Eric Schmidt On Google: “We Always Wanted To Be In The Hardware Business”

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Google head honcho Eric Schmidt recently stopped by the Allen & Company conference in Sun Valley, Idaho to share with the fine folks in the audience Google’s new Nexus 7 and Nexus Q. While offering a show-and-tell of both products, Schmidt took some time to also share Google’s vision for the future and what it has intended to do all along when it comes to the hardware business. Schmidt highlights:

 

“We always wanted to be in the hardware business. Larry and Sergey have always wanted to do hardware in one form or another. This was a way to get into it quickly.”

 

While there’s no indication Google is trying to be a hardware company (after all— the company’s foundation is on both its search engine and advertising), Google obviously is looking above and beyond. After all, it has special projects in the making such as the famed Project Glass and lest we forget— it did acquire a certain handset maker last year which Schmidt himself promises will bring “a new batch of products” soon-to-be ready for prime time. Now that we know Eric, Sergey and Larry are clearly working on some goodies behind the scenes, one has to wonder what else the world can be treated to.

source: New York Times

Is Motorola planning on bringing back the StarTAC or Star Tac?

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Last fall Motorola brought back the RAZR from the dead, and it’s been pretty successful so far. Now it’s possible Motorola is planning on doing the same with the StarTAC. The StarTAC was very successful even before the original RAZR existed, and it revolutionized the clamshell design in the late 90′s. It appears that last week, on July 9th, Motorola filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office seeking a trademark for the name “Star Tac” for mobile phones, smartphones, cordless phones and accessories therefor, namely battery chargers and power adaptors. Interestingly enough this trademark has a space between Star and Tac, whereas the original trademark was simply StarTAC.

Motorola applied for the original trademark (without the space) in 1995 and it was registered in 1997, but in July of 2004 it was cancelled and listed as Dead.  To further complicate things, Motorola filed for the same trademark in April 2004 (3 months before the cancellation of the first trademark) only to abandon the process in April of 2008. Now a completely different company called Data Access in France tried to file for the same trademark in 2009 for cell phones and other computer equipment, but it was never registered, and they subsequently abandoned the process nearly 4 years later this past May. I don’t pretend to be a trademark expert, but obviously something is going on with the name StarTAC so they are now seeking a trademark for this new version with  the space between Star and Tac.

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Three UK Website Officially Lists The Sony Xperia P Smartphone

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So you live in the UK and have been itching to get your hands on a lovely new smartphone? Great you’re in luck because Three UK has listed the Sony Xperia P smartphone on its website today. This means interested customers can pick up the Gingerbread-powered device which gives you a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camera with Exmor R sensor and 4-inch screen for free on a £27 per month, two-year contract plan. Of course there is the option of purchasing the phone outright with a Pay As You Go plan for £289.99. Options include the All in One 15 costs £15 and gives 30-day access to all-you-can-eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts or the All in One 25 costs £25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and all-you-can-eat data for a 30-day period.

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XBMC Is Alive And Kicking, Gives An Idea Of How It Looks When Running On A Nexus Q

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Remember how we told you about how XBMC was on its way a few days ago? Well it’s already here— albeit in an early form. CyanogenMod developer Jason Parker used his skills to develop a working port of the app for the Nexus Q and other Android-based set-top boxes, as well as most smartphones. From what we can tell, the interface looks like its centered around arrow keys and while touch input does work, the text is too small to see and operate on a smartphone or tablet. For now, it’s looking like the app may be best-suited for a set-top box that can run Android apps since there will presumably be a bigger screen to work with.

As you might expect, XBMC is still in its early form, so there may be a bug or two (or three or four). Nevertheless, it’s still cool to see the app being completely functional and somewhat ready for those who are ambitious enough to try it out.

source: Android Police

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S III Developer Edition For Verizon Webpage Now Live, Still No Word On Availability

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Sure Verizon committed an epic party foul by locking the bootloader of the Galaxy S III smartphone, but at least Samsung has come through the make everything good again. Hot on the heels of its recent announcement of a special-edition Developer Edition of the Verizon Galaxy S III, Sammy has gone ahead and flipped the switch of the device listing on its website. Sure Verizon and Samsung is planning on a software update which will allow current Verizon Galaxy S IIIs to unlock the bootloader, but until we see the update pushed through to those phones, the Developer Edition might be users’ only option for now.

