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3 years ago

Google exec: 'We have options to protect the values of Android'

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Google's director of Android global partnerships, John Lagerling, addressed the issue of patent lawsuits against Google's partners while speaking at a Pacific Crest investor conference.  At a time when everyone under the sun is suing everyone else, I assume Mr. Lagerling felt the need to explain to investors that Google does have a strategy to assist and protect Android from legal issues, though he didn't give much detail.  His take on the subject:

Without going into too much detail, I do think that we have very strong paths that we can take to protect the values of Android that we have built through the open-source Apache 2 license with our partners. Obviously, Google doesn’t build — we don’t build phones and devices, but we had a vested interest in protecting the values of the Android ecosystem.

So when our partners are being attacked by aggressors, which we see as materially unfounded, it’s something that we join up together with our partners to resolve. And we have, I think, several options that we can take that will help protect the values of Android.

So again, we want to protect innovation. Patents were supposed to be there to enable innovation and monetization of innovation. When it’s being used in a prospective which is more to, as we see it, stifle innovation, it’s not something that is good for consumers.

Android is the only operating system, modern smart-phone operating system, that exists on devices that cost $200 or less. That is what is enabling the next billion of users of the Internet on mobile in the world. There might be players that are not so excited to see the margins and the prices go down like that and the variety that Android enables, but I think we are very convinced that we will be able to continue and create and protect the value of Android.

This echoes what Eric Schmidt and Larry Page have said, while saying just as little.  It stands to reason that Google has a strategy to protect the interests of their partners, and we can only assume that we'll see it when the time is right.  Or on Twitter.

Source: ZDNet

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3 years ago

Photon fumble, Inspired Gingerbread [From the Forums]

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Right then, another Monday is now passing and we've got quite a few things lined up for the rest of the week for you all. Make sure you stick with us to keep up to date on all things Android be it here, on the blogs -- or in the Android Central forums:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Honeycomb 3.1 update for LG G-Slate to start pushing Aug 8 or 9 says LG

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If you're patiently waiting for an update for your LG G-Slate, we've got good news.  According to a moderator at the official LG community forums, the Honeycomb 3.1 update for the G-Slate should start pushing out as early as Aug 8.  Carrier versions should follow soon thereafter, with Docomo in Japan already having scheduled their update to start Aug 10.  Of course things can change, and we're only sure once it actually happens.  We have no word when T-mobile is to begin sending out any update for their version, but have reached out to them asking for any information they can share.  We'll let you know what, if anything, they have to say.

Source: LG ForumsThanks, Caleb!

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic caught looking a little less blurry in latest leaked pics

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We've seen the Droid Bionic leaked out in a handful of blurry pics, topless shots, and even the FCC gave us a little teaser. But today we see a couple that give a good look at the phone without the eyestrain.  If you look past Katy Perry, and the task killer this tester is running, you'll see the 4.3-inch qHD display at work, as well as some LTE action going on in the status bar.  GottaBeMobile also has a nice pic showing off the back of the phone, as well as a few standard blurry shots of the profile -- you'll wanna visit the source link to check those out.

Pictures are nice, and we all love seeing them, but what everyone really wants is a date -- even a blurry one.

Source: GottaBeMobile

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3 years ago

Poll: Do you let your kids play with your phone or tablet?

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Oops. Somebody's inadvertently gone and started a rational discussion on Google+, about whether kids should be allowed to play with our expensive toys. There's no right or wrong answer (until the inevitable happens, we suppose) -- to each his (or her) own.

So, let's hear it. We know you love your Android smartphone or tablet. Do you love your kids enough to let them play with several hundred dollars worth of hardware?

Do you let your kids play with your Android phone or tablet?

More: Our favorite kids apps for Android

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3 years ago

A blurry LG Prada K2 spied on a desk

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Not sure we'd really call this an "in the wild" video, but here's a very short, blurry look at the LG Prada K2 sitting on a desk. And that's about all you get. But a previous leak peg it at having a 4.3-inch NOVA display (that's the 1,000-nit thing that's also in the LG Optimus Black). It's got an 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP shooter up front, plus 21Mbps data.

Source: Pocketnow

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3 years ago

Android Game Review: Switch

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

This one's dizzingly addictive. Switch is an Android racing game that's about distance, speed and trying to send you running for a barf bag, while trying to do an impression of Tap Tap Revenge at the same time.

You've got a little triangular racing thing, which goes speeding down a four-lane track. The idea is to miss things that are coming at you.. The game starts out pretty slow. But once it speeds up, it throws a wrench into things by going all sideways. It's an interesting mix of simple gameplay and visual tricks, and keeps things exciting.

Switch is free, and we've got download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Gingerbread update for the HTC Inspire 4G now ready

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It has been quite a wait for HTC Inspire 4G owners but now the time has finally arrived. Right now, you can check for system updates or head on over to the HTC support site and find the Inspire Gingerbread update readily available for download.

HTC Inspire™ 4G for AT&T Gingerbread ROM Update | 08.08.2011

Starting August 4th 2011, HTC will be rolling out a system update for the HTC Inspire 4G.

This update will only be available for AT&T HTC Inspire 4G Customers and will be sent to the device over the air. Once the release is ready, HTC Inspire 4G users will receive a notification on their device advising them of this update and provide instructions to receive and install it. Users can proactively check for this update by going to Home>Menu>Settings> AT&T Software Update > HTC Wi-Fi software update > Check now. The system update can also be downloaded below and manually applied to the device.

If you decide to update your device manually, make sure you have a back up in place. The update will delete all user information stored on the device and you'll not be able to get it back. If you need some help -- by all means, jump into the Android Central forums and ask away.

Source: HTC; via: Android Central Forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Meet the Android Central developers group

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Here at Android Central we're about more than just bringing you the latest Android news, we have the best damn Android forums on the Internet!  (Notice the capital I in Internet. We're serious.)  Being the best, and staying the best, means we're always looking for ways to offer more, and this one is pure awesomesauce direct from AC forums admin Cory Streater's laboratory -- the Android Central developers group. 

We're kicking things off with a group of fellows who have taken the Sprint Optimus S and the Virgin Mobile Optimus V and changed them from great mid level phones into something that's downright spectacular with their endless late night coding sessions and dedication.  What these gentlemen have done is amazing, and if you have a phone that they work with, you probably already know it.  Jonathan, Drew, Justin, and Nick -- we raise our glass to you.

This is only the beginning folks.  The fellas and their Optimii have helped us draw up a plan and get the ball rolling, while still pumping out great work for the little phones that could, but we're ready to blow the doors off this bad boy.  While you're taking a few moments to read about the current devs in the developer group, have a peek at the basic requirements for the program as well.  If this sounds like we're talking about you, give us a shout -- Uncle Lloyd wants you.  There's perks, and we're not afraid to tackle issues that arise and keep the BS to a minimum so you can focus on your work.  There's about a half million members with over 1.1 million posts ready to have a look at your labors of love, and that's a lot of eyeballs.

Meet the Developers of Android Central

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3 years ago

Android Kids App: Bord Chalkboard

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Here's a nice little Honeycomb-optimized chalkboard called, appropriately enough, Bord. As far as virtual chalkboards go, Bord works quite nicely. You've got six colors and three sizes from which to choose, and you can have either a green board or black board. There's a sponge for, erm, sponging, and you can load and save your drawings, and even play them back in real time. Or, you can share over e-mail or Facebook. Cleanup's simple -- just shake the board.

Best part is that it's free, though the in-app ad is pretty annoying, at least visually. Bord is definitely worth taking a look at, though. We've got download links after the break.

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