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4 years ago

Get a Motorola Xoom 32GB WiFi for only $299 from 1Saleaday

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Just in case you're still not settled in with an Android tablet yet and don't really feel like forking over $500+ for a new one, if you hurry you can head on over to the 1Saleaday site and pick yourself up a Motorola Xoom on the cheap. They come factory refurbished with all the retail packaging intact for only $300 plus when you get it out of the package and up and running, you can load up Ice Cream Sandwich. Motorola may not have sold a lot of Xoom's but either way it's still a pretty fine Android tablet.

Source: 1Saleaday; Thanks, Dan!

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4 years ago

German court says enough is enough, throws out two patent cases between Samsung and Apple

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A Manheim regional court in Germany today threw out two patent disputes between Samsung and Apple: the first regarding Apple's infrigement on Samsung's 3G/UMTS technology, the second regarding Samsung's use of slide-to-unlock gesutres on its devices. The ruling against Samsung is the third in a row in Germany, while the ruling against Apple is the first of two, the second scheduled for a March 16 hearing.

The court decision comes just a few weeks after a Munich court ruled that Motorola had indeed infringed upon Apple's slide-to-unlock patents, resulting in alterations being made to Motorola's unlock feature. 

Today's ruling is just a drop in the bucket, as there is upwards of at least 14 disputes between Samsung and Apple pending in Germany, with more waging around the world. Samsung has already promised to appeal today's decision, while Apple will likely do the same. 

The back-and-forth between Apple and other manufacturers is far from over, though it is refreshing to see a judge as fed up with it as everyone else is. With Apple, Samsung, Motorola and HTC all slated to release some heavy-hitting devices in the coming months, we'll be sure to keep you posted as the war rages on.

Source: FOSS Patents

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4 years ago

Twitter for Android updates, adds performance and security fixes, swipe shortcuts and more

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The official Twitter app for Android has today received another update, bringing it up to version 3.1.1. The latest iteration includes the usual security enhancements, bug fixes and performance improvements, particularly for Android 4.0 users. One particularly welcome change will be the increase in scrolling performance, an area in which the official app has traditionally lagged behind other Twitter clients.

Also new in version 3.1.1 are swipe shortcuts for individual tweets -- swipe left or right to show a menu for retweets or replies -- as well as support for Filipino and Simplified Chinese languages. We've got the full changelog after the break, along with the QR code and Android Market linkage.

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4 years ago

Huawei launching Ascend D LTE and P1 LTE in Europe and Asia by July

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Huawei has announced that it'll launch the 4G LTE versions of its Ascend D series and Ascend P1 smartphones in Europe and Asia by the middle of the year. The two smartphones will be joined by a range of new LTE network cards and Mifis, as LTE networks continue to expand across both continents.

The Chinese manufacturer showed off its latest super high-end smartphone at Mobile World Congress this week -- the Ascend D Quad. However, Ascend D LTE will be powered by a Snapdragon S4 chip, compared to the Huawei-designed quad-core chip in the D Quad. For more on Huawei's upcoming flagship device, check out our hands-on preview from MWC.

We've got Huawei's press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III to be released next month after it's announced this month, says ZDNet Korea

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The Samsung Galaxy S III (or now, apparently, the Galaxy S3) will be released in April, after it's announced in March, says ZDNet Korea, citing marketing sources. Could well happen. Or not. Of course, Samsung has to announce the phone, and then release dates will roll out worldwide as they always do -- slowly and gradually. And those of us here in the United States will have to wait for the carriers to make their own announcements. ZDNet's sources say it'll all revolve around some heavy Summer Olympics marketing, which would make sense.

We'll let you know when we actually see announcement invites or something ... what's that word ... official.

Source: ZDNet Korea

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4 years ago

LG confirms Optimus L3 hits Europe this month

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The LG Optimus L3 is far form the high end of the Korean manufacturer's L-Series line of Android smartphones, but it'll also the first out of the gate when it hits Europe later this month, with Asia and Russia to follow.

The L3 is the low end of the trio, with a 3.2-inch display, 3MP camera and just a couple of gigabytes of storage space, plus it's on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. But it does fit nicely in small hands, so it's got that going for it.

We've got LG's full presser after the break, and be sure to check out our hands-on from Mobile World Congress with the three phones in LG's new L-Series of Android smartphones.

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4 years ago

Samsung reportedly sells 2 million Galaxy Notes, hopes for 10 million by year's end

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Samsung has sold two million Galaxy Note smartphones since the device's debut last November, according to the latest numbers reported by Forbes. The figure sees Samsung doubling the initial million sold between late October and late December 2011, and is likely boosted by the Note's recent launch in the U.S. and Canada. Forbes also says the manufacturer is aiming for a total of 10 million by the end of the year.

