Fusion Garage’s Grid OS, Android under the hood

News had been cropping up recently of a yet-to-be-released tablet called the Grid 10 by TabCo. Today, however, we’ve learned that TabCo is a fake company, concocted by the real company “Fusion Garage.” If you are not familiar with that name, Fusion Garage was the maker of the JooJoo tablet from March of last year. It was a Linux based 12” tablet packing a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 as well as Nvidia Ion graphics and 1GB of RAM. Back to today, Fusion Garage has officially unveiled the Grid 10 tablet as well as the Grid 4 phone featuring GridOS. But wait, isn’t this an Android blog? As it turns out, “GridOS was built leveraging an Android kernel. It was built on top of Android. Similar to how Apple built Mac from Unix BSD.”   Read more

Sprint Nexus S 4G Gets Exclusive Swype Update Before The Rest Of Us

If you own a Nexus S 4G on Sprint and you love Swype, you’re in for a fantastic treat.  Beginning today, you can be among the first to get the new version of the popular keyboard before the rest of the world does.

Sprint has partnered with Swype to bring an exclusive offer to their customers with the Nexus S™ 4G!

New features include:

  • Latest update to Swype on the Nexus S 4G
  • Custom Skin
  • Improved Tap Correction
  • Horizontal Word Choice List
  • Personal Dictionary Management
  • Shortcut Gestures
  • Option to choose between the original Swype Keyboard and a new, sleek custom one

And don’t fret if you don’t own a Nexus S 4G.  The update will roll out to the rest of us “in the coming weeks”.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.  Hit the break to check out a video of Swype and its founder and to also snatch the source link for the download.  Have fun.   Read more

Sony Xperia Play Receives Another Exclusive, FIFA 12

And the good ol’ quality games just keep rolling in for Sony’s Xperia Play.  The rapidly popular gaming handset has managed to snatch up another exclusive game, EA’s new FIFA 12.  It’s been reported that the  game will hit the device early next year and rights will remain with it for at least a month after it’s released.  With exclusivity ending in February, it appears that the game will most likely be released or all to enjoy sometime in January.  As far as quality and improvement goes, all we know is that the game will support higher frame rates.  As we approach the release date, we’ll be sure to dig a little more on features and report back.  If you’re among the growing list of Xperia Play owners, you’ve got to be loving the caliber of gaming coming your way.  If this is any indication of the level of quality entertainment that’s to hit the device, you’re surely in for a treat.

[via phandroid]

HTC Sues Apple Over Patent Infringement

HTC Corp says it has filed complaints against Apple Inc. with the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court in Delaware alleging patent infringement. HTC seeks to halt U.S. imports and sales concerning Macintosh computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones and other devices. Of three patents in particular, (obtained in 2008 and 2010, relating to WiFi capabilities and similar functions), HTC is seeking compensatory damages as well as triple damages for willful infringement.  HTC’s General Counsel Grace Lei said in a statement:

“We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones.”

Unfortunately, these developments are far from rare lately in the recent patent wars. Apple is perhaps more comfortable on the other side of such litigation though, having filed suit on many competitors including HTC over several smartphone related patents in the same Delaware courthouse. Statements from Apple regarding the HTC suits have amounted to the same old tune, Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet merely repeated a recent statement made by Apple CEO Steve Jobs: “Competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

[via reuters]

Firefox Beta for Android (v6) Now Available, Adds Enhanced Performance

You know a new version of software has a significant amount of changes when you click on the “Whats New” tab and instead of a highlight of features, you’re provided with a link that brings you to the release notes on the developer’s web page. Fortunately though, Mozilla did a nice job and the release notes are laid out very well, are very detailed, and cover everything that’s new in Firefox V6.

