Apple to Be Investigated by ITC Based on HTC Complaints

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The patent war between Apple and…well….everyone else, drags on. We had previously written how HTC was using the patents that Google had supplied as tools to counter Apple’s persistent attacks. With United States International Trade Commission officially jumping into the situation, it’ll be Apple’s turn to go on the defensive. Thanks to Google’s patent contribution, HTC has turned the tables on the House of Cook, and the ITC could be investigating Apple for a change. Click in after the break for the ITC’s official statement.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain electronic devices with communication capabilities, components thereof, and related software. The products at issue in this investigation are computers, tablet computers, and smartphones.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by HTC Corporation of Taiwan on August 16, 2011 and amended on September 7, 2011. Supplements were filed on September 2 and 19, 2011. The amended complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain electronic devices with communication capabilities, components thereof, and related software that infringe patents asserted by HTC. The complainant requests that the USITC issue an exclusion order and a cease and desist order.

The USITC has identified Apple, Inc. a/k/a Apple Computer, Inc. of Cupertino, CA, as the respondent in this investigation.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-808), the USITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The USITC’s Acting Chief Administrative Law Judge will assign the case to one of the USITC’s four administrative law judges (ALJ), who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. The ALJ will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337; that initial determination is subject to review by the Commission.

The USITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the USITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. USITC remedial orders in section 337 cases are effective when issued and become final 60 days after issuance unless disapproved for policy reasons by the U.S. Trade Representative within that 60-day period.

[via techcrunch]

Arguments For And Against The Validity Of The “Leaked IceCreamSandwich” Video

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For those of you that aren’t aware, an anonymous user has submitted a video to Engadget claiming that his phone was running Android 2.4 (or 4.0), otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich. To say the internet is abuzz trying to prove the validity of this claim would be an understatement. Forums, news sites, and developers are in a heated smart phone war reminiscent of Android vs iOS back in the summer of 2010. This time they’re arguing against each other. Is this video real or fake? Let’s take a look. » Read the rest

[Leak] DROID 4 test photo appears

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We reported yesterday that the DROID 4 is in the works, codenamed Maserati. Now it seems test photos with DROID 4 EXIF data is starting to appear on photo-sharing sites. We are unable to tell what the full resolution is as we are only able to look at resized photos, but the image quality looks good. Motorola will introduce a 13MP sensor probably early next year. The DROID 4 probably won’t be released till next spring or summer so it could see some 13MP action.

[via pocketnow]

13 New Devices Receive Skype Video Calling Support, Also Brings More Ads

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Video Calling has now been added to another 13 devices for those who have been waiting patiently for Skype’s popular added functionality.  However, with that, a small price in the form of more ads accompanies it.  If you happen to have any Skype credits laying around, this should assist in avoiding the ads, however, it’s more than likely most of you don’t.  Check out the list of devices below to ensure yours is supported.  And if you currently don’t have Skype downloaded onto your device and want it, you can snatch it up here on our popular apps database where you’ll also find a QR code available.  In addition, you can grab the free app from the Android Market for added convenience.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the application and its new functionality in the comments below.  Happy Skyping everyone.

Newly Supported Devices:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (T-Mobile)
  • HTC Shooter (KDDI)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Live with Walkman
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
  • Acer Iconia Tablet (A500)
  • LG Optimus Black (landscape only)
  • LG Optimus 3D (landscape only)
  • LG Optimus 2x (landscape only)
  • Motorola Photon
  • Motorola Droid 3 (landscape only)
  • Motorola Bionic (landscape only)
  • Motorola Xoom
  • Motorola Atrix

DROID 3 update (5.6.890) is rolling now

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The update we told you about earlier in the week for the DROID 3 is now rolling. This update brings Google Talk video chat along with various fixes that include  battery life. This update will bring you to version 5.6.890.XT862.Verizon.en.US. You will eventually receive the update automatically, but you can check to see if you can grab it manually by going to Menu/Settings/About Phone/System Updates. Keep checking because it might not be available on your first try.

