Once again, Samsung has lost yet another patent dispute against Apple; This time the blue bounce effect is the culprit

This certainly doesn’t surprise us, right? According to the courts in the Netherlands, Samsung has lost its battle against Apple regarding Apple’s patent of scrolling in the gallery (EP 2.059.868). Apparently, Samsung’s “blue bounce effect” (similar to the image above) found in their version of TouchWiz on Android 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3′s gallery must be taken out in a future update.

Apparently Samsung has 8 weeks to bring forth the update or else they’ll be forced to pay 100.00 Euros (128.93 US dollars) per day.

Samsung  just can’t catch a break with Apple, can they?

source: Sammobile

Android poised to take over tablet market share from Apple in 2013?

We knew this Android thing was kind of a big deal, right? Well due to the fact that no other real competitor has stepped up to try and challenge Apple and Android, the two have benefited from the lack of competition in the tablet market. It was originally thought back in 2010 that both would lose market share in the tablet market due to outside competition. That hasn’t happened, and it’s lead to Android closing Apple’s market share gap – to the tune of only 11 percentage points separating the two (55-percent Apple to 44-percent Android). It also doesn’t hurt that Android has so many manufacturers making tablets that run Android OS.

If Android does overtake Apple in tablet market share in 2013, they would have done it two years faster than some analysts initially predicted. I don’t think it’s that much of a surprise, right? I mean the shear volume of Android tablets out there is dizzying, and most of the prices are very comparable, if not affordable, when compared to Apple. Additionally, it didn’t hurt releasing 7″ tablets in Android flavor at a sweet price point to put a dent in market share, all but forcing Apple to do the same. Fortunately for Apple, it’s one of those companies that has the name going for it that folks of all ages can relate to. Sometimes it’s just convenient to grab an Apple as opposed to doing a little research, I suppose.

source:  TechCrunch

Verizon finally reveals launch date of their Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – November 29th

After a long period of pre-orders, Verizon has finally revealed November 29th as their official launch date of their Samsung Galaxy Note 2. With the ugly Verizon branding on the home button and all, the Note 2 packs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a quad-core Exynos processor amd 2 GB’s of RAM. Of course you can’t forget about the gorgeous 5.5″ Super AMOLED HD display.

The device will set you back $299 on contract in stores and online. Any Verizon readers out there waiting for this device?

source: Verizon

ZTE “Apache” Smartphone Rumored To Be In Development Featuring An 8-Core CPU


As ZTE quietly prepares for smartphone supremacy, it is working on new and cutting-edge devices that makes existing devices look well… outdated. Rumors have surfaced indicating a mysterious device codenamed “Apache” is currently in development and will have a chipset that other manufacturers won’t have (for now)– an 8-core CPU. That’s right folks— not a dual-core chip, not a quad-core chip, but an 8-core (octuple-core?) CPU unit. This chipset will be developed by Mediatek and have a ARM15 MT6599 chip with TSMC’s 28nm technology. The device will come fully loaded too as it will it will have a full 1080p, a 13MP camera and full WCDMA/4G LTE/TD-SCDMA support. This device is expected to be ready for the masses by sometime next year.

This sure sounds like the makings of a mighty attractive device, doesn’t it? We will wait and see if there’s any more information that surfaces about the device, but as of now— it’s looking like it should be the world’s fastest phone if it does hold its form. In the meantime, we’ll naturally hope that ZTE has learned from its competition regarding the whole “world’s fastest smartphone” claim and all.

source: Unwired View

[Deal] Grab The Samsung Galaxy Camera For $450, A $49 Savings


It’s the holiday season and I’m sure many of you may be in the market for a new camera, right? Well DailySteals.com may have a reason for you to pull out the wallet and fork over the cash for a new camera— a solid one at that. It currently has the Samsung Galaxy Camera listed for a cool $450.00, which is a $49 savings off the original list price. What this deal gets you is a Exynos quad-core CPU powering the device, a 16.3MP resolution, 21x optical zoom, 23mm wide-angle lens and a 4G LTE radio— all powered by a buttery smooth Jelly Bean.

