It seems like ages ago when Google announced it was buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. It was actually about 6 months ago, and at that time we figured it was going to be a battle with the U.S. Justice Department as well as the European Commission. The Wall Street Journal is reporting the U.S. Justice Department will clear the deal as early as next week, according to people familiar with the matter. The European Commission will also decide next week on whether to approval the deal as they’ve set Monday, February 13 as a deadline.
Even if both clear the way, it won’t be smooth sailing as both departments are concerned with Google’s commitment to license Motorola patents to competitors under FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non nondiscriminatory) rules. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have read all about the various lawsuits between Apple, Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Microsoft, and others. The concern is that many of these suits involve patents that are essential to making smartphones, like 3G and WiFi. Some of these patents have become industry standards and companies who own those patents need to agree to issue licenses under FRAND.
Google did promise organizations that it would offer licenses for FRAND patents in Motorola’s portfolio, but didn’t rule out seeking injunctions against those that refuse to license those FRAND patents. On the other hand, Apple and Microsoft also said they would offer licenses, but wouldn’t seek injunctions from those they feel violated those industry standard patents.
I certainly don’t see any of these legal battle slowing down, but I’m excited to see what Google and Motorola are going to do together. Motorola has been behind the shadows of Samsung, but they make the best hardware hands down. Motorola may or may not make the next Nexus device, but I believe we should see some interesting things out of Motorola by the end of the year, assuming this deal is finalized.
source: wall street journal
The title says it all, for those of you with the Samsung App Store on your devices, today’s freebie will make an excellent addition to your app drawer, if you haven’t shelled out for it already. Modern Combat 3 is one of the prettiest games on Android today. Pair this game up with a USB controller and you’ll have a console quality experience.
The game has a robust singleplayer mode as well as online multiplayer. You really don’t want to miss getting this one for free, especially since the game costs $6.99 on Android Market
- Photo Courtesy of Pocket-lint
The Samsung Galaxy Note phone/tablet is no doubt a cool device, that’s a gimme. Well Samsung took the device and threw on some white covers, making it even more attractive than it already was. The fine team at Pocket-lint got a chance to go hands-on with the newest color of the Galaxy Note. While the white version is identical to black version (same processor, RAM, camera, etc.), there are some noteworthy differences that were pointed out. For starters the back of the white version is gloss white, while the original black version was matt-mottled. It is suspected that the gloss white was done on purpose in order to make the shinier plastic being easier to clean and prevent it from getting as dirty quickly. They also note, the S Pen pressure-sensitive stylus has a matt finish, and could become grubby with constant use, but is unlikely since most users won’t be using it very much.
Boy the device sure looks great in white. Let’s see how many people will move towards the white version of the phone/tablet, despite it potentially getting dirtier faster than the black version. Which color do you prefer? Let us know in the Comments section below.
Dan Rosenberg, the same tech genius that brought us root for our Lenovo ThinkPad Tablets, has struck gold again, rooting the Sony Tablet S. Unfortunately for him, it wasn’t nearly as easy as it was for the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet. He’s posted the whole process in detail on his blog, so check out the source. It’s a really interesting read, and can provide insight into what happens when you choose to root your device. Keep in mind that rooting your device and the subsequent activities that are made possible by doing so can possibly brick your device. Do so at your own risk!
Source: Dan Rosenberg
The famous bird launching game, Angry Birds turns 2 today, with its developers Rovio celebrating the milestone by offering 15 new birthday cake themed levels bringing the total level count to 300. As well as the new levels, the folks at Rovio have added an expandable orange bird, new menus and graphics, birthday achievements, and – wait for it – all episodes are now unlocked!
From everyone at TalkAndroid, have a great birthday Angry Birds!
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Would you look at that? The MIUI 4 ROM is now available for the Amazon Kindle Fire. In addition to the sexy Android 4.0-based UI, the ROM includes full support for both the Android Market and the Amazon App Store. Keep in mind the ROM is a work in progress, so the following features are not working at this time:
- Tethering via USB
- Hardware accelerated graphics
- Static wallpaper
MIUI 4 kind of makes that old Kindle Fire feel new again, doesn’t it? If you’re brave, ambitious and love to tinker, be sure to root the Kindle Fire and hit up the MIUI forums at the source link below. Happy ROMing folks!
source: MIUI Forums
I don’t remember ever complaining that the Google+ app had performance issues, but Google thought so. Google has been busy this week with updates to Talk and the release of Chrome Beta for Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Things keep rolling as Google+ was just updated, and according to Google, you should notice “massive performance improvements.” That’s not all as the full change log includes:
- Massive performance improvements across the app
- What’s Hot!
- View who +1′d a post or comment
- Stream posts shortened to fit more per scroll
- Infinite photos feed in ‘From your circles’
- Stream no longer jumps to the top for an automatic refresh
Let us know what you think in the comments and if you haven’t downloaded Google+ yet, hit one of our links after the break
With the release of a new version of the Vonage Mobile app today, the company made a large advancement in the long standing war with Skype. While Vonage has struggled in recent years, they are upping the ante by promising rates around 70 percent cheaper than mobile carriers, and 30 percent cheaper than Skype. Those percentages are based on per-minute rates to the top 50 countries called. In addition, Vonage is offering a limited time offer of free calls to any landline or mobile phone is the US, Canada or Puerto Rico for up to 3,000 minutes per month, according to the description in the Android market.
The app is free and you do not have to be a Vonage customer to use the app. Adding calling credit is simple through the Android market, using increments of $4.99 and $9.99.
The app works on Wi-Fi and 3G/4G worldwide, making it a true mobile VoIP provider. It will allow you to call or text current Vonage users for free. The app will use your existing contacts and will display a separate list of those current Vonage users who you can call or text for free. Vonage assures good international rates when calling anyone who has not yet downloaded the app. When you call someone, they will see your mobile number on their caller ID.
If you’d like to give the new and improved Vonage app a try, hit up the link below.
Amazon has announced a new partnership with Viacom in a deal that will bring major TV stations such as MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Nikelodeon, Spike, TV Land, BET, CMT and logo to their Amazon Prime subscribers.
Prime members will be able to enjoy a myriad of prime time TV shows on over 300 devices including top-selling (hybrid) android tablet, the Kindle Fire.
The partnership could prove to be quite a coup for Amazon and will instantly boost their library from 13,000 to 15,000 titles. Throw in the recently released SlingPlayer application and the Kindle Fire is fast turning into a media powerhouse.
Things are really heating up in the battle for video streaming supremacy. Earlier this week we brought you news of Verizon’s recent deal with Redbox and now tech giant Amazon are upping their game, it could prove to be tough at the top for current market leader Netflix. Who are you currently using for your streaming service and will you be considering any of these news services? Let us know your thoughts!
A mobile phone isn’t really “mobile” if your battery is running low and you’ve forgotten your charger at home. Even if you own the DROID RAZR MAXX, with its fabulous 3300 mAh battery, you don’t want to stray too far from your charger for too long. Designer Francois Rybarczyk has a sophisticated solution to this common dilemma. The Autonome is a one piece magnesium frame that puts the power adapter right on the back of your phone. If you’d like to be using your phone instead of having it plugged into the wall, just detach the additional battery module, charge, and reattach the battery onto the case when you need additional power. While the market is saturated with lots of extended battery packs and cases to choose from, the Autonome concept rolls the case, charger and battery all into one. It appears that this idea isn’t in production yet, but we’re hoping it will be soon. You’ll never have to end a phone call with “Sorry, gotta go – my battery is dying!” again.