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.
After much blood, sweat and tears, it has been my utmost pleasure watching Android defile and violate the HP Touchpad in ways and places it never knew existed. Without further ado, check out the Alpha release of CM7 and feel free to shout hallelujah in the streets if you want. Take note that there will still be numerous bugs so be patient and provide as much feedback as you can so as to improve the experience. A few things won’t work as expected but it will only be a matter of time until our ever hard at work developers community tames the wild beast. For now, feel free to drool over the video demo available after the break. And if you were one of the lucky sun of a guns to pick up the device during the fire sale….I hate you. Enjoy :)
Google just announced earnings, and they destroyed expectations as earnings came in a $2.73 billion while revenue was $7.51 billion. During the conference call, Google CEO Larry Page had some interesting things to say regarding Ice Cream Sandwich, which will be unveiled next Wednesday October 19 in Hong Kong.
“I’m super excited about the soon to be released new version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich. That’s right, Ice Cream Sandwich. You don’t believe what we’ve managed to get done in this release,” said Page.
Other interesting things to note is that Android now has 190 million activations in 130 countries, up from 135 million 3 months ago. Google+ has over 40 million users, and over 3.4 billion photos have been uploaded to date.
In the ongoing Apple vs. Samsung war, it looks like Apple has put a nail in the coffin one more time, this time in Australia. A little over a week ago Apple rejected a proposal from Samsung to end this tablet battle. What’s even more crazy is right before the ruling was to go down to possibly ban the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, Samsung set up a temporary store two doors down from the Sydney Apple Store. Yesterday, the Federal Court granted Apple’s injunction to ban the Tab 10.1 in Australia until a trial is had to resolve the patient disputes between the two companies. Samsung has stated they would kill the release of the 10.1 if the injunction was granted as, without holiday sales, the tablet would be “dead” by the time it actually hit stores. The two players will be returning to court today to see if Samsung will be allowed to sell a modified version minus the technology that Apple sited in the complaint on two patents. Well, there you have it folks. I know this is getting old, but news is news. Take it as you will.