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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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2 years ago

Verizon says 'exclusively' for the Galaxy Nexus ... But it's not exactly true

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So right about now everybody's freaking out over what so many feared -- and what many of us have been saying for quite a while. There's a distinct possibility that Verizon will have some sort of exclusivity on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

First off, it ain't entirely true. There are caveats involved here, folks. But you knew that, because you're smart and you listen to the Greatest Android Pocast in the World and have heard us say this numerous times now and don't freak out when the rest of the world does. Let's break down what a Verizon-exclusive Galaxy Nexus means, in handy list form.

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2 years ago

More clues hinting towards a Google Music store uncovered

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Grab your phone, make sure you're not signed into your Google account in the browser, and head to music.google.com.  You'll see the above, with a big fat (non-working) link to the Android Market's music page (https://market.android.com/music).  It doesn't take much imagination to see how this relates to the rumors that Google is planning to open its own music store, and have it tied into your current Google Music Beta account.  

It's widely believed that Google Music was supposed to launch with such a service, but content deals couldn't be made and those plans were scrapped -- leaving a free storage locker for 20,000 of your own songs you can stream anywhere.  The addition of an Amazon-esque music store, tied directly to your existing Google checkout account, sounds like a winner to us.  Keep it DRM free, allow me to easily download purchased content to my phone or computer, and you have a customer for life, Google.

Source: News on Droid (German); via TechCrunch

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2 years ago

Verizon's Galaxy Nexus sign-up page is live

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In case the suspense isn't already killing you, Verizon Wireless has launched its sign-up page for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a sure sign that Android's next poster child is oh-so-close. In exchange for your email address, Verizon promises to keep you up-to-speed on Galaxy Nexus information and offers you one of the first spots in line for the device. Hit the source link to sign up and remember: deep breaths, people. It's coming. 

Source: Verizon Wireless

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2 years ago

Android App Player on BlackBerry - How will it all work?

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The folks over at CrackBerry have done some investigating in regards to just how Android and Android apps will work on the BlackBerry PlayBook and future BlackBerry smartphones. A few tidbits of info to come out of the Q & A are rather interesting. While most of it is developer related -- there is some info there for users as well. Some examples:

Q: Do I need the source code for an Android app to port it over to BlackBerry?
A: No, you just need the .apk file.

Q: What versions of Android will BBX Support?
A: Research In Motion plans to support any open-sourced versions of Android.  Currently version 2.3 is the newest version of Android that Google has released open source code for, so that's what the PlayBook OS / BBX currently support. When Google releases open source code for Ice Cream Sandwich, BBX will support that.

Q: So does that mean App World will run rampant with Android apps that were not intended to be in there?
A: No. The submission process is still the same here. You need to sign up as a developer with App World. If you submit apps, you need to have the rights to those apps for them to get published.

RIM looks to be making an attempt to attract developers to their platform but one has to one wonder if this will back fire? As it is right now, anyone can package up a developers .apk file and install it on their BlackBerry PlayBook -- they just cannot submit it to BlackBerry App World.

Will this sort of stuff detract Android developers or is there a slight chance RIM may actually pull in a few developers to their platform because of how easy it appears to be? Hit the source link for the full details.

Source: CrackBerry

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2 years ago

Asus Transformer Prime shows itself, we all gaze at it's beauty

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We're getting closer and closer to the official announcement of the Asus Transformer Prime, but if you really, really can't wait then take a look at these leaked shots of the quad-core super tablet.

Bearing passing resemblance to a Macbook Pro, the images have been pulled from the Chinese site that originally leaked them. They go on to show various angles of the Prime, but the lockscreen is the only part of the software on show and it doesn't give any glimpses of any Ice Cream Sandwich goodness I'm afraid. 

Coming from the success of the original Transformer, a lot of you are sure to want one of these. Check out some more images after the jump to whet your appetite just a little more. 

Source: Notebook Italia

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2 years ago

Thunderbolt OTA, VZW Xoom update [From the Forums]

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Though today feels like a Monday -- we're still rocking out the Android news for you all. If you missed anything from today, make sure you skip on down the page a bit and check things out. Plus, you can head on into the Android Central forums to discuss more as always:

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2 years ago

HTC Raider (Holiday) rumored to come to Rogers, $150 with a 3 year contract

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The HTC Raider (we know it as the Holiday) is coming to Rogers for $149.99 on a three-year contract, according to a tip received by Mobile Syrup.  While a three-year contract is something that just boggles our minds, the Raider is something we can easily get behind.  A 4.5-inch qHD display, 1.2 GHZ dual-core processor, 1GB ram, 8GB internal memory, with an 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera running on a LTE network will get the attention of just about any smartphone aficionado. 

We've been hearing rumors and seeing pictures of an AT&T version for about forever, but still have no official word from Dallas yet.  Maybe you folks north of the border will get first dibs on this one.  Hopefully we'll know the details shortly.

Source: Mobile Syrup

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2 years ago

Shadowgun now available in the Android Market for Tegra 2 devices

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Here's what you've been waiting for if your an Android fan and love to play action shooters -- Shadowgun (see our early review) is now available in the Android Market for Tegra 2 devices.  It's got killer graphics (console quality, I kid you not), a great storyline, and will give you hours and hours of gameplay.  It's by far one of the best mobile games on any platform.  I've been playing the press copy for a bit on both the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the LG G2X, and have been itching to get the full version myself. 

You'll find download links after the break, as well as the video trailer (it's a must watch).  Shadowgun is $4.99, and runs on Tegra 2 devices with Android 2.2 or higher.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile Amaze 4G review

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A great phone, for sure -- but is it amazing?

A couple weeks into using the HTC Amaze 4G on T-Mobile, we've pretty much decided the most amazing thing about the device isn't the hardware, which of course is stellar. It's not the software, which is a further iteration of HTC Sense. These things are givens, right?

No, instead the most amazing thing about the HTC Amaze 4G is the fact that we're seeing it on T-Mobile at all, just a few months after its older brother, the HTC Sensation 4G, was released.

So what's different? What's new? is it truly amazing? Yes. And no.


Powerful hardware, and HTC Sense is as good as ever. The camera quality is much-improved, and the hardware shutter buttons and quick access to the camera app are must-haves.


Could be too large for some people. The larger plastic battery cover is pretty slick in the hand. Earpiece is a lint trap. The camera app, while better, still has room for improvement.



Easily the best HTC Android smartphone on T-Mobile, with its current hardware and software. The camera is as good as any HTC has done of late. Makes us wonder, however, why T-Mobile's carrying the Amaze 4G as well as the only slightly older HTC Sensation.

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