Motorola Android Phones Banned From Import Into The U.S. Over Microsoft Patent Issues

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Boy, this legal stuff can get confusing. Let’s take it from the beginning and walk through it. First, we know that the HTC One X and the Evo 4G LTE are currently held up in customs while they check whether the devices violate an ITC exclusion order Apple was granted last December.

Then we heard the ITC has decided to ban the import of Motorola Android phones for infringing on patents by Microsoft, joining HTC in the “import ban” club. FOSS Patents said this order could likely go into effect in 60 days. It’s also possible Motorola could tweak the software to comply with the ITC’s rulings during those 60 days.

As more details were revealed, we now learn that Motorola was found NOT to infringe on 8 patents in the Microsoft case, and only infringed on one specific patent for “generating meeting requests and group scheduling from a mobile device“. This verdict is now under Presidential review, and is subject to appeal. Motorola said in a statement to ArsTechnica:

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Mini-PC-On-A-Stick For $74 With AllWinner A10 1.5GHz CPU And Android 4.0 (Sold Out Until June 10)

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The concept of a mini-PC stick that runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was first seen at Mobile World Congress this year with the FXI Cotton Candy. That device is available for pre-order for $199 overseas. Now, we are seeing a new mini-PC-on-a-stick for a much more reasonable $74 making the rounds on some Chinese web sites. The unnamed Model #MK802 sports the following specs:

  • AllWinner A10 CPU @ 1.5GHz + Mali 400 GPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB Internal Storage
  • microSD slot (Up to 32GB)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • micro USB 2.0/OTG port
  • USB 2.0 Host port
  • Android virtual keyboard or 2.4G wireless keyboard + fly mouse
  • HDMI (1080p) Video output
  • Video Codecs: WMV/ASF/MP4/3GP/3G2M4V/AVI/MJPEG/RV10/DivX/VC-1/MPEG-2/MPEG-4/H.263/H.264/1280*720P HD 30 fps, 1080P/720*480 D1 30fps
  • Audio Codecs: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, QCP, MP3, WMA, WAV, MIDI, M4A
  • Android 4.0 (ICS)
  • Size: 8.8*3.5*1.2cm
  • Weight: 200g

There are some reasons it’s cheaper than the Cotton Candy.

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$25 credit in Google Wallet with purchase of Virgin Mobile’s LG Optimus Elite

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The LG Optimus Elite looks to be a good phone for eco-conscious, budget-wise consumers looking to experience Google’s popular Android OS. Sprint just released the phone today in stores and Virgin Mobile has their very own version available as well for the commitment-phobe demographic. However VM  has decided to up the ante and offer a $25 Google Wallet credit for all VM Optimus Elites activated until July 18.

Free money sounds great, right? It is indeed as long as you are prepared to receive payment in installments. New Optimus Elite owners will immediately receive a $10 credit upon activation and after 3 weeks will then receive the remaining $15 credit. It’s a smart move to ensure that potential return customers don’t go on a small shopping spree courtesy of Virgin Mobile. So if the LG Optimus Elite on Virgin Mobile interests you, then hit the source link below to get more info.

source: virginmobile

Sony Mobile approved cases coming soon for Xperia smartphones

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Sony Mobile has just announced a partnership with several phone case and accessory manufacturers with the focus being on providing quality protective wear options for their Xperia line of smartphones. CaseMate, Krusell and Muvit are among the several companies now working with Sony Mobile in this new joint venture. This is certainly not a bad move for Sony. Consumers are always drawn to familiar brands that society considers of good quality and reliability. The fact that Sony will stand behind these products says a lot and will definitely boost buyer confidence. Expect to hear more about the final products later this month.

source: sonymobile

Motorola Refreshes Its ICS Update Timeline For Devices, DROID RAZR And RAZR MAXX Are On Deck For Update First

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Oh boy— if you’re like me and an owner of a premium Motorola device released in the last 12 – 15 months, then this news is for you. Motorola has updated its ICS update timeline for select devices. Within the next month and some change, MOTO devices will begin receiving Android 4.0 with a (MOTO)BLUR topping, starting with the DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX and the XOOM 3G/4G tablet. Other devices such as the DROID Bionic, DROID 4 and my smartphone– the OG Atrix 4G is set to get some love by Q3. The Photon is the last confirmed MOTO phone to receive the update and it will receive the update by Q4 of this year.

