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4 years ago

HTC Q2 2012 financials show 57.8 percent fall in net profits

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HTC has announced its unaudited second quarter financial results this morning, showing earnings in line with its previous Q2 earnings guidance, which had been revised down. In stark contrast to Samsung's record profits, From March to June, HTC generated revenues of NT$91.0 billion (~$3.04 billion), while net income after tax was NT$7.4 billion (~$247 million). This represents a 57.8 percent fall from the second quarter of 2011, during which HTC raked in a net income of NT$17.52 billion (~$586 million).

HTC's had a rough time financially over the past six months, due to strong smartphone competition from the likes of Samsung and Apple. In its earlier revenue guidance, the manufacturer blamed the lower-than-expected profits on lackluster European sales, as well as trouble getting some HTC One phones past customs in the U.S.

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4 years ago

Samsung expecting record profit earnings for Q2 2012

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Samsung is all set to announce their quarterly results by July 27th but following somewhat of a tradition for Samsung, they've gone ahead and released some expected numbers ahead of the full announcement.

Over the years, Samsung has been known to break a few records here and there and clearly they're not expecting this time around to be any different as they offer up a operating profit estimate of between 6.5 trillion won ($5.7 billion) and 6.9 trillion won ($5.9 billion) with their total profits coming in between 46 trillion won ($40 billion) and 48 trillion won.

If estimates are accurate, that would put them beyond their previous quarter record of 5.85 trillion won ($5.1 billion) for operating profit, which came in the first quarter of 2012. In other words, Samsung has a ton of cash and can only end up with more as sales of the Samsung Galaxy S III continue everywhere.

Source: Market Watch

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4 years ago

More Amazon phone rumors? Sure, why not ...

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It's been a little while since we've heard anything about the mythical Amazon smartphone, so tonight's as good as any. Bloomberg's reporting that unnamed people are saying that Chinese manufacturer Foxconn is working with Amazon on a smartphone. In addition, Amazon's picking up patents that would help it "defend against allegations of infringement." Cool. Bloomberg's post doesn't mention that the phone would run Android, but it's hardly outside the realm of possibility, given that Amazon's already been plenty successful with its Android-based Kindle Fire tablet.

Missing, however, is any talk of carriers. It's possible any Amazon smartphone could be sold unlocked, meaning it could work on GSM networks in the U.S. (that'd be AT&T and T-Mobile) as well as worldwide, but that also presents problems in that both carriers are transitioning to LTE for 4G data -- AT&T's already there, and T-Mobile ramps up in 2013. But let's not put the cart that far before the horse just yet.

Source: Bloomberg

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4 years ago

Microsoft, Sophos security might have jumped the gun on that scary Android botnet thing

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That was quick! Security researchers at Microsoft and Sophos say they may have spoke a bit too soon about Android phones hosting a BotNet and spamming through Yahoo mail servers. Terry Zink, one of the discovers of the issue, said the following on his MSDN security blog:

Yes, it’s entirely possible that bot on a compromised PC connected to Yahoo Mail, inserted the the message-ID thus overriding Yahoo’s own Message-IDs and added the “Yahoo Mail for Android” tagline at the bottom of the message all in an elaborate deception to make it look like the spam was coming from Android devices.

In addition, researchers at Google and Alex Stamos, CTO of Web-security firm Artemis Internet, say it's far more likely that the people behind the attacks were spoofing the mail headers and adding the tagline, simply because it's difficult to spoof the IP on a mobile device. 

In any case, the rest of the warnings still stand. If you're not going to pay for apps, whether because you're cheap or because you're unable to, use some common sense and be careful. Malware certainly does exist, even if it's not at the proportions some members of the media try to make it out to be.

Source: WSJ

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4 years ago

HTC Watch, Syncing with OS X [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

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4 years ago

YouTube Android Player API finally bringing proper YouTube content to Android apps

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Quick question -- how many of you used the I/O 12 Android application to stream the live developer sessions from Google I/O? If you did, as it turns out, you were taking advantage of a brand new, as yet un-released YouTube Android Player API. The API was 'pre-announced' during one of the YouTube developer sessions, with a full announcement and release in the coming months.

