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4 years ago

Samsung adds iPhone 5 to patent complaints against Apple

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As soon as the U.S. sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was lifted, Samsung leaped back into the legal offensive, tacking on the iPhone 5 to its own patent claims against Apple. The fresh complaints are an amendment to Samsung's original lawsuit, but surprisingly don't have anything to do with LTE (a technology for which Samsung holds a handful of patents). The patents in question include six utility patents and two UMTS standard essential ones, which are all listed below. 

You may recall that Samsung had tried to get their hands on the iPhone 5 prior to any announcement to see if it applied to any of the complaints they were laying against the then-current breed of iOS smartphone, but was flatly denied. Now that the iPhone 5 is out though, it's fair game.  

If you're into the legal nitty-gritty, the amendment by Samsung is embedded below. Things are looking grim for Samsung in this case right now, but they aren't out of the fight yet. Do you guys think they'll be able to strike back at Apple, or at least fend off the beefy infringement fine

Source: CNET

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4 years ago

Some international Galaxy Note 2s shipping without multi-window feature

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One of the cooler features of the Galaxy Note 2 is its ability run multiple apps in split-screen mode. The feature, known as multi-window, wasn't ready for prime-time at IFA, but was showcased a few days back in an official Samsung preview video.

However, many new Galaxy Note 2 owners in Europe have noticed that the feature isn't available on their handsets. Normally, it can be activated by long-pressing the back key, however on certain devices -- including ours -- this isn't working. According to numerous forum reports, the cause is an older firmware version on these devices. So if your international Note 2 comes with version N7100XXALIE, you'll find multi-window is unavailable. If you're on the newer N7100XXALIH, as many others are, the feature should work as expected. You can check your software version by heading to Settings > About device.

The reason for the omission isn't clear, though it's likely the manufacturer will update those phones stuck on the earlier firmware at some point in the near future. So full-screen multi-tasking should be just a software update away for those affected. In the meantime, we've reached out to Samsung for comment, and will update this post with any info they provide.

via Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC One X+ and Sense 4+

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In spite of all the hype surrounding a certain competitor, the HTC One X was a very strong entrant in the high-end smartphone space earlier in the year. Many of our editors own it. If you’re reading this, there’s an above-average chance you do, too. Though lacking in mindshare compared to the Galaxy S3, the One X remains a formidable smartphone, even besting Samsung’s flagship in many areas.

But as the year draws to a close, it’s time for a successor, as part of HTC’s annual fall product refresh. Last year the Sensation XE built upon the strengths of the Sensation, with a larger battery, a faster CPU and enhanced software. And later this month, the One X will undergo similar augmentation, with the resulting device coming to market as the HTC One X+. Read on for an extensive preview of HTC’s flagship Android phone for late 2012.

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4 years ago

HTC One X+ is official - faster CPU, bigger battery, Sense 4+ and Jelly Bean

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HTC has announced a new high-end phone based upon its popular One X, the HTC One X+. Variously rumored and leaked over the past month, the One X+ runs upgraded hardware compared to the original. There's a faster 1.7 GHz Tegra 3 AP37 CPU on-board, along with 64GB of storage and a larger 2100mAh battery.

Some other specs remain unchanged from the One X -- there's still 1GB of on-board RAM, a 4.7-inch SuperLCD2 display, and an 8MP rear camera with BSI sensor and HTC's ImageSense chip. The front-facer has undergone a small upgrade, though, jumping from 1.3MP to 1.6, and with this upgrade it gains the ability to use ImageSense.

On the software side, the One X+ is the first HTC phone to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the new HTC Sense 4+, which offers some minor software tweaks over earlier versions of HTC's UI. Be sure to check out our full hands-on report on the One X+ for more on HTC's latest handset.

