Sep 28, 2011 - 11:56 AM - by dgstorm
Sep 28, 2011 - 11:32 AM - by dgstorm
Microsoft and Samsung have entered into a new cross-licensing agreement that will not only allow the two companies to "share" their patent portfolios, but will also allow Microsoft to earn royalties from Samsung for all their Android devices. This is a similar situation that has been happening for sometime, in which Microsoft earns licensing fees from Android OEMs, like HTC and others. The primary difference is that Samsung appears to be gaining more than some of the other companies in this same situation with a more lucrative cross-licensing deal. There were no specifics given as to the amount that Microsoft will make from each device, but realistically speaking, MS stands to make a huge amount of money from this new deal. This kind of deal seems like a win-win situation. It's a shame that Apple doesn't seem to want to follow this example. Here is the press release:
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Microsoft and Samsung Broaden Smartphone Partnership
Agreements mark new initiatives to promote Windows Phone and share intellectual property.
REDMOND, Wash — Sept. 28, 2011 — Microsoft announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., to cross-license the patent portfolios of both companies, providing broad coverage for each company’s products. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform. In addition, the companies agreed to cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone.
“Microsoft and Samsung see the opportunity for dramatic growth in Windows Phone and we’re investing to make that a reality,” said Andy Lees, president, Windows Phone Division, Microsoft. “Microsoft believes in a model where all our partners can grow and profit based on our platform.”
“Through the cross-licensing of our respective patent portfolios, Samsung and Microsoft can continue to bring the latest innovations to the mobile industry,” said Dr. Won-Pyo Hong, executive vice president of global product strategy at Samsung’s mobile communication division. “We are pleased to build upon our long history of working together to open a new chapter of collaboration beginning with our Windows Phone “Mango” launch this fall.”
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
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Sep 28, 2011 - 11:12 AM - by dgstorm
It appears that Amazon is not content to just jump into the tablet market with just the tablet and its content, but is also including its own custom Cloud-accelerated web-browser as well. Amazon's new web-browser that will come with the Kindle Fire, is called "Amazon Silk" and the name is meant to be evocative of an "invisible, yet incredibly strong connection", as well as describe the silky smooth way their browser supposedly surfs the web. Here's a quote from the Engadget article with a few more details,
Above is a video demo of "Silk." What do you guys think?
...Amazon Silk -- a "split browser" exclusive to the tablet that gets the heavy lifting done on its EC2 cloud servers and promises faster access as a result. Dubbed Silk to represent an "invisible, yet incredibly strong connection", it takes advantage of Amazon's existing speedy connections, and that so many sites are already hosted on its servers to speed up web access. Another feature is its ability to learn from previous web surfers and use their data to determine how to render a page, and which sites to precache on the device before you even select the next link.
Source: Amazon-Tablets via Engadget
Sep 28, 2011 - 10:22 AM - by dgstorm
Here's a great bit of news for our incredible community developers: there are some new preview versions of ADT 14 and SDK Tools r14 available for download now. Because these aren't the final versions, you have to download them manually, but they are still fully functional tools. Supposedly, there are some massive and much needed improvements to the toolset. Here's a quote from the AndroidPolice article with a few details,
Here is the changelog:
When the final versions are released, you will be able to update ADT 14 and SDK Tools r14 using the SDK Manager, but for now in order to download and install them, you have to go through the installation process outlined over at the Tools site
- after all, this is a preview release.
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- Build system improvements
- Library projects
- Improved incremental builds. Resource compilation is run much less frequently. It is no longer run when strings are edited, or when layouts are edited(unless a new id is introduced), and it is no longer run once per library project.
- Resource compilation is no longer done for normal save operations, only when running or debugging (option added in ADT 12 now on by default.)
- There is a new "PNG crunch cache", which means image crunching is only done once, not once per build which is significant for projects with many resources
- Incremental ant builds
- ADT now uses bin/classes to output the java compilation and bin/ for Android specific classes. This will make bin show up in the package explorer.
- Brand new logcat view. Fixes bugs, displays and filters by application names instead of just pids, fronts when application runs.
