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2 years ago

Samsung bringing S-Pen SDK to developers in December

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During Thursday's presentation at the Samsung Galaxy Note World Tour event in London, the S-Pen stylus was extensively shown off including a local artist creating the image seen here. Further enhancing their commitment to the device, and that it isn't a mere gimmick they also announced that an SDK for it will be available from December. 

Samsung are obviously keen to push the technology, and to engage the third-party developers in taking advantage of the device. They also unveiled the first batch of third-party applications designed specifically for the Note -- Omnisketch, Comic Book and Sooner Workplace.

The first two are the creative, arty type of app that we're bound to see plenty of appearing for the Note. Sooner Workplace however is the first application to take advantage of the obvious enterprise use case for the Note, including collaboration on documents among it's features. 

If you haven't already, check out our hands on with the Galaxy Note during last nights European launch event.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note commercial availability announced, hits European markets first

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Back when Samsung unveiled their 5.3-inch, dual-core Galaxy Note with a SuperAMOLED HD display they never mentioned when, exactly anyone would be able to pick one up. Now though, Samsung has finally announced the commercial availability of the Galaxy Note, which will go on sale in European markets starting with Germany on October 29.

Launching with Android 2.3 and a 1.4 GHz dual core processor you'll also get a massive 2500 mAh battery to power that 1280x800 SuperAMOLED HD display, HSPA+ data as well as the 8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing shooter.

And we can't forget the S Pen, which is included with the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note supports screenshot-taking and annotation across all areas of the UI using the S Pen and its technology, which Samsung will be offering an SDK for eventually.

Source: Samsung

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2 years ago

Carrier IQ named 'company under $100M to watch' -- and users don't even get a thank-you

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Market research firm IDC has named Carrier IQ -- a name that provokes a cringe or two -- one of the "companies to watch" for analytics groups under $100 million in revenue.  Because it sells away data about your phone use -- telling your carrier what apps you use, how you use them, and when you use them -- we don't like it much around these parts.  It's sneaky -- and sneaky is bad.  How the whole deal works is that the carriers pay to have an app installed on the shiny new phone you bought, and it runs in the background.  The data it sends helps carriers and manufacturers work together to focus improving and innovating the things that folks like you and I use most often.  It saves them money, and makes you want to buy their next product by making Sense 4.0 do the things that users often do in a new (and hopefully better) way than Sense 3.0 did.  Doesn't sound so bad, does it?  Read on.

It's not inherently evil, at least on the surface.  A carrier eats some of the cost of a phone when they sell it to you subsidized, and users get to enjoy the $200 they saved.  But things get a little dicey when you consider who really owns the phone you just paid $299 for and signed two years of your contract life away for at the mall.  They tell you up front that they are tracking usage and sending off data about you, but you're not given notice (or a chance to decline) until after the money has been spent.  It's like buying a new TV and finding out that Channel 2 has been switched to the Best Buy News Network when you get home and hook it up.  You can pack it back up and pay a restocking fee, or shake your head and accept it.  Combine all this with the fact that you don't get a break on your monthly bill with most carriers if you opt-out of buying their phones, or that some carriers won't even let you use phones that they don't control, it things take a turn for the worse.  And when bugs appear, things turn from worse to FUBAR.

Before anyone jumps in and says "justrootyourphone," that's not the solution.  My mother can't, won't, and shouldn't have to root the phone to keep her information a little more private and keep others from profiteering from her.  And that solution pretty much goes out the window when you consider she has a Nokia feature phone, which you can't just "root" -- yes, this problem goes beyond Android.  What to do?  Buy an iPhone or a Nexus.  Or just accept what's happening and stop feeling indignant about it, because it's not going away any time soon.

More: BusinessWire

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2 years ago

Verizon's exclusive Galaxy Nexus exclusive no more?

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Seriously, this is the last time we're going to write about this Verizon-Galaxy Nexus exclusivity thing. But it's worth noting that Verizon's removed the "Exclusively from Verizon" line from its little banner image, which really only means that something that wasn't actually exclusive in the first place apparently still isn't exclusive. Make sense? No? Fine. Read this again.