We imagine this is a predicted number for all Note series devices, including the recently unveiled Galaxy Note 10.1, a product which sits firmly on the "tablet" side of the phone/tablet divide. Rumors of a 7-inch Galaxy Note also persist, despite the lack of such a device at Mobile World Congress. However, given the speed at which Samsung is rolling out new phones and tablets, we'd be surprised if we didn't see more Galaxy Notes before the end of 2012.

Samsung also announced strong sales of its Galaxy S II series recently, including global sales of 20 million units and 5 million sold in Samsung's native South Korea.

Source: Forbes

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4 years ago

Sprint Data Storm Sweepstakes - Win one of 30 Galaxy Nexus smartphones from Sprint

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On Sprint and want the chance to win yourself a Samsung Galaxy Nexus? Now you can get the chance to do so. Seems Sprint is throwing a little bit of a celebration and giving away 30 of them. You can head on over to their Sprint Data Storm Sweepstakes site and get enetered today. Before anyone else points it out, yes -- the contest does close on April 5, 2012 so take from that what you will. In other words, it may be the release date or it may not -- we don't know.

Source: Sprint

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4 years ago

OnLive Desktop arrives in the Android Market, aims to bring the power of a PC to your Android tablet

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For a lot of folks, tablets are a great alternative to PC's but for some -- it's hard to complete some of the same actions as a PC on one. Looking to bridge that gap is OnLive with their new OnLive Desktop application. Using a cloud based PC you can connect to, you can now complete some of those tasks.

Features:

  • Instantly view, edit and create documents using actual Microsoft® Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Easily transfer files between OnLive Desktop and other devices
  • Experience high-performance, instant-response PC applications
  • Interact with lag-free animation and video
  • Works with most Bluetooth keyboards and mice (left-click only)

The OnLive Desktop app is available for free with the basic offerings or you can jump up to the paid OnLive Desktop Plus services for $4.99/mnth which allows for some advanced features such as accelerated browsing, full flash support and additional cloud storage for your files.

Something to note however, is the compatible devices. OnLive notes support for the Acer Iconia Tab A500, ASUS Eee TF101, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, and HTC Jetstream but I've had no luck getting it installed on my Mototola Xoom. You can try it yourself though, just jump past the break for the download link.

Source: OnLive

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4 years ago

Toshiba Thrive receiving a small software update, remains on Android 3.2.1

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Have a Toshiba Thrive? If so, go ahead and check or system updates. Toshiba is currently rolling out what appears to be a simple bug fix update that adds some improvements to Google and Toshiba applications. It could be laying the groundwork for an Android 4.0 update but for now the device remains on Android 3.2.1. Thanks, Stacy!

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4 years ago

Archos announces kid-friendly 7-inch Ice Cream Sandwich tablet, dubbed ChildPad

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Kids love to play with our tablets. They're colorful, active, and entertaining -- exactly what a kid likes (no matter what age). But many of us don't feel comfortable letting our kids handle a seemingly delicate, very expensive, piece of glass and plastic. Archos gets this, and they have announced the 7-inch ChildPad. Even better, they understand that we're reluctant to spend upwards of $500 on something that youngsters may very break, and have priced it at $129.

Ill let that sink in for a second -- $129.

For the cost of dinner and a movie for two, you can have a full featured tablet, running Android 4.0, complete with a child-friendly app market. While not a spec powerhouse, the ChildPad has a 1GHz CPU and a full 1GB of RAM, and comes pre-loaded with a slew of things kids would want, like puzzles, games, even Angry Birds. The ChildPad was designed to fulfill COPPA and CIPA regulations, and has a full suite of parental controls built into the browser. You'll see it on store shelves sometime in March.

And your kids will have ICS on their Android device before you do. See the press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Android allows apps to see your photos, like every computer does [FUD]

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Let's file this under "anything for a story about Android". The New York Times has decided that Android is also "vulnerable" to apps being able to see your pictures, just like it was designed to do. It all stems from some press recently where iOS had a loophole that allowed apps without permissions to access photos stored on a user's mobile device. There is a big difference here though, and it's in the design. 

iOS was designed so that nothing but the gallery on your device, or iTunes had access to your pictures. Developers that had to access GPS data could get in the Camera Roll, because a lot of pictures have and use GPS data. Rene does a really good job at explaining this over at iMore, and you should read it. Personally, I didn't think it was a severe security hole on iOS, but it was a loophole that Apple decided to fix. That's good -- if you're going to have a permissions policy on a certain part of the file system, you should enforce it. Even a silly permissions policy.