- SDK Manager: Revamped UI
- XML Editing
- New XML formatter which formats all XML files according to the standard Android coding style. The formatter can also reorder attributes to follow the recommended order.
- Improved "smart indent": automatic indentation and un-indentation when pressing Return in XML editors
- Go to Matching (Ctrl-Shift-P) in XML files can now jump between opening and closing tags
- Changes made by the layout editor are automatically run through the new XML formatter.
- Select Enclosing Element should now work on the Mac as well.
Sep 28, 2011 - 10:06 AM - by dgstorm
It's official. You can get Gingerbread 2.3.4 for your TBolt now. If you haven’t received the update just yet, you can manually get it by going into your Settings > Software Update > Check New.
*** This is for stock devices only ***
*** There seems to be some bugs already such as voicemail notifications ***
Amazon.com, the world’s largest online retailer, just unveiled its Kindle Fire tablet. The Kindle Fire will have a 7-inch display and sell for $199. The device, a souped-up version of the Kindle electronic-book reader, will run on Android software.
The Kindle Fire doesn’t have a camera or a microphone. It offers Wi-Fi connectivity, but no 3G access. It also comes with a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime, the company’s $79-a-year membership service that includes streaming video and free two-day shipping.
Here are the full specs:
Amazon is using a fresh and easy-to-use interface instead of stock Android that ties the device closely to its own large and growing content library of movies, magazines and music.
- 7 inch IPS 1024×600 resolution display with 169 PPI
- 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm) at 14.6 ounces (413 grams)
- dual-core processor (we’re hearing it’s of the TI OMAP4 variety)
- 8GB of internal storage
- Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback (charges in four hours and can be charged using a USB port on your PC)
- 802.11b/g/n WiFi (no ad-hoc support)
- microUSB 2.o
- 3.5mm headphone jack and top-mounted external speakers
Update: According to industry sources you will be able to pre-order the Amazon Kindle Fire starting today, and it will ship on November 15th.
Be sure to check out our dedicated Amazon Kindle Fire tablet site @ FireForum.net!
Source: FireForum.net via Bloomberg
Sep 27, 2011 - 9:30 PM - by WenWM
Rarely do we get the chance to put a sick car up as the focus of an article, but in this case it's the code name for the next Motorola android device. The code name for Droid 4 was mentioned by a Howard Forum member, who said it is code named Maserati and gave us a few specs. The Maserati, and I mean the phone, is rumored to have a 4 inch display, the same slide-out keyboard, and LTE support. The D-pad is supposedly removed, but judging from the code name, it might be redesigned.
How's that sound folks? What's more appealing to you, the idea of a new Droid or the code name?
Sep 27, 2011 - 6:28 PM - by Shadez
Sep 27, 2011 - 1:31 PM - by dgstorm
We have some great new info on potential features in Google's next Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich. Many of the features you will read about in the article below are based on factual evidence, but a few are speculative. All of these features may not show up in ICS, but instead could appear in the future. Still, these are some impressive features to look out for in whatever new version of Android Google creates. The original article over at AndroidPolice includes a few more details and some videos, but we covered most of the juicy tidbits here. If you want to check out the videos we have provided a source link at the end of the story. Here are the features that could show up in your next Android device:
Google Android OS Featureset Wishlist:
- Device to Device NFC Sharing = This feature takes the NFC technology beyond just mobile wallet applications. According to sources, "0-click sharing" is the plan and this means no preparation, no app to open, just tap 2 devices together and it shares pictures, music, files, calendar events, videos, and websites. - This feature has been confirmed by a Google engineer to be planned for ICS. - Of course, you will need an NFC enabled device to utilize this functionality.
- Better Text to Speech = The current text to speech engine for Androids has not been updated since its beginning release and is rather lackluster, to say the least. However, in December of 2010 Google bought the speech synthesis company Phonetic Arts, and it is possible they will be implementing the newer technology from this company in ICS. Phonetic Arts was a worldwide leader in speech tech, so we could see some great improvements.
- A Better Keyboard = Another acquisition that Google made in October of 2010 was a keyboard company called "Blindtype." This could mean vastly improved text correction options.
