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3 years ago

Copied code not in Android source after all (updated)

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You might have stumbled across a story or two on the web today about Florian Mueller from FOSSpatents finding 43 more files in the Android source that look to be copied from Sun.  I know I did, and had a heart wrenching editorial all ready to go, all about Google's open source strategy in their fight against Oracle, how it might fail, and how I was going to shave my beard and cry.

Then I stumbled across Ed Burnette's story on ZDNet.

All the fuss, all the hysteria, and most importantly all the cries against Google proclaiming them as thieves aren't what they seem.  There are two sets of files in question -- a series of seven (PolicyNodeImpl.java, AclEntryImpl.java, AclImpl.java, GroupImpl.java, OwnerImpl.java, PermissionImpl.java, and PrincipalImpl.java) that contain proprietary code from Sun, and do exist, but they are in the unit test area of the AOSP source tree.  This means they are only used to test software after it's built, and before it's shipped.  To be clear -- these files are not used to build Android, nor are the shipped with Android.  To take things a step further, these files were published by Sun on their own website to assist developers to test and debug -- exactly what Google is using them for.

The other 37 files exist as well, but are inside a zip file in an area of the source tree used for one particular audio chipset.  These files look like they were uploaded by mistake, and also aren't used to build Android or ship with any Android devices.  These will probably just be deleted from the tree, as they don't do anything.

One more anti-Android story proven false and put out to pasture.  Let's get ready for the next one, because everyone wants to see some of those beautiful, green Android dollars. [ZDNet]

ref. links -- FOSS patents; Engadget

Update: Before anybody starts nailing anybody to anything, please read Engadget's excellent update on whole situation.

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3 years ago

Nexus One Android 2.2.2 update pushing out -- Build FRG83G

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Word on the street and in the Android Central Forums (same difference, really) is that the Nexus One is in the midst of an update to Android 2.2.2 -- build FRG83G. Nope, not Gingerbread yet. The new Froyo version is a scant 558kb, which Google says "contains important bug fixes."

We're checking it out right now. (Here's the manual download location for those who like that sort of thing.) In the meantime, everybody into the forums! Thanks to everyone who sent this in! 

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3 years ago

Minimum advertised prices set for Motorola Xoom ($799) and HTC Thunderbolt ($249)

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We just got hit with the news of the minimum advertised price for the Motorola Xoom Android tablet and HTC ThunderBolt LTE smartphone on Verizon. Looks like the Xoom will be going for $799 -- we have to assume that's unsubsidized. The HTC Thunderbolt is listed at $249, a more subsidy-friendly number.

That doesn't mean those are the exact prices we'll see at launch -- and we still don't know when that is for either device. But it's a bit of a starting point. One more pic after the break. Thanks to the the tipsters!

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3 years ago

Samsung Gem appears once again, this time on the Samsung website

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We've had a few run ins with the Samsung Gem in the past. Looking destined for Verizon, then outted by Best Buy, which was later retracted. This time around though, Samsung is giving the little guy all the love by having posted the SCH-i100 Gem right up on their website. Of course, in doing so they also laid out all the specs for those who somehow might still be interested in this device.

  • Android 2.1
  • 3.2MP Camera
  • 800MHz processor
  • 850/1900MHz CDMA
  • GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • 3.2-inch touch display with WQVGA resolution

Also included is the Swype keyboard technology and Samsungs Social hub is baked right in. Neither availability dates or any carriers are associated to the device. It just appears that Samsung wanted to add yet another device to their website even if it never ends up on a carrier. [Samsung via PhoneScoop]

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3 years ago

Sideload apps on your AT&T phones using Linux [How-To]

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As Android gets more popular and mainstream, new users are coming out of the woodwork!  I'm very happy to say that a portion of those users are running Linux on their desktops, and they're hungry to learn the things we try to teach all you Windows users.  Since we have more than a few Linux-using Advisers and senior members in the forums, this is something we're more than happy to do.  And we're going to start with something that's pretty important to me -- sideloading apps on phones that have been altered.

It's not hard, it's all done through the terminal using commands you can cut and paste, and the setup from start to finish is laid out pretty clearly.  Check it out in the forums, and be on the lookout for more Linux tips and tricks from Android Central.  And if you're not a Linux user, but need to get your sideload on, check out the Sideload Wonder Machine for Windows.

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3 years ago

Trapster user e-mails and passwords might have been compromised

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We've covered Trapster a few times here in the past but they seem to of have had a run in with some hackers as of late. Recently Trapster has been sending e-mails out to users letting them know hackers may have comprised the Trapster database:

"The Trapster team has recently learned that our website has been the target
of a hacking attempt, and it is possible that your email address and password were compromised.  We have taken, and continue to take, preventative measures to avoid future incidents but we are recommending that you change your Trapster password.  As always, Trapster recommends that you use distinctive passwords for each site you visit, but if you use the same password on Trapster that you use on other services, we recommend that you change your password on those services as well."

If you have any questions, you'll want to reach out to Trapster, and if you are a Trapster user please, be sure to change up your password as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Vodafone UK's LG Optimus 2X free on contract, available March 21

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British retailer Expansys UK is offering the LG Optimus 2X for the low price of free when paired with a Vodafone UK contract. The phone itself is listed as being available starting Mar. 21 but it would seem that eager customers can pre-order it now. The pricing on contracts starts at £30.65 for a two year plan with 300 minutes, unlimited text messages, and a paltry 500MB data allowance. For those of you who want the Tegra 2 powered phone unlocked, be prepared to pony up £499. [Expansys UK via UnwiredView]

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 47

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Audio-only stream below

On a very special Android Central Podcast, we tackle the Samsung Froyo update and why we've scoffed at many of the rumors. Plus, Eric Schmidt's out as Google's CEO. And stick around at the end for a special contest announcement. Namaste!

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 2X, posing as a German Optimus Speed, gets a 20-minute hands-on

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We're all greatly awaiting the arrival of the LG Optimus 2X, which is one of the first phones to rock a dual-core Tegra 2 processor. In the meantime, the official German LG blog has posted up a 20-minute hands-on video of the German version, the Optimus Speed. Our German's a little rusty, but the rough translation is something like "Holy crap this thing is awesome." Or at least that's what we figure is being said. (Actually, we're told it mentions that it'll be available in Germany in March or April, and that it has dual internal storage, much like the Droid Incredible.) Check out the video after the break. [LGBlog.de via Androider.de] Thanks, Jojo!

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3 years ago

HTC Gratia coming to Europe this February

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As HTC continues to expand its European lineup, the manufacturer has announced that the HTC Gratia will launch in the UK next month. The Gratia is a fairly basic smartphone, and appears to be a refresh of last year's HTC Legend. It has a slightly redesigned chassis, making it lighter, but features the same 600 MHz CPU and 384MB RAM as the Legend.

Based on the promotional stills shown on HTC's site, the Gratia seems to be running the old version of HTC Sense rather than the newer Sense 2.0 found on the Desire HD and Desire Z, which is a little disappointing. There's also some confusion over which version of Android the Gratia will ship with. Today's press release from HTC states Android 2.2, while the phone's spec page on HTC.com lists Android 2.1. We're more inclined to believe the former, as there wouldn't be much point in putting Eclair on a brand new phone in 2011, right?... Right? [HTC]

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