Fresh off the recent approvals by both the US and European Commission for the Motorola acquisition, Google could very well face increased scrutiny over possible patent misuse. There are concerns that Google could use its upcoming received patents to possibly penalize rival companies. Google’s view on patent licensing is what has regulators worried. The Department of Justice antitrust division had this to say in a statement in comparison to both Apple and Microsoft, “Google’s commitments were more ambiguous and do not provide the same direct confirmation of its SEP [standard essential patent] licensing policies” » Read the rest
If the sources of PocketLint are correct, HTC will be getting the
coveted Sony Playstation certification for its smartphones and tablets in the second half of this year. It is expected for Sony and HTC to make the announcement at this years Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in a couple weeks.
The PlayStation certification program kicked off last year with the announcement of the PlayStation Vita. Sony Entertainment CEO, and soon-to-be Sony Co. president, Kaz Hirai, says that this certification program was intended to expand the PlayStation experience across many platforms, beyond just the PSP borders. It has been a slow start for the program as not many device manufacturers have jumped on the opportunity to become certified. Maybe it’s because the Xperia Play didn’t take off as well as Sony had hoped, I don’t know. » Read the rest
Yesterday I mentioned that you can currently make a pledge to help fund an IndieGoGo start-up project and in return get your very own custom laser etched battery door for your Galaxy nexus. What I didn’t really emphasize is that the Talk Android logo is also one of your options for engravings! Omar was kind enough to include us in with his preselected images so the awesome Talk Android broadcast logo you see above is one of the $30/$40 laser etching options. So if you’re a die hard Android fan and a Talk Android advocate, now is your chance to promote your favorite Android news source and put a little “us” in your Nexus. I mean, what better way to show TA some love and still manage to pimp out your Galaxy Nexus at the same time! Hit up the source link below to make your pledge… all the cool kids are doing it.
Vodafone left a note on it’s Twitter page yesterday announcing that it will, in fact, be adding the Galaxy Note to its offerings soon. Back when the Note was nearing launch, Vodafone was on the list of possible carriers. It seems the wait is almost over. Vodafone has yet to make any announcements regarding pricing.
The Galaxy Note is a monster device in terms of size and power. Here’s what you have to look forward to.
- 5.3-inch 1280×800 Super AMOLED HD display w/ S-Pen
- 1.4GHz Dual-Core CPU
- Android 2.3 (Android 4.0 coming in an update)
- HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100MHz
- Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
In the mean time, jump past the break to see Vodafone’s preview with Samsung. » Read the rest
Dyzplastic’s Android vinyl collectibles sure have been a hit. I have a couple, but not quite as many as our editor Stacy… Anyways, an image has been leaked that claims to be the line-up for Series 3 of the collectibles. What’s cool is that there are 15 pictured. In past series, the most released has been 14, including the secret and variant designs. So did this leak also tip us off on the surprise ones as well?
I can tell you already I’ve got my eye on that Nexus one, and how about the red one, also commissioned by Google? The original series featured the traditional green Android and green was a prominent color in Gingerbread. Series 2 introduced a blue Android which as we know became the dominant color for Ice Cream Sandwich. Does this red Android signify yet another color change in the coming OS?
You know when you’ve got that perfect shot in the cross-hairs and just before you hit the shutter button some old dude enters left and bam, shot ruined? Well, don’t delete that photo just yet. Scalado has been doing some pretty fantastic things lately and their latest iteration is going to blow you away. The company is implementing new technology to remove unwanted folk from your perfect shots. How in the heck you say? The technology adds the “clean” shot back in by monitoring the live objects in the scene. Pretty cool and beyond me as far as I can tell. We’ll get to see a working demo when MWC rolls around shortly and the app will be made available for both iOS and Android.
Scalado, a world-leading provider of high-performance imaging technologies, applications and services for the mobile industry, have today announced the release of a new revolutionizing product named Remove. Remove is a technology that automatically highlights and removes any unwanted object from a captured photo. It is the world’s first Object removal software to be released on a mobile device.
I really think this is going to come in handy when you’re dating that girl and two years later you’re looking at a photo of the two of you and you can’t remember her name :) Check out the ad from Scalado below and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.
Sprint has just outed the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (phew!) may be getting updated to Ice Cream Sandwich soon. XDA member kc_exactly found a Sprint RDF file on their servers, dated February 10th, that lists the Android version as 4.0.3. Sprint has been good about trying to get updates out before other carriers, but Samsung’s past record with the original Epic 4G left many customers wanting.
This RDF file points to an improved release process for Samsung if the update is indeed released soon, potentially making this the first Galaxy S II device to get upgraded to ICS. But remember, there is no date mentioned, and no guarantee it will be soon. We’re keeping our fingers crossed!
MediaTek, a mobile semiconductor company that has already partnered with Google on Google TV, has decided to take Android 4.0 to the masses. Announcing their MT6575 Android Platform yesterday, MediaTek plans to make it possible to offer Android 4.0-capable devices for under $190. Focusing squarely at entry-level and mid-range markets, the reference specs read like last year’s top phones:
- 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor
- 3G/HSPA modem
- 8MP camera
- 720p high-definition playback/recording
- qHD (960×540)
- PowerVR SGX Series 5 GPU
- Dual SIM capable
Reports are in, and a new Intel-powered Motorola device running Ice Cream Sandwich has been revealed. This is a pretty big announcement, being Motorola’s first Android 4.0 device, as well as their first device with an Intel CPU. Even more, this CPU is toting Intel’s Medfield platform, which is not just a CPU, but a SoC (system on a chip). This means that a single chip not only handles your typical CPU processes, but also handles the radio, GPU, camera and other components. With Microsoft developing its new operating systems with the goal to run on ARM chips, this is definitely going to be a competitive era for chip makers – particularly between Intel and ARM. Intel is not intending their Medfield platform as a game-changer, but rather as a competitive foray into the smartphone field. The device is expected to be revealed in its entirety at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The Android benchmarking app, Quadrant, was updated today to add Ice Cream Sandwich functionality, support for multi-core CPUs, as well as added support for the Polish language. However the use of Quadrant for reliable determination of your smartphone’s power is still irrelevant. It’s been proven that Quadrant can be cheated to achieve unrealistic scores, and currently you can (if you have a Galaxy Nexus) compare your scores against the Galaxy Tab and Nexus S, which honestly isn’t very useful.
Of course this isn’t to say that Quadrant is entirely useless. In fact, in can give you a decent idea of how your phone holds up, albeit on a generalized scale. However the best way to judge a smartphone’s power and speed is to obviously use it yourself.