HTC’s Peter Chou is happy with Apple patent agreement, but says payout estimates are outrageous

Last week it was announced that HTC and Apple entered into a 10-year global patent agreement. Various media sites (including yours truly) reported that as part of that agreement, HTC would pay Apple $6 to $8 per Android phone, but chief executive Peter Chou is said those estimates are outrageous.

“I think that these estimates are baseless and very, very wrong. It is a outrageous number, but I’m not going to comment anything on a specific number. I believe we have a very, very happy settlement and a good ending,” said Chou at a KDDI Corp product launch in Tokyo.

Where these estimates came from, I don’t know because the details of the agreement were never released. Furthermore, HTC won’t change it fourth-quarter guidance number based on the agreement. This is good news because HTC is one of the better Android manufacturers, and I would hate to see them get stuck paying Apple ridiculously high rates per device.

source: reuters

White Nexus 4 Smartphone Unofficially Outed By Online Listing

 

Google knows that a standard black Nexus 4 is a little boring for some, so it appears that it may have a white variation of the device on the way, thanks to a leaked listing online at the TalkTalk website. According to the listing, customers will have an option of getting a Nexus 7 – Nexus 4 bundle, but here’s the catch: the bundled Nexus 4 will be a white version of the smartphone, instead of the standard black. Considering Google has a history of releasing a white version of its other Nexus smartphones, it’s not too much of a surprise that there’s a white version of the smartphone on the way.

Customers interested in the device will have to wait a little while— the device is expected to be available from December 13th. So if you don’t mind waiting for Google to get its next batch of Nexus 4 shipments and would rather have a cooler color of the device instead, the upcoming white Nexus 4 may be worth the wait.

source: MoDaCo

Google Nexus 4 Smartphone Is The Only Nexus Device To Currently Support Miracast At This Time

 

While we know that the new Nexus 4 will support the coveted Miracast feature thanks to Android 4.2, it appears that the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 will each not support Miracast, despite operating on Android 4.2 as well. There seems to have been a major discussion on a Google Forum on whether or not the tablets would feature Miracast and while some users reported it worked and others didn’t— a user by the name of Eth@n took some time to confirm the following:

 

“Just wanted to confirm that Nexus 4 is currently our only Nexus device that works with Miracast wireless display on Android 4.2. There was a reference to wireless display on our Help site for Nexus 10, but we’ve since removed that reference. Our apologies for any confusion that may have caused.”

 

So there you have it— don’t try looking for Miracast for now— unless of course, you have a Nexus 4. Let’s see how Google handles this moving forward and wait for a possible update which should enable the feature for the rest of the Nexus devices out there.

source: Google Product Forums

 

Pandigital Officially Out Of Business, Does Not Plan On Honoring Existing Warranties In The Process

 

And another Android manufacturer bites the dust. Pandigital is a brand that may not be so familiar with most of you, but it’s a brand with a solid legion of customers. Despite its solid following, it had unfortunately succumbed to the dreary economy and signed most of its assets to creditors in order to better cope with its massive debt. During this transitional phase, there was slim hope that the company would at least try and offer support and warranties for its various products out there, but alas— it isn’t meant to be. Customers of various Pandigital products recently received the following email:

 

“You are receiving this email as you have recently been shipped a warranty replacement for a Pandigital product.

Please be advised that Pandigital, Inc (the ‘Company’), executed a General Assignment for the benefit of its creditors in favor of Credit Management Association on July 13, 2012 (the ‘General Assignment’). A general assignment is a common law means of concluding the affairs of an insolvent debtor as an alternative to the Chapter 7 bankruptcy process. Pandigital is currently in the process of liquidation by the Assignee.

Due to this liquidation process any further requests for warranty replacements cannot be honored”.

 

So there you have it— there’s basically no support for the device moving forward which is a bummer. Hopefully most of you who happen to own a Pandigital product have already moved onto other alternatives like the Amazon Kindle Fire HD or Nexus 7 tablet in order to help get over the hopefully minor grief.

More details can be found in the source link.

source: The Digital Reader

Republic Wireless sets up shop, offers pre-orders to the masses

Republican Wireless is a new kind of MVNO carrier who has been testing its newfangled service for several months. The company is attempting to reinvent the mobile network space, offering a single device engineered to utilize Wi-Fi whenever it’s available for calls, texts and mobile data. When there’s no Wi-Fi within range, the device will automatically switch to a cellular network.

