Dec 12, 2011 - 10:43 AM - by dgstorm
Motorola just announced last week that their (now venerable in tech-time) Xoom tablet will be one of their first few devices to receive Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich. In fact, Google released a video showing exactly that. In the video above, you can see Google's new ICS, carousel view, image search features for tablets running on the Xoom.
Interestingly, the Xoom is one of the few Moto devices that eschew any version of a MotoBLUR UI add-on, in favor of a pure Android experience. According to the source of this story, the Xoom with ICS will be no exception, as Motorola plans to keep it that way. Furthermore, because of this, it is likely that the Xoom will be one of the first few devices on the market to get Android 4.0.
Source: XoomForums via AndroidandMe
Dec 12, 2011 - 10:22 AM - by dgstorm
Previously, we reported that the AT&T/T-Mobile merger could be dead because AT&T revoked its application to the FCC in order to instead focus their resources to fight the impending anti-trust lawsuit from the Justice Department against the deal. The Department of Justice sued aug. 31, claiming that the "combination of the No. 2 and No. 4 cellphone companies in the country would reduce competition and lead to higher prices for consumers."
In a surprise twist, the DoJ indicated Friday that it will withdraw or postpone its antitrust case against the merger. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Joe Wayland, representing the DoJ in this matter, told U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle, that the merger "isn't even a real transaction" without their application to the FCC, so the DoJ would postpone their case until AT&T/T-Mobile refile. Huvelle gave the government until Tuesday to file a motion to put off the case.
This could leave the door open for AT&T/T-Mobile to refile their FCC application and start the process all over again; however, even the judge in their case is starting to look unfavorably on the deal. She implied that AT&T and T-Mobile were stalling and playing games with the court by withdrawing their FCC application. Here's a quote from the Yahoo! article with some details,
AT&T attorney Mark Hansen, countered, saying that it AT&T did not start the court battle. Here's a quote from the Yahoo! article with final details,
Huvelle told AT&T she was concerned the company was "using" the court and wasting its time. "I have some responsibility to the taxpayers ... to make sure we aren't being used in a way we weren't intended," Huvelle said.
Most analysts in the industry are predicting that the deal will fail. Ultimately, it is possible things could turn around for the deal, but more than likely the... [Read More]
Hansen said it didn't make sense to have both the FCC and the court trying to rule on the merger at the same time, so the companies decided to proceed first with the trial that's already been scheduled.
"If we can't convince the court of this, we won't win," Hansen said. "We understand that."
George Cary, an attorney for T-Mobile, a subsidiary of Germany's Deutsche Telekom AG, told the judge the deal is over if the trial doesn't proceed expeditiously.
Dec 12, 2011 - 9:35 AM - by dgstorm
Now that Motorola, with the RAZR (and maybe the Droid 4), Samsung, with the Galaxy Nexus, and HTC, with the Rezound, have all thrown their winter shopping gauntlets down for high-end smartphones, LG is joining the fray as well. The LG Spectrum, formerly known as the Revolution 2, may be coming forward before the holidays, or a little after, to make our purchasing decisions even harder. Here are some new pics of the phone above, as well as some specs below:
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 720p HD resolution
- HD-capable eight-megapixel camera
- 4G LTE
- Gingerbread (at first)
What do you folks think? I know most of us are holding out for the Galaxy Nexus, but I am sure there are some LG fans out there that might be attracted to this device...
Dec 12, 2011 - 9:16 AM - by dgstorm
The new Asus Transformer Prime had some rumored release dates that were dancing around, even after several retailers like Best Buy and Staples put the device up for pre-order. The most solid rumor put the release date of the device around December 19th or 20th. Unfortunately, an email from NCIX was just released that strongly suggests the Asus Transformer Prime would be delayed due to WiFI problems. The company even went to the trouble to offer $25 dollar off coupons to its customers who pre-ordered the device if they wanted to select another tablet. Here's the direct quote from the email, pictured above:
Interestingly, this may not turn out to be accurate though. No other similar statements have been made by any of the other retailers. Obviously, this could be a case of this company finding out something that the others haven't yet, or that they simply don't want to release any info regarding it yet. However, in an update to the original story, Asus themselves came forward indicating that the launch date is still scheduled for this month. In fact, here is a direct quote from the Asus representative with a December 19th ship date still pending, “At this point, we still show to be on schedule to start shipments the week of 12/19. I will provide an update once I have additional information.”
“Unfortunately, we just received word that the ASUS Transformer Prime has been delayed worldwide and will most likely not be available before Christmas. ASUS feels the WiFi range does not currently meet their standards and has delayed all shipments worldwide. At the moment there is no ETA and no information on available quantities on the first batch.”