Source: Verizon; via Phandroid

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2 years ago

Galaxy Nexus hits Europe Nov. 17, elsewhere thereafter

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We're at Samsung's World Tour event in London, and word just got passed that the Galaxy Nexus will be available on Nov. 17, and acrosst the globe shortly thereafter. It's unclear if that means the U.S. as well, with Verizon's "exclusive" and all. Stay tuned.

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2 years ago

C Spire's Motorola Milestone X gets its Android 2.3 update, too

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If you're making use of a Motorola Milestone X on CSpire we have some good news for you all. Yesterday, the carrier started to roll out an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update to the device which has been long awaited. Most users should get an update notification but if not just go to: Home>Menu> Settings>About Phone>System Updates

After that, you should find the update available for download and installation. Once updated, you'll find all the normal Android 2.3 goodies as well, a newer version of Blur.

Source: CSpire; Thanks, StromTrooper626!

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid 4 surfaces ... wait, already?

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It seems like just yesterday the Motorola Droid 3 was released, and now we already are seeing the Motorola Droid 4? Yikes -- released just  three months ago, the Motorola Droid 3 brought a larger screen and better keyboard but was lacking LTE out. Looks like that will change with the Droid 4. In addition to the picture the folks at Droid-Life were able to get some specs on the device, and they are as follows:

  • 4-inch screen (assuming Super AMOLED Advanced)
  • Full 5-row illuminated keyboard
  • RAZR styling
  • 4G LTE
  • Non-removable battery
  • Android 2.3.5
  • 1080p video recording (assuming 8MP)
  • Front camera
  • HDMI out
  • MotoACTV syncing

Non-removable battery, eh? Basically, think Droid RAZR with a keyboard. No word on release date, but it wouldn't surprise us in the least to see Verizon slip this one into its lineup sooner rather than later, especially since it apparently is lurking around a store or two.

Source: Droid-Life

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2 years ago

HTC Raider shipping now and in store tomorrow at Rogers for $149 with 3-year commitment

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The HTC Raider can now say goodbye to the rumored tag, and hello to the official device list as Rogers has announced that the device will begin shipping today online, and be available in stores tomorrow. This 4.5-inch qHD super LCD device will run Android 2.3.4 accompanied by an 8MP camera, 1080P video recording and all the other usual Sense goodies. If you have been waiting for an HTC device that can run on Rogers LTE, the HTC Raider may be the right device for you at the price point of only $149 if you sign a three-year deal. 

Source: Rogers

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2 years ago

C Spire's Samsung Galaxy S gets its Gingerbread update

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If you've got a Samsung Galaxy S on C Spire (nee Cellular South), word is you've got an Android 2.3 update waiting for you via the Kies desktop program. Along with the Gingerbread UI and other usual changes, C Spire's also touting:

  • Improved battery performance
  • Improved IMAP/POP3 e-mail performance
  • Improved account and contact sync performance (like Facebook)
  • MMS size increased from 512KB to 1MB

Shame you still have to use Kies to update, but, hey, a Gingerbread update is a Gingerbread update, right?

Source: C Spire; More: What's new (pdf)
Thanks, Bobby!

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2 years ago

Sony buying out Ericsson's share of Sony Ericsson

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We've seen this coming for a few weeks now, and today it was announced that after 10 years together and some €1.5 billion in profits, Sony its indeed buying out the Ericsson share in Sony Ericsson

Ericsson confirmed the buyout this morning and will receive a payday of €1.05 billion in return for its half of the partnership. The deal also sees sony receive an IP cross-licensing agreement as well as "five essential patent families."

Why, you ask?

The transaction gives Sony an opportunity to rapidly integrate smartphones into its broad array of network-connected consumer electronics devices – including tablets, televisions and personal computers - for the benefit of consumers and the growth of its business. The transaction also provides Sony with a broad intellectual property (IP) cross-licensing agreement covering all products and services of Sony as well as ownership of five essential patent families relating to wireless handset technology.

Check out the full presser after the break.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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