Attention Motorola Users: You Now Have Root!

A couple of days ago, our own Stacy Bruce reported that the DROID XYBOARD had been rooted. Now, apparently, the developer of this root method, which he calls “Motofail”, is stating that this same exploit works on all current Motorola devices running Gingerbread or Honeycomb.

The Droid 4 root (“Motofail”) should work on all Gingerbread Motorola devices that I know of. The just-released XYBoard root (“XYZ”) should root all Gingerbread and Honeycomb Motorola devices. Both Motofail and XYZ rely on the same vulnerability, but the XYBoard had an additional hurdle in place that required me to exploit a second bug in order to trigger the first one.

-Dan Rosenberg

This is great news for the modding community. With this root method, dozens of devices can now be rooted, including the Droid 4, Droid RAZR, Droid Maxx, Droid Bionic, Atrix, Atrix 2, Xoom, and many more. Interestingly, reports are coming in that the this exploit is NOT working on the Xoom Family Edition.

This comes on the heels of Motorola’s Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade schedule for many of their devices. Some updates are coming in Q2 or Q3, and some are not coming at all. Perfect timing for those on the “not coming at all” list.

source: androidcommunity

HTC’s Patent Infringement Claims Against Apple Dismissed by ITC Again

Don’t you hate it when you drop $300 million to buy S3 Graphics to get a hold of its patents only to find they won’t help you against the sue-happy Apple? Well if you’re HTC then yes, you hate it when this happens. While at heart it was a good idea, considering that Motorola and Samsung are also having problems with their respective handsets being fodder for patent litigation, the plan was for not. The ITC felt that Apple didn’t infringe on any of these patents in the first place back in November.

HTC made an attempt at a repealing the ruling however the ITC is standing firm in their decision. Although HTC could make an attempt at repealing this second ruling they probably won’t considering the amount of resources they could potentially waste given their first two defeats. However as all of Apple’s federal lawsuits have been stayed against the Taiwanese company by the US District Court for the District of Delaware, we may not see any rulings on Apple’s US claims against HTC in 2012.

It appears that HTC is going to have to go back to the drawing boards in their battles against the sue-happy, iDevice making Apple. Given that Motorola recently suffered a defeat against Apple as well and Samsung is battling a new suit by Apple regarding its new Nexus, having FOSS patents in your bookmarks may be a good idea if you’re curious as to how these legal battles are shaping up. Even though HTC promised that these suits wouldn’t affect profits, they will surely take their toll on the company. It will be interesting to see just how HTC will come back from this legal loss.

source: FOSS Patents
via:  Phandroid


Notion Ink’s Adam Tablet has Ice Cream Sandwich Beta for Download

One month ago, Notion Ink had an alpha version of Ice Cream Sandwich for Adam users. As with most alpha versions, it was extremely buggy. Now, you can download the beta version. The GPS, graphics acceleration, 3G, USB, Youtube and Wi-Fi are working much better compared to the alpha version. However, the camera, light sensor and microphone are still not functioning as they work out the bugs. If you own one of these nifty tablets and would like a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, hit up the link below to download it.

source: Notion Ink

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Now in Select Fort Lauderdale Hotel Rooms

As tablets become more and more common in our daily lives, lots of innovative uses for them are being found. Samsung had already teamed up with the Phoenix Suns to bring the Galaxy Tab 10.1 court side.  Now, Samsung has struck a deal with the Atlantic Hotel Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to place the Galaxy Tab 10.1 into more than one hundred guest rooms.

Guests can use the tab to easily access hotel services, like room service or spa appointments. This system is named iGet, a hospitality focused method that uses the tab to run Runtriz Hotel Evolution Software. This user interface, developed by Adjacent Innovations, will have pre-installed apps and games to deliver a first-rate experience for guests. All your hotel needs will be accessible with a simple touch of your finger. Where do you think we’ll see tablets being used next? Let us know in the comments below.

source: Intomobile

Best Buy Holding President’s Day Sale, Offering Deals On Plenty Of Devices

President’s Day is around the corner, and that means deals! This coming President’s Day, Best Buy is holding a few offers on some Android devices, including a buy one get one offer on the Droid RAZR. If you buy a black Droid RAZR ($149 on a 2-year contract), you’ll receive a second for just $49.99. On top of that, any smartphone from AT&T or Verizon can be activated free of charge (with a qualifying contract).

