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5 years ago

Judge throws out 129 of Oracle's claims against Google, leaves 3


Not to make light of the United States' broken legal system, but it's hard for me to take all these lawsuits over ideas very seriously.  Apparently, the Hon. Willam Alsup agrees, and he has thrown out 129 of Oracle's claims against Google in the pending lawsuit, cutting down the number to three.  The 129 dismissed claims also can't be refiled in Judge Alsup's court, or any other.  From Judge Alsup's order:

Currently, there are 132 claims from seven patents asserted in this action, and there are hundreds of prior art references in play for invalidity defenses. This is too much. The following schedule will ensure that only a triable number of these items — three claims and eight prior art references — are placed before the jury in October, all others to be forsaken. Oracle will surrender all of its present infringement claims against Google based on the 129 asserted claims that will not be tried. Oracle may not renew those infringement claims in a subsequent action except as to new products.

I'm no lawyer, but it sounds to me like the news of Android's certain demise at the hands of Oracle's lawyers was a bit premature.  (I still think Tim Bray says it best (NSFW)) We have no idea how the three claims that are left will be decided, but I am confident that the judge presiding over the case wants justice, and isn't pandering to the big corporations on either side.  And that's all any of us should ask for.  All you legal eagles can read more, including the full text of the order, at the source link.

Source: GroklawThanks, Darrin!

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5 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G video hands-on


Samsung and AT&T just let us play with their newly re-announced Samsung Infuse 4G. The Android smartphone is coming May 15 for $199 on contract. The super thin phone made its debut this evening at an event here in New York City hosted by Sammy and AT&T. 

After pushing through some people and enjoying some Cinco de Mayo drinks, we were able to spend a few minutes with the 4.5 screen and its zippy 1.2 GHz processor. Click above to watch the other Anndrew -- not this Andrew -- work through the device. For our written hands-on review, click here.

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5 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G initial review and hands-on


Samsung and AT&T just made the Infuse 4G official with a slated release date of May 15 in stores and online. It'll go for $199 at launch with no rebate. We're here in New York City and we just got a first look at the device, which AT&T VP of Devices Jeff Bradley called “the supermodel of superphones.” Here are the specs:

  • 4.5 inch Super AMOLED plus screen at 480x800
  • 1.2 GHz Hummingbird processor (single-core)
  • Android version 2.2 Froyo
  • 8 MP rear camera with 720p video recording and full HDMI playback
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera

Let me first say that this phone is a BEHEMOTH. The screen is huge: that extra two-tenths of an inch doesn't sound like much, but it really dwarfs my Thunderbolt. The Super AMOLED Plus screen is the star here: it's bright, it's big, and it's beautiful. It offers amazing viewing angles, and Samsung says that you won't have a problem seeing it in the sun. If you're afraid that huge screen will weigh you down, fear not: Samsung has managed to fit everything into an incredibly thin package, at only 8.99 millimeters and 131 grams.

The phone feels great in the hand (albeit a bit plasticky, but nothing out of the ordinary for Samsung). The battery cover feels flimsy at best, but honestly, we cannot overstate just how great this phone looks. Its size and weight, coupled with that stunner screen, comes together for one seriously sexy package.

Samsung is predicting that this will be its summer blockbuster. It will support HSPA+ and HSUPA, with receiver diversity, which Samsung says will allow for the fastest experience available on AT&T. Firing up the browser, we didn't see anything mind-blowing speed-wise, and certainly nothing radically different than what we've seen from AT&T's current lineup. Hopefully real-world use will live up to Samsung's hype.

A quick note: It looks like AT&T might have chilled out with their sideloading ban. The Infuse does come with the option for installing apps from unknown sources, a departure from what we've seen on previous AT&T offerings. More on that in our full review.

Hit the break for some more pictures, and stay tuned for a hands-on video, with a full review and some in-depth testing coming soon.

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5 years ago

AT&T re-enables sideloading on the Infuse 4G!


My friends, our long national AT&T sideloading nightmare is over, it appears. From the Motorola Backflip to the HTC Aria to the Samsung Captivate -- and every phone in between -- AT&T locked down its phones so that they could only download apps from the Android Market. Security concerns, don'tcha know. Problem is, there are plenty of legitimate reasons why you might want (and/or need) to sideload. Take the Amazon Appstore, for example. Can't use it if you can't install non-Market apps.

That's no good, and we said so in a recent editorial.

But as our guys Andrew and Anndrew (the television series starts shooting this fall) just found out, the Infuse 4G (coming May 15 for $199) indeed allows "Unknown sources" for Android applications. Oh, happy day. Good on AT&T for making this one right.

Via: Binary Outcast; Thanks, Conan Kudo!