So, either it will be delayed, or it will start shipping on December 19th. It seems we are back where we started from...
Thanks for the tip, bigfake23!
Source: TransformerForums via MobileSyrup
Well to add insult to injury this little bit of news will ruffle more than a few feathers. Turns out a couple people have already secured Verizon's Galaxy Nexus at Best Buy. Why is this bad news? Because don't count on going into a a Best Buy and snatching one up for yourself. Notice the SKU #, all 9's mean the SKU was entered manually so somebody is in a lot of trouble.
There are a few more pics w/ evidence over at Android Police. This launch has been nothing short of wacky.
Source: Android Police
So you Droid3 users have been awaiting the day that ICS would grace your devices! The day is here! Hashcode the developer responsible for SafeStrap Recovery on multiple devices has put together his own build of cm9/ics which boots on the Droid3! YAY! His build is still in the Preview stage. Which means its not even in Beta yet, but if you would like to see what the future of ICS on your device holds this is the Rom for you. It should be noted that this is not a daily driver rom which is great since it is flashed in the safe system of Safestrap and you can always revert to your main rom which hopefully is a more fully developed and stable Rom. It should also be noted that this is build number 3 and most of the bugs which rendered the rom useless have been squashed. You really should be able to get a since and feel of the snappiness of ICS in this build!
As I stated earlier this is still a preview build, but there actually are alot of parts working here.
- 3g data
- Sdcars, and Hw Accelerated Graphics
Whats not Working:
So you can see that this has come a long way since Hashcode began development in late November and of course there is still a good way to go, but this is still very exciting as we have yet another device that is running ICS before it has even been officially released in the US! This Rom is definitely worth a flash.
Grab the Rom here!
Dec 10, 2011 - 6:40 PM - by Malvado
So what has been going on? What exactly is the reason for the delay? Hardware defects? Software defects? According to Phandroid, the delay has nothing to do with quality control and most certainly has everything to do with Google Wallet.
According to higher uppers in Verizon’s chain of command, Google Wallet does not sit very well with Verizon. Especially when Big Red has already partnered up with ISIS to offer their own NFC mobile payment services. The conflict comes with Google wanting to keep their device largely “untouched” — it is their flagship device after all — and by Verizon demanding Google Wallet be removed, this is not only a disservice to their loyal customers but it could be borderline illegal if defined by a little something called “Net Neutrality”. According to our sources, Verizon is treading on some thin ice here.
We hear December 15th is, in fact, the new target date — but anything can happen from now until then.
SOURCE: Want Answers For Verizon Galaxy Nexus Delay? Apparently It Has Everything To Do With Google Wallet
Dec 10, 2011 - 6:26 PM - by Malvado
Get your clicking fingers ready! Posting this for you guys will only hurt my chances of getting one but hey — sharing is caring. HP is getting ready for another one of their “fire sales” on the now infamous TouchPad but this time, through eBay. Although this was originally meant to give HP employees first dibs, the internal company email was leaked online and now here were are spilling the beans for you.
The TouchPads will once again, be selling for the same $100 for 16GB versions and $150 for 32GB versions and NO, you wont need to purchase a laptop to get the discount. The only catch is that this are, in fact, refurbished units which may come as a turn-off for some would be buyers. Any way you slice it, that’s still quite steal. The deal kicks off December 11th at 6pm (CT) and although no returns will be permitted, the TouchPads will come with a 90 warranty.
Buy it. Hack it. Throw Android on it. Boom.
SOURCE: HP Is Reviving The $99 TouchPad Firesale! Refurb Models To Hit HP’s Ebay Store On 12/11 | TechCrunch
NOTE: Must be on the Liberty Rom to use this or it is useless!
This application is awesome! It includes options to edit your status bar. You can choose from 8 different custom lockscreens, you can change your carrier pull down text, you can add themes on the fly without flashing them in clockwork recovery. There is even an option to add back blur to the Liberty Rom in this App. Most AOSP Roms do not come with the option to add things like DLNA or FMradio or the blur versions of apps such as Gallery which is needed on devices like the DroidX for hdmi compatibility. You can purchase this app for $5 or it comes with the Liberty Rom 3 v2.0 minus the theme manager for free!
Grab this App and more info here!
Dec 09, 2011 - 2:06 PM - by dgstorm
We recently heard some scary news regarding the Apple vs. HTC lawsuits and their potential to damage Android. Fortunately, now it looks like there have been a couple major reversals for the Apple vs. "everyone" debacle, at least in regards to some of their other lawsuits.
Android scored two major legal victories this holiday season. First, the final appeal from Apple in Australia ended in favor of Samsung. Originally, Apple won a temporary injunction to ban sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, but then an appeals court reversed that decision. Apple then appealed that decision, but were rejected on this final appeal.
