The patent wars continue on as Apple and Samsung are in the middle of multiple disputes in numerous countries. The International Trade Commission has one on their desk as Samsung is suing Apple for infringing on four of their patents. In the preliminary ruling on Friday, Judge James Gildea ruled that Apple didn’t infringe on any of Samsung’s patents.
The ruling is not final until the commission decides whether or not to agree with their judge. That decision should come some time in January. Before that decision is made, the International Trade Commission will also decide if Samsung copied Apple’s iPhones and iPads, sound familiar. These patent wars have been going on since 2010, and with more cases coming up and appeals yet to be resolved, who knows when or if they will end.
Motorola has kept its promise and officially made the Droid RAZR M Developer Edition available to buy online. Unlike the original Droid RAZR M, the dev model features an unlocked bootloader, meaning custom ROMs and kernels can easily be loaded on the new hardware. You’ll still be getting the same specs however, including an “edge-to-edge” 4.3-inch qHD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Be prepared to pay up, though, as the Droid RAZR M Developer Edition will set you back $549.99. Be sure to head to the source link below for the full list of deets.
The potential release of the HTC One X+ has become more and more of a reality with each passing week, but now there are reports that T-Mobile’s version of the One X+ will be delayed with no mention of an expected launch date. The delay could be the cause of the phone getting a larger battery.
From what we know about the One X+, it’s pretty much the same phone as the One X with the exception of the faster Tegra 3 Plus Processor. Now with a stronger battery the phone becomes even more interesting. Do you think a thicker phone along with better battery life is worth the wait? I do.
We’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy Note II to debut here in the U.S. sometime this fall. In fact, it’s rumored to land on all four major carriers. BGR just got word from a “trusted source” that it will debut on AT&T on October 21st. Interestingly enough the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone will also debut on the same day. Are you guys excited for this 5.5-inch beast?
LG’s Optimus L9, the latest phone in LG’s budget-friendly L Series lineup, is one step closer to its European release. The L9 has officially passed through FCC frequency testing which is a good sign that its release should be right around the proverbial corner. If you remember, LG stole the early spotlight before IFA officially kicked off with the announcement of the Optimus L9. The Korean manufacturer touted the phone’s 4.7-inch IPS display, dual-core 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel rear camera, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of on board storage – not bad at all for this sleek, budget-friendly device. We will of course provide an update when a solid release date is announced.
It’s been a long time coming, but the wait is over for owners of Verizon’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 to get their taste of Ice Cream Sandwich. An over-the-air update is rolling out now that will bring Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich to Verizon’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. The update brings long-awaited features such as Android 4.0 Zero Shutter Lag, Pinch to Zoom, face detection, and an improved picture gallery just to name a few. The only thing left for owners of Verizon’s Tab 10.1 to do is patiently wait for their upgrade prompt, or if you want to see if you can manually pull it, just go to Settings/About Tablet/System Update. Hit the break for the full list of updates that the upgrade will include.
If you’ve been hankering for a brand-spanking new Amazon Kindle Fire or Amazon Kindle Fire HD, today is a good day for you. Amazon has officially listed both products as available on its website and is now ready for consumers’ wallets nationwide. The Kindle Fire HD has the 16GB listed for a cool $199 and the 32GB for $249– though the 32GB model is expected to ship by the end of October or so. In case you’ve forgotten, the Kindle Fire HD features a sweet 1200 x 800 HD display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Dolby Audio and unlimited cloud storage space. The refreshed 8GB Kindle Fire on the other hand, will run you $159 and bring with it more RAM and an even better battery life.
Amazon certainly has perfect timing, doesn’t it? After all— it has released the cool products just in time for the beginning of school, yet right before the Christmas holiday. Head on down to the source link to check out more details including complete order and shipping information.
source: Amazon Kindle Fire HD | Amazon Kindle Fire
Another day, another win for Apple versus an Android manufacturer. A Munich, Germany court recently ruled Apple can file for an injunction against Motorola phones and tablets, due to claims of a “rubber-banding” patent infringement. This “rubber-banding” patent is essentially an effect that can cause a page on a device to bounce back up after a user has swiped to the bottom of the screen, similar to the bounce back patent that was argued recently against Samsung. The unusual part of this story is Motorola actually acknowledged the alleged patent infringement back in April, but then backtracked and denied any sort of infringement later in August. As a result of this, Apple has a few options on the table for itself. The company can: 1) pay $32 million to enforce a ban which wouldn’t be permanent and would be open to an appeal, 2) pay an additional $12.9 million to force Motorola to get rid of any products named in the patent infringement or 3) pay an additional $12.9 million on top of the other fees in order to pursue a German recall of all Motorola products that infringe on Apple’s patents.
Naturally Motorola (and Google) can only shrug shoulders. A spokeswoman for Motorola is quoted as saying Motorola believes ” this will have a minimal impact on our business, if any“. This is because after all– Motorola doesn’t do major business in German markets, so in essence the potential of a sales’ ban would have minimal impact on its overall brand. Still, if you’re an Android manufacturer, there may be cause for serious concern. After all that’s happened recently, Apple is definitely not looking to let its foot off the gas anytime soon against anything and everything Android.
If you’re a Samsung Galaxy S III owner on Verizon’s network, you have a nice utility update to look forward to. While it isn’t the Jelly Bean update we’re all looking forward to, Verizon took some time to announce its IMM76D update which brings the following goodies:
- Improved stability and connectivity with Back Up Assistant.
- Added support for viewing the Guided Tour video’s over the Cellular Network.
- Enhanced Customer Support with Verizon Remote Diagnostics.
- Improved Data Connectivity when using SBeam
On major feature of note is the addition of the Remote Diagnostics application. You know– the one that allows Verizon customer service reps to fix your device from afar, which could be incredibly handy in some circumstances . If the update notification hasn’t appeared on your smartphone yet, be sure to check your System Updates to try and manually grab it.
source: Verizon Wireless
Motorola is expanding their range of Android devices into the home desktop arena. They are teaming up with WASU, a cable and telecommunications company in China. The desktop is being called the HMC3260 Cloud Broadband, probably because it will be a cloud-based entertainment device. The computer will have an 18.5” touchscreen display, running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and feature a Freescale i.MX53 ARM Cortex A8 1GHz processor. It will have TV and video integration and seemingly run most of the Android apps any Gingerbread phone can. This is not the first device of it’s kind, but if this full desktop experience goes over well, the Google-owned Motorola Mobility may try to introduce this concept into more markets. Hit the break for a full press release.