It looks like Google is already preparing for the annual Google I/O developer conference next year in San Francisco’s Moscone West Convention Center. Today, the Google Code Blog announced that the 2012 I/O will be taking place on April 24th and 25th. The convention gathers developers from far and wide treating them to various workshops and new Android apps/features that can be expected in the near future. It is hard to imagine what to expect when we are still hours away from the unveiling of this years big announcement, Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich.
At this year’s developers’ conference we got a glimpse at ICS and Android 3.1 for tablets (and eventually for Google TV) and we were also treated to the introduction of Android@Home, Android Market Movie Rentals, Google Music Beta, and the Open Accessory Development Kit.
With all the free tech goodies given out at this year’s I/O you can bet the number of wishful attendees has increased tenfold. 2011 ticket-holders received a free limited edition Galaxy Tab 10.1, a fancy new Chromebook, and a 4G LTE hotspot from Samsung and Verizon. This year’s tickets managed to sell out within the first hour of sales so if you are planning on making a trip down to SF next year I suggest you be on point and keep an eye out for when registration goes live.
What do you guys think Google has up their sleeve for next years I/O? A little Jelly Bean perhaps?
I don’t think this is a shocker to anyone. After last week’s setback in which Apple was granted an injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung just filed for a preliminary injunction on the Apple iPhone 4S in Australia and Japan. In Japan, they are also asking for an immediate ban on iPad 2 and iPhone 4 sales.
Samsung already filed preliminary injunctions on the iPhone 4S in France and Italy about 2 weeks ago, and they are appealing the decision in Australia.
Samsung says Apple Inc. continues to violate its patent rights and “free ride on our technology.”
T-Mobile will soon launch a new affordable 7″ Android tablet called the Springboard. Made by Huawei, this new device is said to drop sometime in November and will come in at under $200. The Springboard tablet felt pretty solid in hand, almost heavy, but gave me the feeling of good build quality. With such a reasonable price point for a Honeycomb tablet, I am sure this will be a hit in the coming months.
We were at CTIA this year and got a quick demo of the Springboard tablet by a rep from Huawei. Although he seems a little unsure of himself on video, I can attest to the quality of this device. The picture was surprisingly good and had great color reproduction. The dual-core processor was very snappy and made transitioning between homepages a breeze. The opening of apps was almost instantaneous, I hardly noticed any lag at all. It appears that the bloatwear was kept to a minimum although this was Huawei’s demo unit, meaning the final build may slightly differ.
The Huawei Springboard is going to be a T-Mobile exclusive and no word on the release of a Wi-Fi only version. Although we can’t report an exact price right now, we are confident that it will be under $200. As soon as we get a specific price we will let you know.
Join us after the break for a list of features, pictures, and a short demo video.
Have you recently upgraded your Xoom to 4G, but haven’t activated a data plan on it yet? It turns out, if you have a 4G enabled smartphone from Verizon, you can throw its SIM card into the XOOM and enjoy some 4G LTE goodness. Obviously when you do this, your phone will not be able to receive calls, so this isn’t a permanent thing. It’s not known how Verizon will handle this, but I’d have to guess they’ll put a stop to it somehow. If your phone is still on an unlimited data plan, you should be able to rock this on your Xoom as well. Give it a shot and see how it works, but just be careful. Let us know what you discover.
In a recent interview with Taiwan’s Chinese-language United Daily News, Acer Inc. founder Stan Shih states that the Android operating system is destined to overcome Apple’s iOS through its combined efforts of Wintel (Windows+Intel) and Google innovations. Shih goes on to say that the alliance between Intel and Google is a match that proves to be good news for “Android leaguers” as the two companies will innovate and provide better solutions for optimizing Android’s speed and performance. Furthermore, he predicts the Android-powered, Atom processor-built portable communication devices will overtake Apple in PC development.
Regarding the post-PC era, Shih said that we shouldn’t expect a true end to that part of the industry but rather we will see it evolve into more diverse forms such as tablets and smartphones. Manufacturers of display panels and IC chipsets, he says, will be instrumental with their production capabilities and capacity for the global supply chain of PCs, whose production will also evolve to envelop the growing PCD consumer demand.
