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3 years ago

Google's chief legal officer calls patent war 'a hostile, organized campaign against Android'

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We've heard the cries. "Why isn't Google fighting back on the patent front?!?!" Trust us, there are people in suits working on this every day. And today David Drummond, senior vice president and Google's chief legal officer, penned a blog post explaining what's going on, saying:

Android’s success has yielded something else: a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents.

Drummond recaps what you've likely already read -- that Microsoft, Apple and others worked together (or ganged up, depending on who you ask) to outbid Google for suites of patents from Nortel and Novell, plus the spate of lawsuits demanding licensing fees for every handset -- or demanding that they not be allowed into the United States at all.

So what's Google doing about it? Drummond's post doesn't really say anything we didn't expect, calling the bidding process an "anti-competitive strategy" that caused the winning price of the patents -- $4.5 billion -- to go way over what they're actually worth, and that "the law frowns on the accumulation of dubious patents for anti-competitive means." He continues that Google's lobbying the Justice Department to investigate the patent auction for anti-competitive practices, which it's rumored to be doing, and that Google's going to beef up its own patent portfolio, which it's also said to have been working on.

While you should read the entire post (link's below), we find zero surprises in any of that. Question remains: How will it play out?

Source: Google Blog

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3 years ago

Update now available to fix the Toshiba Thrive's oversleeping issue

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Toshiba's just released an update that addresses the Thrive tablet's issues when coming out of its sleep mode. The update is available in the Thrive's "Service Station" app -- a handy little guy that manages your updates on the device.

Here's the official word from Toshiba:

A limited number of Thrive Tablet users have experienced a Resume issue when in Sleep mode. Toshiba has released a software update to resolve this issue, improving the sleep-and-resume performance, as well as enhancing the multimedia playback capabilities of the device. The software update can be downloaded through the Toshiba Service Station utility app found on the Thrive Tablet.

And that's that. If you've got a Thrive, get to updating.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Dex Mobile

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Whether constantly on the go in new areas that you are not familiar with, or just looking for a new place to dine or how expensive the gas around you is, many of us want access to all this information with one simple click. Dex Mobile is a rather new application that is available in the Android Market free of charge that allows users to collect all this information, and more with just one simple click.

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3 years ago

Even more Berenstain Bears titles headed to the Android Market

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It's posts like these that make me realize how old I am -- for better or worse. I remember reading Berenstain Bears books as a child and now times have changed so much that the books can now be downloaded and listened to, and followed along with on numerous devices. That said; you can expect more Berenstain Bears titles to start showing up in the Android Market as  OceanHouse Media and Harpers Collins have a new agreement in place to bring the Berenstain Bears books to the digital front:

“The Berenstain Bears omBooks continue to be one of our most beloved app series,” said Michel Kripalani, President of Oceanhouse Media. “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to expand the number of these treasured books in our omBook collection thanks to our wonderful partnership with HarperCollins Children’s Books.”

You can find the full press release after the break, or you can just head on over to the Android Market right now and grab some of the currently available titles.

Source: PRWeb

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3 years ago

Star Legends in open beta, sitting happily in Android Market

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I know it's been in beta for a while, and I know we gave you a video preview to whet your whistle, but now the time has come. Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles is out of closed beta and is now in open beta, waiting to be downloaded by you hungry hordes of Android gamers.

You'll need a device running 2.0 or higher (so, everyone?) to see it, but other than that, you're good to go! The developers are putting their finishing touches on it and expect the official launch in August, but if you don't mind a little bit of beta action, you know what to do.

Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Wildfire S now available on T-Mobile for $79.99

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The HTC Wildfire S (read our review of the European version) is now available from T-Mobile and can be had for $79.99 with a 2-year contract.

The lower end but still highly capable device sports a 3.2-inch screen, 5MP camera and Android 2.3. It is available in white from T-Mobile stores and black from Walmart, Sam's Club and T-Mobile online.

If you've been waiting for a great phone at an affordable price, the Wildfire S should fit your bill. If you intend to pick one up, brag about it in the HTC Wildfire S Forum.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Motorola XPRT review

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Android phones aren't always the best for the business set, but that's not for a lack of trying. Last year, Motorola and Verizon Wireless brought us the Droid Pro, a phone aimed right at BlackBerry defectors. Now Sprint users get their own version, the Motorola XPRT (see what they did there?). The XPRT is pretty much the Pro reborn on a different network.

Is it still good enough for the business-minded? Let's take a look, after the break.

Motorola XPRT ForumMotorola XPRT Accessories

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3 years ago

Capital One mobile banking app finally arrives in the Android Market

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Capital One customers irked at the lack of mobile banking options will be pleased to know that an official app is now available in the Android Market.  Capitol One now gives Android users access to their checking and credit card account balances, recent transactions, an ATM and branch locator, and rewards information, as well as mobile functionality for account transfer and bill pay. The app is available on Android 1.6 and above, with Honeycomb support coming "soon." Download from the Android Market with the link below.

