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4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: HTC and Apple did what?!?!?

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Do these guys know how to party on a Saturday night/Sunday morning, or what?

As California was just getting ready to go out for the night, and Taiwan was just starting its morning, a joint press release came from Apple and HTC, announcing a cease-fire from the former after the latter licensed all current and future patents for the next 10 years. Don't discount the scope of that agreement. That's a whole lot of patents, for a whole lot of time.

I'd like to think that perhaps the agreement signals a change in the "Kill 'em all" strategy Apple had in Steve Jobs' final years. Or maybe it is just the realpolitik of the tech world -- somebody's gotta do something to slow down Samsung.

Whatever the reasoning behind it (and I'd be willing to keep an iPhone in my pocket for the next 10 years to know all the ins and outs of this one), it's a good thing. As I've written before, we should be focusing on the tech -- the phones -- and not playing amateur lawyer. (Few in this space are equipped to do so anyway.)

One thing it doesn't change is that HTC's still in a pretty big hole, financially speaking. But at least it takes the shovels out of the hands of Apple's seemingly endless supply of lawyers.

We've got a big week ahead of us, folks. Some thoughts on that, after the break.

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4 years ago

One last set of Droid DNA renders confirms earlier leaks

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Nope, not done with the Droid DNA yet this morning. Our pals at @evleaks let loose another pair of renders of the coming Verizon smartphone, and this is the one I've been waiting for. The rear shot confirms the design is the same as in the pics we showed you back in October, and you can just make out the little holes to the left of the rear camera lens (even rez'd out here). It'll be interesting to see how much that camera housing sticks out from the body of the phone as well.

And it all line up with evleaks' other shots as well. It's safe to say this is it, folks.

We'll see you at Tuesday's launch in New York!

Source: @evleaks

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4 years ago

Verizon makes the Droid DNA official

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Verizon on its website this morning officially outed the HTC Droid DNA. The phone, which will be unveiled at an event Tuesday morning in New York City (we'll be there), is clearly listed under Verizon's "News and Offers" section.

What's more is that Verizon's throwing a Google Hangout on Monday, Nov. 19, at noon Eastern. A special unboxing, apparently, some six days after this week's event.

More: Exclusive first pictures of the Droid DNA

The Droid DNA is expected to be a 5-inch device, the largest thus far of HTC's traditional smartphones, and a cousin to the J Butterfly released in Japan. It should have a ridiculous 1080x1920 resolution, powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor. Our previous leak pegs it at 1.5 Ghz, with 2GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel rear camera. It'll likely run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the new Sense 4+ user interface.

Verizon's event Tuesday is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Eastern.

Source: Verizon; More: Verizon on Google+

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4 years ago

Apple and HTC settle patent suit

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Agreement ends current lawsuits; license covers current and future patents for 10 years

Apple and HTC this evening in a joint statement announced they've settled their patent dispute and have agreed to a 10-year license of current and future patents. 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Here's the joint statement, released by HTC and Apple:

TAIPEI, Taiwan and CUPERTINO, California—November 10, 2012—HTC and Apple have reached a global settlement that includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and a ten-year license agreement. The license extends to current and future patents held by both parties. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

“HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC. 

“We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC,” said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. “We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation.” 

The licensing deal covers all of HTC's products, company spokesman Jeff Gordon told Android Central this evening, which includes Android as well as its current Windows Phone stable. Gordon also said that "we do not expect this license agreement to have an adverse material impact on the financials of the company."

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week: Need for Speed Most Wanted, Storage Analyser, Nexus Revamped LWP and more!

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On this, the eve of the new Nexus, we have another set of great app picks for you. Spend a few bucks on some great games, pick up a couple of free productivity apps and take a look back at something retro with an old-school live wallpaper done right. So take a look, this is an all-star lineup you have to see.

Oh, and can you spot how many Nexuses there are in this post?

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4 years ago

Spotify Premium carrier billing coming to Sprint Nov. 11th

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Subscription music service Spotify has struck a deal with Sprint to offer carrier billing for customers who want to upgrade to Spotify Premium, their paid unlimited service. Starting tomorrow, November 11th, Sprint customers will be able to add the service as a recurring charge on their account for $10 per month according to Engadget.

It's nice to have choices when it comes to purchasing things on your device. Some would prefer to just bill their carrier account rather than have separate credit card entries around for each individual service.

Source: Engadget

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4 years ago

LG Escape review

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While the LG Escape isn’t brand new, nor was its release back in September exactly hotly anticipated, we here at Android Central are nothing if not thorough, and we believe that everyone should have all facts before they throw down some sawbucks on a new phone. Here, we’ll take a brief look at LG’s entry-level device and how the $50 Escape fares against the rest of AT&T’s portfolio, just in time for the holiday season.

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4 years ago

Android Central international round-up - November 10, 2012

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As we await Tuesday's Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Android 4.2 launch, there's just enough time to get caught up on the past week's Android news from around the world. It's been a whirlwind of device launches, rumors and other news, and we've even gotten around to bringing you a couple of reviews in the past few days.

First up is Phil's definitive LG Nexus 4 review -- if you've got any burning questions about this year's Nexus handset, or the software that's running on it, you'll find your answers in this 6000 word tome. And if you're wondering about upgrading from the Galaxy Nexus, we've got a quick comparison article to help you on your way.

