Are Dan Hesse’s Days At Sprint Numbered?

According to the Wall Street Journal, Sprint’s board of directors is getting more hands-on in business negotiations and partner handling, and distancing themselves from Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. This is a bad sign for Hesse since this type of behavior from a board usually means they are either trying to secure themselves against a shareholder lawsuit, or they are getting ready to fire the CEO.

Hesse has become the face of the third largest carrier in the U.S. over the last five years, but considering Sprint has been losing money that whole time, that’s not necessarily a good thing. The board can easily use him as a scapegoat, and articles that paint the board as the guys trying to undo Hesse’s missteps, like the WSJ article does, only serve to strengthen the board’s position. An anonymous source says, “The board as been stunningly engaged. It sort of has to be because the company’s not doing well.


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Lawsuit Brought Against Google Over Quality of Apps

Get this, plaintiffs Dodd Harris and Stephen Sabatino have brought a lawsuit against Google claiming, “Google fails to test Android phone programs for its online store, and then will not refund customers who purchase defective apps.” They go on to equate this to unfair and fraudulent business practices, for which they want damages and an injunction.
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Help This Infectious New Game Go Viral – Patient Zero

It’s 2012 and together, we can help start the mass outbreak of the zombie apocalypse, as well as a slew of other bizarre infections. It doesn’t matter how much you wash your hands, these infections have evolved to transmit themselves over our wireless network infrastructure.

This is the premise of Patient Zero, a new game by a fresh developer, EgonDev. In this pandemic game, infections get transferred by players coming within proximity of each other in the real world. Players infected with your virus will carry it and infect more players. The ultimate goal is to be Patient Zero for the most devastatingly sweeping virus in the world. Here’s a few screenshot to help give you an idea of how it works.

The game is currently in  open beta, and needs more players to get the sickness spreading.

The concept behind this game has some real potential. For those of you familiar with them, you can almost liken it to a modernized/easier/themed game of either  “Where’s George” or perhaps even the street pass feature of the Nintendo 3DS.

Mwhahaha, looks like I’ve successfully caused people near me to contract Luposlipaphobia.

If you’re ready to get down with the sickness, check it out in the Play Store.


Download on Play Store

via: Reddit 

 

Samsung, LG and Pantech fined $40 million for price fixing

It seems that a few of the big Korean manufacturers and network carriers haven’t been playing fair. The South Korean Fair Trade Commision found that Hardware companies Samsung, LG and Pantech have been collaborating with the big 3 carriers KT, LG Uplus and SK Telecom in order fix prices. The investigation showed that the manufacturers were raising the price of handsets in order to subsidise discounts for the carriers thus creating the illusion to the customer that they’re getting a good deal. It may sound like standard practice to many of us however the FTC felt fit to impose some pretty hefty fines as punishment.

Over $40 million in fines were shared amongst the 6 firms with Samsung and SK Telecom hit the hardest picking up $12.6 million and $17.8 million fines respectively. Furthermore the FTC have imposed a series of sales restrictions in order to prevent similar practices in the future.

 

source : engadget

HTC One X to Launch April 5th According to O2 UK

For those of you HTC fans in the UK that have been chomping at the bit to get their hands on HTC’s 2012 flagship device the One X have I got some news for you. The British Carrier O2 let it slip on Twitter that it will have the device in stock on April 5th. When asked on Twitter they responded with, “we’re not due to get the HTC until 5th April so no decision on tariffs yet…”

They do plan on stocking the One S and One V as well but there isn’t information on when they will have them in stock. Other UK carriers like T-Mobile UK, Three, Vodafone and Orange are keeping quiet on specific release times. Everyone of them, besides T-Mobile UK who says the One X will be in stock sometime in April, have listed the devices as “coming soon.”

So there we have it folks. Those folk in the UK could very possibly have their hands on this device in three weeks time. If you don’t remember the One X will come with Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 on top. All this will be displayed on a 4.7-inch 720p screen powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and if that doesn’t excite you then I don’t know what will. Stay tuned as we will keep you posted on the for sure release date of these One Series devices. Also if you haven’t yet check out the promo videos to see what these devices have in store for you. Enjoy!

source: @O2
via: Android Central

 

Sprint Galaxy Nexus Pays a Visit to the FCC, Now One Step Closer to Launch

Yes folks, it’s release is getting ever so close now as the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has just stopped by the FCC begging for approval. Still on track (hopefully) for a mid 2012 release, the Sprint GNex appears to be very similar to the Verizon version and the FCC filing doesn’t really give us any deets that we didn’t already know. It’s sporting LTE band 25, 3G and 2G radios, along with Bluetooth and NFC. I wouldn’t plan on seeing this phone launch without a few active Sprint LTE markets, so once the Now Network decides to light the LTE wick, hopefully they release this bad boy along with it.

source: FCC
via: Engadget

 

The Ongoing Oracle v. Google Battle: Trial Set for April Could Finally Mean an End is in Sight

The ongoing battle between Oracle and Google may soon come to an end. While around the middle of February we wrote to you about how Oracle’s case with Google is crumbling around them a U.S. judge has finally scheduled a trial between Oracle and Google and it’s set for April 16th, 2012. The trial is in regards to Oracle’s claims that intellectual property rights relating to Java, a programming language, were violated by the Search Giant. It will take place in San Francisco Federal Court.

