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3 years ago

Google reportedly in talks to purchase alternate patent suite from InterDigital

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As the patent world turns ... The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, this morning reports that Google is in talks with InterDigital Inc. about acquiring the "technology developer and licenser" in the wake of its failed bidding for that Nortel patent suite.

The WSJ story says IngerDigital owns around 8,800 patents regarding transmitting wireless data, noise-cancellation and other technology for cellular phones and networks.

Source: WSJ; More: Google and patents

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3 years ago

Lucky Android Central reader gets his Motorola Photon a little early

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What's 4.3 inches of Tegra 2 power, chock full of on-board storage, and sitting in Android Central reader Shawheim's pocket?  Why the Motorola Photon, of course.  It looks like he was lucky enough to come across someone selling a unit on the web, and like any self-respecting Android geek he jumped.  He was kind enough to post a handful of pictures and some initial thoughts in the forums, and while I don;t want to spoil anything, he says "its a BEAST!"

It's coming for the rest of us on July 31, but in the meantime we can all hang out in the Motorola Photon 4G forums and patiently wait.  Be sure to visit and check out all his pics!

Source: Android Central forumsThanks, Shawheim!

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3 years ago

Sneak peek at the Droid Does Motorola Droid Bionic page points to a $299 price tag

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Update: Not that anybody out there screaming this is a fake asked us, but this might shed a little light on things. Haters gonna hate.

Original: Well, well. What have we here? We've been handed what our tipster says is an early version of the Droid Does page for the Motorola Bionic. We're told it's set to go live the first week of August. Specs aren't any different than we've seen, but it's the price that's really standing out -- $299 on contract. That's gonna hurt. But we've been there before, haven't we.

Specs are said to be what we've already been told -- 4.3-inch pentile touchscreen at qHD resolution, TI OMAP 4430 dual-core processor at 1GHz, 1GHz DDR2 RAM clocked at 1066 MHz, that whole Motorola Webtop thing, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera. We also get its height and weight statistics -- 2.66 inches wide, 4.95 inches tall and 0.52 inches thick, weighing 5.56 ounces. (Let's hope they fix that whole length-width-height thing before launch.)

So, that's what we've got. Last-minute changes to this sort of thing aren't unheard of, but we're certainly getting closer to launch, it seems, and remember that leaked screen from Sam's Club pointing to Aug. 4. Stay tuned, folks.

More: Droid Bionic forums; Thanks anon!

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3 years ago

Rogers Samsung Infuse 4G gets priced at $150 by Future Shop

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Rogers has been on a roll as of late when it comes to updating their Android line-up of devices. Last night in Toronto they held the launch party for the Samsung Infuse 4G and today, Future Shop has outed the pricing of the soon-to-be released device. $149 is what you'll be looking at should you decide to agree to a new 3-year contract but if contracts aren't really your thing, then you'll be looking to hand over $550.  That said; keep in mind the Samsung Galaxy S II is starting to arrive at Bell and Virgin Mobile retail shops all across Canada and only costs $50 more off contract.

Source: Future Shop; via: Mobile Syrup

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3 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide now available online

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If you want to get your hands on T-Mobile's MyTouch 4G Slide, and don't want to wait for it to show up in stores on July 27, you can now place your order at T-Mobile website.  The MyTouch 4G Slide (check out the initial review) is HTC's latest tech, thrown into a package with a horizontal sliding qwerty, and one heck of a camera.  It will cost you $200 after contract and a pesky mail-in rebate, or $500 if you want to buy it outright.  My first impressions tell me that it's a great update from the original MyTouch slider, or even the MyTouch 4G.  We've got an ongoing Q&A thread in the forums, and I'll have a full detailed review shortly.  If you're ready to buy, hit the source link and have at it!

Source: T-MobileThanks, Henri!

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3 years ago

Get your Samsung Galaxy S II now from Virgin Mobile Canada

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OK, it might not be right now but you can at least take comfort in knowing your order is placed for one of the most anticipated Android devices out there these days.  If you head on over to the Virgin Mobile website, you'll find the Samsung Galaxy S II available for $170 or $599 outright. We've reached out to some retail locations as well to inquire -- many of which stated they have stock available for pick up.  In the meantime, you can check out our Samsung Galaxy S II review.

Source: Virgin Mobile Canada

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3 years ago

Harry Potter books coming to Android in October via Pottermore and Google Books

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Calling all Muggles -- JK Rowling's Harry Potter series will finally be hitting e-readers this fall, and it'll be available on Android. There's a bit of a catch, as you'll actually be buying the books from the new Pottermore site in October. When you purchase, you'll have the option to save the book to your Google Books library. And from there, you can read on any Android smartphone or tablet (or any non-Android or iOS device that has a browser).

Google also announced that Google Checkout is the preferred third-party checkout for Pottermore. So if you've got an Android phone and have ever purchased an app from the Android Market, you're already set. More details are set to unfold leading up to the launch this fall.

Source: Google Books Blog

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3 years ago

PopCap games to be pre-loaded on Xperia Pro, Xperia Mini Pro

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Game developer PopCap has announced that it's reached an agreement with Sony Ericsson to pre-load its "Games by PopCap" portal on the upcoming Xperia Pro and Xperia Mini Pro. The deal will see these phones shipping with trial versions of Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies, along with the full version Chuzzle. It'll also be the first chance for Android owners in Europe to get their hands on PopCap's games, as right now these only been available on the Amazon AppStore, which currently turns Europeans away at the door.

