Galaxy Nexus Infringes on Apple Patents, Or So Apple Says

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Apple is at it again. This time they have included the Galaxy Nexus in their onslaught of patent lawsuits. What’s the infringement you ask? Well it’s the slide-to-unlock utility model in Germany.  That’s right Apple has added the Galaxy Nexus to it’s ongoing attack of Android devices and the manufactures that make them. Now we won’t get the courts decision until March 16,2012, so we will just have to wait and see if Apple wins this or if Samsung can walk away clean and clear.

We don’t have too much information on this one yet folks as it was just filed today. However we know how these things go. They take time to play out and could go either way. Samsung’s legal costs are all ready in the millions in Germany, so expect this to continue and we will have all the coverage of it as it unfolds. Are you sick of Apple’s lawsuits? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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The Samsung Galaxy SII HD Won’t Be Released in the UK

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The other day we told you about how the Galaxy S II HD was possibly arriving in the UK here sometime soon. The phone, made its debut in South Korea back in Semptember and other markets were waiting to get their hands on the device. I am sorry to say that those who were hoping to see this beauty in the UK will be disappointed as Samsung officially told the web site recombu that the UK will not see it in an official capacity.

So as of right now the 4.65 inch HD (1280×720) Super AMOLED LTE device will only be seen in South Korea and in North America as the Galaxy SII Skyrocket HD announced by AT&T at CES this year. With that I am sorry to say that you won’t be getting this beast of a device any time soon unless you are in these areas. We will keep you updated if that changes. Stay tuned!

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Unofficially Official: DROID RAZR MAXX Arriving On January 26th

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It looks like we’re going to see the DROID RAZR MAXX and its beastly 3300mAh battery next week folks. We previously saw Motorola and Verizon staying mum on the anticipated phone’s release date initially, but eventually giving in and giving us a concrete date. Though we knew the phone would be out on January 26th, MOTO’s landing page immediately changed the availability date to “available soon”. Trying to stay coy, eh MOTO? Sounds as if Motorola and Verizon are on the same page and will be releasing the phone next Thursday, January 26th. That’s important too as it will give new owners the opportunity to play with their new 24-hour beast well before the 24-hour marathon MOTO is planning for on February 6th. Next week can’t come soon enough.

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Get Android Game Recommendations From Over 250,000 Games With the Hooked App

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With Android gaming popularity on the rise, it’s becoming harder and harder to find games that you are interested in with the flood of new daily releases. That’s where the Hooked app comes in. Hooked is an Android app that searches a database of over 250,000 games and provides “personalized game recommendations based on each users’ game preferences and ratings”.

Hooked runs off of a proprietary algorithm based on your previous game rankings and the more rankings you create, the better the recommendations. Hooked CEO Prita Uppal, explains the app like this:

“As the number of games in the Android Marketplace continues to rapidly increase, it is getting harder and harder for consumers to find the games that best fit their interest. The Hooked app is an easy-to-use resource that will help gamers find the ‘hidden gems’ in the Android Marketplace and deliver compelling content that until now was not receiving the attention it may have deserved.”

Also equipped with social integration, Hooked allows users to recommend games to friends on Facebook and Twitter. I haven’t yet had the chance to try out this app so if you end up giving it a whirl, be a pal and let us know what you think! If you want to read the whole press release that contains all of the apps additional features, jump past the break.

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Namco: “Freemium” Games Hurt Quality, Do Gamers Really Need Them?

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There’s no doubt about the impact of gaming in our society today. Much of pop culture and our social lives are impacted by gaming to a certain extent. Angry Birds went from being a small app to a pop culture reference in the form of mentions from celebrities and clothes with Angry Bird characters being sold in designer stores now as noteworthy examples. We see celebrities and famous figures discuss how they play Modern Warfare or Grand Theft Auto and the impact it’s had on their lives’, which in turn affects our lives. Let’s face it, we play games on our Android devices. What once was an afterthought because of our Sony PSPs, Nintendo DS systems, Xboxes— is now very much status quo and the norm to even the average and simplistic Android user.