Android, on the other hand, was not designed this way. It's like a Windows computer. Or a Mac computer. Or a Linux computer. Or a digital camera. Even the computer used to write the story at the NYT allows complete access to photos -- they all do. It's standard file input/output, and just because Apple decided not to use it makes no difference. It doesn't stop there, either. Documents, videos, music, all media is able to be shared in a modern operating system. I can use Microsoft Office and see the pictures folder on every computer here at my house, because it was designed that way. It makes things easy to use and share, because we like to use and share digital media.

Unfortunately, all the fuss over "private" data lately has even Google second guessing themselves:

We originally designed the Android photos file system similar to those of other computing platforms like Windows and Mac OS. At the time, images were stored on a SD card, making it easy for someone to remove the SD card from a phone and put it in a computer to view or transfer those images.

 

As phones and tablets have evolved to rely more on built-in, non-removable memory, we're taking another look at this and considering adding a permission for apps to access images. We've always had policies in place to remove any apps on Android Market that improperly access your data.

This could just be PR spin, or Google really may have to make things harder for us all because of silliness. I don't want this, I'm assuming that most of you guys don't want this either. Do yourself a favor, and don't fall into this trap.

Source: New York Times

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4 years ago

3 is the new unlimited says AT&T, as they officially change unlimited data plans

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If you've got a grandfathered unlimited data plan through AT&T, you're about to be throttled once you hit a 3GB ceiling per AT&T's new official policy. Users who consume 3GB of data with a 3G device, or 5GB of data with a LTE device will be throttled back to Edge speeds until the new billing cycle begins. Because of recent consumer complaints AT&T was forced to draft an official policy here, and now we know exactly what will happen if we're part of the 5-percent of users who use more than AT&T feels is a fair share.

It's good to have a policy across the board. We have the right to know what can, and will, happen if we use "too much" data. 3GB seems like a fair place to start, this way unlimited users aren't stuck being able to use less data than tiered plan subscribers. And Edge speeds are often faster than 3G speeds on that "true unlimited" network. And throttling is certainly better than thousands of dollars in overages. On it's face, this seems like a fair compromise.

But 3 does not equal unlimited. 

AT&T never promised anyone unlimited "high speed" data, so we're pretty much at their mercy. But just like it did when T-Mobile introduced it, throttling seems wrong. Sell me a phone that eats data like candy, then don't give me the data plan to use it all? See AT&T's full press release after the break.

Source: AT&T; via: iMore

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4 years ago

Amazon MP3 app updated to v2.4.1, including the return of the search button

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Amazon has updated their Amazon MP3 app, which among other things, puts the search button back next to the search bar. They had taken it away, forcing users to hit enter/search on their keyboards once they typed in their query in the bar. Needless to say, it's nice to have the button back.

Other than the addition of the search button, the update brings a few fixes, including the lock-screen playback issue on some devices  and the unexpected streaming network errors on some Sprint devices.

To get the latest update or if you're interested in the free app from the Android Market, please find links after the break.

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4 years ago

Waze [Android App Review]

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The world of consumer electronics is not for the faint of heart. A company comes up with a brilliant new product that suddenly gets enormously popular but then before you know it, the next big thing arrives and the previous market demand evaporates. Exhibit A - just a few years ago, netbook computers were all the rage right up until the moment Apple launched the iPad in early 2010. 

Closer to the garage, Apple also triggered disruption in how we find our way to our driving destinations. Earlier in the last decade a new generation of smaller, cheaper GPS receiver chips made low cost personal navigation devices (PND) a very popular replacement for old school paper maps. When the first iPhone came to market in mid-2007, it ushered in an era of new smartphones with built in GPS. One of the first apps on those iPhones was Google Maps

At first Google Maps was limited to showing your current location on the map helping users to find their way around in unfamiliar places. It wasn’t until November 2009 when Google launched version of 2.0 of its own Android mobile operating system on the Motorola Droid that the end-times arrived for the makers of PNDs. For the first time, the new version of Maps included full turn-by-turn directions capability just like a PND and it was free of charge.

Since then, a wide array of free and low cost navigation apps have appeared for both the Android and Apple iOS platforms with Waze being one of the more interesting examples. Google creates its own map database from a variety of sources including its fleet of Street View cars that are driving around the world recording and photographing the world’s roads.

Waze on the other hand relies primarily on its community of users to produce maps and provide real-time traffic data that is shared with the entire community.

Warning: Tin-foil hat types that worry about being tracked everywhere they go probably should not use Waze. Actually, if you are that concerned about being followed, you shouldn’t even be carrying a mobile phone but that’s a whole different story. Follow the break to see more about Waze, and to get a download link for the application.

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