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2 years ago

Samsung sued by Apple -- Galaxy S, Nexus S, Galaxy Tab at the crux [Update: more from Apple]

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Looks like our friends in Cupertino have taken an issue with some of Samsung's products, namely the Galaxy S-line, Nexus S, Epic 4G, and Galaxy Tab, and they're looking to take them to court over it.

Says Apple:

“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products."

There haven't been any public comments from either company as of yet, but we can only imagine this one will continue to heat up as both continue to defend their stance.

Does Apple have a case on their hands? Should Samsung settle out of court if they're given the chance? Or is Samsung in the right and Apple's just trying to quash some of their Android competition? Give us your take either in the comments or the forums. [WSJ]

Update - More from Apple: 

“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging,” an Apple representative told Mobilized. “This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.” [Mobilized]
 

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2 years ago

HTC Desire S review

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The HTC Desire S is the successor to one of HTC’s most popular European phones. The original Desire featured top specs for the time, along with a prettier, more accessible Android thanks to the HTC Sense UI. Launching just as Android’s market share was starting to explode, the phone saw massive sales throughout 2010, and gave many in Europe and Asia their first introduction to the platform.

With the Desire S, the Taiwanese manufacturer is returning to the 3.7-inch form factor with a refined and redesigned handset that offers a host of subtle improvements in several areas.

But is it a worthy successor to the HTC Desire? And can it compete with the glut of high-quality Android phones now available from other manufacturers? Read on to find out.

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: ROM Manager 4.0

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ROM Manager has always been an indispensable tool for those of us with an unhealthy obsession with constantly juggling various ROMs between our phones. Now, the latest version of the app for rooted phones adds some interesting new functionality alongside a welcome visual refresh. Read on to find out what's new.

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2 years ago

Initial ASUS EeePad Transformer stock sells out

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Initial stocks of ASUS's new EeePad Transformer hybrid device have sold out, according to multiple sources. The Honeycomb-powered tablet/notebook briefly went on sale in the UK earlier this month at an insanely-reasonable price of £380 (~$610) for the tablet alone, and £430 (~$690) for the tablet and laptop dock.

A post on the manufacturer's Facebook page confirms the "first 2-3 batches" sold out much faster than they had planned. ASUS advises customers to watch their local ASUS Facebook page for updates on future availability. [ASUS Eee on Facebook, CNET]

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2 years ago

Acer Iconia Tablet goes up for pre-order in Canada courtesy of Future Shop

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Although Best Buy in the U.S. has tossed up their pre-order page long ago, Canadians are now able to get in on the Acer Iconia Tablet action as well. Future Shop Canada has posted up their pre-order  page for the Honeycomb powered 10.1-inch tablet. While the price is slightly higher-- it's not by much, as it sits at $499 with an expected ship date of May 13. You can check out our previous hands-on from Mobile World Congress or just head on over to the source link to place your order. [Future Shop]

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2 years ago

US Cellular Motorola Xoom coming in the second quarter

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That the Motorola Xoom is coming to US Cellular isn't that much of a surprise -- the proliferation of the first (and so far only) available Android Honeycomb tablet beyond Verizon was just a matter of time. Sprint appears poised to get it, too, and Cellular South's got a Wifi-only version.

So the question is will US Cellular be moving a Wifi-only version, or something will the regional carrier's data? We should find out sometime in the next couple months or so if this screen's any indication. Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

CoveritLive app now available in the Android Market

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If you've ever tuned into any of our live blogging events here then you'll no doubt know that we use CoveritLive to make the magic happen for them and while the tools given to us by CoveritLive work quite well, it's certainly not a one man operation running a live blog.

That said, the new CoveritLive is now available in the Android Market and for anyone who needs to be bouncing from one press event to the other, this app packs a lot of features to help control any live blogs you may be running in those times. With it you can:

  • Create, launch and run live events
  • Publish live commentary
  • Approve and moderate Reader comments
  • Publish Photos, Audio and Video in real-time
  • Share event link and embed code
  • Place events into Standby Mode
  • End live events
  • View live event listings

As it is, the app isn't without some flaws -- as Phil found out and was deeply saddened by, it doesn't work in landscape mode which limits its use on tablets where it would be most beneficial with a keyboard.

The other isn't really a flaw within the app, rather concept of it -- it of course uses data that relies on a wireless signal, something that is often scarce at press events so don't go firing all your other bloggers thinking you can manage the task on your own now. Have a blog and need to control some live event? Jump on past the break for the download link -- it's free and won't cost you anything but time. [@PaulOBrien]

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2 years ago

Orange UK reveals Atrix pricing and availability

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British carrier Orange has revealed when you'll be able to get hold of a shiny, network-subsidized Motorola Atrix, and for how much. Orange expects to begin stocking the device in "early May", which would pit it against two other high-profile dual-core Android phones -- HTC's Sensation and Samsung's Galaxy S II.

As far as pricing goes, Orange will offer the Atrix for free on 24-month contracts of £35 per month, which include 600 minutes, 750 MB data, unlimited texts and 50 MMS. Orange will be selling a "work and play kit", which includes a mouse, keyboard, multimedia dock and remote control for £50.  Motorola's "Lapdock" will be available for £299.99, but Orange says it'll offer subsidized prices on "selected tariffs".

Customers who do decide to pony up the extra cash for the Lapdock will also be offered Orange's new "Panther Extra 60" plan, which includes 3,000 minutes, 1GB data allowance, unlimited texts and unlimited tethering via the Lapdock at an undisclosed price point.

If you're wondering whether the Atrix is worth your money, you can check out our review of its HSPA+-toting American cousin, the Atrix 4G. [Orange Blog]

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2 years ago

Verizon to add LTE in 'a mess of new cities and towns' this Thursday

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So, you really want that new HTC Thunderbolt everyone is talking about, right? But, you're lacking one key element: 4G LTE coverage. Well, my friend, don't be discouraged. Verizon Wireless tweeted this morning that they will be launching LTE in "a mess of new cities and towns" this Thursday. This is good news for all you people that have been waiting for that lightening speed all those commercials have been showing off. This is also great news for all you current Thunderbolt owners. More LTE means less signal searching -- and that makes for a happy battery.

Back in January, Verizon announced that they would have LTE in 140 markets by the end of 2011. Click here to see that list. As for Thursday, we don't exactly what "mess of new cities and towns" they're talking about, but as soon as we find out we'll let you guys know. [Twitter]

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2 years ago

First Samsung Galaxy S II commercial

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The Samsung Galaxy S was probably the phone of 2010 for much of the world. And Samsung is gearing up for the launch of its successor, the Galaxy S 2, in a big way and has seen fit to upload its first commercial for your viewing pleasure. We would recommend not trying the acts shown in the video at home as technology and water rarely play nice. [YouTube]

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