At present, viewing YouTube content on your Android device -- outside of the YouTube app anyway -- isn't a particularly seamless and enjoyable process. There are three ways in which such content can be presented. The first, a browser plugin/flash based embed, but this isn't a true mobile experience, there is no access to the YouTube player API, and suffers when there's no flash of course.

The second -- which we use to embed videos here on AC -- is the iFrame based embed. This does offer access to the player API's, but has to be embedded into a webview, and is un-supported on older versions of Android.

The third way, is to throw in an instruction to open up the content in the YouTube app itself. All well and good, but it's an extra step for consumers, and for developers, it means that those consumers are having to leave your application to view the content.

And that, is where the new YouTube Android Player API will come in. In simple terms, it will allow for a full, native YouTube video experience, right within an application with full player controls to boot.

This sort of integration has been a long time coming, but with the sheer volume of content shared through YouTube today, it's a very necessary step too. No-one likes having to leave an application just to watch a YouTube video.

The API will be optimized for all the form factors that Android supports, mobile, tablet and Google TV, and will support OS versions right back to Froyo. For developers, integration will be made as easy as possible, with the basic code requirement sitting at just three lines. It will provide automatic support for fullscreen and orientation change, and will adjust the quality of the stream based upon the strength of the network connection.

Importantly too, for content providers, the release of this API will allow support for monetized content. Everyone has to earn a few bucks, after all.

The session itself goes into all the nuts and bolts, and you'll find it ready to watch after the break. It's something we know a lot of you will be excited about, just as we are. The ability to play YouTube videos, in line, within the Google+ app -- yes please.

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 10 will be Jelly Bean

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That's a question many folks have been asking since Jelly Bean was announced at Google I/O 2012 and there really hasn't been a definitive answer to point people to. Now though, we're getting a better look at where the CyanogenMod team will be headed as they've now had some time to sit down, work some stuff out and look at the bigger picture.

As highlighted on the CyanogenMod Google+ page, there was a lot to consider when looking at where to take CyanogenMod. While some stuff will make and easy transition, other things will take a bit more time and as always, ETA's will not be given out. All things noted are subject to change considering the source code for Android 4.1 is not yet available:

  • On Jelly Bean - Unless you have been internet deprived lately, you are aware that Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean (JB) is due out in the coming weeks. Which inevitably leads to the question: How does this affect me CyanogenMod? Now, to preface this, we do not have our hands on the source code, and things in this post may change dependent on analysis of the code first hand and the impacts. That said, we do have a general understanding of the changes and what we can expect, and this post serves to highlight the key changes.
  • CyanogenMod Next - Many have asked whether JB will be CM9.1 or CM10. Keeping with the pattern thus far, every newly named AOSP update results in a bump to the CM major version. This has the added benefit of fitting into the pattern of [insert codename position in the english alphabet] = CM version. Examples being: G is the 7th letter thus CM7, I is the 9th letter thus CM9 and J = 10.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. No matter how you look at it, all recent versions CyanogenMod will continue to be maintained and improved upon for quite some time. Those looking for a Jelly Bean based version however, now have something to look forward to as time goes on. For now though, the obvious focus is to get stable builds of CM9 out there for folks to enjoy and make use.

Source: CyanogenMod

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4 years ago

Ready Steady Bang brings pixelly western shootouts to Android [App Review]

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Ready Steady Bang has made the leap from iOS today, and thankfully left the pricetag behind. 

Ready Steady Bang is a positively charming one-touch western game made by a London design firm called Chambers Judd. The game is a dead-simple test of speed, pitting you in a series of old-timey shootouts with AI-controlled enemies, or against a friend in local multiplayer. 

