Google/Motorola Ordered To Relinquish Development Data To Apple

The lawsuit wars continue between Apple and Google and Motorola. U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner ruled yesterday that Motorola and Google must hand over details on the development of Google’s Android operating system as well as information regarding the recent [pending] acquisition of Motorola by Google. Apple’s lawyers claim “The Android/Motorola acquisition discovery is highly relevant to Apple’s claims and defenses”, but Motorola has opposed the request, stating “Google’s employees and documents are not within the ‘possession, custody, or control’ of Motorola, and Motorola cannot force Google to produce documents or witnesses over Google’s objections.”

So there we have it, another interesting twist in the tech-giant soap opera drama that is Apple vs. The World. We’re sure to see more from Apple as time goes on, especially since the Google/Motorola acquisition poses an immediate threat to the company.

source: bloomberg

Temple Run Available on Android March 27

Mark your calendars, Android users – Temple Run by Imangi Studios is coming your way on March 27. And for free, no less. Android users can finally experience the endless gameplay and the thrill of grabbing gold coins while avoiding demonic monkeys. This game has been widely popular on iOS, with over 40 million downloads. It’s also been the Top Grossing App and Top Free App in January 2012.

There had been a few delays on the release date, but we now have just a few short weeks left to wait. Head over to the Android Market Google Play Store on March 27 to download your copy.

Imangi Studios Brings Temple Run to the Android Marketplace March 27

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 6, 2012 – Imangi Studios today announced that Temple Run, the Top Grossing App and Top Free App in the App Store in January 2012, will be released for Android devices on March 27. Free to download, Temple Run challenges players to test their reflexes as they race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs. With endless gameplay, players collect coins as they jump, slide and run to escape the evil monkeys guarding the temple while avoiding obstacles.

“We are excited to finally share the Android release date with our fans who have been so enthusiastic and supportive of Temple Run,” said Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi Studios. “By expanding to more mobile devices, we hope to provide the same addictive and fast-paced gameplay to an entirely new group of players.”

The iOS version of Temple Run for iPhone and iPad boasts over 40 million downloads in the App Store since its debut in August 2011.

About Imangi Studios
Imangi Studios was founded by husband and wife team Keith Shepherd and Natalia Luckyanova in 2008. With the addition of artist Kiril Tchangov in 2009, the three-person studio has developed mega-hit Temple Run, which has been downloaded by 6% of the entire United States population since its release in August 2011. Based in Washington, D.C., the self-funded, fully independent studio previously developed Harbor Master,geoSparkHippo High Dive and Max Adventure for iOS.

Sony to Release Another New LTE Smartphone In June

According to sources close to Korean news site, Sony plans on releasing a new LTE smartphone in the second half of this year. Not to be confused with the Xperia Ion which is already slated for international release, this will be an entirely new device and will be heading to South Korea as early as June.

It is believed that this new device may actually be the recently benchmarked Hayabusa (LT29i), and should retail for around €493 ($650). We originally spotted this device back in January when we got a hold of a leaked Sony smartphone roadmap. The LT29i Hayabusa is believed to have a 1.5GHz dual-core S4 Snapdragon processor, Adreno 225 GPU, Android 4.0, and according to the recent Nenamark benchmark test, a screen resolution of 720 x 1,196. I have to go on record here and say I believe that last one is a complete error on somebody’s part. Either way we should know more soon and will keep you posted.

via: Xperia Blog


Remarkably Cheap Apps Kick Off Google Play

If you’ve attempted to visit Android Market online in the past hour or so, you’ve been greeted with a surprise. The market has been rebranded and rebooted to become the now unifying force known as Google Play. As a celebratory kick-off of the new arrival, Google is slashing prices on everything: books, videos, music, and of course apps.

To celebrate, we’ll be offering a different album, book, video rental and Android app at a special price each day for the next week in our “7 Days to Play” sale. In the U.S., today’s titles include the collection of top 40 hits Now That’s What I Call Music 41, the popular game Where’s My Water, the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and the movie Puncture for just 25 cents each. In addition, you’ll find great collections of hip-hop, rock and country albums for $3.99 all week, detective novels from $2.99, some of our editorial team’s favorite movies from 99 cents, and our favorite apps from 49 cents.

Those are some tremendous deals all around, and the apps available are no exception. Big name titles like World of Goo, SHADOWGUN, Dead Space and others have seen tremendous drops down to the low price of  49 cents.

The Play time isn’t limited to the US either. UK residents report the same deal for just 49p, in addition to the other deals mentioned in the quote above.

Head on over to Android Market Google Play to pick them up now.

Be sure to check back tomorrow as well. New deals are happening each day for the next 7 days. Start playing!

source: Google Play

Asus is “Working on a fix” for the Original Transformer ICS Update Issues; To Possibly Arrive Next Week

If you guys are like me, then you spammed the Check Update option on your original Transformer for the ICS update that was available Late-February. While I fell in love with my tablet all over again because of the update I noticed that as the days progressed my tablet would randomly reboot itself. Sometimes it would reboot it four – five times in a row before it would stay on. Then about an hour later it would reboot itself yet again. While it never rebooted in the middle of using it, watching it reboot itself randomly became rather frustrating. Heck, sometimes it would look up in the middle of a boot cycle. It appears that I am not in the minority with these experiences. Other users are reporting lock-ups during reboots,  and other various bugs as well.