Thanks mrspock2002!

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3 years ago

Samsung's TouchWiz update goes out publicly on Aug. 5

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We're knee-deep into Samsung's press-showing of the TouchWiz update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the Korean manufacturer just dropped word that the update will push out publicly on Aug. 5. If you just can't wait that long, you can head by the Samsung Experience in New York City and get your Tab updated today.

We've already walked you through the TouchWiz update, but hit the press release link below for the full changelog.

Source: Press release

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3 years ago

Huawei announces the Vision, a 3.7-inch smartphone with Gingerbread

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Huawei today announced the newest addition to its smartphone lineup with the Vision. It's a sleek device that actually closely resembles the Nexus S with its curved unibody construction. The phone will run Android 2.3, the latest version of Android, and come packed with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

Here are the known specs:

  • 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • 5MP camera with auto focus and LED flash
  • 720p video recording
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3D interface that includes 3D panels to make navigating the phone possible by swiping
  • Pre-installed games include: Angry Birds, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, Order & Chaos Online, Guerilla Bob HD

The Vision will be available in 'select markets' in September. It's great to see Huawei stepping their game up in the consumer mobile space with the Vision. It's also nice to see a 3.7-inch screen as it seems lately the market has been flooded with the larger ones. More choice is always better. Please find the press release after the break.

Source: Huawei

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3 years ago

Rdio updates its Android app ... for Ice Cream Sandwich compatibility

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Eagle-eyed Android Central reader @baynard17 pinged us on Twitter this morning to alert us to an update to Rdio's Android app. It's good to see the bugfixes and TELUS integration (Canadian carriers need love, too), plus support for gift cards.

But the really interesting bullet point is "Android 'Ice Cream Sandwich' support. We know Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in the fourth quarter this year -- Google announced it at its developer conference in May -- and that it'll bring the Android tablet and smartphone tracks back together. We've yet to see public release of the SDK, and likely won't for an other couple months. But it'd be of little surprise to us to learn that some developers already have it under an NDA, and Rdio's a good choice for that.

Does that mean ICS is imminent? Google said Q4, and we've got no reason to believe we'll see it sooner. (But it'd certainly be cool if we did.)

Thanks, @baynard17!

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3 years ago

Time Inc. bringing all 21 of its magazines to tablet form

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Digital subscriptions also extended to the Nook Color

Time Inc. today announced that it'll be bringing all 21 of its magazine brands to tablet form -- that means Android Honeycomb tablets (along with the iPad and webOS TouchPad). We've been enjoying the likes of Sports Illustrated on our smartphones and tablets for a while now -- the tablet version is excellent -- and seeing more titles added only makes Android tablets stronger.

In addition, Time Inc's penned a deal to bring subscriptions and single-copy sales to the Barnes & Noble Nook Color. Fortune, People, Sports Illustrated and Time will roll out later this month, with the other publications to follow by the end of the year.

Source: Press release

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3 years ago

Sign up for Comcast cable, get a Motorola Xoom for free (or $99)

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Comcast -- yeah, that Comcast -- apparently is offering up the Motorola Xoom Android tablet when you sign up for a cable contract. There's a trio of options, but the gist is sign up for an applicable cable deal and get a Xoom for free, or $99, depending on the two-year contract you sign.

According to the internal memo, you'll have to actually ask about this deal, and you'll get the Xoom by mail -- in other words, they're not carrying them around in the trucks, ya' dig?

The promo, of course, ties in to Comcast's Xfinity app, which lets you control your Comcast experience from your phone or tablet. Interesting tie-in, that's for sure. Hit the break for more on the promo.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Cellular South getting the Samsung Admire

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We've seen a sneak peek of the Samsung Admire on MetroPCS, and now it's officially coming to regional carrier Cellular South. The Admire looks to be a pretty basic entry-level phone, with a 3.5-inch touchscreen at HVGA resolution. That's 320x480, which is what we consider to be the bare minimum these days, and not something we'd really recommend.

Official specs are a bit scarce, but it'll be running Android 2.3 and have a 3.2MP rear camera. The usual connectivity options (Wifi, Bluetooth, etc.) are on board, but you'll be on your own to supply a microSD card.

No word yet on pricing or availability. We've got more pics after the break.

Source: Cellular South; thanks, rscarpenter, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Reminder: We're live from London and New York for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 events

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Just a quick reminder that today's the day Samsung starts offering the Touchwiz update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Things kick off at 11 a.m. EST in New York City with a press-only event. We'll be there, of course.

And from 1 to 6 p.m. EST, at the Samsung Experience at The Shops at Columbus Circle (third floor, folks), you, gentle member of the general public, can take your very own Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be updated to Touchwiz. It comes with a caveat, however, as getting the update today will wipe your device. (If you want to wait for the over-the-air update, your data will remain intact.)

But that's not all. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is launching this afternoon in London at PC World -- we'll be there as well.

So look for updates from not one but two continents today. That's how we roll. And be sure to check out our TouchWiz preview if you've not yet done so.

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