In some disappointing news, MOTO also confirmed the DROID X2 and DROID 3 which will remain on Android 2.3. This means unless you root and flash a custom ICS build on those devices, you won’t be tasting Android 4.0 glory. Such is life I guess.

Ah well, at least the rest of us MOTO owners have something to look forward to.

source: Motorola Support Forums
via: Droid Life

Pink Galaxy Note Arriving in the UK in June

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Samsung has always been one to sport a device in as many colors as possible. The Galaxy S III will start off in White and Pebble Blue as you know and we can only assume in other colors down the road. This time however it’s regarding the “berry pink” version of the Galaxy Note that was launched in Korea early in April. Thought to only be seen in Korea the pink device is now making its way to the United Kingdom.

The folks at Carphone Warehouse revealed that it will launch the pink version of the device starting next month and they’ve gone as far as to create a pre-registration page. This page will allow potential buyers to sign up for more information. However as it’s the Galaxy Note just in a pink variety there isn’t much you wouldn’t already be able to find out other places.

So if you live in the UK and were really hoping to snag this giant device in pink your chance is coming up. While I personally wouldn’t get one in pink I’m sure someone will. Hit the source to sign up.

 

source: Carphone Warehouse
via: Android Central 

 

WiFi Only Acer Iconia Tab A700 Approved by FCC

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During CES a few months ago Acer debuted a Tegra 3 tablet known as the Iconia Tab A700 and since then the device kind of disappeared off the radar. Well I am happy to report that this 10.1-inch 1080p display carrying device is still moving forward as it’s made its way to the FCC. This WiFi-only version has been approved by the FCC and while documentation may  be limited it does show that it will carry a 1.3GHz quad-core NVIDIA SoC and will be running Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the gate. No word on an official launch date but it’s good to see that this tablet is still moving forward. Of course when it does finally arrive you’ll be paying a pretty penny for it.

 

source: FCC
via: engadget

 

 

 

I’m Watch gets a delay for improved specs

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The smartwatch market is really heating up. If the Pebble didn’t prove that there’s a market for smartwatches, then I don’t know what to say. Another one we’ve been looking forward to is the I’m Watch, which of course is Android-powered. It isn’t as cheap as the others out there as it starts at $349 and shoots to $469 in red. It was originally announced last fall and people have been pre-ordering it since.

Unfortunately shipments aren’t expected to take place until July 15, and all pre-order won’t be fulfilled until September 15. They do understand that customers who pre-order might be fed up at this point, so they are allowing anyone to cancel their order for a full refund, but for those that want to stick it out will get a 15% discount.

I really like the look of the I’m Watch, but I’m wondering if it will be worth the wait? Hit the break for their full statement and a video.

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Delaware Court Says Enough Fighting! Orders Apple And HTC To Discuss Lawsuit Settlement On August 28th

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It looks as if the courts are fed up with the squabbling between Android manufacturers and Apple. The U.S. District of Delaware ordered HTC and Apple to meet face to face with the goal of discussing a potential settlement for the long-standing patent infringment suits— which of course has a direct effect on certain anticipated smartphones being released as of right now. Reports indicate the representatives who go to the mediation sessions must be able to make independent decisions, though it’s unclear if the CEOs for both companies will also attend as they are for similar hug it out mediations between Samsung and Apple. The meeting has been confirmed on August 28th and will be mediated by Magistrate Judge Sherry R. Fallon.

Let’s hope this meeting will be the beginning of the end of the silly spats we see between Apple vs. the World already. We know HTC is already trying to appease Apple already for its upcoming phones.

source: Court Order (PDF)
via: The Verge

Samsung Galaxy S III for T-Mobile (SGH-T999) and AT&T (SGH-I747) get Bluetooth certified

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We know the Samsung Galaxy S III will hit the U.S. this summer, but we have no idea when or exactly what carriers. We’ve heard rumblings that it could land on all four major carriers. Meanwhile, at CTIA, they specifically told me that it would be on available in the U.S. as an HSPA+ device as well as the fastest LTE network. We have further confirmation for T-Mobile and AT&T as it appears those two variants made its way through Bluetooth certification.

Model SGH-I747 appears destined for AT&T and Amazon seems to agree. Model SGH-T999 appears to be headed to T-Mobile. We’ve already seen this model show up on the global Galaxy S III. We’ve also seen both of these models show up with test shots recently. Those test shots also indicated model numbers for Sprint and Verizon as well, which are SPH-L710 and SGH-I535 respectively.

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