The Xperia Pro and Mini Pro are due to land sometime in the third quarter, although there's no firm release date for either device just yet. Join us after the jump for the full presser.

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3 years ago

HTC Wildfire S mini-review (Vodafone network)

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One fortunate side-effect of all the craziness going on at the expensive end of the smartphone spectrum is that more-affordable devices are starting to become faster and better. Last year’s HTC Wildfire underwhelmed us a little, with its sub-par QVGA screen and relatively meager 384MB of RAM. But earlier this year HTC refreshed many of its mid-range products, and it’s arguably the Wildfire that’s received the biggest boost. The new HTC Wildfire S has a sharper, brighter screen, a faster CPU and more RAM than the original. And like the rest of HTC’s “S” series, it ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The Wildfire S remains a budget handset, though, selling for £180 on Pay As You Go from Vodafone UK, as well as being offered for free on contract. Read on to find out what kind of smartphone experience HTC has managed to cram into its tiniest Android handset to date.

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3 years ago

Samsung Mobile's JK Shin says to expect Galaxy S II in U.S. in August

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We're going to wait for the U.S. carriers to announce things before we get too terribly excited, but Samsung Mobile president JK Shin recently told Korean reporters that  "We expect to release the Galaxy S II in the U.S. market sometime in August."

Again, we're going to take that with a wee grain of salt until we get word from the U.S. carriers. Not that the man wouldn't know -- you just know how our carriers are.

Source: Yonhap News; via The Next Web

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3 years ago

Lookout announces Mobile Threat Network, partnership with VCast app store

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Lookout has announced the creation of the "Mobile Threat Network" -- designed to automate the process of detection and analysis of applications that pose a threat to the end user's security.  Using a mobile security API, protection can be extended not only to the end user, but to the application market as well.  Verizon Wireless has gotten on board, and their VCast app store will use the mobile security API to connect with the Mobile Threat Network, the first such company to become involved.  We've seen how hard it can be to keep determined people from pushing malware laden applications to market, so we're glad to see any effort to fight against it.

The way it works, applications are scanned and analyzed, with suspicious apps identified.  After determining that an application is malicious, Lookout will protect your phone, and the new Mobile Threat Network keeps it from showing up at any market that participates -- like the VCast app store.  A fast and efficient way to scan applications and mark potential problem apps for a further investigation sounds like a great solution to a real problem.

It's a sad fact of life that an open market model will have malware.  We hate it as much as you do, but it's important that we recognize that it exists.  The vast majority of the applications available for the Android platform are perfectly safe to use, written by hard working developers, but one bad Apple can ruin the bunch.  Maybe you have the time and know-how to keep yourself safe from malware, but if you want the convenience and security of an automated system from the professionals, it's great that one exists.  For more details, read the press release after the break and hit the source link to read more.

Source: Lookout

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3 years ago

Netflix now available on 24 devices -- most tablets still excluded

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So, the good: Netflix has quietly added support for a slew of Android phones, bringing the total to 24. That's two dozen devices on which to stream movies to your heart's content -- including the upcoming Motorola Droid Bionic.

And, now, the bad: Except for the Lenovo K1 IdeaPad -- which kinda sorta isn't really on sale yet -- tablets are still nowhere to be found. No Motorola Xoom. No Galaxy Tab 10.1. Heck, no Galaxy Tab 7, either. No ASUS Transformer. No Toshiba Thrive. Odd, to say the least.

But, we'll take what we can get, we suppose. We've got download links for Netflix, plus the full list of supported devices, after the break.

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3 years ago

Gingerbread update for the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G scheduled to start July 20

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The T-Mobile myTouch 4G is slated to start seeing some of that sweet Gingerbread loving starting tomorrow (July 20).  According to T-Mobile, a limited pilot will kick things off, with the broader general roll out to begin in a few weeks.  Besides it being Gingerbread, T-Mobile says they're including the latest Swype update, and Exchange 2010 compatibility.  In the "resolved issues" column, we have fixes for Bluetooth, saving messages from the inbox, a better domestic roaming signal, a "more responsive" display, and the usual unnamed software and stability improvements.

T-Mobile also make a special note that they will be unable to expedite the software roll-out, so you'll just have to wait your turn.  Until someone leaks out the download location, that is -- we'll let you know.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid X2 sees its first custom ROM

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Android developer c21johnson has worked up a custom ROM for the Motorola Droid X2.  Minimal X, currently in a beta-release stage, is the first available custom ROM for the X2, which still has a locked bootloader.  Goes to show that keeping phones locked down won't stop dedicated people from hacking at them, and it a huge waste of resources, and I'll stop there before I go off on a whole 'nother tangent.

The ROM itself has been cleared of any useless bloat, and the system and framework have been edited.  As the developer mentions, this makes a great base for some more exotic work to be cooked from, and we expect to see it soon.  Of course you'll have to have root, and ignore the drama and use the bootstrap utility that is floating around out there to install.  Looks like the X2 is following in its older brother's footsteps and has turned out to be a capable, and hackable, piece of gear.  Congrats c21johnson.

Source: XDA-DevelopersThanks, Alexander!

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation with S-off spotted

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

If you're sitting there patiently, waiting for some proper S-off action for your HTC Sensation, it appears you might not have to wait much longer, as the folks at AlphaRev apparently have a properly hacked Pyramid in their hands. S-off, of course, is important for having full access to the lower levels of the device. Without it, things like custom ROMs are a wee bit more difficult to accomplish.

Anyhoo, stay tuned for when we see a public release. Until then, enjoy the video.

Thanks, Franky!

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