Samsung has announced that it is taking Apple to court for 10 counts of patent infringement. The lawsuits come in response to Apple's suit against the Korean giant filed for allegedly copying the aesthetics of the iPhone in California earlier this week. Interestingly, Samsung is choosing not to counter-sue in the United States and is instead bringing its cases around the world in South Korea, Germany, and Japan. The main area of dispute from Apple's perspective is that Samsung's Android skin, Touchwiz, looks a little bit too much like iOS for their comfort. [Samsung via Engadget]
Listen up if you're a Motorola Defy user -- you've finally got some Froyo on tap, just waiting for you to go get it. T-Mobile announced that the update is optional (I know you guys better than that!), official, and available through the phone settings. To get to those, in case you haven't been checking every few hours since you got the phone; open the menu, press settings, then about phone, and choose system updates.
Froyo for the Defy checks in at 112 MB, and is best done on Wifi while your phone is on the charger. Now get to it before anyone changes their mind. [T-Mobile] Thanks everyone who sent this in!
Since the announcement of the Samsung Infuse 4G it's kind of been overshadowed by other devices that beat it to market, that's not to say interest is gone but the noise of the device has diminished a little for sure. Either way -- it's still coming to market and while there is no official release date as of yet, Walmart is now producing some circulars that have the device slated for a release next month.
Release date aside, the circulars are now also showing a price of $178.88 presumably with a new 2-year contract. That is of course, subject to change but that's the info we have for now. Anyone still waiting for this device? Let us know in the comments if you are. Thanks, for sending this in, Anon!
Thursday folks, normally we'd be telling you all to make sure you tune into the Android Central podcast but since Phil has been on the road and since he busted his hump to get the ASUS EeePad Transformer stuff up for us all -- we're taking a night away from the podcast. No matter though, still lots of Android talk in the forums and on the blogs for you all to enjoy plus we'll be back next week, well rested and ready to drink talk.
So what happens exactly when you take the Palm Pre and load it up with a healthy dose of Android -- more specifically a Gingerbread AOSP. The folks over at PreCentral have done all the hard work for us and were even kind enough to film it. If you happen to have a Palm Pre kicking around that you want to have some fun with, then by all means -- head on over to PreCentral and take a look at k3dar's work, or just hit up the video above. Instructions and a downloadable shell script are available to help you along should you like to go on this adventure. [PreCentral]
Following the news last week that Best Buy had put it's pre-order page up for the Gingerbread-rocking Sprint Samsung Nexus S 4G, some of you will be glad to know that the official ordering page is now up, albeit without an ETA. The $199.99 new two-year contract or upgrade price holds true and but if you're looking to buy this pure Google experience outright, expect to pony up almost 700 big ones! That's right, off contract pricing is running $699.99 compared to the $529.99 for the T-Mobile Nexus S, which also sells for $99.99 on contract. Now, that's not say things can't change between now and launch date, but given that Best Buy is ready to take our credit card info, it seems to be set in stone. [Best Buy] Thanks for the tip repsak187!
I hope everyone Europeans reading abroad are ready for this, but Samsung's Galaxy Ace (which shipped with 2.2) is definitely getting upgraded to some Gingerbread goodness, and if you just can't wait for it, there's a leaked ROM you might want to consider picking up.
The ROM is build tag S5830XXKP8 (for those interested) and is for the European model, S5830. (Sorry, everyone else!)
Any of our European compatriots considering taking this out for a spin? If you do, be sure to let us know how much faster that 800 MHz processor feels. [Blogsdna] Thanks, Sandip!
Those barmy chaps at the Carphone Warehouse have taken their battle-testing of the Motorola Xoom to the extreme, starting off using Google Maps on the back of a motorcycle and culminating with some light 3G browsing on the wings of an airplane. In the video, which we've embedded above, they also put Motorola's Honeycomb tablet through its paces on horseback, speedboat and see-saw. Not quite an Android in space, but very nearly as awesome.
It looks Google Voice and Sprint will get things started in just a few days, as the above flyer is now floating around the Internet. In case you haven't been paying attention, Sprint customers will soon have the option to use their mobile number for their Google voice number, without porting, fees, or wizardry.
They've been testing things for a little over a month now, and after a few initial hiccups, folks are saying it's working well. Most of us here rely on Google Voice, and what Sprint and Google are offering is pretty nice. I think everyone that it's available to should give it a test run. Thanks, Randy and anonymous!
We mentioned last month that the folks at Skyfire were working on a big update that would bring a new set of features as well as a new pricing model, and today is the day it becomes available. There was some talk about that pricing model, so let's get that cleared up right away. All the features you currently use in Skyfire will remain free. The pricing revolves around what they're calling CAAS (Compression As AService). It uses Google's new Android in-app purchasing to pay for "video cloud acceleration". Pay a one time fee of $2.99 and Skyfire renders and compresses video content on their servers, which offers up a more mobile optimized experience and saves both data usage and battery life. Now before you start grumbling, Skyfire also says the three million of you who currently use Skyfire are grandfathered in and there will be no charge. In addition, users who download Skyfire 4.0 through the VCast apps section of the Market n your Verizon phones will also get the service free. Now we can all grumble a little bit at content deals, but not too much. $2.99 isn't a bad price at all if you need to watch your data usage.
Along with the improved cloud acceleration, some other changes come along, notably Groupon, Twitter and Google Reader support. There's a few changes in the SkyBar as well -- check them out, along with some screencaps and the press release, after the break.
Samsung and Verizon have "officially" unveiled the Samsung Droid Charge (see our hands-on from CES), making it available April 28 for $299.99 with a two-year agreement. It will be the second LTE device to hit big red, and I know a lot of folks are waiting for that sweet 4.3 inch SAMOLED plus screen and 4G speeds.
Also from the press release, the @droidlanding scavenger hunt kicks off today offering up 16 chances to find and win one of these beauties. So be sure to keep an eye on Twitter, and possibly save yourself a few dollars. Hit the break for the full press release. [Samsung USA Newsroom]
With no fanfare, The W8 Walkman phone appeared on Sony Ericsson's website today. The phone runs Android (like all the cool phones do now-a-days), and for all intents and purposes is a re-worked Xperia X8 -- including still being stuck on Eclair (Android 2.1). For now, SE warns that availability will be limited, and the W8 is set to be released in Asia sometime in Q2.
Since we've already gone hands-on with the Samsung Replenish from Sprint and we've also taken the time to give it an initial review, that means one of the only thing left to do for now was give it a run through for benchmarking purposes. As we're sure you already know, the Samsung Replenish isn't exactly a powerhouse so we weren't expecting a whole lot from it but what we did get we were pleasantly surprised with. Go ahead, check out the video and try to ignore the fact that Phil has a awesome looking sandwich and booze in front of him and you don't.
In case you've been wondering what tablets, aside from the Motorola Xoom may be heading towards Canada we have some unconfirmed but nonetheless nice rumors for you. The above image is a comparison chart, which according to the details is an internal document from Rogers outlining the differences between the iPad 2, LG Optimus Pad and the Huawei S7 tablets. While there isn't even any rumored launch dates for the Huawei S7, it looks as though Rogers may be seeing the LG Optimus Pad as early as May 10 as an exclusive device to their network. That's all for now but we'll let you know more when the information becomes available. [Mobile Syrup]
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