Currently, the only option for interested parties is the 32GB Pebble Blue model which will run you about $600 bucks, though there’s no word on its availability as of yet. But hey— since the link is now live, we suspect it will be available very soon so you call can get to your ROMing or other general tomfoolery.

 

source: Samsung

 

In a surprising twist, Verizon and Samsung will unlock Samsung Galaxy S III bootloader

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For one to say that this whole “Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III locked boot-loader“ fiasco has been tumultuous would be quite the understatement. First, Samsung acknowledged the locked boot-loader and stated that it’s the direction they have and always will believe in. Soon after, Samsung and Verizon announced a developer” edition of their Galaxy S III that will feature an un-locked boot-loader tailor made for developers and hackers. While that made some happy, it came with a hefty $599 price tag and obviously doesn’t do much for the customers that have already purchased or pre-ordered their Verizon Galaxy S III.

Now in a sudden, and quite surprising twist, it seems as if Samsung and Verizon are planning on a software update that will un-lock the Galaxy S III’s boot-loader. Several customers have reportedly been receiving e-mails from Verizon customer service reps acknowledging a supposed software update that will un-lock the boot-loader. Here’s one of the emails that a reader from Droid Life received from Verizon:
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Nexus 7 Gets A Small OTA Update To Build JRO03D

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A little surprise was waiting for me on my Google I/O Nexus 7 tablet today. Looks like the tablet is getting a very small 859kb over-the-air update that brings the build number up to JRO03D. I haven’t noticed anything new with this update except for a slightly more verbose About screen, which now shows the FCC ID, IC and model number.

This update hasn’t moved the version number at all, so it’s still at Android 4.1.1. This is the second OTA update for Google I/O Nexus 7′s, the first one nudging the version number to 4.1.1.

If anyone else gets this update and notices any other changes, please post in the comments below.

Soak test starting for U.S. Motorola XOOM WiFi, Jelly Bean incoming

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We already knew that the Motorola XOOM will be receiving Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean sooner rather than later so it’s no surprise soak testing is about to begin. Motorola just sent out emails to Motorola forum members that own the XOOM WiFI inviting them to test an upcoming update. Although we can’t say with 100% certainty that this upcoming soak test is indeed Jelly Bean, I think it’s safe to assume that it is.

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We would like to invite to you take part in a software test for owners of the U.S. Wi-Fi Xoom. If you are not using a U.S. Wi-Fi Xoom, please excuse and ignore this message.

If you’re interested in testing new software and providing feedback about your experience, please fill out this short registration form:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=s8wLrWAR2ZbnUuF0A9SnDA_3d_3d

We recommend you respond as quickly as possible as start times are generally fluid. Please be patient if we don’t contact you right away — and be prepared for a launch at any time.

When we’re ready to begin we will send an email with more information, if you register successfully.

Assuming everything goes well, all users should see the update by the end of the week or next week at the latest!!

Cheers Mark and Ted

Android Publishes Official Android 4.1 Changelog

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Jelly Bean has been out for a few weeks now, so it’s only natural that we see some information on what Android 4.1 is and how it can benefit you. Of course this only applies to owners of the Nexus 7 tablet since you know… it’s the only device with Jelly Bean for now. To celebrate the shipping of the first batch of Nexus 7 tablets (which yours truly is among the first to receive I might add!), the fine Android team has published the complete Android 4.1 changelog which includes information on Accessibility, Browser, Data Usage, the Google Search and Google Now apps— as well as improvements to existing apps.

Many of you are anxious to see all of the changes now, so head out to the source link to get full details.

source: Android – About Jelly Bean