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2 years ago

HTC makes available a whole mess of new source code

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If our calculations are correct, HTC just dropped more source code than we've got time for all weekend. To wit: we're now seeing kernel source and Gingerbread updates for the HTC Rhyme, myTouch 4G, Jetstream, Sensation XE, EVO 4G+ (which launched in South Korea), Sensation XL and the HTC ThunderBolt, along with the proprietary binaries for ADP1.

Not bad for a Saturday. Remember that this is straight code, and not flashable updates, so for most of us they're useless. But for developers, they're gold. You can check it all out at the link below.

Download: HTCDev.com

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2 years ago

Google+ updated to v2.1.1 - Home screen widget returns, bugs fixed

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The last version of Google+ to roll out, while having some nice additioons with it -- also brought along some bugs as well. Google saw fit to go ahead and correct those for everyone and now v2.1.1 is available in the Android Market. You'll get the homescreen posting widget back, installation issues should be fixed along with some various other unmentioned bug fixes.

Thanks, Brian!

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2 years ago

German courts grant injunction against Apple for Motorola patent infringement

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Courts in Germany have found in favor of Motorola in two cases of patent infringement by Apple.  These are the same types of proceedings that Apple has used to get Samsung products pulled from shelves and show floors in the past, and the current documents from Germany look to affect all Apple mobile products, and have enabled damages that go back to April 2003.  But let's not get too excited, because I doubt that Motorola will ask for Apple products to be banned from sale in Germany, even though the courts have said they can do so.

Of the two patents in question (EP 1010336 (B1) and EP 0847654 (B1)), Motorola has already declared that one (the US version -- U.S. Patent No. 6,359,898) is "essential to ETSI standards (GSM, UMTS, 3G)".  There's a very good chance the other patent will be essential to use as well.  These are not patents on ideas, they are methods to use specific hardware.  Motorola did invent the cell phone, after all.  It's speculated that Apple "allowed" this ruling to happen so they stand a stronger chance during the appeals process, but that sounds very un-Appley and I doubt anyone in Cupertino is happy about the situation.  In addition, Motorola has communicated to Engadget the following:

As media and mobility continue to converge, Motorola Mobility's patented technologies are increasingly important for innovation within the wireless and communications industries, for which Motorola Mobility has developed an industry leading intellectual property portfolio. We will continue to assert ourselves in the protection of these assets, while also ensuring that our technologies are widely available to end-users. We hope that we are able to resolve this matter, so we can focus on creating great innovations that benefit the industry.

It certainly sounds like Motorola wants to license these patents out versus force Apple to stop selling their 3G devices in Germany, and I applaud them for it. 

It's worth noting that Apple has tried and failed to negotiate a better price for network technology patents in the past against Nokia, and while these patents are not the same, the premise is -- without them, you can't make a cell phone.  It's mandated all over the world that fair license fees are charged for these types of patents, and anyone using them has to pay the owner -- even Apple.  Fees will be paid, agreements will be reached, and iPhones will stay on the shelves in Germany.  The full court judgment (in German) is after the break.

Via: Engadget

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2 years ago

Google TV - Sing your heart out with the new karoke channel!

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Since Google TV 2.0 has been rolling out, a lot of new apps are being added to the mix. One of those apps will help you channel your inner rock star or maybe your inner pop star. Yes, the Karoke channel is now available for Google TV.

"Stingray is thrilled to launch The KARAOKE Channel App for Google TV", says Eric Boyko, President and CEO of Stingray Digital, owner of The KARAOKE Channel. "Google TV owners will be the first to experience the best karaoke experience of both worlds: HD karaoke videos displayed on large screen tvs with the catalog, features and convenience that Internet streaming allows on the Google TV platform".

With the app you'll have access to the Karoke channels library of over 8,000 licensed, high-quality songs available for streaming to your TV with full video in HD. A subscription will be required to access the full library of content but the free song list is updated often so that you always have some fresh songs to be rocking out to. Full press release is past the break for you or you can hit the source link for more details.

Source: The Karaoke Channel

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2 years ago

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit now available in the Android Market, we go hands-on!

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Gentlemen, start your engines!  Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is now available in the Android Market.  No longer an exclusive for the Xperia Play, the latest in the Need for Speed series, Hot pursuit promises racing action from the perspective of both sides -- the pursuer and the pursued.  Play as a scofflaw in one of the exotic super cars like the Pagani Zonda Cinque, or be Johnny Law in your high speed police interceptor (the Lamborghini Reventon makes for a hell of a cop car!).  If you love racing games, this looks like a real treat.

The game is available in both U.S and international versions (links below) and you'll need to be running Android 2.0 or higher -- also don't expect stellar performance without a beefy piece of hardware.  The Market download is about 7.5MB, and you'll need to download an additional 291MB of content on the first run. 

Check out our hands-on video after the break!

Android Market link (US version)
Android Market link (international)

Thanks, @niwasiuk!

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2 years ago

Taking the root plunge, Xoom 2 talk [From the Forums]

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Huzzah! Another weekend is upon us and its been busy this past week for Android news. If for some reason you managed to miss out on anything, make sure you head on back a few pages -- get yourself caught up. Check out the Android Central podcast, and be sure to cruise on into the forums as well.

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

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2 years ago

US Cellular launching its 4G LTE network in 2012 in six states

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US Cellular this afternoon announced that it's launching a 4G LTE network in the first quarter of 2012, with select cities in six states getting the nod.

The markets that will initially have the LTE data, which is being provided in conjunction with King Street Wireless, are:

  • Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Madison and Racine
  • Iowa: Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport
  • Maine: Portland and Bangor
  • North Carolina: Greenville.

Oklahoma and Texas will see some 4G LTE coverage as well, but USCC didn't specify which cities. Specific devices were not announced, either, but we're more than willing to bet we'll see some Android fare. Check out the full press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Boost Mobile drops the ZTE Warp down to $199

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Boost Mobile this morning dropped word that it's dropped the price of the ZTE Warp to $199. It's a solid little phone, with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 5MP camera and 1GHz processor. Also, if you buy and activate a Warp on the Android  Montly Unlimited or Daily Unlimited plan by midnight Nov. 8, you'll get a one-time $55 credit to you account. Noyce!

More: ZTE Warp on Boost Mobile

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2 years ago

Android 101: How to manage syncing in Gmail

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2 years ago

'Occupy' protesters, Communications Workers of America to march on T-Mobile store [updated]

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Look at that face. No, the other one. Wait. No. Back to the first one. That's what's going to be protested at lunchtime today as protesters from the "Occupy Wall Street" movement and Communications Workers of America march from New York City's Zucotti Park to a nearby T-Mobile store. Apparently they're all upset over T-Mobile's alleged "anti-worker and union-busting tactics," according to a press release that also says hundreds of people will take part. The whole thing takes place at 12:30 p.m. and will hit the store at Maiden Lane and Water Street.

But, again. Look at that face. No, the other one. Is that really what you want to protest?

Update: Just got the following comment from T-Mobile regarding the protest:

T-Mobile USA respects the rights of unions to exist and recognizes and respects our employees' rights to organize or to refrain from organizing.  That said, we remain convinced that it is better for both T-Mobile employees and our business to maintain a direct working relationship between management and employees. The vast majority of T-Mobile employees have chosen not to be represented by a union.

T-Mobile is a great place to work. Our employees receive competitive compensation and benefits including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, as well as a 401K and educational assistance.  We’ve added new stores and new employees in New York City this past year, and we remain focused on making wireless affordable for everyone.  Today’s protest seems misguided.

Source: Press release

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