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5 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G officially hits AT&T on May 15, comes with special edition of Angry Birds

We're at Samsung and AT&T's event in New York City where the Samsung Infuse 4G -- that's the monster 4.5-inch Android smartphone -- has finally been given a release date and price. You can pick one up starting May 15 for $199 on contract.

The Infuse 4G, as you'll recall, has that aforementioned 4.5-inch touchscreen -- the largest on something that's considered a smartphone and not a tablet. But it's a mere 8.9mm thick. And that large display is Super AMOLED Plus to boot, same as what we're very much enjoying on the Samsung Droid Charge. It's rocking Android 2.2 Froyo, so let's hope we see a Gingerbread update in the near future.

It's also got an 8MP camera on the back (with 720p video recording), and a 1.3MP shooter up front, with a single-core 1.2GHz processor to power it all.

As of that's not special enough, the Infuse will come with a special edition of Angry Birds, and Samsung's throwing in a $25 credit for its Media Hub download service.

Full press release is after the break.

Infuse 4G SpecsInfuse 4G Forums

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5 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G specs


  • Android™ 2.2 platform
  • 4G: HSDPA CAT 14 and HSUPA CAT 6
  • 8.9 mm to 9.24mm thin
  • UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • 1.2 GHz processor
  • 4.5-inch Super AMOLED™ Plus screen
  • 8-megapixel camera with HD 720p video camera and 1.3-megapixel front facing camera
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD card
  • Text/Picture and Video Messaging support
  • Samsung Media Hub, U-verse Mobile, U-verse Live TV, and Angry Birds

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5 years ago

HTC Flyer 'Magic Pen' gets priced in the UK and Europe



The first European pricing information for the HTC Flyer's "Magic Pen" has emerged over at the manufacturer's European accesory store. The stylus (and AAAA-battery) will set you back £47.99 in the UK, and €49.99 in the eurozone.

This fits with the recently-revealed US pricing information for the stylus, which Best Buy is listing for $79.99. Like Best Buy, the HTC accessories store is also selling cases and screen protectors for the Flyer, which range from £15 through to £26. If you plan on picking up a Flyer over the next few weeks, let us know in the comments whether you'll be splashing out on any accessories to go with it.

Update: It's worth noting that a pen will be included with the Flyer when purchased -- these prices are just for replacement pens.

Source: HTC Accessory Store; via: TabletCommunity; Thanks, Jakob!

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5 years ago

Taptu update brings Honeycomb optimization


RSS reader Taptu has been updated to version 1.4, bringing with it optimization for Honeycomb tablets. The app uses Fragment API which allows Taptu to run on optimally on both Android smartphones and tablets. The app allows you to import 100 RSS feeds from your Google reader account, up from the 30 allowed in previous versions. The new version retains Taptu's “StreamStore” feature, allowing users to browse for new streams directly from the app. Other improvements in version 1.4 include:

  • Themes: You can change the color theme from dark text on a white background to white text on a background for better reading day or night.
  • Full screen reading: You can read articles in full-screen mode instead of a tabbed look.
  • Instapaper support: If you don't have time to read an article right now, you can send it to your Instapaper account to read it later.

Taptu says that its tablet optimization allows for a full screen immersive experience with smoother transitions and faster scrolling, made possible by your device's hardware acceleration. Hit the link after the break to download now.

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5 years ago

Sprint's Relay ID Pack aids those with hearing difficulties


Sprint has announced its new Relay ID Pack, which is a new set of widgets and applications that will better enable the device for use for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Included in the Relay ID Pack are:

  • Sprint Mobile Video Relay Services – video relay services for sign language users
  • Calendar Notifier – provides visual alerts and repeating reminders of calendar events
  • Handcent SMS – visual alerts and notifications of texts
  • VideoPlayer – captions on videos downloaded to a secure digital (SD) card
  • Gmail Notifier – visual and vibrating alerts and reminders for your gmail email
  • TuneWiki – to read and learn the lyrics to songs
  • – captioned movies playing in a customer’s area
  • AIM Instant Messenger – access telephone relay services through AIM Buddy "SprintIP"
  • Google Voice – transcribe audio messages left on voice mail into text

This news is quite huge for anyone who experiences difficulty with hearing, yet want to be able to use an Android powered device to the same extent anyone else would. This pack is currently available on devices such as LG Optimus S, Sanyo Zio, Samsung Transform, Samsung Epic 4G and Samsung Galaxy Tab.  For more information be sure to hit the source link.

Source: Sprint

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5 years ago

Walmart knows not to sell the Droid Charge


Attention, workers of Walmart: Your employer would like to remind you that the Droid Charge is not yet available, while you likely have them sitting in your store, you're not supposed to sell them until Verizon says it's OK.  In fact, your employer regards this as EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. See? They used all caps. No, we don't know when it's going to happen. So in the meantime, read this Droid Charge review.