Like the Transformer Prime update and its update problems Asus has taken to announcing that a fix is in the works for the original Transformer ICS update. While users have reported that uninstalling apps, updating widgets and factory resets have helped, this is not a good premise for Asus; especially considering their Hopes to have the next Nexus device and the first roll out of Jelly Bean. Asus writes in regards to the TF101 issues:
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Android Market to close and reopen as Google Play Store

I’m not sure anyone saw this one coming, but Google just announced that the current Android Market apps, Google Music, and the Google eBookstore will become part of a new store called Google Play. There are some that are speculating that this shift has something to do with the fact that the Android Market is not generating as much money as Google hoped, and that Google Music, Movies, and Books just isn’t all that successful. It’s been shown over and over that Apple’s App Store is more successful in terms of generating revenues.

Over the coming days, everyone with Android 2.2 and higher will get an update to their Android Market app. After the update, you will now go to the Google Play Store for all your needs. Videos, books, and music (in countries where they are available) will now be known as Google Play Movies, Google Play Books, and Google Play Music apps. You won’t see any changes with anything you’ve already purchased or downloaded as they will now be available through Google Play.

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Acer announces special edition Iconia Tab to celebrate 2012 Olympics


Looking forward to the 2012 Olympic Games in London? It certainly seems that Acer is, earlier today it announced the Iconia Tab A510 Olympic Games Edition to mark the occasion. Early signs suggest this is nothing more than some smart marketing as the technical specifications appear to be identical to the forthcoming Iconia Tab A510. The only notable difference is cosmetic and consists of a discreet Olympic rings silver logo on the rear of the tablet.

For those of you who missed the details of the original Iconia Tab A510 the first time around, here’s a quick reminder of the highlights :-

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM
  • 10.1″, 1280 x 800 touch screen
  • 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options
  • 9800 mAh battery
Acer says that the Olympic Edition Iconia Tab will launch in the UK around the same time that the 2012 Olympics kick off, there is no word yet on international availability. There’s also no word on pricing at this time but we would hope that it won’t be any higher than the  €399 ($522) listed for the standard edition.Check out the full press release below and be sure to let us know in the comments if the Olympic branding adds any additional appeal to this high-end Android tablet.
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New 9.7-inch Viota M970 Tablet Unveiled, Goes Nice And Easy On The Wallet

Personally, I’m stoked now that I’m seeing tablets decrease in price.  Today, there are quite an array of tablets to choose from if you can’t afford one of the higher-end devices out there. However, with that being said, though there are some fairly discounted tablets around, you’ll most likely pay in the spec department.  However, every once in a while you’ll get a gem either with tablets or smartphones and become surprised.  Remember the AT&T Pantech Burst?  A rather low-costing device ($50) that surprised the world with what was under the hood?  In recent news a device dubbed the Viota M970 made me recall how I felt when the Burst hit the market the way it did. The tablet was manufactured by a no name entity in the U.S. and offers  a 9.7-inch IPS display with a 1.5 GHz box-chip A10 single core ARM Cortex-A8 CPU.

The device appears to take some design ques from Apple’s iPad however, it’s very stylish and doesn’t look cheap at all.  So no shame and head-lowering at the tablet party this year.  It only sports 512 MB of RAM but offers an option for the seller to toss in 1GB.  There’s also the Mali 400 graphics, a Micro SD card slot, dual 5mp/2mp cameras, 4GB of on-board storage and an HDMI out port.  Furthermore, to please the masses, the tab will be running ICS 4.0 out of the gate.  Toss in a 6,000 mAh battery and now its just draw dropping for the price.  Speaking of the price, the device is going to be offered for a mere $120 buckaroos.  Look for it possibly around the May or June mark.  So, if you’re on a serious budget but can no longer ignore the massive tablet roll-out, then this might be worth taking a look at.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: Notebook News






Developers, this app has come to your AIDE – Android Java IDE

This is supposed to be the post PC era yet you’re still developing your Android applications on them. Well friends, be shackled no more. Introducing AIDE, the Android Integrated Development Environment. Finally developers can write, compile and run their apps right on their development device. Mind you, this isn’t merely a color coded editor. This app has all the bells and whistles. 
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ICS Leaked For HTC Vivid Owners

The HTC Vivid is about to get a little bit better. How much better you ask? Well Vivid owners— you’re looking at a heaping scoop of the newest Android dessert with a side of an enhanced audio experience. That’s right folks— Ice Cream Sandwich and “diet” Sense 4.0 is finally here. But you know of course we’ve been paying close attention and already knew the update was on its way:

“In the coming weeks, HTC Vivid™ customers will be able to enjoy the optimized audio experience through an upcoming software update that will provide Android 4.0, an updated HTC Sense™ experience and Beats By Dr. Dre Audio profiles.”

Ehhh, “in the coming weeks” is too vague for some of us and it can sometimes be code for “coming months”. That’s why a crafty Vivid owner was able to grab the actual OTA update and share it with the rest of the Android community. The OTA update has been converted to a flashable file and is now ready for use by other ambitious Vivid owners. A heed of warning though: the file requires a different hboot and there is no known way of getting it back at this time. There has also been a few reports of some bricked and disabled devices as a result of a failed attempt. However– there has been an overwhelming number of success stories. You can find full details at the source link below. If you’re a Vivid owner and are ambitious enough to update your phone. Let us know how it works out for you in the Comments section or in our Forums.

source: XDA Forums
via: Android Central