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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich on the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note at CTIA

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We've recently seen a leaked build of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note. But how about something a little more official? We're at AT&T's get-together at CTIA in New Orleans, and on its demonstration Galaxy Note is none other than Android 4.0.3. 

A quick spin through the update shows what we expected -- Touchwiz still dominates the ICS UI (just like the Galaxy S III, by the way). But Ice Cream Sandwich is running on an "official" AT&T phone out here in the open is a pretty good sign that an update's on the way.

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2 years ago

Oracle v Google decision -- the layman's edition

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You probably heard that a partial decision was made in the Oracle versus Google lawsuit this afternoon. Nobody won, nobody lost (except us end-users, who will have to pay for all this somehow), and in reality things have only just begun to get interesting. If you're a lawyer, or pretend to be a lawyer on the Internet, you have plenty of places to get into fancy discussions, using words like discovery and writ, but I'm just here to try to break it down so that the average Joe (or Jane, or Jerry) can get a grasp on what's happening.

This was just the first phase of the trial. Judge Alsup has thrown most of the suit out of court already, leaving two sections to decide  -- 37 Java API's, and their documentation. We'll start with the question about the documentation, because it's easy -- the jury found that Google did not infringe or unfairly take from the documentation. This means that the jury doesn't think that Google read how the code in question works, then stole the idea to do it their way.

The second question being decided today is a bit more muddy. When asked if Oracle had proven that Google "infringed the overall structure, sequence and organization of copyrighted works", they responded yes, that they believe Oracle did prove this point. However, they could not decide if this structure, sequence and organization should be allowed to be patented copyrighted in the first place.  After reaching an impasse several times about the validity of copyright and fair-use, judge Alsup eventually told the jurors to act as if they were able to be copyrighted and will determine the fair use question later. 

Phase two now begins, and we expect more (and more) motions, fighting, and money being spent in the coming days and weeks. But what about that fair use question? That's important. If judge Alsup finds that the Java APIs in question, or APIs in general, fall under fair use law then it's all a moot point. Courts in the EU have found that software APIs are not subject to copyright or patent, and all fall under the fair use laws -- meaning it's fair for anyone to use them. Many feel that judge Alsup will rule the same way, and all this was for nothing.

We're not lawyers. We don't pretend to be lawyers, don't play lawyers on TV and didn't even sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night. We're tech nerds, smartphone enthusiasts, and Android fans. All we know is that one group of millionaires is arguing with another group of millionaires about who gets what percentage of our money. Of course, both Google and Oracle claim victory, official statements are after the break. We'll keep an eye on things so you don't have to. Right now, I need an Excedrin and a whiskey sour.

More: Groklaw; The Verge

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2 years ago

Build your own CyanogenMod with the latest CMC beta for Ubuntu

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Back in December we first had a look at CMC (CyanogenMod Compiler), and it's come a long way since. What started as a command line tool to help download, sync, and build CyanogenMod for any supported device has turned into a full-featured program, complete with a GUI and plenty of polish. With CMC you'll be able to sync with your preferred branch (Gingerbread or ICS) for any officially supported device, then build a flashable zip file with just a few button clicks.

A few warnings are needed here. Firstly, what you're left with when finished is a completely unsupported (by the CM team) nightly build -- don't file bug reports or expect much assistance if there are issues. Next, there's the fact that you're spending time (as in a lot of time) downloading a couple Gigabytes of code and then building it yourself versus just downloading a 100MB file. Finally, we can't forget that fiddling with custom firmware is a great way to ruin your expensive Android device, and only you are responsible for what you do.

If you understand, and are OK with those minor details, this is a great way to roll-your-own CM without much experience. It's a great introduction to software compilation, and the pride of building your own installation is something special. You'll need to be running Ubuntu (versions 10.04 through 12.04 are supported), and the .Deb files will setup and install any dependencies. Give it a look, and be sure to thank lithid-cm for this cool tool!

Source: XDA-Developers; via OMGUbuntu

Thanks, obi!

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2 years ago

HTC EVO 4G updated with Sprint Connections Optimizer

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Now approaching its second birthday, the original HTC EVO 4G has received an unexpected software update today, bringing it up to version 5.07.651.1. The only new addition in this version, according to Sprint's changelog, is the inclusion of the Sprint Connections Optimizer. For the uninitiated, this is an app which runs in the background and can switch between 3G, Wimax and Wifi based on location. For example, if you only have Wifi access at home or at work, you can set the Connections Optimizer to disable Wifi when you're not in either of those two locations. Obvious benefits include improvements to battery life, and the potential to reduce your reliance on cellular data.

Sprint expects this new firmware to be pushed out to all EVO 4G's within six weeks. To see if your update is ready, head to Settings > About phone > Software updates and hit the button.

