Aug 29, 2011 - 3:21 AM - by Malvado
Google’s recent plans to purchase Motorola Mobility was quite a shock. The buyout could change a lot of things in terms of who’s holding what and what’s going to get made. Make no mistake, Google’s planned acquisition is a strategic move to position itself in the marketplace and we’ll be feeling the effects of this purchase for years to come.
One of the prime reasons for Google’s purchase is to protect themselves from possible litigation that targets their Android platform and throw a monkey wrench at their competitor Apple’s plans. Throughout its history, Motorola managed to amass over 17,000 patents, but all Google needs is 18 of those to make sure they’re safe.
These 18 patents have been with Motorola since 1994, and were the heart of three Motorola lawsuits against Apple. This makes them the crown jewels of the collection. This set of patents cover technology essential to the mobile device industry. This includes location services, antenna designs, e-mail transmission, touchscreen motions, software-application management and third- generation wireless. Planning to pay over $12.5 billion to own Motorola Mobility, Google is sure to add their patents to its own to keep Android safe. Google has been a busy bee in the patent department lately, with already over a thousand patents issued since the beginning of the year. Motorola Mobility’s already impressive 17,000 patents add to this, with 7,500 patents still pending.
So why is Google hot to protect its IP? The search leader has already faced several legal challenges; namely from Oracle and Skyhook. However, with Android managing to claw away nearly 44 percent of the market from Apple. This sort of behavior can cause trouble for a burgeoning IP. A single IP lawsuit can leave Android gasping for its breath.
With the recent announcement of this purchase, Google is telling everyone that they can handle themselves and have a possibility of fighting back.
SOURCE: Motorola Yields 18 Patents Google Can Use Against Apple
Toshiba is preparing to unleash a new tablet this week at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA 2011) in Berlin. This time, Toshiba’s new tablet is much thinner and is poised to better compete with the Apple iPad and other leading brands of Android tablets.
As you can see, this new tablet will definitely be lighter, thinner, and improved. We can expect it to be much better than the THRiVE with all enhancements and techy features available for it.
This soon-to-be-released tablet is said to have an ultra thin body, but will still contain ports and slots for a full tablet–MicroUSB, micro HDMI, and microSD ports, according to a report from Notebook Italia.
Toshiba’s slimmer tablet will have an outstanding design with a brushed metal finish on the cover. According to sources, the upcoming Toshiba tablet will feature a dual-core, 1.5-GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4460. Earlier rumors speculated that the new tablet will be sporting a processor from NVIDIA (probably another dual-core Tegra 2, or the upcoming quad-core Kal-El rumored to arrive this October) just as the THRiVE did.
SOURCE: Ultra-thin Successor for Toshiba THRiVE to Debut at IFA 2011
HTC Holiday caught again in the wild, 4.5 inches of LTE heading for AT&T
HTC Holiday, gets caught on camera. Engadget got their hands on some pictures and the specs, and it looks like another hit for HTC.
Some of the Specs are:
- 4.5 inch qHD display
- 1.2GHz CPU (of the dual-core variety, natch)
- Full Gigabyte of RAM
- Android 2.3.4
- Sense 3.0.
- LTE radio, which should be AT&T's first handset using the new 4G network
Looking forward to more from this phone and how it performs!!!
Aug 26, 2011 - 5:27 PM - by Shadez
What do you get when you put the HTC Droid Incredible on a strict diet of protein shakes and bench presses? From the looks of it, the HTC Vigor a device rumored to be Verizon’s next big 4G LTE contender. The stylings of the handset are definitely reminiscent of the Incredible and Incredible 2, but the screen appears gargantuan in size with some additional texturing on the battery cover. From the pictures we can gather the phone will carry HTC Sense, a front-facing camera, and a dual-flash setup on the rear.
Rumors we have heard elsewhere have pointed towards an HD 720p display, 1GB of RAM, and a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. It may also be among the first HTC handsets to make use of the companies recent Beats by Dre acquisition. Rumors are already pointing towards an October 6th release, but you know how counting your chickens before they hatch goes.
