big changes, there's also some "performance enhancements and bug fixes" that are always appreciated.

If you've updated your Nexus device to 4.2 and have been missing this one, it's time to hit Google Play and update or re-install. if you picked up a Nexus 10, I think it's high time to put the screen to use. Now bring on season three of Game of Thrones!

Thanks, Kevin!

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4 years ago

Nexus 4 shipping notifications, Data signal concerns on 4.2 [From the Forums]

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While you get yourself caught up on the blog posts from today, don't forget that in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about as well. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

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4 years ago

Pandigital calls it quits, all existing warranties cancelled

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Although Pandigital was never a company known for their great quality tablets, there is plenty of them out there on the market and in the hands of consumers. Back in July 2012, the company officially signed over all of their assets to a liquidator which was then to sell the assets off in order to pay Pandigitals creditors. In that time, Pandigital has now started sending out emails to former customers advising their warranties on products are no longer valid and if you wish to make a claim, it has to be done with the liquidator.

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4 years ago

Daily news roundup: November 19, 2012

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Another wave of Nexus 4s shipping

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Good news for those of you who managed to order a Nexus 4 last week but were stuck in limbo on shipping -- it looks like another batch has started shipping. Actual delivery date is still kinda up in the air, but that's not unusual for UPS; it can take a few hours for the tracking system to catch up. Check back in the morning.

Either way, this is a step in the right direction. Guess we can lay off the form letters now, eh?

More: Nexus 4 forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Team Boid will cease future development of its Twitter client

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Graham Macphee, one of the members of Team Boid, announced today on his personal blog that the group would cease future development of its popular Twitter client, Boid. When the group set out to create Boid, the intention was to show the development world how well Twitter clients could look and work. They wanted to be the "Tweetbot for Android," and they surely made a splash. Well regarded as an example of Google's new "holo" design guidelines, Boid was extremely popular.

Unfortunately, now without ever exiting "beta," Boid will no longer be developed by the group. Macphee explains that the Boid app wasn't meant to be an achievement for the team, but rather a tool that helped in the achievement of their true goals. They believe that what they accomplished while working on Boid is a positive result for them. The overall result, as they see it, was that other apps followed their lead and started to use design in ways that helped the overall user experience.

Macphee reiterated via Twitter after the post went up that this is not an official announcement -- and there was no mention of the moves Twitter's making that's driving other clients out of business -- but that this is what they intend to make official very soon. If there was any silver lining in this, it's that their intention going forward is to make Boid open-sourced for anyone to continue to work with it in the future. We'll be excited to see how Boid does as the community takes on the development effort.

Source: Graham Macphee; @gmph

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4 years ago

Republic Wireless exits beta and welcomes device pre-orders

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If you haven't heard of Republic Wireless, we don't blame you. A new carrier that's been sitting in the ether beta for a while now, Republic is trying to take the traditional model of smartphone service and mix things up a bit. The basic premise of the service is that you get a device that's been specially made to utilize Wifi whenever possible for data, calls and texts, and then essentially "roam" on a cellular network when you're out of Wifi range. Probably the most interesting part of the service is that it's just $19 per month with no contract for unlimited calls, texts and data usage.

Originally launched in beta with the offering of an LG Optimus One, the service is now open to the public with a Motorola Defy XT as the device of choice. It's going to be for sale from Republic for $249.99 -- again without a contract -- with a $10 start-up fee. Not the most high-end device, but considering the monthly cost you can see what market Republic Wireless is trying to target here. Hopefully as the service expands, more devices will become available.

Sound interesting to you? Take a look at the source links below to learn more about Republic.

Source: Republic Wireless; Republic Devices

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod music app Apollo now available in the Play Store

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If you've spent any time using CyanogenMod 9 or CyanogenMod 10, you may have come across the built-in music player called Apollo. Rather than keeping it tied into CyanogenMod though, Apollo is now available for download in the Google Play Store in both free and paid versions. The player itself is quite visually appealing but its feature set is what throws it over the top.

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4 years ago

Firefox expands to support more devices, improve accessibility

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Firefox has been working hard to expand the number of devices it supports, but has always been "limited" to devices running Android 2.2 or higher, with moderately good specs -- an ARMv7 chip or above, to be exact. Today Mozilla is announcing that it is expanding its support down to lower-end devices, ones that are as far down the line as an ARMv6-based 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM. Mozilla lists a few devices, such as the HTC Status, HTC ChaCha, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Motorola Fire XT and LG Optimus Q, that will benefit from these looser spec restrictions.

As part of its announcement, Mozilla also points out that Firefox is receiving improvements in accessibility features. Firefox now integrates seamlessly with TalkBack and Android's screen reader functionality, making the browser immensely easier to use for those who are visually impaired.

While we like to focus on the latest whiz-bang top of the heap devices, a vast majority of Android devices sold around the world aren't that high-end. And just because someone doesn't have a high-end device doesn't mean they don't deserve to have more choices in browsers. The wide range of prices and specs that Android can offer is a huge selling point for the platform, and we'd like to see it stay that way.

Source: The Mozilla Blog

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4 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: Droid DNA or Galaxy Note 2?

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While many a Verizon customer is still torqued that they didn't get a Nexus 4 on Big Red, it's not like there aren't going to be other phones released for the holidays. Case in point -- the heavyweight championship contenders you see above, namely the Droid DNA and the Galaxy Note 2.

They both are big, have great innards, and big shiny screens. We can see why each has it's fans. Even better, both will soon be sitting on a shelf, waiting for you and your wallet to come pay a visit. We're not going to rehash all the pros and cons of each, there's plenty of that being done in the forums if you need a refresher. We're just going to ask -- if you're a Verizon customer, which one tickles your fancy? There's a poll after the break, or you can find it sitting in the sidebar to the right. Answer it. Let the world know!

Before we leave for another week, let's have a look-see at last week's poll results.

Were you able to order a new Nexus?

Looks like the demand is still strong, and we hope Google can get their act together and get them back up for sale. Retail has never been their strong suit.

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4 years ago

Galaxy Note 10.1 with Jelly Bean and VoLTE coming to Korea

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Samsung is rolling out a new model of its questionably successful Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet line, this time in Korea with LTE on board. Not only will that LTE provide users with a data connection, but Samsung has chosen to go all the way and offer VoLTE (Voice Over LTE) on the device also. Now you won't be holding this thing up to your head, but willing participants could surely use a bluetooth or wired headset to make calls if they really wanted to.

New wireless connectivity isn't the only big part of this story though, this device is hitting out of the box with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as well. The update will further develop the multi-window functionality on the tablet, now allowing a wider range of applications to take advantage of Samsung's window management software. The S Pen also picks up new features like hovering to preview items and others. These upgrades to Note-specific software will look familiar to anyone that has used the latest Galaxy Note 2.

The last line item on the software updates side in this release indicates that other models of the Note 10.1 around the world in both 3G and Wifi configurations will be receiving the update as well, although "throughout the year" is the only timeframe offered in this particular release.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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