Remember that pathetic attempt at an apology that Apple published a little over a week ago regarding Samsung and the Galaxy Tab? Apparently the UK courts didn’t find it too amusing and has ordered Apple to pay Samsung’s legal fees. While it’s not that rare that the loser in a UK case has to front the legal fees for the other party, slapping the “Indemnity” title to it certainly makes it stand out. In such instances the company will have to pay more under the Indemnity basis vs. the “Standard” basis.
I’m sure money won’t be a problem but the intent of the Indemnity tag is to humiliate Apple even more so than what they’ve already experienced. Don’t think they’ve been humiliated during the process? Just read their attempt at the apology. Kind of reminds you of the little kid you make apologize to the other kid, yet they don’t actually use the word “sorry.” Little embarrassed there, Apple? Or just arrogant? Well, that arrogance will now cost even more. The UK courts have not taken too well to that half-assed apology and called them on it even going so far as saying Apple was criticizing the courts decision in the “apology” verbiage – thus now the Indemnity basis. Only Apple would make something more out of a given situation. Any publicity is good publicity, right Apple?
source: The Verge
I think we can all agree the endless patent lawsuits aren’t good for consumers. Well, hopefully Apple and HTC have seen this light, as they confirmed they’ve settled their patent disputes and have entered a 10-year licensing deal to avoid more lawsuits. The CEOs of both companies made statements that they are pleased to have reached an agreement and are ready to continue innovation, not litigation.
Apple has certainly abused the patent system lately, but this is a step in the right direction. No amount of patents and lawsuits are going to force consumers to buy your products, and I’m sure Apple knows that. Now we should all just hope for this kind of agreement to happen with some other Android OEMs as well. Hit the press release after the break for more about the licensing deal. Read more
There you go, folks. That’s about as good a look as you’re going to get of the upcoming Droid DNA, short of actually holding one in your hands. It’s consistent with the earlier rendering of the device we’ve already seen, so this is more than likely going to be what Verizon reveals on the 19th. With HTC’s recent drop in revenue, superphones like this are exactly what I think they need to earn back some smartphone market.
This morning Verizon Tweeted a link to the DroidDoes website announcing that they will unveil the DROID DNA via a Google Hangout next Monday, November 19 at 12:00pm EST. Of course it will be officially shown off to the press this Tuesday morning in New York City, and we will be their on hand to give you all the details. There shouldn’t be anything too surprised as most of the information about this phone has already been leaked. Plus, it’s essentially the J Butterfly, which was officially announced a couple of weeks ago for Japan.
We are expecting it to have a Super LCD 3 display with 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution and 440ppi. If that’s not enough, it will also sport a 1.5GHz quad-code Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, waterproof, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It’s also supposed to come in at close to 9mm thick, which is very impressive. The only real question I have is battery. The J Butterfly sports a 2050mAh, but I am hoping for a little higher. That display will take its toll on any battery.
While everyone is highly anticipating the release of Google’s next 2 Nexus devices, the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, many questions has risen within the community on how Google will handle it when it’s available this Tuesday on November 13th. There were some questions whether there will be pre-orders or if Google will even ship these devices on the 13th when ordered. Thanks to the folks at Android Police, they got an answer straight from Google themselves:
AndroidPolice: Is Google going to start shipping on the 13th or open pre-orders? In other words, when will the first customers be able to hold the new Nexuses in their paws?
Google PR Rep: They’ll start shipping on that date.
AndroidPolice:Alright, thanks. Do you know when the pre-orders will start then?
Google PR Rep: Right now, it’s “Notify me” and on 11/13 it will switch to available for order.
There you have it guys, if you were to order right on the 13th then you should expect your device to ship on that same day. Although I would suggest to order it as early in the day as you can, because if you order it at night then the device will most likely ship the next day. Also, Google’s standard shipping is a 2-day flat rate, thus you should expect the device around Thursday or Friday. If you want it even earlier, I believe overnight shipping may also be available should you opt for that. Sadly, no information was given as to the exact time the devices will be available to purchase. Keep in mind that the Play Store runs on Pacific standard time as Google’s HQ is located in California. My best guess is that it’ll be available either right at 12:00am PST or perhaps sometime in the morning to give everyone a fair shot at ordering it as early as possible.
Are you all excited to order the N4 or N10? If so, I would bookmark the order pages from the Play Store and keep those fingers fresh for a non-stop round of F5’s!
via: Android Police
Bad news for internet users in China; reports of an outage of Google services in China are beginning to flood in. Gmail, Maps, Play Music, and anything else Google related is being blocked for Chinese users. That’s a pretty far-reaching block, and it’s likely to start interfering with many people’s daily lives and work.
This is happening right as the 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress is taking place, which is essentially where new Chinese leaders are elected. The Chinese government reserves the right to block websites that don’t comply with Chinese media regulations. Google said back in 2010 that they wouldn’t comply to those regulations. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. Read more
It’s no secret that NVIDIA has much of the smartphone and tablet market cornered with its impressive line of processors and GPUs, but NVIDIA has a lot to smile about today thanks to its recently announced Q3 earnings. According to its report, the company made an astounding $1.20 billion in Q3, which is up 15.3% from Q2 2012 and 12.9% from Q3 2011. As expected, NVIDIA head Jen-Hsun Huang highlights the secret to NVIDIA’s winning formula :
“Kepler GPUs are winning across the special-purpose PC markets we serve, from gaming to design to supercomputing. And Tegra is powering some of the most innovative tablets, phones and cars in the market.”
Now that NVIDIA has jumped on its success, we should its impressive chipsets in even more Android devices. More details are available once you hit the presser after the break.
Rage Consulting has released an update to their popular LED control app Light Flow bringing it up to to version 3.3.0. The new update adds support for LG Nexus 4 devices just in time for that device’s release. Along with the new handset support, Light Flow now supports several additional applications, most notable among them being GMail 4.2. For those not familiar with Light Flow, the app enables users to customize the LED notifications on your device. You can configure different colors for different notifications, set priorities, match these to sounds or vibrations, and establish sleep modes to help conserve battery life.
The app does have some specific hardware requirements, with HTC devices presenting the biggest challenges. If you are interested in Light Flow, grab the $2.49 app using one of the download links below or opt for the Lite version that is available for free.
Google Play Download Link
Virgin Mobile is poised to start offering the Samsung Galaxy S II this coming week. According to sources, Virgin will make the device available for $369.99 starting on Thursday, November 15th. The device will be available in titanium and white. Users can then opt for a $35 per month plan. Although the Galaxy S II is now a generation old, the device remains popular. As we saw last week, even Sprint is working on a refreshed version to make available. The Galaxy S II still a solid smartphone device and could be a good option for some users looking to upgrade even older devices.
Verizon’s Galaxy S III has seen no shortage of leaked software updates. Earlier this month we came across an unfinished build of Android 4.1 for the handset, though it contained several bugs that hindered the overall usability of the software.
Posted yesterday, the new leak manages to address a few issues which could potentially prove to be valuable for custom ROM developers. It remains unclear exactly what has been changed, but users are acknowledging its improved performance and stability. In fact, the poster of the leaked firmware says it very well could be the final OTA that is slated to arrive for Verizon customers later this year.
You can download the leaked ROM in both odexed and deodexed versions, as well as find instructions on how to install it at the source links below. If you’re the adventurous type, let us know what you think of the new firmware in the comments.
Source: Xda-Developers, (2)