Sony Mobile seeks to end leaks


As we’ve seen time and time again, upcoming devices’ designs and specs are leaked much earlier than their intended reveal. While many companies like Samsung are good at keeping things a secret, others are not as fortunate. Sony is among the many that has not been so lucky as their newest flagship, the Sony Xperia Z1, surfaced across the web before its IFA 2013 event in Berlin. So today someone snapped a photo at a Sony Mobile office in Asia that exposed some of their rules. With these rules now being posted for employees to see, Sony hopes to at least slow down the amount of leaks for their devices.

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Google Makes Quickoffice Free for Everyone


If you’ve been one of those folks that have been ready to use Quickoffice post Google acquisition, but were saddened by how it was only available for Google Apps for Business, you’re in luck. Google has made the popular mobile office app free for everyone. That’s right. Everyone. While Google is always pushing its own suite of office apps they’re using Quickoffice as a way to cater to those who hasn’t made the leap yet. 

The app is available in both the Play Store and the iOS App Store. With either app, installable on any of your devices, you will see the ability to create .ZIP folders, view charts in both PowerPoint and Excel. Those who are wanting to edit their Drive documents in Quickoffice will have to wait as they’re only viewable as PDFs right now. If you have an old version of Quickoffice or have the Business version, you’ll have to upgrade to the new version.

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Nestle outs October for Android 4.4 Kit Kat release


We fully expect the Nexus 5 along with Android 4.4 Kit Kat to be released next month, and if you need further confirmation, then take a look at the German Facebook page for Kit Kat. They posted the above image and the 11th comment (from Kit Kat) says, “Hi Tim, Android 4.4 KIT KAT ist ab Oktober verfügbar.” If you don’t know German, no problem, a quick Google translation yields, “Hi Tim, Android 4.4 KIT KAT is available from October.”

Of course I don’t know if I would really classify this as an “out” since Google doesn’t usually put statues on their lawn for a new version of Android unless they plan to release it soon. The statue went up on September 3 and they announced the Nexus 4 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean last October. Thank you for the confirmation Nestle, but we didn’t need it.

source: Facebook

Bootloader unlock issue for Xperia Z1 confirmed by Sony


Owners of the Sony Xperia Z1 who unlock the bootloader will discover an unfortunate side effect to doing so, the loss of their camera’s functionality. Sony has acknowledged the issue, going so far as to post a message on their unlock bootloader web site to warn individuals about the problem. A workaround does exist that involves backing up the TA partition, which holds Sony’s DRM keys, before unlocking the bootloader. If the camera is needed, users then have to go through the trouble of restoring the backup and re-locking the bootloader in the process. Hopefully Sony’s developers will have a fix for the problem in short order.

source: Xperia Blog

T-Mobile Uncarrier “Phase III” could target family plans, tablet owners, or multiple device users


T-Mobile CEO John Legere has described the next major push in T-Mobile’s Uncarrier strategy as one “solving another customer pain point…we’ll continue to disrupt but we’ll do it smartly and profitably.” At least one analyst, Adam Ilkowitz with Nomura, thinks T-Mobile is planning to focus on family plans and tablet users with their next step. According to Ilkowitz, T-Mobile has been most successful with single-line customers, especially when compared to Verizon or AT&T. This has generated some significant momentum for T-Mobile as 2013’s second quarter saw their best net addition too postpaid accounts in several years. Ilkowitz thinks expanding this success to family plans or tablet users makes the most sense. A new Uncarrier launch, dubbed Phase III, is expected to take place sometime in late October.

Ilkowitz does temper his suspicions regarding T-Mobile’s direction by noting Phase III could target users with multiple devices. However, he does not provide any details as to why this might be a possibility.

T-Mobile has certainly been a company willing to stir things up as we have seen with their Uncarrier plan and more recently, their JUMP! early upgrade program that is forcing other carriers to mimic the concept. We will have to keep watching to see what their next step will be.

source: TmoNews

Republic Wireless to offer Moto X for $299


Republic Wireless is a newer MNVO operating on Sprint’s network that offers some really cool pricing plans thanks to it’s unique WiFi calling/texting features. They offer plans as low as $5 with exclusively WiFi calling and data usage, but up to $40 a month for unlimited WiFi/3G/4G usage. Up until now, the only device they offered on their network was the fairly outdated Motorola Defy, but today they’re updating their lineup by offering the Moto X for an impressive $299.

Republic Wireless hasn’t given a date for the release of their Moto X outside of a vague “November” date and there’s no word on whether or not you’ll be able to get Moto Maker customization, but if you’ve been itching for a new carrier to try out, you’re going to be hard-pressed to find better value than this.

source: Republic Wireless

via: Engadget

Tim Cook takes shots at Android fragmentation (again) in magazine interview


If there’s one thing Apple likes to jab Android for, it’s fragmentation. If you keep up with Android very well, you probably know that while Android does suffer from fragmentation, it’s not nearly as big of an issue as Steve Jobs and now Tim Cook make it out to be. There are devices that get abandoned on older versions of Android before their time, and there are some security issues that pop now and again, but security issues do receive patches outside of the operating system, thanks to some crafty Google Play services updates.

Tim Cook still apparently doesn’t agree, though. In his latest interview in Business Week, he took some time to talk about some of Android’s flaws, again, spending much of the time on fragmentation. He claims that most consumers end up using devices on software “three or four years old” before they upgrade to something newer. Following that logic, that means most consumer devices are running Gingerbread or earlier… which isn’t true. Is there room for improvement on updating Android devices? Absolutely. Is it a flaw in the platform that ruins Android as a whole? Absolutely not.

Even as an Android fan, it’s obvious Apple makes solid devices that consumers want, and it’s impossible to say that either iOS or Android is objectively a better OS or platform. But generally, it’s better for everyone when you make hardware and software to beat your competitors instead of down-talking the guys on the other side of the fence.

source: Business Week

HP announces 4 new Android tablets for the Holiday season


HP just announced a slew of new stuff for the holiday season, and among them were four new Android tablets.  The HP Slate7 Extreme (pictured above) includes a 7-inch (1280 x 800) display, a quad-core Tegra 4, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, and front-facing stereo speakers. It also includes a stylus pen for creating notes and drawing. This clearly is a product from NVIDIA’s Tegra Note tablet platform, but HP wasn’t mentioned in their press release yesterday. We can only assume it will cost $199.

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Steve Kondik and Koushik Dutta reveal future plans regarding Cyanogen, Inc.


Shortly after yesterday’s announcement that Cyanogen, Inc. was formed, Steve Kondik and Koushik Dutta took to Reddit to answer questions about their plans. It was already revealed that they would offer a one-click installer for both Android and Windows. More details will be announced next week, but they did say that it will support all devices that CyanogenMod currently supports, which means any devices that can be unlocked. However, if there isn’t a legitimate manufacturer-supplied method, they might not support it.

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