With a new patent trial scheduled to start on March 31, 2014 between Apple and Samsung, Judge Lucy Koh has entered a summary judgment order on some motions from the two parties. Judge Koh denied some requests from Apple, but did rule that Samsung infringed an Apple patent on “word recommendations” aka autocomplete. At this point, Samsung will now have to argue at trial that the patent itself should be ruled invalid. Considering the ubiquity of autocomplete on any smartphone, this ruling could be a problem for manufacturers of other Android devices. Reportedly, Google is involved with an anonymous reexamination request of the patent. As the parties prepare for trial, Apple still has five patents at issue with one of them ruled as being infringed upon by Samsung even before the jury starts to hear the case. Read more
Samsung has a new device, model number SM-S780L, that appears to be very close to the end of the development and certification pipeline and is thus ready for an official launch. At this time though, we still don’t have much information about the device’s specifications or what name the device will be marketed under. According to a User Agent profile located on the Samsung web site, the SM-S780L is running a screen with 1280×720 resolution, although we do not know what size the screen is. The device also received Wi-Fi certification and appears to support both W-CDMA and GSM wireless connections. Thus far specifics like processor, memory, storage, and camera information remain a mystery.
Given the lack of support for full 1080 HD resolution, the device will likely be targeted at the mid-tier smartphone buyer. Perhaps we will see the SM-S780L make an appearance at MWC 2014 next month along with other new Samsung devices like the Galaxy S5.
As far as value for price goes, Motorola has really been pushing some boundaries with both their Moto X and Moto G smartphones. The Moto X has seen a few price cuts since its release, and the Moto G has been cheap from the start. Well according to Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, a lot more can be done to make phones that truly are cheap. Even cheaper than the Moto G.
Even a phone as cheap as $180 can still be a lot of money for some people, and Woodside thinks that Motorola can do a lot better, asking “why can’t these devices be $50? There’s no reason that can’t happen so we’re going to push that.”
One of the most loved features of Sony’s Xperia Z1 was it’s camera, coming with a mode that allows you to capture 61 frames within only 2 seconds. After taking all those photos, you can go through the frames to decide which one you like best. According to Sony, you will never miss a crucial moment with Timeshift Burst.
Well now Timeshift Burst is available to anyone with a compatible device. All you have to do is head over to the Play Store and download the app. You can find a link to the app after the break.
According to Motorola‘s social media channels, the Moto G will be heading to India, with full details about the launch set to be released on February 5.
After being launched internationally in November, the Moto G has garnered generally favorable reviews because of its low price and relatively impressive specs. As far as price goes for the device in India, we’re still not sure how much it will cost, however the device could potentially be extremely successful in the country because of the fact that India is an extremely important emerging market for smartphones.
With only a few weeks to go before the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Samsung has unveiled a Galaxy Note 3 “Olympic Edition”, giving it the title of the official phone of the Winter Olympics. Not only that, but Samsung’s branding will be shown all around the upcoming games, and all the athletes will be given a Note 3 by Samsung.
The special version of the device is currently only available in the Netherlands, and comes with Olympic themed packaging, an exclusive flip cover and an entry into a competition to win a trip to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. There’s no word yet as to whether or not the device will make it to other markets.
T-Mobile has been shaking things up a bit with their Un-carrier campaign, but they apparently want to get involved in your personal finance as well. They just announced “Mobile Money” which transforms smartphones into personal money managers and frees consumers from paying “excessive fees” to use your own money. These fees include ATM, overdraft, and monthly maintenance fees, which all hit record highs last year.
Mobile Money consists of an app for your smartphone along with a T-Mobile Visa Prepaid Card that offers either reduced fees or $0 cost services. Of course, you have to be a registered T-Mobile wireless customer. You won’t get charged for activation, monthly maintenance, in-network ATMs, withdrawals, or replacing a lost or stolen card. There is no minimum balance required and you won’t have to worry about overdraft fees.
Back in October, there was a rumor that Samsung would offer magnetic resonance wireless charging by mid-2014, and many were hoping it meant the Galaxy S 5 would be the first device.
What exactly is this type of wireless charging? It essentially allows the phone to be charged without actually touching the charging pad. Multiple devices can be charged at the same time as long as they are 3cm from the charging pad or station. Unfortunately 3cm isn’t all that far, and Samsung seems to agree.
We have seen a number of leaks regarding a Wi-Fi-only version of the Xperia Z Ultra, and Sony finally made it official. It’s essentially an Xperia Z Ultra smartphone without the cellular radios. They are marketing it as a tablet, and it just might be the smallest tablet yet with its 6.4-inch (1080p) display.
The rest of the specs include a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 2.2MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.3. Also, of course, just like the smartphone version, it’s dust and water resistant and is only 6.5mm thick.
For now, it will only be available in Japan for a price of ¥51,800 ($495). If you’re in Japan, look for it on January 24th in either black, white, or purple.
source: Sony Japan
A new security report published by Cisco has found that 99% of all mobile malware attacks are targeted at Android devices. On top of that, the report says Android suffered 91% of all Java-based web exploits and 71% of all overall web-based exploits. Ouch. This is compared to Cisco finding that Apple’s iOS only encountered 17% of web exploits.
Eric Schmidt has publicly claimed that Android is more secure than iOS, but despite all of Android’s jumps in security and privacy over the past few years, that’s still not quite true. Obviously this doesn’t mean all Android devices are infested pits of malware, but just that you’re more likely to encounter malware attacks on an Android device.
You can check out the full security report below.