The continuous advancements from the development of games allows for users to have respectable Android gaming experience at the very least. One significant thing about the Android platform is the significance of the choice of apps that users want to use: paid apps or free apps. This is especially relevant with gaming on Android. The Android platform caters to two main categories of Android gamers: the recreational gamer and the hardcore gamer. The recreational gamer (and even Hardcore gamers to a certain extent) can enjoy popular gaming series such as Angry Birds, Words With Friends and Shoot The Apple, at no cost to them generally speaking. The hardcore gamer can enjoy such games as Modern Combat 3, Grand Theft Auto III, Madden ’12 and Need For Speed just to name a few, for a premium price that is more than reasonable especially with the vast amount of content included in the various games. There’s a consensus that both gamer types love seeing games that are free, especially when they are free games that look and play at a high level. Knowing that, there’s a troubling trend growing among developers of Android games found in the Market— the “Freemium” model. Read on to find out why this is not only a bad practice among developers, but why it turns me as a gamer off to certain games, even if they look and feel great.

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Deal: Verizon Now Offering Free HTC Thunderbolt Until January 26th

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With all the bad juju surrounding Verizon’s very first 4G phone, the HTC Thunderbolt, I am pretty sure no one is looking to pick one up anytime soon, especially with so many great options these days. Well what if I told you it was now being offered for free, would that make a difference?

Big Red has just lowered the cost of the Thunderbolt to nada, as long as you’re willing to sign a new 2-year contract. I know this isn’t considered a top-tier phone anymore, but for those people who just want an affordable option that will get them into the world of LTE, this may be a reasonable option. Too see the device in action, and to freshen up on its specs, check out our full review. If this sounds interesting to you, you better act quick as the deal ends on Jan. 26.

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Take the guesswork out of gift giving with Gift Wizard for Android [Hands On Video]

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When Sock Monkey Solutions asked me to try Gift Wizard, I didn’t think much of it, but then my wife asked me for ideas on a gift she wanted to buy a friend. So I figured I would give it a shot. It basically asked me a series of questions like the person’s sex, age, what the occasion is and their interests. This didn’t take more than a minute or two. After that was done, it gave us about 10 or so gift ideas. I have to admit we actually used one of them.

My initial thoughts before I used the app were what could this tell me that I don’t already know? Well to be honest, the gift ideas weren’t necessarily ground-breaking, but sometimes we don’t always think of the obvious. I might have eventually came up with the idea that we eventually used, which was a gift basket of wine, but Gift Wizard made things easier to focus on the obvious. The initial questions could have been little more broad, but they are simple and quick. Gift Wizard costs .99 cents and I would say after one gift idea, it’s already paid for itself.

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Could OLED Displays With Solar Panels Lead to Self-Sustained Smartphones?

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Now that the push into HD displays, quad-core processors and 4G LTE radios is in full swing a lot of manufacturers are looking into ways of making their device’s battery life last more than a couple of hours. We told you about how Samsung was going to look at tweaking radios for better battery life, Motorola is releasing phones with giant 3300mAh batteries and so on. Well others are looking into more efficient smartphones in a completely different direction.  » Read the rest

Samsung – The Next Big Thing is Already Here Part 4: “We Just Got Samsunged”

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Ready for another good laugh courtesy of Samsung? Good because Samsung just released their latest Galaxy S II commercial, and boy it’s a hoot!

This is the fourth installment in their line of “The next big thing” commercials and they just keep getting better. Not that you had to ask, but it takes place in line at an Apple store and makes a playful jab at iPhone fans. The commercial promotes the Galaxy S II and its built in turn-by-turn navigation features. Not too much to brag about but the video is great nonetheless. Check it out and let us know what you think. If you missed the first three or simply want to revisit them in an effort to make a series out of the experience, check out part 1, 2, and 3. Hurry, before you get Samsunged!!

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Samsung suffers a setback in German court, Legal costs now at $60 million

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Samsung received some bad news this week from a Germany court. The Mannheim court ruled against one patent out of three mobile technologies Samsung claims Apple infringed. The other other two will be decided on January 27 and March 2. Samsung hasn’t decided if they will appeal the decision.

“We are disappointed that the court did not share our views regarding the infringement by Apple of this specific patent in Germany,” Samsung said in a statement.

We reported last month that Samsung was setting aside $200 million for these Apple-related legal battles which are in 10 countries, including the U.S., France, Australia, and Japan. So far Samsung has already spent $60 million since April 2011 for just Apple-related legal battles.

Clearly there’s no end in site to these legal battles. Money will continue to be burned up which could go towards innovation or better prices. It’s sad, but unfortunately this is the current state of mobile, and it’s here to stay for now.

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