[via DroidLife] and First Images of the HTC Vigor Hit the Web
Aug 26, 2011 - 4:21 PM - by WenWM
Just this Thursday The New York Post reported that Amazon is working on a tablet that will cost “hundreds less” than Apple’s $499 iPad 2. This news was cited to come from an anonymous source that is close to the matter. We have heard plenty about this tablet before, but this seems like some of the best news yet. The source reported that the tablet should see the lime-light by September or October. BGR previously shared a rumor that the device will come with two versions, both running Android of course. The first version will have a dual core processor and be the cheaper lower-end model, while the quad core alternative will appease the higher-end market.
Look out for a tablet with Amazon's sticker on it coming our way soon.
Aug 26, 2011 - 4:08 PM - by WenWM
To Samsung, one size does not fit all and they intend to bring more tablets into the market, with a new tablet covering the middle ground. The new Galaxy Tab 8.9 has not been spoken of much since hitting the FCC not too long ago, but new rumors suggest that the device will have an LTE radio built in. It's easy to appreciate LTE and the speed it provides, and if the rumors are correct, we might just receive this new Galaxy Tab 8.9 with LTE in stores soon. It should also have a faster processor at 1.5 Ghz, same thickness, lighter, and will ship with Android 3.2. There are even more rumors saying it will make landfall by August 29th for all the possible back to school shoppers.
Anyone looking for Samsung "mid-sized" tablet?
For more discussions on the Galaxy Tab, be sure to visit our sister site @ Galaxy Tab Forum
Aug 26, 2011 - 3:20 PM - by dgstorm
John Lennon once said something pretty remarkable that I like to quote, "Life is what happens while you are making other plans." It seems that nature may be stepping in to prove that statement in regards to the GalaxyForums.net and DroidForums.net NYC trip to cover the Samsung Mobile Galaxy SII Release Event on Monday the 29th. The storm is getting so bad, that parts of New York City and other areas of the eastern seaboard are being evacuated as a precaution. Because of this, it is very likely that our flight on Sunday to NYC will be cancelled, or at the very least be of questionable risk.
We are not going to rule out that we will be at the event, even if the event doesn't get cancelled itself because of the weather, but for now we will have to play "wait and see." If the storm miraculously abates some time tomorrow, then we will be there to cover the Samsung event. If not, then we will just have to hold out for the next interesting release event in the future.
To indirectly commiserate the impending "storm of doom" FEMA has recently just released an app for Android! The app will surely prove to be useful should a disaster actually occur. It has tons of, "...useful tips, checklists, contact numbers and the latest news for before, during and after a disaster."
Let us intend that it goes completely unneeded this weekend, and from now until the end of time! Here's a pic of the app below, and don't forget to download the app on the Android Market, just in case we actually need it.
Source: AndroidCentral and FEMA
Aug 26, 2011 - 2:13 PM - by dgstorm
The folks over at Pocketnow.com got hold of a promo pic showing the three remaining U.S. variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Verizon may have passed on the SGS2, but Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T didn't, and they are together in the above "group photo op." It will be exciting to see these flagship phones finally arrive, and their is intel on the interwebs, that although Verizon may not be getting this version of the SGS2, they may be getting a 4G LTE cousin to it later down the line. We will keep you apprised.
Aug 26, 2011 - 1:18 PM - by dgstorm
Some of our tipsters over at HPTouchpadForums.net may have just broken an intriguing "good news, bad news" story. According to a couple of sources, HP is cancelling the current HP TouchPad orders that haven't shipped yet. That's the bad news. The good news is that the reason they are cancelling it is because they are going to retract their initial discontinuation of the product line, and re-continue it (plus they are completely out of stock as well).
In some ways this isn't that great, because the opportunity to get a decent tablet for the low-low price of $99 dollars is slipping away; however, it is not too bad. Now, after seeing the relative success of the product with folks that either want a really cheap tablet, or folks that want to put Android on it, HP wants to revive it from the dead. Who knows... they may consider working out a licensing deal to get Android on it from Google. Of course, that is pure speculation at this point. Share your thoughts in the forums!
