Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs passed away.

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It was only a 42 days ago when Steve Jobs retired as CEO of Apple due to health concerns. Today Apple announced that he passed away at the age of 56. He was probably the most brilliant CEO of this generation as he led Apple from near bankrupt company to the largest company in the United States. Apple made the following statement:

“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”

I know many of our readers are not fans of Apple in general, but nobody can argue what Jobs did for Apple. After Jobs retired, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said, “Steve Jobs is the most successful CEO in the U.S. of the last 25 years. He uniquely combined an artists touch and an engineers vision to build an extraordinary company… one of the greatest American leaders in history.”

Android might not be what it is today if it weren’t for the iPhone. Apple may have fallen behind, but just a few years ago they were a leader, and it’s to the credit of Steve Jobs. We will all miss him dearly.

[via cnbc]

Will Ice Cream Sandwich Make Stock Android Great?

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Next Tuesday can’t come fast enough to hopefully answer all our questions about Ice Cream Sandwich and the Nexus Prime (or whatever it’s going to be called). My biggest worry, and I’m sure there are others with me, is that ICS will be nothing more than a small step up as Gingerbread was to Froyo. Sure, Gingerbread was faster and brought some features to the table, but there certainly wasn’t a “wow” factor involved. After seeing the two minute walkthrough of ICS, which I believe was real, I was reminded that I don’t like stock Android at all in its current state. Sure, stock Android is much faster and gives you that pure Android feeling, but there is simply less in comparison to ROMs like Blur and Sense. In Gingerbread’s current stock state, I view it more as a starting point to be built on top of, not the daily driver that it could be.

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Samsung Prime to land on Verizon Wireless October 27?

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This is strictly a rumor folks, but it appears that October 27 could be the launch date for the Samsung Prime on Verizon Wireless. Remember those leaked Best Buy documents we showed you a couple of weeks back? It looks like a similar document is making the rounds that again shows the device listed as the Samsung Prime (replacement for Charge), but this time with a release date of October 27.

Device Launch Information

Please note Launch Dates Are subject to change:

Motorola Xoom 4G LTE Tablet – 10/6
Pantech Hotshot – 10/6
Samsung Stratosphere 4G- 10/13
Pantech 4G Global Modem- 10/20
Samsung Prime (Replacement for Charge) 10/27

As you can see, the dates are subject to change, but there is already one mistake (or change) as the XOOM 4G LTE release date is October 13. Also, the HTC Vigor is nowhere to be found. Our previous rumored release date for the Prime was November 3 which is only a difference of one week. Again, we don’t know when this list was created so we can’t know for sure until we have further proof.

[via droid-life]

Nexus Prime teaser video updated, Implies Apple is playing catch-up

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Late last night we showed you the Nexus Prime teaser video, and there has already been a minor update. They added “Always ahead of the curve” towards the end of the video. This implies the curved screen, but also implies that Google and Samsung are innovating, and not playing catch-up like Apple is with the iPhone 4GS.

Stay tuned folks, I have a feeling this video is going to be updated a lot over the next few days.

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Samsung wants to ban iPhone 4S in France and Italy

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By now I assume you are getting as tired as we are hearing about the ongoing legal battles between Apple and Samsung. It was only yesterday that the iPhone 4s was officially announced and today Samsung already confirms that they will file two preliminary injunctions requests in Paris and Milan.

Samsung aims to ban iPhone 4s sales in France and Italy claiming that Apple’s new device infringes upon two patents related to WCDMA standards for 3G devices. Don’t think for a minute that Samsung will stop there, the manufacturer claims that they plan to pursue similar actions in other countries, as well. Samsung released a statement saying, “Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology”, and continues with, “We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation”. No word yet from Apple about the proposed preliminary injunctions, but you can be sure that they wont take this lightly. The battle has just begun over which countries will be allowed to sell the iPhone 4s.

Do you think Samsung has the right to ban the sale of Apple’s new device?

[via reuters]

[Leak] ZTE to release 2nd quad-core tablet

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It looks like ZTE’s T98 isn’t going to their only quad-core tablet. The T98 has a 7-inch screen, but a new model toting a 10.1 (1280 x 800) screen and NFC recently surfaced. Rumors have it sporting a 1GHz Quad-core processor, 5MP camera, 32GB of storage, and a 3250mAh battery. You will notice Android 2.3 appears in one of the pictures, but we are expecting 3.X Honeycomb.

No word on availability or price, but we will definitely let you know.

More pics after the break

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Nexus Prime could be compatible with a laptop dock or gutless tablet

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A Phandroid reader, John Millan has come up with a theory regarding the Nexus Prime. He thinks the Nexus Prime might be compatible with a tablet dock. If you notice in the picture above from last nights teaser, you will see dock connectors. Why would Samsung put dock connectors on the same side of the power button? The other theory is that since Ice Cream Sandwich brings phones and tablets together, it makes sense.

This all seems far-fetched, but one thing I would like to bring up is our favorite Panda’s poem from a few weeks ago. In that poem he closed with:

Be it a Droid or Nexus branded new toy, with dual cores “hd” screens, fancy new widgets and more….The one with the keyboard is what I enjoy”

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Cellphone battery takes ten minutes to reach full charge (Video)

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It’s a shame that with all the great advancements in smartphone technology these days we are limited to the amount of time we can actually spend enjoying the devices due to poor battery life. Manufacturers have spent millions of dollars trying to develop phones to be as thin as possible and yet we buy extended batteries that only make them thicker. It’s not like we all have the time to charge our phones for three hours in the middle of the day just to be sure we don’t run out of juice before the evening drive home. Companies have long been trying to solve this issue by not focusing on how long the battery lasts, but how long it takes to reach a full charge.

NTT DoCoMo in Japan has successfully created a battery that lasts the normal amount of time yet only takes a fraction of the usual 3 hour time to reach a full charge. By increasing the charging amperage by 10%, they have managed to create a system that will recharge itself in only ten minutes. NTT DoCoMo claims that this battery is market ready, but has concern that such a rapid charge will ultimately reduce the overall life span.

Although not a perfect solution just yet, it seems they have a great idea in the works. I would much rather buy a new battery every three months over having to worry about finding an outlet every 4-5 hours. What about you? Is this a solution you could live with? Or do you prefer the extra bulk of an extended battery? Leave your comments below.

Video after the break.

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CyanogenMod 7 Boots Up On The Droid3 [VIDEO]

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Hey Droid 3 owners, get ready for some CM7 love coming your way soon. As you’ll see in the video, CM7 is booting up on the Droid 3 so it shouldn’t be long before you’ll be able to enjoy a stable release for yourselves. While there are a lot of things that still aren’t working, this is always a work in progress, but things are close. Hit up the break to check it out.

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BBC News for Android adds home screen widgets

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There are plenty of news apps available, but I won’t touch any unless they have a widget. One of Android’s greatest strengths is widgets, which makes you more efficient. BBC News just updated and now supports widgets, both big and small. You can even shuffle the order in which categories appear.

In addition to the widgets, they added a new “Send to BBC News” option so you can report anything major that happened in your area, and the ability to move the app to your SD card which is always handy for those that have limited space.

Just hit the download links below

Android Market Link