Queen’s University in Canada and a related non-for-profit entity, PARTEQ Innovations, have filed a lawsuit against Samsung alleging the company’s “Smart Pause” technology infringes on a patent filed by the university back in March 2003. The patent was for a technology called “Attentive User Interface” (AUI) which would track the eyes of a user and cause a device to perform certain actions based on detected eye movements. For instance, if a user looked away from a screen, a video being played on the device would pause. You may recognize this as being similar, if not the same, as Samsung’s Smart Pause feature found on the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3. Read more
Lenovo’s CEO Yang Yuanqing is back on the interview circuit, explaining more about how he thinks the company can turn around the financial trajectory of Motorola Mobility once the pending $2.91 billion dollar deal closes. According to Yang, a key part of Lenovo’s strategy will be to reintroduce the Motorola brand to China and emerging markets, which will enable Lenovo to turn a profit with Motorola “in a few quarters.” Read more
Alright Sprint Galaxy S 4 owners, today is your lucky day. The carrier is rolling out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat to Samsung’s flagship right now. The build is VPUFNAE and Sprint’s version is JDQ39.L720VPUFNAE.
Here’s what Sprint says the update brings:
- Android 4.4 (Kit Kat): The Samsung Galaxy S 4 device will be updated to support the Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) software.
- Prevention Information alert: Customers should no longer receive “Prevention Information – An application has been forced to stop for an unauthorized attempt to access system in your device. It may be safe to delete an application obtained from an unauthorized route. Check now?” alert messages on the device.
- Zact Mobile: Device now includes the Zact Mobile compatibility.
The Galaxy S 5 won’t be the only device Samsung is planning to announce at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It now looks like the Galaxy Tab 4 series, which leaked a few days ago, and the Galaxy Gear 2 will be announced as well. The focus for their MWC press conference will be smartphones, tablets, and wearables. Samsung’s event is scheduled for February 24 at 20:00 CET (or 8pm EST).
Source: ZDNet Korea
LG officially unveiled the LG G Pro 2 earlier at a press event in Korea, however we didn’t get to know when the device will be available in the Asian, US and other markets.
According to Cho Sung Ha, LG’s Head of Sales for Korea, the LG G Pro 2 will be available in the Korean market this month, followed by other Asian markets in March. He also said that the device will not be available in the US and European markets before April. The reason behind this is due to a survey conducted by LG which revealed that the demand for phablets is the highest in Asia. In the U.S, consumers favor 5.2 inches phone while European consumers prefer devices with 5 inch display.
The Nokia X has been listed at an online retailer in Vietnam as the Nokia X A110. The listed price is between 2.2 million and 2.5 million VND. That equates to roughly $110. To give you a point of reference, the same site has the Nokia Lumia 525 (Windows Phone) for 3.39 million or $160, but it also has 512MB more RAM and an extra 4GB of internal storage.
It was a few weeks ago when (former) Motorola CES Dennis Woodside said that they would like to offer a smartphone for $50. We are just about there folks.
If you own a U.S. Cellular Moto X, than you will be happy to know that the most recent version of KitKat (4.4.2) is being pushed now. The build number is KXA20.16-1.27, and you must be connected to WiFi to pull it. There is no changelog posted, but you can expect the usual bug fixes and tweaks. You can wait for the over-the-air update to automatically hit your phone, or you can head over to Settings/About Phone/System Updates to manually pull it.
source: U.S. Cellular
As expected, LG officially announced the LG G Pro 2 in Korea. We are posting this on the 12th here in the U.S., but it’s actually the 13th over there. It features a 5.9-inch Full HD IPS display, and the bezel is only 3.3mm, giving the phone a screen to frame ratio of 77.2%. It also gets a high power 1W Hi-Fi speaker that provides clearer sound and bass. The 13MP camera features Optical Image Stabilization, but they are calling it OIS+, which offers enhanced anti-shake functionality. It can also record video at 4K resolution, and slow motion (120FPS) video at 1080p.
The most recent LG phones feature Knock On, but the G Pro 2 has a newer enhanced version called Knock Code. Knock Code is very similar to Knock On in that you still tap the device to turn it on, but it’s more of a secure way. You can set it to be anywhere from two to eight taps, and there are over 86,367 “knock” combinations. It can be entered on any area of the screen whether the display is turned on or off.
Head on past the break for the full list of specs and press release
Last year, Google’s Hugo Barra left the company to become Xiaomi’s Vice President and later announced that the company had big plans set for 2014. Xiaomi has released some impressive smartphones in the past and according to a new report, the company will soon enter the US market.
Apple’s former Co-Founder, Steve Wozniak, hinted that Xiaomi “has excellent products” that is “good enough to break the America market”. Well, what kind of phone could Xiaomi unveil that would allow it to compete with the smartphone giants in the market? Take a look at the hardware specifications of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi4 in the image above and you’ll figure it out.
Owners of the Moto X on Sprint should be on the lookout for the Android 4.4.2 soak test. Some are reporting that the Motorola Feedback Network has contacted them regarding the update and saying there is a “preview software release” incoming. Both T-Mobile and US Cellular owners have already been updated to the latest version of Android, meaning it is only a matter of time before everyone else issues the update.
If you are one of the people taking part in the soak test, let us know about the update in the comments.
Via: Droid Life