The second victory for Android was a bigger one. A little known, and only mildly covered lawsuit was also pending in which Motorola counter-sued Apple, claiming copyright infringement against a Moto patent that basically covers a: "METHOD FOR PERFORMING A COUNTDOWN FUNCTION DURING A MOBILE-ORIGINATED TRANSFER FOR A PACKET RADIO SYSTEM". A ruling was handed down in the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany on this lawsuit, banning the sale of the iPhone and iPad throughout Europe! Right now this is only a preliminary injunction and is only enforceable against Ireland-based Apple subsidiary Apple Sales International. Apple must now remove the infringing functions or appeal to Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court, which is likely the route they will take. This is a fairly stunning setback for Apple, but of course will continue to develop over time.
It still remains to be seen how things will go for Android as a whole though. On December 14th, a U.S. court will finally hear HTC's appeal regarding their infringement of a couple of Apple patents. We covered it previously, but it bears repeating because the patents are so broad that if Apple wins, it could affect the entire Android ecosystem.
Here's a small add-on to the overall story. In a bit of ridiculous irony, back in September, Apple actually had the gall to accuse Motorola and Samsung of being "anti-competitive" by using patent lawsuits to stifle competition. Apple must have forgotten the time-line of events, because they were the ones who began this gigantic lawsuit fiesta, and Motorola and Samsung simply counter-sued in defense. Obviously, a big part of the problem is the broken patent system, and the ability of companies to license broad and vague patents. However, that does not absolve anyone of their responsibility to use the system fairly. Stating that "the system is broken and setup that way, so it is perfectly okay for a company to take advantage of... [Read More]
Dec 09, 2011 - 1:19 PM - by dgstorm
It looks like Panasonic wants to return to the mobile market with a big jump into smartphones. They just unveiled their newest project, scheduled for Europe next year. They plan on using the European launch as a stepping stone, and intend to eventually launch in North America and Asia as well. This new phone comes out strong with some impressive aesthetics. It looks like a phone James Bond might carry.
The screen specs are fairly impressive as well, although it would be nice to know more about the innards. The specs we know about the device are as follows:
There is no word on which version of Android they intend to install on it or a time-frame for release. With its timing of next year, it could very easily be ICS, although that is just speculation. Here is their full press release:
- 1. An ultra-slim D-shaped design for easy portability
- 2. Slim bezel with high viewing quality Quarter HD (QHD) 4.3-inch large organic light emitting diode (OLED) screen
- 3. Waterproof and dustproof for ease of handling
... [Read More]
Panasonic to Expand Smartphone Business to European Market
Panasonic will expand its mobile phone business into the global market, targeting at nine million units of overseas sales in fiscal year 2016.
Tokyo, Japan - Panasonic announced today that it will expand its smartphone business to the European market in March 2012. At the same time, it announced its aim to bring its overseas smartphone sales to nine million units in fiscal year 2016, ending March 31, 2016, using Europe as a stepping stone to the global market.
With the mobile phone market rapidly shifting to smartphone usage worldwide and a steady growth expected particularly overseas, Panasonic aims to tap into this growth with its first global model smartphone for the European market in March 2012.
The main characteristics of the global model are:
1. An ultra-slim D-shaped design for easy portability
2. Slim bezel with high viewing quality Quarter HD (QHD) 4.3-inch large organic light emitting diode (OLED) screen
3. Waterproof and dustproof for ease of handling
Using this as a reference model, Panasonic will expand its lineup, aiming at sales of 1.5 million smartphones in Europe next fiscal year. Furthermore, in fiscal year 2016, Panasonic targets global sales of 15 million units, including nine million in Europe, Asia,
Dec 09, 2011 - 10:40 AM - by dgstorm
Samsung has another follow-up commercial in their funny SGS2 series that likes to 'gently poke fun' at the "Big iFruit." In this one, a friend of several iSheep shows up and shatters their delusions about how their product does things that no one else can. Of course, we know that most Android devices do far more than what they are waiting in line for...
Dec 09, 2011 - 10:29 AM - by dgstorm
Verizon seems to love contests, and they just shared a new one called the 4G LTE Tweetacular. It gives 5 users a chance to win a free HTC Rezound just for tweeting about some videos. Check out the source link below for full contest details and to enter.
Source: Verizon Insider - 4G LTE Tweetacular HTC Rezound Contest
Dec 09, 2011 - 10:13 AM - by dgstorm
The huge Droid Bionic update that we shared with you yesterday has just begun its soak test. Several of our anonymous sources that are part of the soak test are reporting that the update is currently downloading to their devices. For all the details, head over to our post from yesterday at the source link below.
Source: DroidForums.net - Droid Bionic Update v5.5.893
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