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4 years ago

Jury finds Android did not infringe Oracle patents

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The jury in the Oracle v. Google case has found that Android does not infringe on the eight claims concerning two patents (RE38,104 and 6,061,520) Oracle owns. Judge Alsup has dismissed the jury, and after a long trial they are now finished in their part of the proceedings. Now, the real work for Judge Alsup begins.

The last verdict, in which the jury found that Android did infringe on the structure, sequence, and organization (SSO) of 37 Java APIs, still needs some attention, as the jury could not agree if these should be covered under fair-use rules, so Judge Alsup will have to determine that. There were also two minor infringements found in the rangeCheck code and the eight Java test files that were inadvertently included in early releases of Android.

Should Judge Alsup find that the SSO of the Java APIs is not copyrightable, Oracle will receive damages for the rangeCheck file and test files, to a maximum of $150,000 each. If the SSO portions are found to be copyrightable, all three infringements will go to a new trial to determine damages. Of course, we fully expect Oracle to appeal every decision it can, in front of any court that will listen.

In the end, it looks like Oracle won't be getting the billions of dollars they wanted, and more importantly, won't be eligible for any injunctive relief. There will be no "Oracle Tax" like we see from Microsoft after they went after OEMs (and suspiciously won't fight Google), and Oracle will have to find another way to make money in the changing tech world. 

While it looks like a major victory for Google (though things aren't yet finished), we still have to pay for million dollar trials, and someone has to pay the legal fees on both sides. Google may have won today, but make no mistake -- our wallet lost. Until the software patent situation is revamped, the only real winners are lawyers.

More: The Verge

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4 years ago

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the LG Nitro HD leaks out

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If you own a LG Nitro HD and fancy loading up a leaked version of Ice Cream Sandwich onto it, you'll have to set aside some time to get it taken care of. A presumably early build of ICS is now available for download and thus far appears to be running quite well for most folks according to the responses to it over at XDA. Several variations of the device have been tested including Bell, AT&T, Fido and a few others. Some have noted their IMEI has gone missing while others report no change in that area. In the end, it's a leak -- use caution if you're going to check it out.

Source RootzWiki; via: XDA

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4 years ago

PhotoBox! [Android App Review]

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With all the hubbub around photo sharing services on Facebook, it only seems natural that someone would make an app that lets you not only snap pictures and add totally hipster effects to them, but also go through any album you can access, and edit those pictures directly from your phone (even if you didn't take them). That someone (or group of someones) would be Weaver Mobile, and their app, PhotoBox!

PhotoBox! is sort of an anomaly to me, simply because I'm not sure I understand the practical application. In short, you can go through anyone's pictures, choose one, and edit it. There's pretty standard options like crop and auto-color and such, and then there's some absolutely off-the-wall ones, like putting goofy borders around things, drawing with your finger (stylus style), and even adding typed text.

In my video review (below the break), I went pretty crazy with it, creating something so tacky and hideous, there's nary a chance it'll get a single 'Like' once it was posted, but that's not quite my issue with it, either. In short, I just don't understand why such an app exists.

Sure, it lets you edit photos. It does that pretty well, too. Definitely a strike against it for looking like a straight iPhone port, but hey, what can you do? (Well, I guess you could follow Android design guidelines.) But other than that? It feels like it takes all of Instagram's hipsterness, leaves out the social aspect completely, and says, "Ta-da! Behold, now you can sepia tone photos that you took before ​Instagram existed!"

Maybe it's just me. Instagram is lost on me, Pinterest is lost on me, maybe I'm just getting old. For this reviewer, though, while I can certainly say this app is functional, I must also tack on that I don't see a lot of real-world use for it.

Oh, and get off my lawn.

PhotoBox! is free in the Google Play Store. We've got video and download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Paramount Pictures content coming to Prime Instant Video

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Amazon has been busy gathering up plenty of content partners for the past little while and now they've come to agreements with the folks from Paramount Pictures. Amazon Prime members will be able to access hundreds of videos from the Paramount Pictures catalog through any Prime Instant Video compatible device, including the Amazon Kindle Fire.

“We are continuing to invest in building a vast selection for Prime Instant Video and are excited to bring Prime customers some of the most renowned and popular films in cinema history under this new agreement with Paramount,” said Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon. “This deal will bring Prime Instant Video customers hundreds of new movies to enjoy on their Kindle Fire or any device connected to Amazon Instant Video, including titles such as Star Trek, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Top Gun, The Italian Job and The Truman Show, and we will remain committed to adding even more great movies and TV shows to Prime Instant Video in the future.”

If you don't already have an Amazon Prime membership, you can sign up for a one month free trial right now. Looking for the full press release from Amazon? It's below for you all or you can hit up the Amazon website for the full details as well.

