Eric Schmidt On Google: “We Always Wanted To Be In The Hardware Business”

 

Google head honcho Eric Schmidt recently stopped by the Allen & Company conference in Sun Valley, Idaho to share with the fine folks in the audience Google’s new Nexus 7 and Nexus Q. While offering a show-and-tell of both products, Schmidt took some time to also share Google’s vision for the future and what it has intended to do all along when it comes to the hardware business. Schmidt highlights:

 

“We always wanted to be in the hardware business. Larry and Sergey have always wanted to do hardware in one form or another. This was a way to get into it quickly.”

 

While there’s no indication Google is trying to be a hardware company (after all— the company’s foundation is on both its search engine and advertising), Google obviously is looking above and beyond. After all, it has special projects in the making such as the famed Project Glass and lest we forget— it did acquire a certain handset maker last year which Schmidt himself promises will bring “a new batch of products” soon-to-be ready for prime time. Now that we know Eric, Sergey and Larry are clearly working on some goodies behind the scenes, one has to wonder what else the world can be treated to.

source: New York Times

Sprint rolls out 4G to 15 additional cities

After a successful 4G LTE debut in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Kansas City, Sprint today added an additional 15 cities to its 4G coverage portfolio. Despite being the first US carrier to offer a 4G service via WiMax 4 years ago, the country’s third largest network has been playing catchup with Verizon and more recently AT&T. With further growth planned for the second half of 2012 it seems Sprint is only just getting started. Check out the video and press release after the break.


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Featured Play Store Newbie: Task Radar [Productivity]

There are a slew of apps in the Google Play Store for managing your tasks or to do’s, and for those of you looking for something different, you might want to try Task Radar. It’s only been in the Play Store for a few days and is already getting solid user reviews. Task Radar was developed by SockMonkeySolutions, the same folks who gave us Gift Wizard. It’s touted as the first AI to do list. With a simple shake of your phone, Task Radar will automatically re-order your tasks based on priorities and dates. Another feature that I’ve never seen before is the ability to look at all your incoming deadlines through a radar-like screen.

Task Radar’s UI is gorgeous as it’s developed with ICS guidelines and there are plenty of options when creating a task or to do. Each task gets a deadline date and an impact as is none, low, medium, or high, and each impact is represented by a different color. You can also type in more details about the task and categorize it as work or home. You can view your work or home tasks separately or together. As far as alerts go, you can set each individual task as off or set it to alert you at 8 and 1 hours ahead of the scheduled finish time or 24, 8, and 1 hours ahead.

For a better look of how Task Radar works, check out the video below:

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Task Radar is free, but they do have a paid version for $5.01 that removes ads. Just hit one of the links below to get started.

 

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Verizon is not unlocking the Galaxy S III bootloader after all

In yet another twist involving Verizon’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, contrary to our earlier report, Verizon will not provide a software update to unlock the encrypted bootloader. Several users obtained information from Verizon and Samsung customer service reps indicating the Galaxy S III would be unlocked “soon.” The misunderstanding appears to stem from information regarding an update from Verizon to unlock GSM roaming on the S III, not an update to unlock the bootloader.

For now, users interested in a Verizon Galaxy S III are back to looking at the Developer Edition to be made available through Samsung if they want to avoid the locked bootloader. The other option is to wait to see whether the bootloader bounty produces any results.

source: Droid Life

Pair of root methods developed for Sony Xperia S

Owners of Sony’s Xperia S phones may be interested in a couple root methods that have been developed for the handsets. The methods get around the locked bootloader of the Xperia S.

Over on the XDA Developer forums, member Sharaz22 has developed a “long” method to root the Xperia S. The method uses several batch files and then users complete some operations on Flashtool. To wrap up the install, Superuser from the Google Play store needs to be installed. Building on the work of Sharaz22 and others, XDA forum member hk2006 has developed a “short” version that is more of a one-click solution that basically wraps the long method into a single batch file.

The two methods do have some issues, including the lack of a custom recovery. With the “short” method, some users are reporting the batch file needs to be run more than once and some users with ICS have reported a factory reset may be required to address some lag issues.