It wasn't all Nexus this week, though. We brought you a full review of the HTC One X+, the souped-up successor to the One X, with a faster CPU, a bigger battery and Jelly Bean out of the box. The phone launched this week in Europe and is headed to AT&T soon, so if you want to get the verdict on HTC's latest, the review's where you should be looking.

Elsewhere, it was all about phone launches. HTC brought the One SV to Southeast Asia, Samsung launched the Galaxy S3 Mini and Galaxy Camera in Europe, and the Sony Xperia J arrives on UK carrier Three.

And in Mobile Nations news, we launched the new Mobile Nations Passport service, which allows you to easily log into  Android Central and sister sites iMore, CrackBerry, WPCentral and webOSNation with a single account.  You can also sign in using your Google, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft accounts. It's pretty spiffy, so if you haven't tried it out yet, hit up the link at the top of the page.

Check out some of the top international Android stories below. If you've got news, be sure to mail us at the usual address.

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4 years ago

This is where you can find T-Mobile HSPA+ 42 Mbps service

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The Nexus 4 is coming, and it supports HSPA+ 42mbps (aka DC-HSPA+). T-Mobile has upgraded a whole bunch of its towers across the nation to support HSPA+ 42, covering most of the major markets. We know a whole lot of people will be considering T-Mobile service with the Nexus 4 launch, so we've compiled a current list of all markets in the U.S. that have the higher speed connection available.

There are 163 markets in total, so hit up the source link to our forums and see if your market is listed.

Source: Google Nexus 4 Forums

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4 years ago

Light Flow updated with Nexus 4 and GMail 4.2 support

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Light Flow has been a go-to app for users that want to keep their device's notification LED flashing appropriately. It gained a lot of popularity with the Galaxy Nexus given stock Android's lack of settings to control the LED, and now the app has been updated with Nexus 4 -- and GMail 4.2 -- support just a few days before the device's launch. It seems to support just about every popular app you could think of, and even more are unlocked in the paid version.

There's a "lite" version of the app that you can pick up at the Play Store link above, and if you like what the developer is doing consider dropping them $2.49 for the paid version.

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4 years ago

Judge agrees to hear questions of jury foreman integrity in Samsung v. Apple trial

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It seems at this point that the patent wars will continue. After quite the trial concerning patents and trade dress between Apple and Samsung, appeals thereafter and plenty of arguing outside of court it seems Samsung may have another way to get the previous ruling overturned. Since the judgment came requiring Samsung to pay $1.05 billion in damages to Apple, a whole lot of information concerning the integrity of the trial's jury foreman has come into light.

Judge Lucy Koh has decided to hear statements from Samsung that will call into question whether or not the jury foreman withheld information that would have kept him from being a suitable juror in the case. Also in question is the amount of information Apple had on the foreman's past and whether or not they should have reasonably been expected to disclose that information. Samsung will have to prove not only that the juror lied about his knowledge but also that it affected the outcome of the trial.

Sit tight folks, this isn't going to be over any time soon.

Source: The Verge

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4 years ago

Nvidia Q3 earnings see 30 percent of revenue come from mobile

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Nvidia released their Q3 earnings today and while boasting record numbers, the full story is more than just how much cash they made. The recent numbers saw 30 percent of the company's earnings come from mobile, a leap of 27 percent in three years. 

In the post earnings conference call, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, said that "consumers realize a great tablet is better than a cheap PC." Intriguing words considering the larger share of Nvidia's income still comes from the PC market, but perhaps relates to the ever changing times we find ourselves in. Huang also said that demand for the Tegra 3 chipset for both Android devices, as well as the new Microsoft Surface tablet, is helping to offset the slump in demand for PC's. 

Source: Venture Beat

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4 years ago

Should I upgrade? Galaxy Nexus versus the Nexus 4

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It seems like an easy decision to make -- the Nexus 4 is available for as low as $299 outright. Why wouldn't you get one? But the fact isn't lost on those of us who have a ridiculous number of smartphones that this is still a good chunk of money, and it's quite possible the phone you're holding right this second is still really good and should last a while longer.

So we're going ask the question about a number of current phones and help break it down. Should you upgrade to the Nexus 4?

Let's start with last year's Google phone -- the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Have a Galaxy Nexus? Will you upgrade to the Nexus 4?

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4 years ago

Motorola to let users 'Test Drive' future software updates before release

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Following the announcement that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is rolling out to the Droid RAZR M, Motorola introduced a new initiative they're calling "Test Drive". The idea behind Test Drive is to let a small number of registered users have access to the latest version of a software update before its general public release. Starting with updates to Android 4.2, a "few hundred consumers" will have access to the software to give a try and provide valuable feedback to Motorola before an official release.

Motorola didn't provide any official information about when or how users will be able to register to be included in Test Drive, but you can bet it'll be quite a rush to get into those few hundred open spots.

Source: Official Motorola Blog

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4 years ago

Google offering Price Protection for recent Nexus 7 purchases

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At $249, it's easy to understand why a few people may have bought a 16GB Nexus 7 on a whim in the past few weeks -- only to find out that a price drop was coming as part of the big Nexus announcement. Fear not, as Google has added the 16GB Nexus 7 to its "Price Protection" list on Google Play. This means that users who purchased a $249 Nexus 7 on or after October 14th will receive refunds covering the difference of the new and old prices.

That's a pretty generous protection window, so if you fall into this category, hit up the source link below to request a refund. Google says it'll refund the difference -- in this case $50 -- within 14 days.

Source: Google Play Help

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