LG LS860 QWERTY Slider Revealed For Sprint

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The folks over at BriefMobile have scored a leaked image of the unannounced LG LS860, a.k.a. “Cayenne”. This QWERTY slider is destined for Sprint and seems to be derivative of the LG Viper. The blurrycam picture distinctly shows a 5-row keyboard and triple-capacitive-button layout.

According to their source, the LS860 will come with a 4-inch WVGA IPS display, a 1.2 GHz dual-core S3 processor, will be LTE capable, and will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. No word on a release date.

Any physical keyboard lovers out there interested?

source: briefmobile

 

At Google+ Photographer’s Conference, Sergey Brin and Max Braun Discuss Project Glass And How It Creates New Photographic Opportunities [Video]

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Project Glass, Google’s patented augmented reality glasses prototype, made an appearance at today’s Google+ Photographer’s Conference. Project Glass Tech Lead Max Braun showcased how the glasses can be used to take interesting and unique photographs. Afterwards, none other than Sergey Brin took the stage and continued the talk about exposing new artistic opportunities when you don’t need your hands to take a picture.

To get a photographer’s perspective on the project, they asked the conference attendees to send in their suggestions and thoughts.

Watch the video after the break (you’ll want to skip forward 47 minutes to get to the Project Glass discussion).

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Return Of The Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.0.4 Update (IMM76K)

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners had a taste of the Android 4.0.4 update (IMM76K) at the beginning of this month but the download was later removed for unknown reasons. Today, the link became available again and the update is ready to download for those who don’t want to wait for the OTA push and know what they are doing.

The file is not a full install of Android 4.0.4, but rather an update that will only work on a stock factory image. So if you’re not running stock, this file’s not for you.

The update should start rolling out any time now for an over the air install, so no harm in checking your settings for an update notification. Grab the file from the source link below.

source: Download from Google

 

Gameloft unleashes Men In Black 3 in the Google Play Store

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Men In Black fans have something more than a new movie to celebrate this weekend. Men In Black 3 just landed in the Google Play Store, which lets you become the head of the MIB Agency, but don’t worry Agent K, Agent O, and Frank will help you out.

The game features:

CREATE AND MANAGE YOUR OWN MIB AGENCY

  • Train your agents and assign them to missions
  • Access a wide range of MIB weapons and gadgets like the Neuralyzer, the Deatomizer and the infamous Noisy Cricket.
  • Build dozens of different rooms to upgrade your weapons and develop your agency.

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AT&T announces Samsung Galaxy Appeal QWERTY slider for GoPhone prepaid service

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AT&T just announced the Samsung Galaxy Appeal for their prepaid phone service, GoPhone. This one is a QWERTY slider and its got entry-level written all over it. It features a 3.2-inch (480 x 320) display, 800 MHz processor, 512MB RAM, 3MP rear camera with video recording, 1.8GB of storage, micro SD for up to an additional 32GB of storage, 1300 mAh battery, and Gingerbread 2.3. It’s also an eco-friendly device since the plastic parts are made of 80% recycled material.

It will be available at Walmart starting June 5th and will be available in all other AT&T GoPhone distribution channels beginning July 15th. It’s priced at $149 and monthly plans start at $25 for unlimited texts and 250 minutes of talk time. They also offer a $50 monthly plan which gives you unlimited talk and texts. For data, you have three choices: 50MB for $5 per month, 200MB for $15 per month, and 1GB for $25 per month.

Full press release after the break:

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Android Malware Genome Project aims to understand Android Malware in order to develop effective solutions

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Android Malware is the craze these days. Everyone’s talking about it like it’s the biggest things since sliced bread yet I’m yet to run into anyone who was infected by any of them. Everyone’s trying to make a name for themselves so throw in the Android Malware Genome Project. It was started by researchers at North Carolina State University and they say the biggest problem is that we don’t really understand the malware.