We’ll be sure to post our review of the Galaxy Camera in the coming days which should help you decide whether you should splurge on the deal or not.

source: DailySteals.com

Android 4.2.1 Update Now Ready For The (“Takju”) Galaxy Nexus


We’ve already seen the Android 4.2.1 update being pushed out to the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10— but now the venerable Galaxy Nexus smartphone is starting to get some love too. Thanks some keen eyes, we now know the minor Android 4.2.1 update is now available for the takju variant of the Galaxy Nexus. Unfortunately, there’s no word on when the other variants of the Galaxy Nexus will see the update, but the hope is that it will be sooner than later… especially since the latest Android build is already in the open for all the tinkerers out there.

If you’re on the “takju” variant of the Galaxy Nexus, hit the download link below to grab the update and flash that sucker on your device today. All of you other G-Nex owners just sit tight and be patient for now— your update will be here before you know it.

Download: Android 4.2.1 for takju Galaxy Nexus

Google Branded Touch Chromebook Rumored To Be Released Early 2013

The Chinese news organization, The Commercial Times is reporting Google will launch its own 12.85-inch touch notebook with Chrome OS in the first quarter of 2013. Yes, that said TOUCH. The news agency says Compal Electronics and Wintek are already working on OEM and touch panel production. The screen will reportedly combine the touch sensor and glass via a process called optical lamination which allows for a much thinner device. New iMacs and some smartphones also use this process to achieve razor thin form factors.

Since Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility there has been a great deal of speculation regarding when Google would produce its own hardware. That speculation along with comments from former CEO Eric Schmidt about Google’s desire to be in the hardware business and you get a sense this might be the beginning of Google hardware. A touch chromebook would certainly place Google in a position to compete with Microsoft’s Surface and maybe even go after Apple’s iMac market.

Source: The Commercial Times
Via: The Next Web


The Samsung Galaxy Note II can create cool, trippy water art

The Phablet push is not over yet, and Samasung is leading the pack with it’s latest 5.5-inch monster, the Galaxy Note II. Samsung’s latest ad for the device shows Steak Studio, a London based design consulting firm, creating a work of interactive water art that is controlled by Samsung’s latest and greatest phablet. The art display features 408 small fish tank pumps, that replicate whatever the user draws on the screen of the Galaxy Note II into ripples on a pool of water. This extremely cool project took 10 days to complete and is being called “liquid-pixels”, and really showcases not only what the Note II can be used for, but also Android devices in general.

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Meizu steps into the next generation of smartphones with the MX2

The Chinese based smartphone company Meizu announced its new latest-gen smartphone; the MX2. Try to ignore its iClone-ish looks, this phone is something all on its own. Packing a monster 1.6GHz quad core MX5S processor, 2 gigabytes of RAM, up to 64GB in storage, 8MP back-illuminated camera, and a 4.4-inch edge-to-edge HD display. With these kinds of specs, this Android 4.1 device places itself up there with the likes of the HTC DROID DNA, Samsung Galaxy S IIIGalaxy Note II, and the HTX One X+.

On the software side of things, the phone runs Meizu’s Flyme 2.0 skin on top of Android 4.1 Jellybean. The latest version of Flyme sports a complete re-skin of Android, a specialized camera app, as well as CABC brightness control for the display that can boost your battery life up to 50%. Other specs include retina-level 347 PPI pixel density, 10.2mm thick, 1800 mAh battery, and HSPA+ connectivity. No word on a launch date yet, but dont expect it to come stateside anytime soon.

Source: Meizu

New Huawei MediaPad 10 Link surfaces on certification sites

China’s Huawei appears to have some new versions of their MediaPad 10 FHD 10-inch tablet set to be released in the near future. According to NotebookItalia, at least three different model numbers have surfaced at the WiFi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG sites. The models – S10-201W, S10-201U and S10-202U – have all received WiFi certification. Details are still sketchy, but it appears the 201U and 202U versions probably contain antennas for 3G and 3G/4G connectivity.

Dubbed the MediaPad 10 Link, the devices do appear to possess the MediaPad 10 FHD’s 10.1-inch IPS LCD HD display. NotebookItalia compared images of the new device with the MediaPad 10 FHD and noted some very minor variations in the cases. The question remains as to whether the new devices are low-cost alternatives Huawei is trying to bring to market or the next evolution of the MediaPad 10 FHD. Perhaps we will find out during CES 2013.

source: NotebookItalia