The jury in the Apple v. Samsung case is set to make a ruling (again) about whether Samsung infringed Apple’s patents and if Samsung really owes Apple 2 billion dollars in damages. To try to get some additional information before deciding, the jurors asked for more information about what Steve Jobs said when he decided to prosecute Samsung, as well as if Google was ever mentioned in his conversations. While Google isn’t directly involved in the case, one of the devices included in this trial (the Galaxy Nexus) ran stock Android software that was claimed to violate one of Apple’s patents, and Google has brought forward some employees to defend Samsung. Read more
HD Widgets 4 has been in a beta stage for a little over a week now, with cloud.tv planning on releasing the new features to everyone on May 1st. Well, the day’s finally here, and you’ll seen be able to snag the update to one of the most successful apps ever on the Play Store.
The update features a massive design overhaul to the app, but still keeps what made HD Widgets so great in the first place. You’ll get a pull-out navigation drawer that’s more and more common in Android apps, plus new forecast options, including a 10 day forecast. There are also a few new widget sizes, and the normal widgets are constrained instead of expanding to look better on devices with odd grid sizes on their default launchers.
It definitely looks like an awesome update, so if you’ll want to keep an eye out for it when it goes live. If you haven’t tried HD Widgets yet, now’s a great time to start. Read more
It may be a bit on the old side in smartphone “years,” but the Samsung Galaxy S III is getting some love from Sprint which started rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat to users today. We believe this update will actually bump user devices up to 4.4.2, but Sprint’s update page does not indicate exactly which version of KitKat is supplied with this update. According to the changelog, there are no other updates being deployed to the Galaxy S III other than the KitKat update.
The update is being sent out in stages, so it may be a few days before it shows up on all devices. Users can check for the update manually by going to Settings -> More -> System Update -> Update Samsung Software -> Check for updates.
T-Mobile released their first quarter results for 2014 and the news is very good for the Uncarrier. Since unveiling their Uncarrier strategy a year ago, T-Mobile has been pushing for changes in the way carriers do business. This has not only created ripples of change in the industry, it has also been good business for T-Mobile which saw record growth during the quarter. Perhaps the highlight of the numbers is the addition of 2.4 million customers, the first time T-Mobile has topped the 2 million mark. This was also the fourth consecutive quarter with more than 1 million net additions which T-Mobile says makes them the fastest growing wireless company. According to CEO John Legere, “…our results reflect the growing customer revolution that we’ve ignited.” Read more
Foursquare is hoping to become your “go to” location-based recommendation service and to make that happen they have announced plans to split their service into two different apps. The existing Foursquare name will go with the app that will provide recommendations in response to user input like “what is a good place for dinner?” Foursquare hopes users will turn to the app when searching out restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other locations in a manner similar to what users do with a service like Yelp or even Google’s map search. Foursquare says the results will be built based on the user’s preferences and check-in history.
Meanwhile, the “check-in” functions of the current app, which let people share their location to friends and family, will be split off into a new app called Swarm. Android and iOS versions will be available in a few weeks with a Windows Phone version following. According to Foursquare, the two apps will work together as part of the company’s overall strategy.
It appears the Amazon smartphone is getting closer and closer to reality. We now have the best picture yet of the device, which means it will probably be announced within the next month or so. From the picture obtained by BGR, the phone appears to have influences from the iPhone and Samsung. That home button has Samsung written all over it. Both the power button and volume rocker are on the left side, which is unusual, but not a big deal.
The phone is expected to sport a 4.7-inch 720p display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, and six cameras to support its 3D capabilities. Amazon also might offer their own data service through AT&T called Amazon Prime Data.
Is anyone looking forward to this phone? It’s definitely intriguing, but will it set the world on fire? No pun intended.
The Galaxy S 5 Mini is coming. As recent as last week, we have seen leaks that basically confirm the little handset is on its way. Now a support page for the Galaxy S 5 Mini has been located through Samsung’s Finnish site. Everything is empty and it looks like the page is just holding things over until the GS5 Mini becomes official.
Will Samsung unveil the device this month? Motorola and LG have events scheduled for May 13 and May 27, respectively. Even Intel and Google are co-hosting an event May 6.
Source: Samsung (Finnish)
Do you own a Samsung phone? Have you ever wanted to just follow LeBron James using an exclusive Samsung app that will allow you to do so? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then Samsung’s got your back. In a new app created by the company, you will be able to follow James and all that he does in a Twitteresque styling. The kicker is, he’s the only person you’ll be following… In the app… ever… If that sounds like your cup of tea, then continue reading.
Simply called “LeBron,” the app allows you to access all of James’ games, his life, and his journey. You’ll have access to never-before-seen content and clips of the Heat in action throughout the playoffs. You’ll be able to download wallpapers and custom lockscreens while also being able to check stats and watch LeBron and the Heat live. On top of that, you can see what he does during game day or even how he dresses.
Vanity aside, Samsung is looking to get the most out of their spokesperson and as Samsung is looking to add more apps that will entice people to buy Samsung phones. Hit the break for the download link and QR code.
Oops? It looks like we have a carrier in the United States that will be selling the Sony Xperia Z2. Despite not having any U.S. carriers officially partnering to do so, it is now very likely that Verizon will carry Sony’s flagship smartphone.
The image above came from Sony’s official Google+ page for the Xperia brand. It shows a normal Xperia Z2 with a special piece of branding up top. A Verizon logo is sitting directly above the display. While nothing is official, this does resurrect the previous leak that the Xperia Z2 would indeed land on Big Red’s network.
Update: The post was pulled and Sony sent us the following statement…
“A mock-up image was mistakenly posted to the Sony Mobile Google+ page. The image has since been removed and we apologize for any confusion this may have caused. For our U.S. customers eager to find out more information about the availability of Xperia Z2, we are excited to share that the device will be coming to the U.S. unlocked this summer.”
Via: Android Central
Looking for a new phone for Mom, or maybe yourself? Well then head over to Verizon Wireless because they are knocking $100 off of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, HTC One (M8), HTC One Max, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The Galaxy S 5, HTC One (M8), and HTC One Max are now $99, while the Galaxy Note 3 is $199. These are of course contract pricing, so you will need to open a new line for 2-years or be eligible for an upgrade to an existing line.
You will also find deals for the iPhone 5S, Windows Phones, and BlackBerry if you or Mom desires them.
The sale runs through May 12, so you have a little time to think about it.