Source: Amazon

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4 years ago

Suit up! New Men In Black III game now available from Gameloft

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Suit up, it's time! Men In Black III is a new game from Gameloft to celebrate the upcoming movie and now, it's available in the Google Play Store available for download. In it, you get to run the MIB Agency with some help from others but a new threat is now plotting against mankind and you must defend it. Are you ready?

  • CREATE AND MANAGE YOUR OWN MIB AGENCY
  • Train your agents and assign them to missions
  • Access a wide range of MIB weapons and gadgets like the Neuralyzer, the Deatomizer and the infamous Noisy Cricket.
  • Build dozens of different rooms to upgrade your weapons and develop your agency.
  • TAKE DOWN ENEMIES IN 1969 & 2012 NEW YORK
  • Travel in time to fight aliens in different areas of New York including Brooklyn, Times Square, and Central Park
  • Utilize your agent’s futuristic weapons and equipment
  • Meet dozens of aliens faithfully inspired by the Men in Black universe
  • ASK YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN THE AGENCY
  • Invite your friends from Gameloft LIVE! & Facebook to play
  • Ask for your friends’ help during fights to defeat powerful aliens
  • Visit your friends’ headquarters and get rewarded for lending a hand

Unlike Mass Effect Infiltrator, this release is available for free and will only download an additional 60-70MB to your device. Sadly though, it doesn't seem to work on all devices. My Galaxy Note states it is incompatible though my Galaxy Nexus runs the game just fine. If you're looking for more info, jump below for the latest trailer as well as the download link.

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4 years ago

HTC One XL coming to Germany on Vodafone, O2 and T-Mobile

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The HTC One XL has graced the Far East, Australia and North America (under the name HTC One X), and now it's headed to Europe, with today's news that Vodafone Germany will launch the device next month. The One XL is almost identical to the international One X, except that it sports a 4G LTE radio and dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip instead of the Tegra 3 found in the One X. (That's due to Tegra 3's lack of support for LTE.)

Basically, this is an AT&T One X for Europe, with European LTE bands. In addition to dual-band HSPA on 900 and 2100MHz, the Euro One XL supports LTE on 800, 1800 and 2600MHz bands. This means it'll also run on the UK's 4G LTE networks, whenever they're launched.

The One XL will launch in Germany on Vodafone, T-Mobile and O2, and there'll also be unlocked SIM-free version available. Prices reportedly start at €659 (~$830).

via: TheUnwired

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4 years ago

HTC Bluetooth Car StereoClip review

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I've always had a love-hate relationship with Bluetooth. I love the idea. Being able to easily and wirelessly connect our devices to other devices just makes sense. Wires and cables are decidedly unsightly and unsophisticated. But in actual use, well, that's where the hate comes in. Sometimes Bluetooth works great. Other times it's the devil, refusing to connect, or to hold or connection, or basically sounding crappy.

I've been pleasantly surprised by the HTC Bluetooth Car StereoClip. (Sprint currently is selling it under the "Bluetooth Music Adaptor" name.) Here it is, in a sentence: Pair it with your phone, plug it into a 3.5mm jack, and play audio to your heart's content. Done. It's that easy. (But that doesn't mean you shouldn't read on for our full review. Let's hit it!)

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4 years ago

Win a tablet or smartphone with SwiftKey and Mobile Nations

SwiftKey and Mobile Nations (hey, that's us!) are giving you the chance to win a phone or tablet of your choice. SwiftKey is one of the leading aftermarket keyboard for Android, and in return for letting the SwiftKey guys know how you use your phones and tablets, you could bag the device of your choice, up to a value of $800.

Head over to swiftkey.net/survey to begin, complete the survey. If you're one of the lucky three (yes, three) winners, you could get your hands on your dream phone or tablet, even if it doesn't run Android. In fact, even if you don't currently own a device that supports their kick-ass keyboard, SwiftKey still wants to hear from you, and you could still be a winner.

The survey is open internationally for smartphone and tablet owners aged 18 and over, and it runs until midnight on Wednesday, June 6.  Be sure to check SwiftKey's site for the full terms and conditions.

Head over to SwiftKey's survey page to get started!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Appeal coming June 5, brings a prepaid QWERTY slider to AT&T

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AT&T announced the Samsung Galaxy Appeal today, another addition to its prepaid smartphone lineup. The Appeal will be unique because it will be the first prepaid smartphone that offers a QWERTY sliding keyboard. As more smartphones drop physical keyboards, there is still a large contingent that demands them, so it's good to see the option in the prepaid category.