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5 years ago

Is the HTC Kingdom Sprint's newer, smaller black slab?


The Internet's all abuzz over a render and a leaked ROM for the HTC Kingdom, but what is it?  A peek through the leaked files tell us it has a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM7630 CPU, 768 MB of RAM, a four-inch qHD display, and both front and rear cameras.  Put all this on top of Gingerbread, and the rumor-mill takes care of the rest.  That's how the Internet works (trust us, we know).

But what does that really tell us, besides now knowing that it's not the Evo 3D?  Rumor No. 1 says it's a world phone.  Maybe, maybe not.  Yes the MSM7630 has "world phone support."  It's also the same CPU that we find in the Evo Shift 4G, which is a CDMA-only device.  Rumor No. 2 says it will feature FM receive and transmit.  Again, the Bluetooth chipset supports this, but that doesn't mean it will happen -- think Nexus One and its hidden, unused FM radio.

And finally, just because we see a render and a leaked RUU doesn't mean we'll ever see the phone.  I'd love for it to appear (especially as a dual mode CDMA/GSM device), but a good portion of these leaks just never pan out, even if they make it as far as a usable prototype (hello there Verizon Merge!).  Manufacturers build and pitch a lot of different models to the carriers, who cherry pick the ones they think will sell.

I think this one would make for a nice choice when on the shelf next to a bigger, and surely more power-hungry Evo 3D, and hope to see it with all the features we're hoping for.  I think a lot of you folks want the same.  But for now, all we can do is keep our fingers crossed.

Source: PocketNow

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5 years ago

Google Earth updated, optimized for Honeycomb tablets


Google Earth version 2.0 is now available in the Android Market, bringing with it optimization for Honeycomb-powered tablets. Google says that the app now takes full advantage of tablets’ large screens and advanced processing power, with a few new features in tow, including a new action bar with access to search, my location, layers, and reset-to-north.

Utilizing the large screen real estate, users can now explore fully-textured 3D buildings while browsing user photos on the side, just one of the experiences that was formerly limited to the desktop version only. If you're toting a tablet and want to take it for a spin around the world, hit the link after the break to download the update.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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5 years ago

LG Optimus Black initial review


None more black. In a nutshell, that's how to describe the LG Optimus Black, one of the new crop of Android smartphones it unveiled earlier this year. Remember that black obelisk in Stanley Kubrick's "2001"? There you go. This is one sleek phone. But for all this "black" talk, it's also one of the brightest and most colorful phones around.

So what do you get with the Optimus Black? Start with a 4-inch touchscreen at the usual 480x800 resolution. But this isn't any regular display. This is LG's new "Nova" display, which boasts 700 "Nits" of luminosity. LG says that "is the critical figure required to achieve perfect outdoor visibility, allowing users to see the screen clearly under strong sunlight." And this Florida blogger certainly agrees.

Beyond that? The Optimus Black also has a cool little G-Key which in conjunction with the accelerometer can do so pretty cool things like let you cruise through the UI without tapping. Or you can shake to launch the camera from the lock screen. That's just scratching the surface.

The Optimus Black has LG's custom UI, which may look a bit familiar if you've ever used an Android phone by a company that rhymes with Ramrung. But LG's got a bunch of great little tweaks that we've been enjoying ever since the Optimus Z (read our full review). And it's gotten better since.

But enough talk. Check out pics and video of the Optimus Black after the break.

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5 years ago

HTC Flyer's Digital Pen gets priced at $79.99 at Best Buy


When the WiFi-only HTC Flyer went available for pre-sale from Best Buy, we knew that the 7-inch tablet would cost $499. There was no word, however, on the price of the stylus, which is one of the features that differentiates this tablet from all the rest. New information from one of our readers who was perusing the Best Buy website found the price of the pen as well as a leather pouch for transporting it. The stylus, called the HTC Digital Pen at Best Buy, will retail for $79.99 and the leather pouch will go for $34.99. The pouch has been specifically designed for the Flyer and has a spot for the Digital Pen. If you're interested in both of these accessories, you can buy them in a bundle for $109, which will save about $5. Now we know the price for the tablet and the Digital Pen, is an HTC Flyer in your future?

Source: Best Buy; Thanks, Chris!

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5 years ago

Sony Ericsson launches next-generation Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro


Sony Ericsson just announced its next generation of Xperia Mini and Mini Pro Android Smartphones. Following up on the devices announced last year at Mobile World Congress (Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro), the phones each sport 3-inch touchscreens (at 320x480 resolution) and are running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor.

Put it this way: With 5MP cameras and Sony's Bravia display engine tucked in there for good measure, you've got the world's smallest 720p video shooters. The Xperia Mini weighs just 94 grams, and the Mini Pro follows suit at 136 grams.

Need more? Full pressers and specs are after the break.

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