- A Much Faster Emulator = The current Honeycomb emulator is extremely slow, which is a source of frustration for developers; however, at Google I/O 2011, they demonstrated a much faster emulator, and even played a 3D game on it. At that time, they indicated it could be ready in a "couple of months." Of course, that was 4 months ago, and ICS will make 6 months, so it is highly probable we will see it in ICS.
- Back To Open Source = Honeycomb temporarily moved away from open source so that Google could rush out a competing tablet OS to the iPad. It was never their intention of making the tablet OS permanently closed, but it allowed them at that time to control the code more quickly without having to worry about making it open source. Here's a quote from the AndroidPolice article with the skinny on the future,
Sep 27, 2011 - 11:54 AM - by dgstorm
Here's an interesting turn of events. Verizon Wireless has officially taken a legal stance beside Samsung against Apple's lawsuits. For those who haven't heard (maybe living under a rock), Apple sued Samsung in California on April 15 asking for a ban of its devices in the United States. This is on top of multiple similar lawsuits that Apple has brought against Samsung world-wide. There will be a hearing in the U.S. case on October 13; however, on September 23rd, Verizon filed a legal document taking the side of Samsung. The filing states, "The requested injunction of certain Samsung products will harm Verizon Wireless and U.S. consumers. It also has the possibility of slowing the deployment of next-generation networks -- such as Verizon Wireless's -- contrary to the stated goals of the U.S. government." Here's a quote from the Reuters article with some more info,
It's interesting to see one of the carriers get involved in this, especially since they risk having Apple pull access to the iPhone. This really takes things to a whole new level, and puts a different perspective on it. Up until now, most folks have been discussing whether Apple or Samsung is wrong, or if the patent system is to blame, etc. No one has really brought forth the "butterfly effect" argument. It does make sense though. If Samsung's mobile and tablet products get banned from the United States, it could have a ripple effect that would impact the carriers as well as the consumers at a time when the world seems to be having an economic meltdown.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Other U.S. operators such as AT&T Inc, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA did not immediately say whether they also plan to weigh in on the case.
Perhaps Apple should just work out a settlement deal with Samsung and be done with it. What do you think?
Sep 27, 2011 - 11:00 AM - by dgstorm
It is possible that we will see the Galaxy Tab 7.7 WiFi Version from Samsung sometime before the holidays. The device just passed through its FCC certification. Its model number is the GT-P6810, and because the FCC docs didn't mention any carrier, brand or radio, the deduction is that it is the WiFi only version. According to reports, even though it did pass through the FCC certs, this tab could actually have some hurdles to jump before it makes its way to the U.S. consumer. This is the tablet that was barred from being shown at the IFA Conference in Berlin and is being specifically targeted by Apple for patent infringement. We'll just have to play "wait and see" until we know more.
Source: GalaxyTabForums.net and GalaxyForums.net via TalkAndroid
Sep 27, 2011 - 10:39 AM - by dgstorm
A new Android tablet, codenamed the ZTE T98, has been spied in China. What's most intriguing about this device is that it supposedly holds a Tegra 3 Quad-Core chip "under the good." If this rumor is true, then it would be the first Tegra 3 powered device we have actually seen. Some more specs of the device were leaked:
- Android 3.2
- 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800.
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB Storage
- Rear 5MP resolution camera
- Front 2MP resolution camera
- 4,000 mAh Battery
- Wireless connectivity with GSM900/1800 and China Mobile TD1900/2010 support
- The tablet also supports 1080p video output
There are no details of pricing or launch dates, but it will supposedly come to Hong Kong and Taiwan first. We will keep an eye on this one.
Source: AndroidTablets.net via SlashGear
Sep 27, 2011 - 10:27 AM - by dgstorm
New industry intel suggests that Amazon's big press event scheduled for tomorrow in New York City will see the unveiling of the "Kindle Fire". This is the new Amazon Android Tablet we have been hearing so many rumors about. More info regarding the time-frame of release suggests that the tablet will launch around the second week in November. Some new details of the device have been leaked as well. It will be a 7-Inch tablet, with a similar look to the Blackberry PlayBook. However, the tablet is using a custom designed version of Android that reportedly, looks nothing like Android. Of course, the tablet has access to Amazon's Android Appstore, but does not give direct access to the Android Market.