If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, or you’re in the market for a tablet device, Best Buy is also giving out $50 gift cards with the purchase of a 16GB Galaxy Tab 8.9 or 10.1. Best Buy is also offering $100 off any broadband mobile device when packaged with a laptop, netbook, tablet, e-reader or gaming console. If you’re a Sprint user, fret not, as Best Buy is throwing you a free HTC Evo Design 4G on a 2-year contract.

Are any of our TalkAndroid readers going to take advantage of these offers? Let us know!

source: android guys

Archos Announces Arnova 8b G2 – A Buttonless 8″ Value Tablet

Archos is known for their low-cost tablet options, and their Arnova line is one of the most affordable. Remember when they were giving away an Arnova 10 G2 tablet when subscribing to a digital Philadelphia newspaper? Well Archos just announced a new 8″ slate called the Arnova 8b G2. This is essentially a small update to the Arnova 8 G2. The listed specs are as follows:

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Foxconn to Manufacture Kindle Fire 2 – Release Expected May or June

Looks like Foxconn will be an OEM behind the upcoming Kindle Fire 2. With this decision, Amazon also takes on selection and certification of the components that will be used. Hopefully this proves beneficial to consumers. It will undoubtedly lower the cost per unit for Amazon. The original Kindle, maufactured by Quanta,  was based on the existing design for the Blackberry Playbook. As we know, this ultimately led to Amazon losing money on each unit, but it appears to have been worth it in the long run. With full control over what will make up the Kindle Fire 2, Amazon should be able to keep it cheap without damaging their profit margins. So far all signs point to a formal unveil soon with a possible launch for the device beginning in May.

source: TheChinaTimes
via: UnwiredView 

Update Rolling Out for ASUS Transformer Prime

Yet another update is out for owners of the ASUS Transformer Prime in the United States. The Transformer Prime just had a substantial update last week that addressed rebooting, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth issues. The current update, version, seems much less hefty, as it primarily extends battery life. The tablet seems to be switching into a lower power state when idling, which translates to more time between charges for you. Asus confirmed the update was regarding battery life in a tweet.

The update is OTA, but if you haven’t received a notification, try checking Settings -> About Tablet -> System Firmware Update to get it manually. Let us know in the comments if you have experienced better battery life, or if you’ve noticed any other changes.

source: Twitter

Kindle Fire Study: Bad Usability, Great Sales

The folks over at Human Factors International, a company that specializes in user-centered design training and consulting, have published an interesting white paper about the increasingly popular Kindle Fire. Written by the CEO Eric Schaffer, the basic premise of the document states that even though the Fire has some fundamental usability issues with its user interface, it’s still a success for other reasons. What usability issues, you ask?

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Amazon Rises to 14 Percent of the Tablet Market Share

While we all know how popular the iPad is, Amazon is stealing the show with their rapid rise in sales. Research firm IHS iSuppli has released shipping data from 2011. The Kindle Fire rose to 14 percent of the tablet market share in the fourth quarter, pushing it to second place. Following Amazon is Samsung in third place, Barnes and Noble in fourth place, and Asus rounding out the top five. Apple still has the lion share of the market at 57 percent, but they have dipped down from 64 percent in the third quarter.

IHS iSuppli reports that Apple lost some of those sales to themselves, with some customers opting for the iPhone 4S instead of an iPad. However, the Kindle Fire is popular because it is much more affordable at $199 than the iPad. While it is noted that these numbers are for shipments, not for actual sales, it’s still enough action for Apple to sit up and take notice.

The release of the iPad 3 will shake up the tablet  market once again, but with the cheaper price and good functionality of the Kindle Fire and other Android tablets, the future is wide open for competition.

source: IHS iSuppli
via: Tech Crunch