Changes from the “Whats new” section of the release notes  include:   Read more

FLUD News now available for Android

FLUD News for Android has arrived and is hoping to gain ground in a crowded field that includes PULSE, News360, and Taptu. Already known for an excellent UI, FLUD offers the following features:

  • Access your own carefully chosen feeds, at any given time, in a beautiful and usable news interface
  • Search for RSS feeds of interest inside the application and add them with a single touch
  • Connect to Google Reader
  • Mark the article you “Love” and influence what other FLUD user will read on a minute-to-minute basis
  • View all articles you “Loved” on your Bookmarks page
  • Manage, reorder or remove feeds
  • Organize feeds into categories
  • Browse the web inside the app and play video seamlessly
  • Share articles of interest with you friends on Facebook and Twitter
  • E-mail articles to your friends from inside the application

With a slick UI, solid features, and the simple fact that you can never have enough news readers, FLUD is making a strong push to be your news reader of choice.

Now available on Android Market, you can use the source link to download or hit our apps database for the QR code.

[via androidmarket]

Motorola DEFY+ confirmed with Gingerbread and 1GHz processor

Motorola has just officially announced the DEFY+, their latest life proof smartphone which will be available in Asia, Europe and Latin America starting in early fall. This slight upgrade of Motorola’s boredom proof DEFY is loaded with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and runs on a 25% faster 1GHz processor.

The DEFY+ also features a water resistant, scratch resistant and dust proof design (IP67). There’s also a 3.7-inch Gorilla Glass screen and a 1700 mAh battery to keep it pumping along all day.

Hit the break for more of Motorola’s specs and features of this device.

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HTC Bootloader Unlock Page Goes Live Starting With The Sensation 4G In Europe

That time is rapidly approaching folks and as promised, the moment you’ve all been banging on HTC’s door for is here.  The Bootloader Unlock page has gone live over at the HTCDev site and first up on the list, the European version of the HTC Sensation.
HTC is committed to listening to users and delivering customer satisfaction. We have heard your voice and starting now, we will allow our bootloader to be unlocked for 2011 models going forward. We plan on releasing the updates that will allow you to unlock your bootloader in the coming months, please keep an eye on this website for more details on which devices will be adding this feature. We are extremely pleased to see the energy and enthusiasm from our fans and loyal customers, and we are excited to see what you are capable of. HTC eagerly anticipates your innovations.

When you see the words Are you sure you wish to continue?  You are about to start the process of unlocking your device.  Unlocking your device allows you to install custom Operating Systems (“OS”) onto your device. Be sure to hit the ‘hellz yeah!” button.  It’s been a long time in the making, but what’s important is that HTC heard us and is delivering.  If you’re a Sensation owner in Europe and ready to take the plunge, you can head on over to the HTCDev site to get started via the source link. The directions are simple and easy to execute and it appears that support for other devices like the HTC Evo 3D are currently in the works.  We too look forward to seeing what innovation comes out of this.
HTC, we both thank and applaud you.

[via htcdev]

Another Gingerbread Build “EH06″ Makes Its Way To The Samsung Epic 4G

With the taste of Gingerbread 2.3 continuously making appearances on the seemingly abandoned Samsung Epic 4G from Sprint, we can’t help but feel we’ll be graced by it soon enough.  The latest build to surface, EH06, has just been leaked and is available for download.  The news comes courtesy of our friends over at Android Central and we’re highly looking forward to seeing just how stable the build really is.  If you’re feeling gutsy, and want to be an early adopter, hit the source link for more info on how to download the build onto your device.  And as always, if you’re up and running, don’t forget to let us know how well it’s working.

[via ac]

Minecraft Limited Edition Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Lands On eBay

It’s amazing what you can find on eBay these days.  The latest in mobile tech to hit the popular online auction comes to us by way of the developers of Minecraft.  The popular game will soon be released for the Android operating system and is sure to be a hit.  To kick things off, the developers have chosen to fully deck out the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play with its own tricked out Minecraft theme and have tossed it up for auction.  The game will be an exclusive for a while after its initial release and all proceeds go strait to charity.  At this time the device is already at $1,325.00 with just over six days left on the bid.  Hit the source link to enter your bid, that is, if you don’t mind paying eight times more than what it’s worth.  Hit the break to check out the full listing details and feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.   Read more