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3 years ago

Samsung fires back at Apple with patent infringement lawsuits

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Samsung has announced that it is taking Apple to court for 10 counts of patent infringement. The lawsuits come in response to Apple's suit against the Korean giant filed for allegedly copying the aesthetics of the iPhone in California earlier this week. Interestingly, Samsung is choosing not to counter-sue in the United States and is instead bringing its cases around the world in South Korea, Germany, and Japan. The main area of dispute from Apple's perspective is that Samsung's Android skin, Touchwiz, looks a little bit too much like iOS for their comfort. [Samsung via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Froyo now available for the Motorola Defy

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Listen up if you're a Motorola Defy user -- you've finally got some Froyo on tap, just waiting for you to go get it.  T-Mobile announced that the update is optional (I know you guys better than that!), official, and available through the phone settings.  To get to those, in case you haven't been checking every few hours since you got the phone; open the menu, press settings, then about phone, and choose system updates.

Froyo for the Defy checks in at 112 MB, and is best done on Wifi while your phone is on the charger.  Now get to it before anyone changes their mind.  [T-Mobile] Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Sprint + Google Voice early invites still going out -- first impressions

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I know, I know. Just hours ago we told you the Sprint + Google Voice party was going public on April 26. That hasn't changed.

What has changed is that this very writer of Android Central got his invite a little early, so I'm going to walk you through the (harmless) process of porting your number over.

(Pictures included!)

Join me after the break if you're curious as to what's going live in a mere five days.

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3 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G coming to Walmart in May for $178.88

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Since the announcement of the Samsung Infuse 4G it's kind of been overshadowed by other devices that beat it to market, that's not to say interest is gone but the noise of the device has diminished a little for sure. Either way -- it's still coming to market and while there is no official release date as of yet, Walmart is now producing some circulars that have the device slated for a release next month.

Release date aside, the circulars are now also showing a price of $178.88 presumably with a new 2-year contract. That is of course, subject to change but that's the info we have for now. Anyone still waiting for this device? Let us know in the comments if you are. Thanks, for sending this in, Anon!

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3 years ago

Samsung Droid Charge, Pre-order the ASUS EeePad Transformer [from the forums]

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Thursday folks, normally we'd be telling you all to make sure you tune into the Android Central podcast but since Phil has been on the road and since he busted his hump to get the ASUS EeePad Transformer stuff up for us all -- we're taking a night away from the podcast. No matter though, still lots of Android talk in the forums and on the blogs for you all to enjoy plus we'll be back next week, well rested and ready to drink talk.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Even Palm fans can't stay away from Android

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So what happens exactly when you take the Palm Pre and load it up with a healthy dose of Android -- more specifically a Gingerbread AOSP. The folks over at PreCentral have done all the hard work for us and were even kind enough to film it. If you happen to have a Palm Pre kicking around that you want to have some fun with, then by all means -- head on over to PreCentral and take a look at k3dar's work, or just hit up the video above. Instructions and a downloadable shell script are available to help you along should you like to go on this adventure. [PreCentral]

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3 years ago

Sprint Nexus S 4G available for purchase at Best Buy, no ship date yet

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Following the news last week that Best Buy had put it's pre-order page up for the Gingerbread-rocking Sprint Samsung Nexus S 4G, some of you will be glad to know that the official ordering page is now up, albeit without an ETA.  The $199.99 new two-year contract or upgrade price holds true and but if you're looking to buy this pure Google experience outright, expect to pony up almost 700 big ones!  That's right, off contract pricing is running $699.99 compared to the $529.99 for the T-Mobile Nexus S, which also sells for $99.99 on contract.  Now, that's not say things can't change between now and launch date, but given that Best Buy is ready to take our credit card info, it seems to be set in stone. [Best BuyThanks for the tip repsak187!

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3 years ago

Leaked 2.3.3 ROM floating around for Galaxy Ace

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I hope everyone Europeans reading abroad are ready for this, but Samsung's Galaxy Ace (which shipped with 2.2) is definitely getting upgraded to some Gingerbread goodness, and if you just can't wait for it, there's a leaked ROM you might want to consider picking up.

The ROM is build tag S5830XXKP8 (for those interested) and is for the European model, S5830. (Sorry, everyone else!)

Any of our European compatriots considering taking this out for a spin? If you do, be sure to let us know how much faster that 800 MHz processor feels. [Blogsdna] Thanks, Sandip!

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3 years ago

Xoom tested on horseback, airplane wings and everything in between

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Those barmy chaps at the Carphone Warehouse have taken their battle-testing of the Motorola Xoom to the extreme, starting off using Google Maps on the back of a motorcycle and culminating with some light 3G browsing on the wings of an airplane. In the video, which we've embedded above, they also put Motorola's Honeycomb tablet through its paces on horseback, speedboat and see-saw. Not quite an Android in space, but very nearly as awesome. 

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3 years ago

Sprint Google Voice integration to launch April 26

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It looks Google Voice and Sprint will get things started in just a few days, as the above flyer is now floating around the Internet.  In case you haven't been paying attention, Sprint customers will soon have the option to use their mobile number for their Google voice number, without porting, fees, or wizardry. 

They've been testing things for a little over a month now, and after a few initial hiccups, folks are saying it's working well.  Most of us here rely on Google Voice, and what Sprint and Google are offering is pretty nice.  I think everyone that it's available to should give it a test run.  Thanks, Randy and anonymous!

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