HTC says the One X+ will launch in the UK and Europe early October, followed by Asia in November. U.S. release plans have yet to be revealed. Today's full press release is after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC to deliver Jelly Bean and Sense 4+ upgrade for One S, X and XL this month

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Alongside today's HTC One X+ announcement comes the news that HTC will upgrade some of its earlier One series phones to the latest versions of Android and Sense. The Sense 4+ and Jelly Bean update is scheduled to hit One S, X and XL phones later this month, and HTC tells us that every feature of the One X+ that doesn't require additional hardware will be made available on these devices. Note, as ever, that carrier-specific versions of these phones may take a little while longer to see this update.

Sadly, there's no mention of the One V -- or any other existing HTC phones -- in today's announcement. It's unlikely HTC will leave its entire back catalog in the lurch, but the lack of any announcements for earlier devices isn’t encouraging news for owners of these phones.

Nevertheless, it's a welcome development for the many One S, One X or One XL owners out there.

More: HTC One X+ announcement, HTC One X+ hands-on

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4 years ago

HTC One X+ specs

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HTC's just announced the One X+, its new high-end smartphone running upgraded One X-based internals. If you're looking for full specs, we've got 'em after the break.

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4 years ago

Over 25 percent of Android devices now running 4.0 and above

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As it tends to do, Google has released a breakdown of what versions of Android devices out in the wild are currently running as of today, October 1. We're now over the milestone of having one in every four Android devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher -- unfortunately Jelly Bean makes up just 1.8 percentage-points of that right now, but let's not be too down on these numbers. Rounding out the rest of the chart is 2.3 Gingerbread at 55.8 percent, naturally, with all previous versions adding up to just 16.8 percent of active devices.

Android 4.0 and above has seen a pretty quick pickup in adoption since a large number of the world's best selling devices have launched or been updated to it at this point. This is really good news in terms of user adoption, but it also means that app developers have more incentive than ever to start following those "holo" guidelines we seem to ramble on about at times. Be sure to check out the full report at the source link below.

Source: Android Developers Dashboard

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G Ice Cream Sandwich update available Oct. 3

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T-Mobile has just put up a support page indicating that the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G (seriously, these names are getting to be a bit much) is going to be receiving an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich starting on October 3rd. The latest software -- version T769UVLF4 -- will bring all of the latest ICS features in addition to a Mobile Hotspot and Email fix. Unfortunately, it will only be available via Samsung Kies and not over the air like the previous update. That being said, we've got to be thankful that ICS is coming to the device via official means.

One interesting thing to note here is that T-Mobile specifically points out that the device cannot be rooted and receive the update. Of course most of us know this, but seeing it pointed out specifically in the support documentation is probably a good thing.

Source: TmoNews; T-Mobile Support

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4 years ago

Jelly Bean update leaks for Sprint Galaxy S3

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It's been a little while since we saw the international Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) receiving an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update in Poland, and now it seems that the Galaxy S3 on the Now Network is poised to get its own update. A 4.1.1 build for the device has leaked out and packaged up for users to test their luck flashing over at the XDA forums, bearing the build number JRO03L.L710VPBLIF. Both Odexed and DeOdexed versions of the ROM are available, and as is usually the case with leaks like this, users are reporting mixed results using it as a daily driver.

If you're interested in doing some tinkering and want to try Jelly Bean on your Sprint Galaxy S3, hit the source link below. As always, flash at your own risk and do your self a favor by backing up first!

Source: XDA Forums; Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia T now available from Vodafone UK

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Following recent announcements from fellow UK carriers, Three and O2, Vodafone has made their own announcement regarding the Sony Xperia T. The latest high-end offering from Sony is now available from the carrier for free, on their Red price plans starting at £37 per month. For that, you'll get unlimited minutes and messaging, 1GB of data and 2GB of BTOpenZone WiFi access. 

At this price, Vodafone is slightly more expensive than competing networks, in particular Three. In any case, if you've been waiting for an Xperia T to hit Vodafone, now's your chance. Let us know in the comments below if you're thinking of picking one up. The full presser can be found after the break.