Back in 2010 Oracle sued Google over its Android Mobile OS alleging that it infringed on Oracle Java patents. They also slammed Google with copyright infringement claims. As we already told you Oracle withdrew some of these claims as several of these patents were struck down by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office but two remain in the lawsuit according to U.S. District Judge William Alsup.

With a combination of that and the copyright claims Google could lose a huge chunk of dollars running into the hundreds of millions. Oracle declined to comment but Google spokesman Jim Prosser said, “These patent and copyright claims are without merit, and we look forward to defending against them at trial.”

The case being held in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, is Oracle America, Inc v. Google Inc, 10-3561. According to Judge Alsup it’s expected to last about eight weeks. So stick with us here at TalkAndroid and we’ll keep you posted as to how it shapes up. Stay tuned!

 

source: Reuters

 

Amazon’s Appstore for Android Turns One and Celebrates By Offering Premium Apps Cheap

Well folks, it’s been roughly a year since Amazon launched their Appstore for Android as they looked to change the market game forever with their free app of the day. While at first they offered some great apps like Swiftkey or Plants vs. Zombies there have been complaints that there have been a slew of lackluster offerings for the free app but I digress. In celebration of their one year landmark Amazon has decided to celebrate by offering up their Premium (paid) apps for 50% or more off. For instance, today you can get Plants Vs. Zombies for 67% off ($0.99). Tomorrow they will have two apps discounted then three the next day and so on.

Besides discounted apps, Amazon is also throwing in a chance to win a Kindle Fire to 8 lucky contestants who enter their contest between now and March 31st. Discounted apps and free Kindle Fires aside, Amazon also took some time out of their day to hit us with some number data regarding their Appstore. One of the highlights from that information is the fact that they jumped from offering 4,000 apps to over 31,000. It may not be as many as the Google Play Store but that’s still a decent number of apps.

Hit the break below to find a link to the contest as well as see the top downloaded paid and free apps over the past year. There’s also a break down of highlights and tidbits for you to check out too. Hit the Appstore Birthday Page daily to see what apps are going to be discounted. While most of these apps were free via the Free App of the Day at some point, if you missed them, then here is your chance to get them at a discounted price. Enjoy!
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HTC Vivid ICS Update Rolling Out, This Trick May Speed Up the Process

Last week we learned about a leaked build of ICS that was available to rooted HTC Vivid owners and at the same time heard that the official build would roll out in the coming weeks. Well it looks like things are ahead of schedule as  AT&T has begun to push out the official ICS update to a few select handsets. If you own a HTC Vivid and are anything like me, you are super anxious to get the update and probably check your device on the regular to see if an update is available. If so, one user has found a way to ping the AT&T servers to let them know you are ready and waiting.

To try and push the update to your device before receiving the official notification you can dial *#*#682#*#* on your Vivid and possibly get lucky. There have been reports of users having success with this trick, so you impatient folks should really give it a whirl. Once updated you can expect a newer Android 4.0.3 build compared to last weeks leak, along with Sense 3.6 and Beats Audio. No word on whether this will be the final ICS update or not.

If you give this trick a try, please let us know in the comments what your results are, I am just dying to know if you have any success!

source: Android Central

 

DoomGLES is the latest Doom port with optimized graphics and Xperia Play support [Video]

Doom fans have a new port to play with in the Play Store. The developer says this one is the “best looking Doom port on mobile devices” What makes DoomGLES so special is it’s ported to OpenGL so it’s graphically improved with real time dynamic lighting, blood projections, particle effects, realistic water effects, and 3D monsters. DoomGLES is optimized for high resolutions, including tablets, and if you happen to be a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play owner, you will also love to know that it’s optimized for your gamepad.

Since this is just an emulator, you have to provide the wad files from the full PC title files. Upon installation you do get to download the original freeware version, but in order to play other titles in the franchise, you will need those wad files. Wad files contain all the elements for the game like maps, icons, and graphics used. If you own Ultimate Doom 1 or Doom 2, all you need to do is save those wad files to your SD card. Now if you don’t own the PC versions, lets just say you can probably find them with a quick Google search, but you didn’t hear that from me.  DoomGLES costs $2.14.

Check out the gameplay trailer and download links after the break.


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