Apple got away with giving a half-assed apology before online and it has done the same in print publications. After the courts telling it to give its attempt at an apology another try online, Apple went ahead and created another version of its apology in the famed UK print publication The Guardian. As you can see above, Apple clearly outlines the facts that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab did not infringe on the iPad— though Apple doesn’t say sorry anywhere in its statement. Naturally we’re all expecting to see a real apology—- you know the one where you actually say sorry— to appear soon, very soon on Apple’s website, so the courts and/or Sammy shouldn’t be too disgruntled we suppose.
source: Gizmodo UK
Sure it sucks that some of you who splurged on the Motorola DROID RAZR HD or RAZR MAXX HD smartphones got shafted with Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Jelly Bean loaded up, but fear not— because the Jelly Bean is officially circulating in the wild… well sorta. The gang at DroidRzr found a mysterious software system build of version 9.1.39 which brings the Android OS to version 4.1.1 and as you can see, brings all the typical Jelly Bean goodies like Google Now. Unfortunately, while the build is indeed leaked out, there is no way to tell how stable it is, so there is room for potential disaster on your smartphone. Still— we know there are plenty of you owners who are feeling lucky or ambitious, so if you’re ready to test out the Jelly Bean goodness on your device, hit the source link for the full instructions.
The Nexus 4 may only be available for GSM carriers, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a decent selection of capable handsets on CDMA networks too. Perhaps you’ve been fancying a svelte new Optimus G on Sprint, but couldn’t justify throwing down $200. Lucky for you the 4.7-inch quad-core beast is officially available for pre-order today from Wirefly for just $149.99, a full $50 cheaper than Sprint is offering the device for on its own website. Keep in mind that price comes with a two year commitment on both new and existing lines. If you’re interested, be sure to hit the source link below.
It’s a brand new month, which means it’s time for a fresh look at the distribution of current and past Android versions. As we had anticipated, Jelly Bean has grown ever so slightly, reaching just 2.7 percent of Android users, up from 1.8 percent in October. Ice Cream Sandwich has seen a significant surgance, measuring in at 25.8 percent, a minor increase from the 23.7 percent that was reported last month. Unsurprisingly, Gingerbread still dominates the platform with a massive 54.2 percent piece of the pie.
As Jelly Bean begins rolling out to more devices (we’re looking at you One X and Galaxy S III), this number is sure to increase. And, with a full-scale Nexus assault on the horizon, things are bound to get interesting.
AT&T wants to break into the cloud storage business with their new AT&T Locker service, a cloud-based file storage that’s marketed as an easy way to share your personal files. The service is available only to AT&T customers and offers features and pricing fairly similar to Dropbox and Google Drive. To push the service, AT&T has updated the app in the Play Store to add a few new features, which is always a welcome move.
You may be dating yourself if your idea of a remote control light is clapping your hands to turn one on and off. Like so many things, leave it to technology to take a concept and turn it into something complex in a good way. Our latest example is LIFX, a company trying to bring smart lightbulbs to market. LIFX appears to have hit a nerve as their Kickstarter project, originally set up with a goal of $100,000, just hit the $1.3 million mark on the strength of over 9,100 backers who bought up all available pledges.
Android celebrated its fourth birthday since the launch of the T-Mobile G1 last month, but it seems as though the company may be receiving a belated gift in commemoration. A new market research report suggests that Google’s Android OS currently holds 75 percent of the entire world’s smartphone market, up from 57.5 percent the previous year.
This number is astronomical in relation to the relatively short period of time the OS has been around. Of course a large percentage of this figure can be attributed to budget phones running outdated versions of the OS, but in reality isn’t that an integral part of the Android platform? IDC, the company behind the Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, notes that these numbers are preliminary, but are expected to be irritably close to the actual number.
Well this sure was something that surprised me. A buddy of mine sent me a screen shot of his Google Now in which it apparently tracked the distance he’s walked in the past two months. Other reports have also cited that it tracks you when you ride a bicycle. I actually had no idea Google would be implementing this so I find it pretty cool that it tracks that for you each month by using your Android device’s location from time to time.
I know there’s people out there that are creeped out by the fact of how much info is sent back to Google, so I can see if this bugs a certain few. As for me, I think it’s great and kind of cool to see my total pace month by month.
Has anyone else seen this in their Google Now on their Android device? Let us know!
Thanks to Android Police, latest information upon Google’s next venture in their Google Wallet project has surfaced. According to AP’s sources backed with multiple images, Google is set to launch an actual Google Wallet credit card. The physical Google Wallet credit card will work just like a regular credit card, whatever your current selected default card on the Google Wallet app is, the physical Google Wallet card will be charged. This should work in any store that accepts any major card.
I think this is pretty nifty and quite convenient. Imagine just having one card instead of carrying the multiple ones in your pocket. I feel like Google really has something here with the combination of phones with NFC that have the Google Wallet app plus the emergence of an actual physical Google Wallet card. This could be a great convenience for users.
Only time shall tell if this truly becomes mainstream and something the average consumer will use, but one definitely can appreciate Google’s efforts. No word yet on when Google will officially announce this, but we’re sure it’s in the near future.
Check out AP’s post on this in the source link for more info and pictures regarding Google’s upcoming physical Google Wallet credit card!
source: Android Police