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4 years ago

Jelly Bean feature: A buttery new home screen launcher

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Following its total re-vamp in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Google has spent the past six months fine-tuning the stock Android launcher in version 4.1, Jelly Bean. A couple of changes to the way icons and widgets are added and managed, in addition to some serious speed improvements, make for a much more usable launcher in the new version of Android.

Firstly, home screen elements now intelligently move and resize each other to fit into the allocated space on the home screen. For example, if there's a stray icon in the way of a large widget you want to place down, you're no longer required to move or delete it before doing so. Instead, the Jelly Bean launcher lets you bump existing elements out of the way as you drag new stuff onto the screen.  (You'll know if something's about to be moved, as it'll wiggle ever so slightly in its new position.) Similarly, you can also budge icons and widgets around when resizing existing stuff, and when you're moving a large widget into a smaller space, it'll shrink down to fit the available home screen real estate.

Jelly Bean also introduces a neat new gesture for removing unwanted icons and widgets from your home screens -- when you've got them selected by long pressing, you can throw them away by flinging quickly towards the edge of the screen.

The second big launcher change in Jelly Bean is probably the most noticeable -- the improvement in speed, as part of what Google's dubbed "Project Butter". This is the overarching name for all the different techniques that've been employed to improve perceived performance by cutting down on lag and stuttery transition animations, and the impact on the launcher is dramatic to say the least. The 3D app drawer animation, previously prone to lag in ICS, is silky smooth in Jelly Bean. And live wallpapers which slowed things to a crawl on Android 4.0 now glide along effortlessly.

There's a redesigned Google search bar, of course, but this functions just as it does in ICS, launching you into either voice search or Google search. The app behind this has changed too in Jelly Bean, but we'll show off those changes in a future article.

For a complete walkthrough of the new and improved Android 4.1 Jelly Bean launcher on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7, check out our hands-on video after the break. And be sure to check out our other Jelly Bean feature showcases if you haven't already.

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4 years ago

Cthulhu has a change of heart, tries to saves the world [App Review]

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The Great Old Ones spend a lot of time trying to devour souls, but in Cthulhu Saves the World for Android, one is trying to do something nice - even heroic - for a change. 

Of course, it's just to regain the terrible powers that have been stripped from him, but that's besides the point. Cthulhu Saves the World originally launched on PC through Steam and Xbox Live Arcade, and quickly followed-up with a mobile port for iOS and Android. 

The gameplay will be more than familiar to anyone that has put any time into old-school RPGs on the original Nintendo. You guide Cthulhu and a party of adventurers through a linear series of quests that usually end up in wacky hyjinx. You'll get 6 - 10 hours of gameplay, with some additional unlockable game modes (including Highlander Mode, which quadruples your XP, but only allows one hero to fight in each encounter) and vanity collectibles. 

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4 years ago

Android 'BotNet' is that little extra you get for pirating apps

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It's been a while since we saw an Android security scare, but the word "BotNet" attached to this one makes up for it. It appears that users in Chile, Indonesia, Lebanon, Oman, the Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Ukraine, and Venezuela have compromised Android phones are have been sending out Viagra spam through Yahoo mail servers. 

Microsoft security researcher Terry Zink discovered the whole mess, and he speculates that users are getting infected by pirating apps from unsavory websites that specialize in such. He fails to mention the millions of Microsoft Windows computers that are infected, doing the same thing, but this shows that Android phones are as powerful as yesterday's laptops. Use some common sense and this won't happen to your computer or your Android phone.

In cases like this it's easy to point the finger at folks too cheap to spend a buck or two and buy an app, but the problem goes deeper. Android is insanely popular across the globe. Some folks in some places just can't get paid apps from Google Play, and have to resort to other means to get them. It's a problem that needs a real solution, and we're sure Google is working on one, but I really can't blame anyone for not wanting to wait. If you're somewhere you can't download paid apps from Google Play, please be careful lest you get more than you bargained for.