Thanks George, Troy, and Frank

Full changelog after the break

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Motorola Xoom 4G LTE upgrade now officially available

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The wait is finally over! Motorola Xoom owners can now upgrade their tablet to the blazing fast speeds of 4G LTE. Beginning today, you can send in your device for the free upgrade and expect to have it back within six business days. I know it’s no fun being without your tab for almost a week, but will be worth the wait since 4G connectivity is a vast improvement over 3G speeds. I highly recommend the upgrade and it’s free!

If you have already signed up on Verizon’s website for email alerts you should check your inbox. Reports say the notice has already been sent out. If you haven’t received a notification yet be sure to check your junk/spam inbox for details on how to get 4G’d. If you haven’t signed up for the alerts head to Verizon’s website for complete instructions on how to get your upgrade.

If you have been waiting for the pre-baked 4G version of the Xoom it will be launching on October 13th for $499.

Full press release after the break.

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Samsung Stratosphere’s Full Specs Show Up, Gets Compared To Other Devices As Well

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It looks like we’re still underway for a launch of the anticipated Samsung Stratosphere, which should be hitting Verizon’s network on Oct 6th.  However, it’s certainly not the device we all thought it would be.  We’re sorry to have to shoot down the hopes for anyone who thought this was going to be Verizon’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, but the fact of the matter is that we’re here to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, so help me Android.  Thanks to our friends over at Droid Life, a comparison sheet has been made available by Verizon showing the Stratosphere along side a few other devices with full spec layouts and all.  Though the device won’t be as nice as a GSII, it’s still something to consider, especially if you’re bent on having that physical keyboard.

The device will sport LTE speeds, a 1 GHz single-core CPU, Gingerbread 2.3, a 5 meg camera, 512 MB of RAM and a 4-inch Super AMOLED display.  We’re expecting the device to come in around $149.99′ish since Verizon is touting the handset as a “mid-tier” smartphone.  If that’s the case, then I’d definitely recommend it to anyone wanting a 4G LTE device on a dime.  And though some of those specs might seem like yesterday’s, you can’t beat what you’re getting both inside and out for that price point.  But we’ll let you be the judge.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Hit the break for the full spec sheet and comparison to other devices in Verizon’s lineup.   » Read the rest

Yahoo! brings Flickr to Android

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Eager Flickr users have been waiting for the arrival of a native Flickr app for Android. The wait is over as Yahoo! just released it in the Android Market.

You can now take pictures with your Android phone, enhance it with custom filters, upload it straight to your Flickr account, and share on Facebook, Twitter, and more.

Features:

  • Share photos only with the people you want to with easy privacy settings.
  • Full screen browsing and slideshows for your photos, your contacts photos or any of the public photos from the global Flickr community.
  • Share the story behind your photo with titles, descriptions, comments and tags.
  • Keep your track of where you took your photo by keeping your location data automatically through geotagging.

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Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich could be unveiled on October 11

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There has already been speculation that Samsung will unveil the next Nexus device at the upcoming CTIA show in San Diego. Now we have another clue that it will most likely happen.

The invitation above clearly states “Google Episode” underneath Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011. They also tell us that it’s going to be streamed live via YouTube so everyone can see it. The timing is perfect as we expect the launch of the next Nexus phone along with Ice Cream Sandwich in early November.

Can you take anymore anticipation?

[via androidcental]

Samsung Mobile is adopting PenTile technology for their upcoming HD displays

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There has been a lot of controversy with PenTile displays, which Motorola has used for some time. There are some that swear it is the worst display, and others who don’t see an issue.

PenTile screens use neighboring pixels to approximate the colors. Since the pixels are not aligned, they have a characteristic cross hatch pattern in order to make the color approximation possible. Since we need two pixels to display most colors, most of the time PenTile screens are effectively displaying half the claimed resolution.

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