The Appeal, like many of the other prepaid options, will feature lower end specs. Here there are:

  • 3.2-inch HVGA TFT 480 x 320 screen
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 512MB RAM
  • 1.8GB ROM
  • 800MHz processor
  • 3MP rear-facing camera
  • SD slot that supports up to 32GB
  • Made with 80& recycled materials

AT&T prepaid data plans are as follows:

  • 1GB - $25/month
  • 200MB - $15/month
  • 50MB - $5/month

If you're interested in the Galaxy Appeal, it will be released on June 5th to Walmart stores. On July 15th, it can be purchased from other AT&T GoPhone locations.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

Sony Walkman Z Series review

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Remember MP3 players? You know, those small electronic devices that old people used to keep their music on? They didn't make phone calls. They didn't play Angry Birds. If they're before your time, you’re not alone: after reaching the height of their popularity with Apple’s iPod, digital music players saw a sharp decline in sales, due in large part to the meteoric rise of smartphones. As phones became more and more capable of becoming your sole device, the need for MP3 players quickly faded away. Why carry around an extra device when you’ve got your entire music collection, Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and even FM Radio right on your Android phone?

But don’t call digital music players dead just yet. Enter the Sony Walkman Z, a revitalized Walkman that Sony is calling the “ultimate portable media player.” It’s powered by Android and it’s got a heck of a set of specs, but where does this device fall into your daily life? And is its $249 starting price tag justified? Despite its delightful music experience, it’s hard to recommend dropping so much money on a device that is so limited, especially when tablets start at around the same price. If you’re holding onto your dumbphone, though, and are constantly within wi-fi coverage, the Walkman Z is a nice option for housing your music collection.

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4 years ago

Wallpaper Wednesday - Lego Darth Vader, Ubuntu, Cherry Blossom Path

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Tired of that boring wallpaper you currently are sporting on your wonderful Android device? Spend hours looking for something new to use only to come up empty? Some great creations have hit our Android Central Wallpaper Gallery lately, and we are back showcasing them for you to see.

If you don't see what you want in the gallery, and happen to find it somewhere else, do us a favor will ya? Spread the love to the rest of the Android Central Community and upload it, it's simple and takes only a minute. Be sure to log in before uploading so we know who they came from, and we can give you the proper credit when we show them off!

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4 years ago

Acer and Carphone Warehouse announce the Iconia A510 Olympic Tab

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With this summer's London games approaching, it seems it's not just Samsung getting in on the Olympic action. Acer and UK retailer the Carphone Warehouse have announced a new quad-core Android tablet with an Olympic spin -- the Acer Iconia A510 Olympic Tab. The device is a 10.1-inch tablet powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU. Other bundled goodies include a microSD card port,  microUSB and microHDMI. And you've also got the famous Olympic rings engraved on the back of the tablet, for whatever that's worth.

The Carphone Warehouse says it's expecting to begin selling the Olympic Tab in June, and it has a pre-registration page up right now. In the U.S, both black and silver variants will sell for $449.

Source: Acer, Carphone Warehouse

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4 years ago

Samsung releases Galaxy Note ICS source code

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As required under the open source rules, Samsung has released its Linux kernel source code -- and other open-source bits -- for the recently-released Android 4.0 firmware for the international Galaxy Note. While the source code itself isn't much for regular users (or even power users) to get excited about, ROM developers will undoubtedly be pouring over this code in the weeks ahead with the aim of bringing better, faster custom firmware to the international Note. Not that this code is for the international Galaxy Note (GT-N7000), not the North American version that goes by a different name -- GT-i717.

To grab the Ice Cream Sandwich code for the Note, head over to the source link, then enter "N7000" in the search box.

Source: Samsung Open Source Release Center

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4 years ago

Late-night poll: Which carrier will offer the best Samsung Galaxy S III?

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There's a neat discussion going on in the forums about the Samsung Galaxy S III, and how carriers will screw it up -- or not screw it up. To our pals in Europe and elsewhere who may not know, in North America carriers have pretty much had their way with all the previous Galaxy phones. Different shapes and sizes abound, and I don't think any of them have the same software as any of the others. Some changes were welcome (the Epic 4G had a damn nice sliding QWERTY), some not so much (hello there locked down NFC). 

We're all expecting to hear word from Samsung about more carrier releases soon, and with that will come the big question -- who will get it right? Let us know what you think in tonight's poll.

 

Which carrier will build the best Samsung Galaxy S III?

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4 years ago

eBay updates Android app, brings better notifications, list views, and social network sharing

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The original online auction house and Internet giant eBay has revamped their Android application, improving a number of UI elements and views.

  • Best Offers and Best Offer notifications
  • Access to Wish and Custom lists in My eBay
  • List, relist and revise Parts & Accessories items (US)
  • List, relist and revise items in Canada, France and India
  • Share items on Facebook, Twitter and SMS
  • Improved Item View design
  • Lots of other new features and improvements throughout the app

Buying and selling from your smartphone is now easier than ever. The eBay for Android app is available in all countries supported by the Google Play Store. The eBay sites supported are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States. The download link is after the break.

Source: eBay Mobile

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