The International Trade Commission ruled in favor of Apple yesterday in regards to Samsung infringing on Apple patents. With this ruling, a ban on importing some older Samsung devices will go into effect. Of course there is a 60 day time frame where President Obama has the chance to veto such a decision. Some of the devices in question include:
- The Galaxy S 4G
- Galaxy Tab
- Galaxy Tab 10.1
Other devices released in 2010 and 2011 fall into this category as well. Each device is said to violate scrolling behaviors and another patent involving the headphone jack. While Samsung’s import ban request on Apple was vetoed by the President it’s highly unlikely that he will do the same with this case. The reason for this is that these patents are considering non-essential. Both companies released a response to this decision:
Disney, yes, Walt Disney, has entered the smartphone market. Earlier today, the Disney Magic 1 was unveiled in China. Running Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1, the pink colored device features a 4.5-inch display with 720p HD resolution, a 1.2GHz MediaTek MT6589 quad-core processor together with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. The rear camera is 8MP, and the front camera is 2MP.
Right now, the device is only available in China via JD.com for RMB 2000, or about $326 US dollars. If the device is a success however, don’t be surprised if you see a similar launch in the Western hemisphere.
Source: GSM Insider
One of the great things about Android is the ability to tweak and adjust so many different settings. A challenge for anyone looking to dig deep into their system to customize several settings is the plethora of tools needed to do so. XDA Senior Member J.Y.Daddy decided to do something about that and has produced Andromizer, an app that consolidates several tools and access to a litany of settings and tweaks into one location. Especially nice is the clean, logical user interface that make it easy to access the setting you want to adjust.
Ever since the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One Google Play Edition devices launched, they’ve been all the rage. If you like the stock look, there’s a lot that you can do to make your own phone look like it’s a Google Play Edition device, even without rooting. Even better, everything in this guide includes only free apps. Jump through the break to see the best apps to download for a stock like experience.
Sony’s forthcoming Honami device showed up on the Global Certification Forum (GCF) where it received its certification for two models. Referred to as the Xperia Honami HSPA, model number C6902/L39h, was certified for several GSM and WCDMA bands. The other device, model number C6903, is listed as the Xperia Honami LTE and as the name implies, adds certifications for LTE bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 20. The GCF certification comes on the heels of the FCC filing for the Sony Honami.
The new Sony smartphone is expected to be revealed on September 4th in Berlin just before IFA 2013 opens. It could be available for consumers before the end of September.
source: RB Men
Sources indicate US Cellular is working on rolling out shared data plans for their user base, following the lead of Verizon and AT&T. Apparently employees are in the process of receiving training on the benefits of shared data plans for all parties involved – US Cellular, sales associates and customers. Some of the key “selling” points include the simplicity of the bill for customers and the ability to use data however you want on a variety of devices.
No word yet on what pricing might be like for the new US Cellular plans, but the belief is the pattern will be similar to the industry in throttling back on the data available for use while raising the price. It is not clear whether existing customers will be grandfathered into their unlimited data plans, but that seems likely while new customers will be forced to choose a shared data plan.
source: Droid Life
Since officially releasing the Nexus 7 (2013), Google’s latest device has been receiving positive reviews in general. However, some issues have come up, like some GPS problems that Google is aware of and is working on a solution. Another problem that surfaced that has the potential to impact Android fans beyond those who own the new Nexus 7 have been issues revolving around the release of Qualcomm binaries for the device. The issue was so contentious, that Jean Baptiste-Queru went so far as to submit his resignation and walk away from the AOSP project due to the difficulties in getting factory images released. Apparently the bad press related to that was more than Google could fathom as they have now released the factory image and binaries, including the Qualcomm files in question.
ASUS gave a presentation in France earlier today to discuss their roadmap for tablet and smartphone devices, including intentions to get into the U.S. market with their smartphone devices. Two slides from the presentation show the breakdown of devices in each class. Common to both smartphones and tablet devices is the MeMO line, with the MeMOFone HD 5 apparently headed to the U.S. market. Other smartphone devices include the PadFone Infinity, PadFone mini, FonePad HD 7 and FonePad Note FHD 6. The last item in that list appears to imply ASUS will be producing a stylus equipped device to compete in that market.
It’s all but officially confirmed that Samsung will be unveiling their brand new phablet, the Galaxy Note III in Berlin next month at IFA 2013. We have a good idea of the phone’s hardware specs, but we haven’t been able to figure out what version of Android the device will ship with. The LG G2 (which was announced on Wednesday) will be shipping with Android 4.2.2 and will upgrade eventually to 4.3— disappointing, but not a huge deal.
Good news today on the Samsung front though, as SamMobile tweeted out that the Note III will indeed come with 4.3 right out of the box. This gives the phone a head start over most other phones, and could also possibly mean that Samsung will be ahead of the curve for the impending release of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie later this year.
The Galaxy Note III is shaping up to be an absolute beast so far— so that just leaves one question: Will you be grabbing at the LG G2 this year, or will you end up going with Samsung’s new flagship phablet, the Note III? Hit us up in the comments.