The service runs $19 per month with no contract and unlimited data, texting and calling. The carrier is poised to offer just one device, a Motorola Defy XT which will be sold outright for $249.99, alongside a one time $10 start-up fee. Sure, it’s not the most appealing handset, but at such a low price point it could prove to be the most viable option for those looking for an economic-friendly option.

So, what do you guys think?

Source: Republic Wireless

Firefox for Android now available for surfeit of new devices

Mozilla announced today the availability of its Firefox for Android browser for a slew of new devices including the HTC Status, HTC ChaCha, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Motorola Fire XT, LG Optimus Q and many more.

Before today, Mozilla’s mobile browser only supported devices utilizing an ARMv7 processor. The company has now opened up the software to support ARMv6 architecture, meaning another 50 percent of the world’s entire fleet of Android devices can now download and run Firefox for Android. While this may not seem like a significant milestone, Mozilla believes otherwise, claiming that “this is an important step toward making the open Web free to all.”

Source: Mozilla

International LG Optimus G gets bootloader unlock tool, Canada up next

As many of you know, the LG Optimus G is the sibling of the Nexus 4 as similarities are abound between the two devices. However, one area where the two devices differ is the Optimus G has a locked bootloader. Well one fine developer over at XDA, ‘thecubed,’  has officially addressed that issue. This developer has created Project FreeGee which is a tool to unlock the bootloader of the device. According to ‘thecubed,’ you can now install “whatever you want.” This includes Android 4.2 intended for the Nexus 4. You won’t be able to immediately install 4.2 upon unlocking the device, but it won’t take long. These developers never cease to amaze me. This only works on U.S. and Korean devices, but will soon be available for the Canadian version of the  Optimus G.

source:  XDA

App reviews on the Play Store will soon require your Google+ login

As some of you may have noticed, the Play Store received an update over the weekend. While there may not be many changes on the surface, this usually means that they’re getting ready to roll out a new service embedded within the store itself. Sure enough, the folks over at Android Police have uncovered an interesting change. Although not effective immediately, the Store will soon require you to log into your Google+ account before submitting an app review. This will then of course be published for the world to see with your Google+ name and picture. What happens if you don’t have an account? You will either have to choose not to submit a review or you can create an account at that time.

Another interesting tidbit that was uncovered is the ability for pre-orders. While it’s a little perplexing why you need pre-orders regarding digital content, this feature will presumably be used in their ‘Devices’ section. We all know they could sure use this new feature to at least get an idea of consumer interest in products. I’m personally not a huge fan of having to log into any external account to proceed with what I was doing in the first place. Nor am I a fan of pre-ordering. But given the debacle that was the Nexus 4 launch, it may be necessary going forward. However, we may need to pre-order the pre-order itself if last Tuesday was any indication of things to come.

source:  Android Police 

U.S. Cellular now offering up unlimited 4G LTE data plan for the ‘holiday season’

In a move similar to T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular announced today that they will offer a truly unlimited data plan. We’re not just talking any old data either. We’re talking unlimited LTE data, and for a wallet-friendly $40 a month. What’s more, you can even add a tethering plan for only $20 a month. Given those prices and speeds, you could essentially have a home phone using your mobile device, a mobile device obviously for your cell phone, and home internet using the tethering option all for $60 a month.

U.S. Cellular says that this deal is for a limited time, for the ‘holiday season’, and to sweeten the pot they’re offering up $100 discounts on some of their more popular LTE devices including the Galaxy S III. Like other carriers, U.S. Cellular’s LTE coverage is a bit spotty, but they claim that 58% of its customers will be covered by LTE by year’s end. They’re obviously aiming to grow their base in this move while also looking to retain more customers. What are your thoughts? Will this sway you to jump ship from your carrier, or convince you to stay if you’re currently with U.S. Cellular? Let us know. Hit the break for the full presser.
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Google expands music portfolio with European license deal

Google took a big step in expanding the portfolio of music it is able to make available to customers with a new licensing deal covering several European countries. The license deal with Armonia, an alliance of French, Italian and Spanish licensing groups, opens the door to music from 35 countries. Notable artists covered by the new deal include Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

In addition to the European countries covered by the agreement, Google also gained access to the British and American portfolios of Universal Music Publishing and the Latin portfolio of Sony. Sources indicate royalties for publishers and artists are consistent with industry standards. The breadth of the deal is unusual as license deals with others have typically been on a country-by-country basis.

source: Businessweek