The battle between Samsung and Apple doesn’t appear to be losing any steam as Samsung filed another lawsuit in South Korea claiming the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 infringes on three of its patents. The three patents are utility-based and involves methods of displaying data, the user interface, and short text messages.
If you’re into stats, so far Samsung and Apple’s battle royal has made it’s way to 10 different countries with over 30 cases. Pretty amazing when you consider Apple is a customer of Samsung.
If you own a Nexus S, but you’re secretly in love with the HTC Sense UI, you might want to check out the newest ROM circulating the XDA forums. It’s based on Sense 4.0 and Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s a pre-Alpha build, so expect a lot of bugs. Don’t forget that since this port is from the HTC Endeavor RUU leak, there’s more work involved since it’s based on a quad-core and a 720p display. There’s already one other ROM based on this leak for the HTC Sensation, but to port this to the Nexus S is truly a feat.
As to what’s working, not much other than it boots and a few apps run. The main priorities are the radio (which may already work for some GSM users), sound, stopping random reboots, and launcher problems. If you’re a brave soul and want to help out development, hit the source link to get started and/or join in on the discussion.
Gaming is about to get a smidge better, no matter what your platform cup of tea is. In a “why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-?” moment, gaming service FTW has brought the ability to play one game on something like your iPad, save it— and then continue the game’s progress on your Android. The way FTW works is developers would integrate FTW into their apps/games and then FTW will sync your game’s progress across all platforms.
I’m sure you’re all excited and asking the question, “where can I sign up at?” Well, the service is not quite ready yet kids. While FTW is still in development, the necessary APIs can’t be found in games at the moment, though they are hoping for a launch within the coming months for both iOS and Android— with Mac and Windows to follow shortly after. In the meantime, FTW is urging gamers to send emails to their favorite game developers to have them jump on board with FTW by including the service into their apps and games. Don’t wait kids— make sure you email your favorite developers today. You’ll be especially thankful later.
It’s Wednesday kids and that means it’s time for a follow-up to the previous ComScore stats we saw last month. In the newest study, ol’ Sammy continues to lead all manufacturers with a nice 25.4% market share. While Samsung is tops among all device manufacturers, there’s a bigger picture for the Android platform. The Android OS is the top OS by accounting for 48.6% of all smartphone subscribers. Read on for specific details of their latest study.
Remember the news about the PlayStation SDK from September? It entered closed beta in November, and it looks like the open beta is finally coming in April. This means any developer can create content for the PlayStation Suite, which would become available to all PlayStation certified Android devices. This news could hopefully bring the PlayStation certification to more handsets. Obviously Sony’s products are (mostly) certified, but other manufacturers might soon jump on board. For example, HTC might already have plans for the second half of the year.
The official (out of beta) version is still slated for later this year and will carry a $99 yearly subscription with it. However, the open beta is free for anyone to use. It think this is solid news to wake up to for gamers. What do you guys think?
Full press release after the break:
In this day and age, technology is designed to make our lives simpler. We no longer need to pull over to a rest area to use a payphone. Paper maps are quickly becoming a thing of the past. We can now carry thousands of books with us without requiring years of weight training. The devices we carry with us every day are rapidly becoming indispensable.
So this is why we freak out when we suddenly don’t have access to our smartphones, either through damage or loss. This single point of failure is why we have a growing market of protective phone cases, insurance, and remote wipe software. How can we guarantee we’ll never lose or break our phones? Only one way I see…remove the device from the equation.
If there was no physical device we had to keep track of, there would obviously be no fear of losing it. But the device is what gives us the power to do all those wonderful things. So what if we natively had the same abilities our smartphones have without having to carry anything around? Enter the Android Brain Implant™ (ABI).
Toshiba’s first entry into the tablet market was the chunky Thrive 10-incher, followed by the slightly more svelte but still big-boned 7-inch Thrive. Then they turned things around at CES by showing off the Excite X10 (launched in the UK as the AT200), probably the thinnest tablet around. So what does Toshiba have in store for us next?
How about a monster 13.3-inch concept slab? The fine folks over at Pocket-Lint got a hands-on session during the Toshiba 2012 conference in the UK and posted pictures of this beast. The device in the photos didn’t actually power on, so it was more of a form factor showcase than a fully working device. Still, it is said to be packing a Tegra 3 quad core processor… and we’d expect nothing less from any new tablets coming out now.
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Move over every single keyboard out there, because Siine wants to make its way onto an Android smartphone near you. As we’ve mentioned before, virtual keyboards on the market are a dime a dozen however, once in a while we’ll come across a pretty fascinating and functional keyboard that’l make you want to ditch your old one and give it a try. The latest keyboard to hit the market comes by the name “Siine” (pronounced sign) and offers you a ton of new features and a bit of a different way to get your typical desired results when typing out messages. The keyboard has a pretty decent layout, very close to the all too familiar Android 4.0 ICS keyboard only slightly larger. There are quite a number of shortcuts and features embedded into the keyboard for quick messages including using icons to type out messages.
Utilizing one single tap can render a full blown calendar for quickly inserting full date names such as “May 4th” or “January 10th”. So, no need to type those things out in great length. In addition, you can say things like “Hey Dude, what’s Up? You coming over to watch the game?” and it will render pretty quickly. Quicker than we’re used to seeing anyway (video shows 1.5 sec) As you can gather from the video, there may be a small learning curve to this but it appears as though once you get it down, you’ll be flying through messages. The keyboard kind of reminds me of my outlook email where it’s easy to insert things you’ll sometimes need like times and dates, only now you’re doing it with a built-in clock and calendar feature. With a keyboard like this, one post is not enough to tout all of its features. Check out the quick demo video below and don’t forget to let us know what you think or how it compares to your favorite keyboard. Hit the break for the download links as well as a qr code for added convenience.
If you bank with Bank of America, and have an Android 3.0+ tablet, this app is for you. The first banking app that is optimized for tablets, this app lets you check your account balances, pay bills, transfer funds and find nearby banking locations using GPS. Bank of America assures us that the app is secure, and it uses the same SiteKey technology to log in that the normal online banking website uses. All of this will be easy on the eyes with the larger displays of tablets. At least paying bills will be a little more fun with the new Bank of America app. Download it for free with the Google Play Store link below.
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Verizon is looking to introduce a new concept when it comes to home internet access as they want to bring a tailored residential version of their 4G LTE into your home. Who can deny how fast LTE is and the thought of powering my home connection with insane speeds sounds superb, so long as they have the capacity to do so. However, what does that mean as far as data usage goes? Will I constantly be worried about hitting my data cap? Well, nevertheless, Vz wants to roll out the new service, dubbed HomeFusion, to several markets. For $59.99 you’ll land 10GB per month after forking over a $199.99 equipment fee. After that, they’ll install it for you at no charge.
According to Vz, you can expect to land anywhere from 5 to 12 Mbps down and depending on where you live 2 to 5 Mbps up. The hardware will allow you to directly connect up to four devices and up to 10 different pieces of hardware via a wireless connection. They’re looking to kick things off initially in Birmingham, Dallas and Nashville before rolling out to other markets. Stay tuned as we deliver to the masses when and where Vz will be rolling out with the new service next. All in all, the entire idea sounds great to me with one exception, the constant fear of hitting my data cap. What say you? Hit the break for the full press release.