Source: Terry Zink's Cyber Security Blog

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4 years ago

TELUS lists the HTC One X as 'coming soon'

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Typically in Canada when a device launches, it launches across multiple carriers due to the fact all major players are now running GSM. In some instances though, there is an exclusive offer made for a period of time and such is the case with the HTC One X and Rogers. Rogers was the first carrier is Canada to launch the device but that exclusivity looks to be dropping off soon as TELUS has now posted the HTC One X under their "coming soon" category. No actual release dates or pricing have been outlined as of yet but surely pricing will be on par with that of Rogers and rumors suggest a release could happen as early as July 6th. We'll let you all know when we see it go live on the TELUS site.

Source: TELUS via: Mobile Syrup

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus to resume shipping next week

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus -- which is still listed on the Google Play Devices site but was relegated to "Coming soon" status this week because of a federal injunction stemming from an Apple patent lawsuit -- should resume shipping next week, Google told ABC News

The official listing for the "Pure Google" device now says "Soon with Android 4.1, Jelly Bean," and it had been shipping up until late Tuesday, following a federal judge's ruling that a preliminary injunction against the device would not be stayed. While Apple's lawsuit isn't scheduled to go to trial until the spring of 2014, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled that Samsung was unlikely to win, and that the PI was to stand. Google, for its part, had said it had a fix in the works, so we figured any delay in shipping would be brief, and that appears to be the case.

That also means that we likely will see an update push out over the air to existing devices, though what Google intends to change remains unclear. The lawsuit stemmed from the famed infamous '604 patent (aka the "Siri" patent), which protects searching multiple sources from a single interface, and using heuristics for the results. That's what Siri does, and it's also what Google's search bar does. It's not yet known whether the search bar will be removed (a drastic measure, to be sure), or if Google will change the way it searches and parses results.

Source: ABC News; More: Google Play Devices

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4 years ago

Quad-core, 2GB, LTE Samsung Galaxy S III hitting Korea on July 9

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Looks like Samsung was saving the best Galaxy S III for last -- and for its home territory of South Korea. A post on the Samsung Tomorrow blog reveals that the manufacturer is preparing to launch the S III in Korea with a quad-core Exynos 4 CPU, 2GB of RAM and 4G LTE connectivity. Compare that to the European version, which sports quad-core Exynos, but no 4G and only 1GB of RAM, or the North American model, featuring LTE and 2GB of RAM, but a dual-core Snapdragon CPU instead.

The Korean Galaxy S III will launch on the SK Telecom, Korea Telecom and LG U+ carriers, with different radios to suit each network. The trade-off for this extra connectivity and power is that the Korean S III is a little bulkier, weighing 4.88 oz compared to 4.7 for the international model, and measuring 9mm thick versus 8.6mm elsewhere. Other specs remain identical -- same 8MP rear camera, 4.8-inch HD SuperAMOLED screen and TouchWiz'd Android 4.0. There's also 32GB of internal storage.

Given the specific hardware and radios needed for the Korean market, it's unlikely that Samsung will ship these units internationally, and don't expect to be able to use it on any American or European networks if you do import one. If you're in Korea, though, you're in luck -- you'll be able to pick up the mother of all Galaxy S IIIs from July 9.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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4 years ago

Archos unveils its entry-level 'Elements' line, starting with the 97 Carbon

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Archos today announced a new entry-level line of tablets, known as "Elements." The first device in the series is the Archos 97 Carbon, with a 9.7-inch IPS display running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It's got 16GB of internal storage and can take up to a 32GB microSD card, or a flash drive in its full-size USB port. It's also got a 1GHz processor (Archos didn't say what kind) and 1GB of RAM, along with front and rear cameras (again, Archos hasn't given exact specs). But we do know it weighs 21.8 ounces and is 0.45 inches thick. 

In addition to the Carbon 97, Archos says we can expect 7- and 8-inch tablets as well.

The Archos Carbon 97 will be available sometime this month (Archos didn't say when) for between $229.99 and $249.99 in the U.S., while British prices will start at £219.99 (~$340).

More: Archos

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