Apparently, Amazon has gone out of their way to acquire publishing rights to a large array of content for the launch of the device. They have secured rights from several publishers like Hearst, Conde Nast and Meredith publishers, which would give users access to subscription services for magazines like Wired, Cosmopolitan, Car and Driver, GQ and a large list of others. One of the only hold-outs is Time Warner's Time Magazine, but Amazon is working to secure a deal "by the end of the year." Supposedly, Amazon will be receiving a 30% cut of the subscriptions, and this will be their primary profit motivator, since they are most likely selling the tablet at a slight loss. Amazon has also secured deals with Fox and others for movies and TV shows through their streaming video service, further solidifying that the tab isn't just an e-reader, but a full fledged multimedia device. This could eventually build into something that could give Netflix some competition in the streaming market.
This first device will use a TI dual-core OMAP chip, and there has been no official word on any other specs or devices, yet. Of course, tomorrow is the big announcement with all the details, and we will bring them to you as we find out more. Above is a mockup of the device.
Source: Amazon-Tablets via TechCrunch and AllThingsDigital
Sep 27, 2011 - 9:29 AM - by dgstorm
From the reports we are seeing in the industry, it is very likely that the Gingerbread 2.11.605.3 for the HTC Thunderbolt OTA will be rolling out soon. HTC has already released the Gingerbread support document to the internet, which signals that it should come within a few days. We will keep you apprised as new details arise. Here's a link to the support document below:
HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread Update Support Doc.pdf
To check for the update, head into: Menu>Settings>Software update and “Check new.” Sound off in the thread as soon as you start to get the update, so we can share in your find!
Source: ThunderboltForums via Droid-Life
Sep 27, 2011 - 1:51 AM - by Malvado
A developer on XDA known as Virus has successfully managed to cook up the very first Beats audio ROM for the EVO 3D. The ROM is essentially a port of the stock Sensation XE ROM but built from the ground up to allow compatibility for the EVO 3D on Sprint. This is actually the first EVO 3D ROM to feature HTC’s new Beats technology so I’m sure many rooted 3VO owners will be excited to try this one out. Check out the full list of all the mods featured in this ROM below.
Now that development seems to be up in full effect on the EVO 3D, I think the time for root is now. Hit up the source link for... [Read More]
- THE FIRST 3d rom to have FULL BEATS AUDIO from the Sensation XE!!
- REMOVED CARRIER IQ from EVERY smali file in ever jar !!
- Odexed for a SMOOTH EXPERIENCE
- ROOT (SU + SuperUser Permissions – Thanks to ChainsDD)
- Zipaligned (Improved RAM management)
- Zipalign on boot (for user applications on data partition)
- init.d scripts (BusyBox run-parts) support
- NANO text editor & sysro/sysrw commands support
- All the sense packages have been opted and extra languages have been removed (Will finish with the rest of the apps soon)
- Full HTC Sense 3.0 Interface
- Fully Optimized and Tweaked
- Forced GPU UI Rendering
- SD Card speed tweak
- Battery auto-calibration script (Thanks to seo)
- Bloatware applications removed
- Signature check hack by RC Team
- Eternity Custom lock ring (THANKS wrmx4temp)
- Eternity custom bootscreen (Thanks wrmx4temp)
- Transparent notif pulldown
- Transparent app drawer
- Disabled scroll by page in app drawer
- SMS Backup & Restore feature (Thanks Xron)
- Enhanced stock browser (Custom UI string, 20tabs & more) (Thanks Xron)
- Stock % battery display
- CRT TV screen on/off animation
- unlocked HTCModem (USB tethering & internet sharing)
- unlocked hotspot (thanks leoisright)
- 5-in-1 reboot menu
- DSP manager (thanks cyanogen)
- EPST that allows all ## codes
- ipv6 privacy enhancement (rfc4941)
- Modified Camera (Extra scenes, Mirror app, ability to toggle shutter sound on/off, long press on screen to take pictures and 2MP resolution for front cam) (Thanks SteelH)
- Lots of build prop enhancements (Thanks Mike1986 Leadroid and Romanbb)
- ext4 tweaks (Thanks TrevE)
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