They were able to collect more than 1,200 malware samples from August 2010 to October 2011. They found that malware is getting better at preventing detection from mobile security software. They tested four different mobile security apps with over 1200 malware samples that were gathered from August 2010 to October 2011. The four apps included Lookout Mobile, AVG, Norton, and Trend Micro. Lookout led the way by detecting 79.6% of the malware. Next was Trend Micro, which detected 76.7%. In third was AVG, which detected 54.7%, and lastly Norton was only able to detect 20.2%.

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The verdict is in. Google did not breach Oracle patents.

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Not Guilty. Finally the two words that Android fans worldwide were waiting to hear have been uttered, bringing and end to lengthy court case . After a week long deliberation the jury in California ruled in favour of Google declaring that the search giant did not infringe on Oracle’s patents with Android. Earlier this month we brought you the news that the jury had concluded that Google had infringed on 37 separate API’s. The jury has since concluded that Google adequately demonstrated that it felt it was acting within the law due to its belief that it didn’t need a license to utilise java,

The news represents a significant victory for Google who would have been set to pay damages of up to $1bn should it have been found guilty. Naturally, both firms have released statements post verdict.

Oracle:

Oracle presented overwhelming evidence at trial that Google knew it would fragment and damage Java. We plan to continue to defend and uphold Java’s core write once run anywhere principle and ensure it is protected for the nine million Java developers and the community that depend on Java compatibility.

Google:

Today’s jury verdict that Android does not infringe Oracle’s patents was a victory not just for Google but the entire Android ecosystem.

So another law suit bites the dust; Google and Android live to fight another day. Do you think we’ve heard the last of it or will Oracle by ready to launch an appeal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Verdict

[Deal] Amazon Offering Hot Deals on Select Android Phones

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We’re always looking for a good deal, right? I mean, who deoesn’t like buying a new Android device on the cheap! Well, cheaper than if you were to go purchase one directly from a wireless carrier, cheap. Either way, Amazon Wireless just listed some new sale prices on a few hot Android phones that you won’t find priced cheaper anywhere else. The deal started today and will only run for a limited time so you may want to check these out sooner rather than later:

Motorola DROID 4 4G (Verizon) - $0.01

Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Sprint) - $49.99

HTC Rezound 4G (Verizon) - $49.99

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX 4G (Verizon) - $149.99

As I mentioned above, the deal will only last for a limited time and while supplies last. As always, these prices reflect signing a new two-year agreement with the device’s respective carrier. Hit the links above for further details and to place an order.

Thanks Eric!

Rumor Suggests Microsoft Office Heading to Android in November

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These days Android tablets are becoming more and more a suitable outright replacement for laptops. Coupled with a keyboard dock, an Android tablet can pretty much do anything you could do on a laptop although some would say the available software can be limiting. According to BGR, Microsoft plans to change that belief by releasing its full suite of Office applications for Android tablets. The rumor suggests that Microsoft is targeting a November release not only for Android, but iOS products as well. It is believed that since iOS products go beyond just the iPad, Microsoft’s upcoming mobile Office suite could possible work on smartphones as well. This could mean availability for Android smartphones, too, but that is just a hunch at this point.

Now I realize that there are plenty of other options out there that basically reproduce everything that Office can do, it just sure would be nice to have everything packaged neatly into one solitary app. What do you guys think, is this something you would be interested in for your Android device?

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[Breaking] Google to release 5 Nexus devices on November 5th to celebrate Android’s 5th birthday

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Last week we reported that Google would offer five Nexus devices later this year and sell them directly out of the Play Store. Well, a reliable source just told us that we can expect to see them on November 5th. Why November 5th? It just so happens it’s Android’s 5th Birthday. Now you can clearly see why they plan on offering five devices.

Right now it’s a little unclear if they will actually be released or unveiled on November 5th. Last year the Galaxy Nexus was unveiled on October 18 (originally scheduled for October 11), and released overseas in mid November. The timing makes perfect sense so definitely mark your calendars for Monday, November 5, 2012 for a very big day indeed.