If interested, check out the source links for all the directions and links to files needed.

source: XDA Developers Forum (long method thread), XDA Developers Forum (short method thread)

Magic Pro iGoGo TV review: Android with webcam for your TV [Hands on Video]

I had a chance to try out the Magic Pro iGoGo TV (MP-188), which is a simple box that brings Android 2.3 to your television. This shouldn’t be misunderstood with Google TV. Google TV is a completely different interface designed for TV’s whereas the iGoGo brings the full Android experience to your TV. It behaves much like Android does on your phone, and somewhat on your tablet minus the touchscreen. If your looking to add internet capabilities to your TV this is an option, but how does is fare for $179.99? Hit the break to find out more.


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Is Motorola planning on bringing back the StarTAC or Star Tac?

Last fall Motorola brought back the RAZR from the dead, and it’s been pretty successful so far. Now it’s possible Motorola is planning on doing the same with the StarTAC. The StarTAC was very successful even before the original RAZR existed, and it revolutionized the clamshell design in the late 90′s. It appears that last week, on July 9th, Motorola filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office seeking a trademark for the name “Star Tac” for mobile phones, smartphones, cordless phones and accessories therefor, namely battery chargers and power adaptors. Interestingly enough this trademark has a space between Star and Tac, whereas the original trademark was simply StarTAC.

Motorola applied for the original trademark (without the space) in 1995 and it was registered in 1997, but in July of 2004 it was cancelled and listed as Dead.  To further complicate things, Motorola filed for the same trademark in April 2004 (3 months before the cancellation of the first trademark) only to abandon the process in April of 2008. Now a completely different company called Data Access in France tried to file for the same trademark in 2009 for cell phones and other computer equipment, but it was never registered, and they subsequently abandoned the process nearly 4 years later this past May. I don’t pretend to be a trademark expert, but obviously something is going on with the name StarTAC so they are now seeking a trademark for this new version with  the space between Star and Tac.


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Here’s another hilarious Siri vs Google Voice Search video, Is that a scallion or a stallion?

There has been so many videos lately that pit Siri against Google’s new Voice Search from Jelly Bean. Google seems to win the majority of them and this video is no different, but it’s pretty funny as well. Annie Gaus from App Judgement decided to test them both out with actual questions that she Googled in the last week. Let’s just say Siri didn’t fair to well, and this video will definitely give you a nice chuckle to start off your Monday.

 

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source: androidpolice

Three UK Website Officially Lists The Sony Xperia P Smartphone

 

So you live in the UK and have been itching to get your hands on a lovely new smartphone? Great you’re in luck because Three UK has listed the Sony Xperia P smartphone on its website today. This means interested customers can pick up the Gingerbread-powered device which gives you a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camera with Exmor R sensor and 4-inch screen for free on a £27 per month, two-year contract plan. Of course there is the option of purchasing the phone outright with a Pay As You Go plan for £289.99. Options include the All in One 15 costs £15 and gives 30-day access to all-you-can-eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts or the All in One 25 costs £25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and all-you-can-eat data for a 30-day period.

I’m sure you’re all itching for additional details, so you can find the expanded info found in the presser once you hit the break.
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XBMC Is Alive And Kicking, Gives An Idea Of How It Looks When Running On A Nexus Q

 

Remember how we told you about how XBMC was on its way a few days ago? Well it’s already here— albeit in an early form. CyanogenMod developer Jason Parker used his skills to develop a working port of the app for the Nexus Q and other Android-based set-top boxes, as well as most smartphones. From what we can tell, the interface looks like its centered around arrow keys and while touch input does work, the text is too small to see and operate on a smartphone or tablet. For now, it’s looking like the app may be best-suited for a set-top box that can run Android apps since there will presumably be a bigger screen to work with.

As you might expect, XBMC is still in its early form, so there may be a bug or two (or three or four). Nevertheless, it’s still cool to see the app being completely functional and somewhat ready for those who are ambitious enough to try it out.

source: Android Police