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4 years ago

Sony's Xperia TL finally official on AT&T

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You'll have to excuse us for not acting more surprised to see the Sony Xperia T announced today for AT&T in the United States, as we've seen it wearing the carrier's colors for the better part of a month. But, here it is, reborn as the Xperia TL. You'll recall our hands-on with the Xperia T back at the IFA conference in Berlin last month. Here's a recap on the specs:

  • 4.6-inch "HD Reality Display" at 720 x 1280 resolution with the Mobile Bravia engine
  • 13-megapixel rear camera
  • PlayStation certified
  • NFC
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • Launching with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, with an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to come.

Things we don't yet know: Pricing and an availability date. Stick around.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 launches on Three UK

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 went on sale at selected UK Samsung brand stores last night, but today is the big launch day for most stores and mobile networks. Three is the first to announce the availability of the Note 2 on its network, with on-contract prices starting at £31 per month with a £159 up-front charge for the phone. If you're after a Three Galaxy Note 2 without a contract, you'll pay £499 for the PAYG version.

The Note 2 is available to purchase in Three stores nationwide today, and the network says online orders placed today will be fulfilled tomorrow.

For more on the Galaxy Note 2, be sure to check out our hands-on coverage. We'll bring you a full review later this week.

Source: Three

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4 years ago

Red Samsung Galaxy S3 now in stock in the UK, and at a pretty good price

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If you fancy picking up the Samsung Galaxy S3 SIM-free but want to stand out from the crowd why not consider the garnet red variant? Expansys has the red model in stock, along with the more standard pebble blue version. And it comes with a fairly tempting price tag, too, at £429.99 -- over £100 cheaper than the launch day price.

Getting a top of the range smartphone can be pretty cheap on a contract, but most UK networks want us on a 24 month deal. While this may suit many, Android followers are more than aware that the life span of a 'top of the range' device is pretty short.

The Galaxy S3, as we all, know has fantastic specs, a beautiful large display and with Samsung's continued marketing I can see the device continuing to sell well for some time to come. UK readers -- did you see the Samsung product placement on the X Factor this weekend?

Source: Expansys

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia AX announced for Japanese market

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Japanese consumers were lucky enough to get their hands on the Xperia GX -- their version of the Xperia T -- long before other territories. Now it seems there's a new, Japan-exclusive handset to get excited about, as Sony today announces the Xperia AX.

The AX is a Japanese variant of the Xperia V, so it's packed with much the same hardware -- a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 1GB of RAM a 13MP camera and a 4.3-inch 720 display. It also sports water and dust resistance, the first 4G LTE Sony phone to boast these capabilities. On the software side, it's running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.

There's no word on when the Xperia AX will arrive on Japanese store shelves, but with the Xperia V expected before the end of the year, we imagine it won't be long.

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4 years ago

Acer Cloudmobile now available in the UK for £290

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It's been a long time since the pretty stunning looking Acer Cloudmobile was unveiled -- Mobile World Congress in February -- but now, finally, the device is on sale in the UK. Online retailer, Expansys, now has the Cloudmobile in stock for £289.99, a slight increase on their pre-order price after the original expected September 5 date was missed.

Priced firmly in the mid-range category, the Cloudmobile is an attractive offering in this sector of the market. Packing a 4.3 inch 1280x720 HD IPS display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 8260A Processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage. The battery isn't the largest at 1460 mAh, but it is removable, and there is a microSD card slot on board. 

While the whole unveiling, disappearing, re-appearing release saga may put some off, the Cloudmobile still offers excellent value for money at this price point. While launching on Ice Cream Sandwich, it's pretty stock looking Ice Cream Sandwich, right down to the on-screen buttons. Flicking through the user manual for the Cloudmobile, it looks as if there are a few Acer customizations, such as in the lockscreen, but generally it's a pretty stock experience. And, it looks absolutely stunning, let's not forget that. 

Source: Expansys, More: Acer Cloudmobile User Manual

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