More: Sprint (1, 2)

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2 years ago

LTE-equipped Samsung Galaxy S III coming to Canada

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Update: ​Bell, Rogers and Wind Mobile have also announced that they'll be carrying the Galaxy S III.

​Original story: Following the phone's unveiling in London last week, Canadian carrier TELUS is the first North American mobile network to reveal that it'll be carrying the LTE version of Samsung's new Galaxy S III. TELUS says the phone will be available "in time for the summer," which fits with the June timeframe that Samsung has marked for the Galaxy S III's U.S. launch.

TELUS says it isn't offering any details on pricing or specifications just yet, which leads us to believe that the device it'll offer may differ somewhat from what we saw in London last week. That's to be expected, however, and we've already heard plenty of reports suggesting a different chip may power the LTE version of the Galaxy S III.

For more on the Galaxy S III, check out our exhaustive coverage of the London launch event last week, which includes detailed hands-on impressions.

We've got press releases after the break.

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2 years ago

Blurry-cam pic claims to show Sony LT29i Hayabusa

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We've heard rumors of a new Sony flagship phone on the way, by the codename of "Hayabusa," or LT29i to give it its product number. Last month an alleged image of the device in field testing appeared online, and now we have what may be a slightly clearer -- though still blurry -- photo of the device. Today's shots show the unmistakable green Xperia logo around the back, with a large camera lens up top and single LED flash. The front of the phone appears to be dominated by a large screen, with no traditional physical buttons, which might corroborate rumors that the Hayabusa will feature on-screen buttons. The device also appears to be fairly thin, though it's impossible to judge this precisely. Also of interest are the curved corners, in stark contrast to the sharp edges of the current crop of Xperia NXT phones.

As for rumored specs, the Hayabusa is said to sport a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset -- that's the one with the faster Adreno 320 GPU -- with 1GB of RAM, a 4.55-inch 720p screen (with on-screen buttons), and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. A whopping 2200mAh battery and 13MP camera are also rumored. If accurate, these specs would make the Hayabusa a worthy competitor to the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III. And if rumors of a 7-8mm thin chassis are true, the device could also be a worthy successor to last year's Xperia Arc.

A leaked roadmap suggests that the Hayabusa may appear in July around the €500 mark, while recent rumors from UnwiredView​ suggest a June announcement could be on the cards.

Of course we're well within unconfirmed rumor territory here, so take these reports with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, we'll admit to being intrigued by the possibility of a new super-high-end device from Sony. And the manufacturer will need to deliver something special in any upcoming flagship if it wants to compete with the latest devices from Samsung and HTC.

Source: UnwiredView IT168; via: XperiaBlog

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2 years ago

Sprint EVO 4G LTE 'Getting Started' guide now online

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If you're one of those folks who has to know everything about a device before purchasing it -- and we don't blame you if you are -- this one's for you. Sprint's made available the Getting Started guide for the HTC EVO 4G LTE, as spotted by gmtom1 in our forums. And trust us, there's a lot to know about this phone, between Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Sense 4 and all the other bells and whistles. 

So give it a gander below, and hit up the forums if you've got more questions. And don't forget that it's now available for preorder!

Download: EVO 4G LTE Getting started guide (pdf); via EVO 4G LTE Forums

 

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2 years ago

Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE announced with 4-inch screen and Ice Cream Sandwich

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Verizon and HTC have officially announced the Droid Incredible 4G LTE. It is a an evolutionary advancement from the Droid Incredible 2, which should prove to provide a solid experience for users who aren't concerned with having every single top-of-the line spec.

Here are the specs:

  • 4-inch qHD Super LCD screen (960 x 540)
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • HTC Sense 4
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB eMMC
  • 8MP rear-camera with autofocus, LED flash, 1080p HD video recording
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 1700 mAh removable battery

In the announcement, HTC also said that other variants of the HTC One V will be making their way to the U.S. in the summer, so if you're not on Verizon but are interested in this phone, just wait and you'll be able to get it. The Droid Incredible 4G LTE will be available on Verizon in the "coming weeks." For more, please visit our Droid Incredible 4G LTE Forum.

Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC One V headed to the U.S. this summer

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Alongside its Droid Incredible 4G LTE announcement, HTC also revealed that the One V, it's new entry-level smartphone, will be headed to the U.S. from a "variety of partners" this summer. No specific dates, prices or networks were announced. but the One V is a good bet for pre-paid or regional carriers.

Inside its chinny, Legend-like chassis, the One V sports a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon CPU, 512MB of RAM and a WVGA (800x480) SuperLCD2 display. As you might imagine, it's running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 4 on the software side. There's also a 5MP HTC ImageSense camera, which we found performed better than any entry-level smartphone camera we'd tested, even putting the Galaxy Nexus's 5MP shooter to shame.

For more on the One V, be sure to check out our full review of the international version. We've also got the full press release from HTC after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE specs

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Specs for the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE:

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