For those of you folks who have been waiting to go into an actual brick and mortar Sprint store to pick up a new HTC Evo 4G LTE, well, you wait is almost over. Sprint has finally given us the go ahead to mention to everyone that they plan to be fully stocked in most retail locations across the nation beginning this Saturday, June 2nd. Just in case you live in a small town or in an area where stock might be limited, you may want to call ahead of time just to verify that your local store will have a device for you when you get there. Price on contract is $199 and if you still have any doubts about this kit be sure to check out our initial hands on video and full review. This is one sweet phone and I was definitely sad when we had to return the review unit. I don’t think you will be disappointed.
The MOTOACTV sports/fitness watch seemed cool when it first launched, but I must say, Motorola has done a fine job with updates and has really made it the best watch to own, even if you’re not a fitness nut. This latest update (version 7.2) now allows you to see Facebook updates and read your Twitter updates. Plus there are more options for golf, better workout planning, and so much more. To get the update, just plug your MOTOACTV into your PC or MAC. Hit the break for the full list of enhancements.
It looks like Google is going on the offensive by filing an antitrust suit against Microsoft and Nokia in Europe. Google is actually calling this a defensive measure, and their complaint is that both Microsoft and Nokia are using proxy companies like Canada-based Mosaid Technologies to enforce their patents and share the revenues derived from them.
As you know Nokia is now making phones based on Microsoft’s Windows Phone software. Because of this, Microsoft and Nokia formed a cross-licensing deal for their patents. Shortly after that was in place, Mosaid bought an entity called Core Wireless, which owned 2,000 patents and patent applications originally filed by Nokia. Google is alleging that Nokia colluded with Microsoft and Mosaid, and as a result, reversed course on their commitment to open-source software.
Last week the jury found that Google didn’t infringe on Oracle’s patents, but there was still a big issue at hand. Were Oracle’s Java API elements copyrightable? Judge William Alsup made the ruling yesterday and he found that the API’s aren’t covered under copyright law so basically this dismisses the previous infringement claims outright. The Judge said the following:
In closing, it is important to step back and take in the breadth of Oracle’s claim. Of the166 Java packages, 129 were not violated in any way. Of the 37 accused, 97 percent of the Android lines were new from Google and the remaining three percent were freely replicable under the merger and names doctrines. Oracle must resort, therefore, to claiming that it owns, by copyright, the exclusive right to any and all possible implementations of the taxonomy-like command structure for the 166 packages and/or any subpart thereof – even though it copyrighted only one implementation. To accept Oracle’s claim would be to allow anyone to copyright one version of code to carry out a system of commands and thereby bar all others from writing their own different versions to carry out all or part of the same commands. No holding has ever endorsed such a sweeping proposition.
At this point Oracle’s only options are to leave it alone or appeal. They most certainly will appeal, but things look dismal. At this point they will only receive $300,000 for statutory damages. We have statements from both Google and Oracle after the break.
Do you enjoy sinking a birdie putt on the back 9? Wow, I barely know what that means, but if you do, you might enjoy EA Sports‘ latest for Android, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12. This looks like it could be a great game for your Android phone or tablet judging by the Play Store description:
- Choose your course and golfer, and play against other scores in PGA TOUR mode
- Take on the Tiger Challenge, consisting of over 20 mini-games designed to test your skills — earn money that can be used to participate in PGA TOUR events.
- Play through PGA TOUR courses, including Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, TPC Sawgrass, Hazeltine, Doral, TPC Boston, and Greenbrier
- Play as or alongside 8 pros, including Tiger Woods, Anthony Kim, Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Paul Casey, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Camilo Villegas
- Customize your male or female golfer with skin, shirt, pants, hat, shoes, belts, and gloves
- Go head-to-head against a friend with local WiFi or Bluetooth Multiplayer
- Play the all-new Predator fantasy course
- Play in 4 Game Modes
Not bad for $4.99. There aren’t that many reviews yet, but they are mostly very positive with only a couple of negatives from people saying it wouldn’t play on their device. Too soon to tell if that’s a widespread problem or just isolated cases, but so far the game has a 3.2 out of 5 star rating, which is considered “above average”.
Hit the break for some screenshots and the download link.
At D10 in California Google’s Senior Vice President of Chrome Sundar Pichai let an interesting bit of news slip out to Walt Mossberg during an interview. Apparently, Google Drive will be getting an offline mode in five weeks. Hmm, what’s about five weeks away? Oh yeah… Google I/O. Chances are we’ll see a demo at I/O with a release a bit later.
The interview covered much more, including Chrome market share, ad-supported Chromebooks, and the converging of Chrome with Android.
Hit the source link for full details.
Gameloft’s long awaited third installment to the N.O.V.A. series has finally landed in the Play Store and is ready to download. For the price of seven McDoubles, you too can enjoy cutting edge graphics with classic Halo style gameplay. I’m not gonna lie, the game looks pretty sick and should definitely make a strong statement as to the improved quality of gaming available for Android. Hit the link below to get the goods.
Play Store Download Link
Here’s some great news for the development community. Samsung has just released the source code for their latest and greatest Galaxy S III. Now devs everywhere will be able to start bringing us some awesome custom ROMs for the GSIII and hopefully some GSIII goodies to flash for other devices such as the Galaxy Nexus or the Galaxy S II. Hit the source links below for more info.
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News of the super popular internet radio app, Pandora, releasing an update that specifically states “compatibility support for upcoming Android OS” has certainly got the Android community talking. Speculation of a possible Jelly Bean reference is the most popular guess at the moment, but alas, it appears that Pandora was just merely future proofing their language in regards to all of their updates going forward, suggesting that every update from Pandora will be compatible with all versions of Android, new and old. This comes directly from our buddies at Android Central who decided to get it straight from the horse’s mouth.
“That line just refers to some minor code cleanup that had hard-coded functionality to the current version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich. This update just future-proofs the Pandora app for the upcoming versions of Android.”
So it seems that any legitimate news about Jelly Bean will most likely surface on or around Google I/O later next month. In the meantime, we can all enjoy the welcome improvements that Pandora has provided in their latest update.
I recently reviewed the Sony SmartWatch, which I now wear daily on my wrist to up my geek cred. My review concluded that the watch was “for gadget freaks and early adopters only” due to the spotty Bluetooth, random crashes, and not being able to see the time without touching the watch.
My patience has paid off, however, since I received a firmware update yesterday that vastly improves the SmartWatch in many ways. The watch requires a constant Bluetooth connection to your smartphone, and the phone needs to be running Sony’s SmartWatch app. The app was updated first, automatically for me, from the Play Store. Once the app finished updating, it fired off the watch firmware download and pushed it to the watch. The entire process took less than 5 minutes and was very smooth.
Once the SmartWatch rebooted, it re-connected to the phone and that was that. Now to explore what has changed.