In the no shocker news for today, Motorola and Google has put an end to Webtop’s misery. Motorola has either announced or released a few phones lately, and you never heard a word about Webtop or the Lapdocks. Verizon is actually unloading the Lapdock 100′s for $50.
Some people actually think the latest version (3.0) was pretty good, but I have to be honest, I never used it. Although the concept was great, I always thought the actual product wasn’t. To me, the biggest negative was always price. I’m a believer in tablet docks and laptop type docks, but they can’t cost more than an actual product with actual guts.
Last week T-Mobile said the Samsung Galaxy S Relay would be available in the coming weeks, and today they told us the official release date will be September 19th. The Galaxy S Relay has gone through a few delays and name changes to keep it from hitting the shelves for the targeted August date.
Although it resembles a Galaxy S III, the specs don’t quite match up. It sports a 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) display, last year’s Snapdragon S3 dual-core clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, NFC, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It does have a QWERTY slide-out so if that’s what you desire, this might be the phone for you. It’s priced at $150 after rebate. Are any of you planning on getting this phone?
Similar to some of the aftermath of Google I/O this past summer, as Amazon’s press event last week fades into history we are starting to discover some other changes in their ecosystem that may have been overlooked in the excitement of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD announcement. One of these new features Amazon is implementing is the ability for developers to sell physical goods “in-app.” Initially this appears to only be rolling out in games, but other uses are sure to emerge. This capability will be a point of differentiation compared to Google and Apple.
Amazon has indicated their first partner is Activision, which plans to make toys available in its Skylanders game. The toys will connect to the game using a “portal” plugged into a videogame console. Once plugged in, the toy activates a character inside the game. In order to purchase the characters, players will buy them from within the game using Amazon’s 1-Click Purchasing. Amazon indicates a player’s progression with a character in the console version of the game will carryover to the mobile version. This will likely be achieved using Amazon’s new Whispersync for games capability that was announced last week. An indication of how important games are to Amazon’s overall strategy is the announcement that the new Kindle Fire will have a separate tab to access the games category in the Appstore.
Is the ability to order physical goods something to get excited about? Can you think of any ways this could be used effectively outside of games?
Are you someone who finds themselves stuck in “analysis paralysis” mode when it comes to selecting a color for your new smartphone device? Perhaps you lament the fact that smartphones lack a certain sense of style? HTC hopes to combat that by offering a distinctive black and white HTC One X inspired by Cushnie et Ochs.
If you are interested in joining the exclusive group of owners of this custom designed HTC One X, HTC is offering a way for you to win one. You do have to be a member of Pinterest to participate. On Pinterest, you just need to follow HTC Mobile, repin one of their images, and leave a link to your repin on the original image. A winner will be randomly selected on September 14th. Hit the source link for the specific instructions and links to participate.
Last month ASUS pushed out an update to their ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 to install Jelly Bean. This left owners of the higher-end ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 feeling a bit left out in the cold. XDA forum member MysticMgcn has come to the rescue in the form of instructions on how to use the TF300’s firmware on the TF700. According to his How-To post on the XDA forums, the only two things not working are changes to screen brightness and changing the DPI, which is set to 160. Screen brightness can be adjusted by using third-party apps, but there currently is no solution for the DPI issue.
MysticMgcn’s How-To includes instructions and files for rooted or unrooted devices, locked or unlocked bootloaders, and stock or custom recoveries. If you have a Transformer Infinity TF700, you may want to head over to the forum thread linked in the source to read up on everything you need to do to get Jelly Bean onto your device. Just remember, you will be responsible for anything that goes wrong with your device if you attempt this.
The major wireless carriers aren’t the only ones moving towards the 4G LTE Promised Land— regional carriers are moving there too. Formerly known as Cellular South, C Spire announced it has launched its 4G LTE service in the Greenville and McComb markets starting today. The hope is that its newly launched and ever-expanding service will bring blazing network speeds and awesome 4G-capable devices. Oh and speaking of which– C Spire also announced the Motorola Photon Q smartphone will be available for $199 on-contract, while the Samsung Galaxy S III will be “coming soon”.
It’s always nice to see additional alternatives, isn’t it? Hit the source link for additional details.
Looks like we see Ma Bell has a nice little mid-range phone on the way, thanks to serial leaker evleaks. The device in question is the LG Escape and features a 4.3-inch qHD IPS display, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5MP camera + 1.3MP front-facing camera, NFC, a 2150 mAh battery and Android 4.0. Oh and in case you’re wondering– the upcoming smartphone will indeed be a 4G LTE smartphone operating on AT&T’s ever-growing 4G LTE network.
Now that the cat’s been let out of the bag, it shouldn’t be too long for LG & AT&T to make a formal announcement and introduce the phone to the world.
Android’s multitouch software is not as good as Apple’s multitouch software? That’s what Samsung is claiming in order to avoid a recall and sales ban of its Android smartphones in a patent suit in the Dutch Court of Hague. In this round of the Apple vs. Samsung saga, Apple argues Samsung infringes on a certain multitouch patent called the “touch event model”— which prevents users from pushing two buttons at the same time on the screen. So as a result of the alleged infringement, Apple believes the Dutch courts should intervene and enact a sales ban of Galaxy products that operate on Android 2.3 or higher. Of course Samsung respectfully disagrees with Apple’s notions. Samsung lawyer Bas Berghuis van Woortman believes “the Android based method is more hierarchical the system is more complex and therefore harder for developers to use”. Apple respectfully disagrees as Apple lawyer Theo Blomme highlights Samsung’s claim of having a lesser solution “is simply not true“, while adding the technique that Android uses essentially makes its software the same as Apple’s.
Samsung is seemingly living on the defensive, isn’t it? After losing its epic battle Stateside, it is doing its best to try and try and have the upper hand on Apple this time around. There won’t be too long of a wait however— as the Hague court will deliver a judgement and ruling on October 24th regarding this matter.
Last week we heard that the new Kindle Fires will feature ads on the lock screen. We assumed they would probably offer a way to opt out, but Amazon said no. It looks like a lot of people complained and Amazon is doing the right thing by changing their mind to now allow users to opt out of such ads for $15.
“With Kindle Fire HD there will be a special offers opt-out option for $15,” an Amazon spokesperson told Ars Technica. “We know from our Kindle reader line that customers love our special offers and very few people choose to opt out. We’re happy to offer customers the choice.”
Samsung is going to release a special version of the Galaxy Note II for China. In the picture above you see a Galaxy Note II with three slots, two of which are going to be for SIM cards and the other for a microSD.
Having dual SIM cards allows users to essentially have two phone lines in one phone and be able to monitor both lines at the same time. These phones are more popular in China and this phone could be headed to their Unicom network. The rest of the specs look to be the same, and impressive, with the 1280×720 Super AMOLED HD screen and Exynos 4412 processor. The special attention to the Chinese market shows that Samsung is trying to go big with the Galaxy Note II.