Motorola Products Not ‘Innovative, Transformative’ Says Google CFO

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Google acquired Motorola Mobility in May of 2012 and has yet to make a big splash under new management. Patrick Pichette, Google’s Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, spoke today at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference. During Patrick’s session, he talked about Motorola and that its products in the pipeline are “not really to the standards that what Google would say is wow — innovative, transformative.”

When Google acquired Motorola Mobility, they inherited 18 months of product pipeline. Patrick made it clear that Google is waiting for the pipeline to end “while we’re actually building the next wave of innovation and product lines.” The tech giant has high hopes for Motorola and urgency to do well is at an all time high.

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Android phones OK with Department of Defense for top-secret information

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If you have seen one of Samsung’s recent zombie unicorn commercials for their Samsung Galaxy Note II, you may have noted the references to their SAFE standard for device security. Ensuring security on mobile devices is not just for enterprises that don’t want their latest game to leak to the public. Security issues take on a much more important role at the U.S. Department of Defense where top-secret information flows within the walls of the agency. It appears the Department of Defense is on the verge of changing a policy that limited secure mobile device approval to Blackberry devices and will open the door to some Android devices. Read more

Sprint LG Optimus G Finally Receiving Jelly Bean

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The Sprint LG Optimus G is getting a nice upgrade to Jelly Bean with numerous reports of the update rolling out to owners. While it’s only been a little over three months since the phone’s release, Jelly Bean has been available on devices as early as July 2012. The LG Optimus G on the other hand, launched on Sprint’s network back in November running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. There is no official word from Sprint if it’s a large or more gradual roll-out, but you can see if you have the update right now by navigating to your settings and selecting “About Phone” and looking for the software update from there. If you do manage to grab the update, you’ll finally get upgraded to 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. If not, then sit tight as you will probably get the update eventually.

Source: Phandroid

Android Team Working On Experimental Linux 3.8 Kernel And Why It’s Good News

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Google appears to be working on an experimental Linux 3.8 kernel for Android after creating a new public kernel repository. It’s built from the standard Linux kernel with modifications added by the Android team.

There are several reasons this experimental kernel is good news: Support for the Flash-Friendly-File-System, support for open source NVIDIA Tegra and Samsung Exynos DRM drivers, and a lower memory footprint. Having a smaller memory footprint is by far one of the most anticipated as you really can’t go wrong with additional memory for apps.

As far as what version of Android this 3.8 kernel will debut in, we aren’t quite sure yet. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on the Nexus 4 features the 3.4 kernel while version 3.0 and 3.3 are in other Jelly Bean powered devices.

Source: Android Central

Featured Android Game Review: Space Defense HD [Arcade & Action]

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If you like old school games, you need to check out Space Defense HD by BeeGroove. It’s just like the very popular 80’s hit, Missile Command, with a few variations. What’s interesting about Missile Command is that it’s one of the few games that actually improves with the transition to a touch screen device. The original Missile Command was played with a trackball, which was cool and innovative at the time, but it was still hard to launch your missiles fast enough. By using your finger, it gives you more accuracy and efficiency.

If you’re not familiar with Missile Command, it’s your job to protect your city from missile attacks. You do this by launching your own counter-missiles that will explode at the precise point that you aim them. You want to aim your missiles so that when they explode, enemy missiles will be close enough to be destroyed.

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Samsung Loses Patent Lawsuit To Apple In Japan

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A Tokyo court ruled today in favor of Apple over a patent lawsuit filed by Samsung. In the lawsuit, Samsung claimed that Apple misused specific 3G patents in different versions of the iPhone. Here’s the official statement from Samsung:

“We are disappointed by today’s court decision. Following a thorough review of the ruling, we will take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights.”

Samsung originally filed the patent lawsuit in April of 2011 and was looking to seek an injunction against various versions of the iPhone. While this is an obvious blow to the South Korean company, they have had success against Apple in Japan in the past.

Back in August, they won a lawsuit regarding the infringement of a property relating to the synchronization of music and video data with off-site servers.

Source: Reuters

HTC Nexus One is officially the first ‘smartpho-naut’ as part of the NASA PhoneSat program

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Do you remember the NASA PhoneSat project that we learned about last summer? The purpose of it was to build small nanosatellites using small consumer electronics. Well the Nexus One was the chosen one and it’s in space right now. The Nexus One launched on February 25th, and HTC is calling it the first smartpho-naut.

So what is it doing up there? It’s taking snapshots, and what’s really cool is the 360app is installed on it, which means earth creatures will be able to request snapshots soon. That feature isn’t live yet, so stay tuned. For background information on the PhoneSat project, hit the break for a short video.

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Sony unveils experimental Firefox OS build for Xperia E budget phone

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week or so, you have no doubt heard about Mozilla’s Firefox OS which is intended for lower-spec’d smartphones. While the OS is meant for “emerging markets”, Firefox OS is more than compatible with various budget devices thanks to the fact it is completely open-source, much like how the Android platform is. Sony took some time to utilize this notion for some of its upcoming devices and decided to fire up an experimental build of the OS on its Xperia E smartphone. What’s exciting is the fact that the early build is not only functional, but it actually works surprisingly well. Sony isn’t just operating this early build for just any reason, mind you. It has selected the Xperia E smartphone because it is encouraging developers and those who like to try things out to use the OS and provide some welcomed feedback. Once the feedback is received, it will begin developing and launching Firefox OS-powered devices sometime in the next year or so.

We know many of you are pretty eager to check this out, so why not hit the break and have a gander for yourself?

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Samsung invites the general public to “be ready 4 the next galaxy” at Times Square in New York

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It’s no surprise that Samsung plans on introducing its “Next Big Thing” in just two weeks from now, but many of you have been a little blue because select members of the press will only be able to attend the anticipated unveiling… or so you think. Samsung is has unleashed one heck of a marketing strategy by using Twitter to invite the general public to Times Square in New York to “Be Ready 4 The Next Galaxy”. The event will be streamed and likely allow the public to see Samsung share something special which is pretty much the biggest signal that we should be ready for the next Galaxy S iteration.

Of course if you can’t make it to the big event out in New York, you should stay tuned with Talk Android as we’ll be there giving you guys all the juicy coverage you can handle.

source: Sammy Hub 

Sense 5 is coming to the HTC One X, One X+, One S, and Butterfly

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With the announcement of Sense 5 last week, many HTC phone owners are wondering if their models will receive the upgrade. The question was asked on Facebook and HTC replied with the One X, One X+, One S, and Butterfly. The DROID DNA didn’t make the list, but I suspect that since it’s a Butterfly variant, it will also be one of the chosen ones.

As you know there are a lot of newer features in Sense 5, and some of them probably won’t make it to these other phones due to hardware limitations. One such feature is HTC TV. Since none of those devices have an IR blaster, there would be no reason to include it. The last question that needs to be answered is when? Unfortunately we don’t know, and I wouldn’t expect to see the updates before the summer, especially the carrier branded versions.

source: Facebook