Quanta Computer Inc., the electronics manufacturer that Amazon turned to this year to complete orders of their 7-inch Kindle Fire has now signed a patent agreement with Microsoft Corp. Microsoft issued the announcement and says it will provide broad coverage under its patent portfolio for Quanta’s consumer devices running Android and Chrome while confirming they will receive royalties from the manufacturer as part of the deal.
Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft’s corporate vice president and deputy general counsel in charge of the corporation’s intellectual property and licensing group made the the following statement:
“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Quanta, and proud of the continued success of our Android licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome devices in the marketplace.”
The family friendly version of the Motorola Xoom, dubbed the Motorola Xoom Family Edition, has been officially announced as a Best Buy exclusive and will go on sale October 16th for $379. The tablet is meant for versatile use by all members of the family, enabling mom and dad to use it in the office with clients by day and cuddled up on couch with their kids at night. It’s pre-installed Zoodles application also allows parents to freely hand over the device to the kids, free from worry over inappropriate content. The price will only last for a limited time, so check out these specs and get it on your holiday list early.
- Runs on Android 3.1, built specifically for tablets
- 1GHz dual-core processor for lightning-fast responsiveness
- 10.1” HS IPS HD screen display with capacitive multi-touch
- 5MP back camera with flash, with 720p video webcam
- Preloaded with almost $40 worth of applications, plus Zoodles™, the award-winning Kid Mode application
- Preloaded with MotoPack by Motorola XOOM (App Downloader by Motorola)
- Preloaded with Quickoffice™ Pro HD for seamless productivity at work
- Preloaded with MotoPrint – the application that allows you to print straight from the Web browser
- Preloaded with fun games like Asphalt 6 from Gameloft and SIM City Deluxe
- 16GB built-in memory
- Battery lasts up to 10 hours for video playback and Web browsing
- Access to more than 250,000 apps in Android Market™
Hit the break for Motorola’s full press release.
A comment from Sony Ericsson’s President and CEO, Bert Nordberg, seems to parellel the company’s recently released third quarter 2011 financial data figures quite nicely:
“Android-based Xperia smartphone sales now account for more than 80% of sales… We will continue to invest in the smartphone market, shifting the entire portfolio to smartphones during 2012.”
The report shows that Sony Ericsson enjoyed an increase of 33% of sales quarter-on-quarter, but also that only 9.5 million units were shipped during this time, a decrease of 9% YOY. The decrease comes from a decline in demand for their feature phones and explains the company’s strong desire to shift entirely over to their Android meal ticket, which saw an increase that helped offset some of that decline. Sony Ericsson’s income before taxes were £31,000,00 (that’s $43 million US).
This month marks the 10 year anniversary of the joining of Sony and Ericsson, a partnership that is up for renewal. It has been rumored that Sony may buy out the Ericsson side, a move that some believe would benefit this new Android-only direction and provide a integral leap in smartphone design, portable gaming systems and tablets moving forward.
Latest of phony applications to hit the Interweb is this pretty impressive Netflix for Android look-a-like. The app is a Trojan with one focus, to steal your account information. According to Symantec, the application is designed to send user’s log-in info to a remote server spouting that there is a compatibility issue with your device and then attempts to uninstall itself. When Symantic attempted to reach the server in question it appeared to be offline today.
Technically, the creators of the application could hijack your account and gain access to portions of all kinds of info, but rest assured, they will not be able to gain any of your credit card information, as the website only shows the last four digits of your card number. And according to Elinor Mills of Cnet.com, “It might be a test run for a phony mobile banking app, which could yield access to much more sensitive information.”
Well, I was never a huge fan of the game, however, I can hardly believe it’s been 10 years since the initial release of Grand Theft Auto III. In an effort to commemorate the game’s 10th anniversary the team is releasing the software and making it available for select Android devices sometime in the fall.
Supported devices at launch:
Android Phones: Droid X2, HTC Evo 2, LG Optimus 2X, Motorola Atrix, Samsung Galaxy S2
Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
In addition, they’re throwing in a limited-edition action figure of the game’s main character, Claude. The action figure is at a 1:6 scale and comes dressed with his initial outfit from the game, cargo pants and a bomber jacket. Furthermore, a detailed arsenal of weapons will accompany the action figure such as his classic bat, grenades, hand gun, assault rifle, knife and sniper rifle. The collectors item will run your pockets $149.99 however, Social Club is offering the chance for three lucky winners to snag it for free. All you have to do is fill out the form here by Sunday, Oct 16th and you’re all set.