Don't forget to come to HPTouchPadForums.net for all your HP TouchPad news and information!
Source: HPTouchpadforums.net, (1) & (2)
Aug 26, 2011 - 12:40 PM - by dgstorm
The TBolt just got a big price drop for new customers over at Amazon Wireless. You can now get the phone on a new individual contract for only $.01. A renewed individual contract is still sitting at $119.99, but that is still cheaper than a Verizon store.
Source: ThunderboltForums.com via DroidMatters and Amazon Wireless
Aug 26, 2011 - 12:25 PM - by dgstorm
Reports indicate that the HTC Vigor just received Bluetooth and WiFi certification a few days ago. Rumors indicate we may see the phone by October 6th, and this certification pushes forward with that idea. Here's a refresher on the specs:
- 4.3″ HD screen
- 1GB RAM
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 16GB internal storage
- 8MP rear camera
- 2MP front
- New version of Sense known - version 3.5
- 4G LTE
That processor and ram seem pretty juicy! What do you guys think of this one? Is it worth waiting a bit longer for?
Don't forget to check out our HTC Vigor section of DroidForums, @HTC Vigor!
Aug 26, 2011 - 12:07 PM - by dgstorm
We have some more interesting Droid Bionic stuff for you today. The pics above are of the Droid Bionic boot animation, and the video below shows it off as well. However, even better than that is that you can download it and try it on your own phone if you want! It doesn't require root to work on most phones, but there may be some that could prove troublesome. Here's a quote from AndroidPolice with the instructions, and some download links below,
Downloads: BootAnimation.zip and Bionic.ogg (Boot Sound)
On some phones, root access isn't required for installing custom boot animations if you copy to /data/local, but I can't guarantee it will work on every phone, so on those you may need to root first. Since there are many ways of installing bootanimation.zip, we've listed some of them here.
As for Bionic.ogg, if you want the boot sound enabled, you'll have to figure out the place where it goes on your phone - most likely some directory under /system/media or /data/local.
Sometimes it is really fun to be a tech-nerd!
Source: BionicForums.net via AndroidPolice
We have an exclusive for you today. One of our tipster/sources let us know that CostCo will be offering an amazing exclusive deal on the Droid Bionic. The price is the same as through Verizon, $299.99 on contract, but with that you also get an extra Battery, a charger for that battery, a Docking Station and a Navigation Dock included! Supposedly, they will be receiving their displays on September 8th, and the phone soon thereafter.
This deal seems to pack in some great value for that $300 bucks. What do you guys think?
Source: DroidForums.net and BionicForums.net
Aug 25, 2011 - 11:19 PM - by WenWM
Microsoft seems to be stocking up on patents these days, and one of their older applications have been revealed. The above image is one of a few touch screen based gestures that Microsoft claims is their idea. There are over 5 different gestures in this application, but looking at this one, I'm sure we can find how this applies to Android. The patent essentially says swiping from the bezel downward to reveal information or similar content is something Microsoft's created. This gesture is what Android's shade concept is all about and that means, if granted, Microsoft has one more thing to go after OEM's for.
Share your thoughts on Microsoft's tactics below. See more patents at the source!
Aug 25, 2011 - 10:53 PM - by WenWM
Verizon just recently posted a support page for the Gingerbread update for the Droid 2; OTA must be coming soon. The page gives us an idea of what update, 4.5.601.A955.Verizon.en.US, has in stores for us. Along with bug fixes, Motorola packed in some improvements, upgraded Android, all wrapped up in a new interface.
Here is the full change log:
- New Download Manager App
- Under Manage Applications, a new “Running” tab displays a list of active applications, as well as the storage and memory being used by each.
- Multi-Touch Key-Chording
- Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
- New User Interface and Color Scheme:
- New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
- Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.
- New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups
- Added Device and SD Card encryption.
- VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings
All these changes are sure to sit very well with Droid 2 users.
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