Earlier today, we reported that a UK judge ruled in favor of Nokia in a patent argument against HTC, thus banning the HTC One Mini (and now the One Max) from the UK. What we didn’t realize at the time was that judge Richard Arnold divulged some details of the HTC One successor (M8) in his published ruling. In his 45th point, he noted that HTC hasn’t revealed the launch date, but Nokia “has adduced evidence” suggesting it would be launched in February 2014. Hit the break for the full statement…
If you can’t wait for the OTA update for Android 4.4 KitKat (KRT16O) to hit your Nexus 10 (mantaray), we have the download link and instructions to manually install it.
If you already have a custom recovery, you can just download the Zip file (linked below), copy it to your device, and flash. If you’re running the stock recovery, then hit the break and follow the instructions.
If you ever need someone to cause a stir, just go to Steve Wozniak. In a recent interview with the BBC, the Apple co-founder made a bold statement by saying “I wish to God that Apple and Google were partners in the future” because “it would be pretty likely” if he was still there. Can you imagine a world where Apple and Google teamed up for something? Google, with Android being completely open, and Apple, so independent on much of their work, being in cahoots with each other. And that is a concern that Wozniak brings up. Hit the break for an interesting piece from Wozniak on sharing technology. » Read the rest
The MHL Consortium announced today a new specification, MHL 3.0, that establishes new standards for connecting mobile devices to displays, including support for 4K Ultra HD video. Ultra HD resolution is the newest resolution working its way down into the market now that some television manufacturers are producing units for consumers. In their announcement, MHL indicates a variety of content deliverers are working on plans to provide UHDTV content, including Comcast, NHK, the BBC, Netflix and Orange.
Along with the support for UHD formats of up to 2160p30, the new MHL 3.0 spec covers simultaneous high-speed data transfer, improved remote control protocol support, power charging at up to 10W, HDCP 2.2 content protection, and 7.1 surround sound. MHL also indicates the specification is connector agnostic and can be run over as few as five pins.
At this time there are still no smartphones or tablets that support the new MHL 3.0 standard. Keep in mind though that Android recently added support for a new DPI category, XXXHDPI, which would be suitable for 4K UHD TV. While many saw that as more of a marketing play than anything else since 4K would be overkill on a smartphone or tablet, it may yet turn out to be useful now that we have seen the success of Google’s Chromecast and how it bypasses the mobile device to get its data straight from the cloud.
The pieces are slowly coming together and getting in place for a new wave of consumer electronic devices to entertain us. To read more about the new MHL 3.0 specification, check out the full press release after the break. » Read the rest
Android users in the UK who accessed the Google Play Movies store this morning may have noticed something a little bit different, the availability of TV shows. Just like in the U.S. market, buyers can order individual episodes or buy entire series for playback on the web or through an Android device. The selection includes titles from the BBC and Channel 5 as well as numerous US titles. Some of the series available include Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and Top Gear. To help raise awareness and entice folks to try out the service, Google is offering pilot episodes of Battlestar Galactica, The Big C and Justified for free.
If you are in the UK, just fire up the Google Play store and head over to the Movies & TV section to check out what is available. Let us know if you find any interesting titles in the mix.
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. We are still recuperating from last week’s Google I/O, but it didn’t stop the news. More evidence that Motorola’s X phone will be available on multiple carriers soon came from an FCC filing for a Sprint version. Samsung already sold 10 million Galaxy S 4 phones and new colors are on the way. Things are looking up for HTC with 5 million HTC Ones sold to date, but will current employees listen to former Product Strategy Manager’s tweet telling everyone to quit? Android 4.3 surfaces, and did the new Nexus 7 make a secret appearance at Google I/O? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!
BBC’s popular iPlayer app has just gotten a new update bringing more support and increased functionality to a wider array of Android tablets. First off the bat is new-found support for 10-inch tablets, so users won’t need to rely on having to go to the BBC website to view all that cool content anymore. On top of that, BBC has also announced some interface tweaks to the smartphone and 7-inch tablet variations of the app— while additional optimizations will be arriving on the app for 10-inch devices at a future date.
All of you 10-inch tablet owners out there are itching to grab this app can hit the Play Store link below and get in on all that fun BBC goodness.
It looks like Samsung is about to respond to the recent criticism of the Galaxy S 4 that the guaranteed 16GB of internal storage turned out to be about only half of that, due to bloatware and the heavy Touch-Wiz UI. Samsung’s initial response was that users should get expansion microSD cards to get some more storage— obviously this wasn’t an acceptable answer to end-users. If a company promises a certain amount of storage, then the phone should actually have that amount of storage, or at least something close to it.
After an outrage from the Android community, Samsung seems to have taken a complete 180 turn on the issue. Today the company announced that it would be looking to update the phone to optimize software in order to free up space for customers. Whether this means they’ll be removing some bloatware or some of the Samsung “smart” features, we know either way that the company is looking to right their wrong. Check out the press release after the break. » Read the rest
Yesterday we showed you some leaked pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini, due for release at some point this month. We now have some more information on the device, as we now know that it will be run by the Exynos 5210 chip. This chip is a big.LITTLE architecture that combines the power-efficient Cortex A7 with the performance-driven Cortex A15.
The leaked spreadsheet shows this information, which has been confirmed by Samsung, as well as some other specs about the phone that we already knew about. The phone should come with a 4.3-inch qHD display, and RAM will most likely depend on the market— 4G markets will most likely get 2GB, while 3G markets will most likely get 1GB.
Some surprising information included on the spreadsheet is that it will launch with 32GB of internal storage— perhaps this is Samsung’s apology for the internal storage debacle with the Galaxy S 4. The spreadsheet also mentions that the Galaxy S 4 Mini will ship with Android 4.0 ICS on board, which is a bit confusing, considering the Galaxy S 4 is set to ship with 4.2. It could be a typo, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
Source: Mobile Geeks