Those of you waiting for an idea of how that Verizon phablet will look like are now in luck. Thanks to our friends at Droid Dog, we now see the LG Intuition in all its glory. As seen in the leaked press shot you see above, the device is nearly identical to the LG Optimus Vu, but has the classic Verizon and Verizon 4G LTE logos. Something else that will catch your attention is the fact that the homescreen clearly shows a date of “9/15/2012″, which may or may not indicate when the device could be released. Then again, the date is more than a coincidence considering well, you know— the Optimus Vu is scheduled for a global release in September and Verizon’s version will launch sometime this quarter. Of course, the highlighted date may not mean anything at all, so we’ll just go ahead and wait for Verizon or LG to finally spill the beans and give additional on the upcoming device.
source: Droid Dog
A slew of leaked photos have surfaced, revealing an array of new accessories for Sony’s rumored Xperia tablet. According to the images, Sony has constructed a keyboard case similar to that of Microsoft’s Surface tablet. In addition to the case, the manufacturer is preparing a media docking station with remote control and a stand for the tablet that allows users to operate the device in both landscape and portrait mode.
Functionality seems to have played an important role in the design of Sony’s new accessories, but if the company is going to sell any, it will need to provide a clear reason to purchase the tablet to begin with. And, unless the tablet is priced to compete with other offerings, Sony will struggle to unload many. Considering the iPad, Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire are currently the most appealing options available, the Japanese manufacturer will need to synthesize some sort of an advantage.
We can only speculate at this point, but IFA kicks off this week, so stay tuned for more coverage. You can catch the rest of the photos after the break.
The LG Optimus G has been a mysterious device that has slowly been leaking into the news. Today, LG released an interesting bit of news about its G2 Touch Hybrid Display, which all signs point to being what’s on board the G. This unusually wide 1280×768 display is a 30% thinner “gapless” panel, which means the LCD is right up near the glass, similar to HTC’s One X display. Check out the leaked picture above from androidmx.net to get an idea of the screen dimensions.
Another interesting update from LG is their newly reworked battery technology, which allows the battery to last a full 800 charge cycles, outpacing current 500-charge models. That’s about a 60% increase in the battery’s lifespan.
If both of these component improvements make it to the Optimus G, LG might have a very interesting device on their hands. Other rumored specs include a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, and a 13MP rear-facing camera.
Hit the break for another leaked photo that shows the back of the device.
This news is definitely surprising to me, what about you? According to an anonymous tipster, rumor has it that Samsung has plans on announcing a Galaxy S III based point and shoot camera alongside the Galaxy Note 2 during this years IFA. This device will allegedly be called the Samsung Galaxy S Camera and will feature the same 4.8″ Super AMOLED screen found on the Galaxy S III. It will also run Android’s 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with other internal specs of the device yet to be determined.
The tipster described the device as a Galaxy S III that has been attached to the back end of a camera with no physical buttons at the back of the device. It’s also reportedly to be as much as 2 times thicker than the Galaxy S III. Other features that’s being reported is a 10x zoom, a 16MP sensor (size still unknown), a pop-out Xenon flash with a curved right side to help with the ergonomics and will come in Wi-Fi and 3G + Wi-Fi versions (only mobile data, no voice).
What do you all make of this? Would this be a device that you would consider purchasing? I can definitely see this device appealing to many amateur photographers.
source: GSM Arena
In the spirit of the recent jury verdict in favor of Apple… and the subsequent follow-up opinions regarding the matter, it’s only fitting that we hear other individuals give their two cents regarding the idea of patents and true innovation. In the TEDTalks (Technology, Entertainment and Design Talks) video podcast, Everything Is A Remix founder Kirby Ferguson offers some perspective on the idea of true innovation. He believes music is evolved by copying and transforming melodies, combining them with new lyrics or more specifically, transforming old lyrics with an artists’ perspective and spin. He cites famed folk/pop singer Bob Dylan who used works from other singers such as Paul Clayton. More importantly, Ferguson highlights that two-thirds of Dylan’s earlier melodies in his music are “borrowed”. You’d imagine that artists would have a hard time accepting their work is “borrowed” by other artists, but not-so-fast— it isn’t the case. Here’s another famed artist Woodie Guthrie offering his perspective on items like lyrics and melodies in borrowed music:
“The words aren’t the important thing. Don’t worry about tunes. Take a tune, sing high when they sing low, sing fast when they sing slow, and you’ve got a new tune”.
So with that concept in mind, Ferguson uses additional time to criticize Apple for not applying the “everything is borrowed” perspective for its products. He highlights the hypocrisy of American and international copyright and patent laws are built to counter the ability to previously use the work of others. Moreover, he cites multi-touch that was introduced in the original iPhone as an example. While Apple did indeed “patent” the technology, Ferguson highlights an example of the technology used by Jeff Han one year earlier and even highlighted the technology “wasn’t completely new” when he put it on display at a conference. This is fitting because Steve Jobs even admits in 1996 that even Apple “steals ideas”— with multi-touch being the most famed example… except it’s acceptable for Apple because you know— Android is a stolen product and all.
The video podcast is certainly an interesting one, so be sure to hit the break in order to check it out in all its entirety.
We already knew that Samsung would be filing post-verdict motions to overturn the jury’s guilty verdict, but it’s unclear as to exactly what path the company will take. Samsung’s official statement solidified its stance on fighting the issue, saying “this isn’t the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple’s claims.” And, with $1.05 billion at stake, it makes sense for the South Korean-based electronics company to carefully prepare before it takes its next step.
It’s expected that Samsung’s appeal to Judge Lucy Koh will be centered around the argument that the jury’s verdict was either unreasonable or unsupported by the evidence in play. Very rarely do Judges grant these types of motions, but due to the amount of damages, Samsung feels it has a chance. However, if the company is unsuccessful, there may be a slew of other options.
I don’t know about you, but I’m still profoundly shocked and whip-lashed from the outcome of the Samsung vs. Apple patent lawsuit. While the jury was still in deliberations deciding on the outcome of this case, I always thought to myself what I’d give to have an ear in that room with the 9 jurors. I’m sure many of you can share the same sentiments as we would all love to know what went down in there that ultimately cost Samsung more than a billion dollars. Thankfully, one of those 9 jury members by the name of Manuel Ilagan has stepped forward and provided all of us with some insight on what was talked about and why they gave Apple this landslide victory.
According to Ilagan, “We found for Apple because of the evidence they presented. It was clear there was infringement.” That statement alone pretty much tells us that Samsung had no chance in this battle right off the bat. Ilagan also provided what he, and the other jurors, thought were damning evidence against Samsung:
“Well, there were several. The e-mails that went back and forth from Samsung execs about the Apple features that they should incorporate into their devices was pretty damning to me. And also, on the last day, they showed the pictures of the phones that Samsung made before the iPhone came out and ones that they made after the iPhone came out. Some of the Samsung executives they presented on video [testimony] from Korea — I thought they were dodging the questions. They didn’t answer one of them. They didn’t help their cause.”
Ilagan also pointed out that a licencing deal that Samsung had with Intel piled on even more votes towards Apple:
“Samsung’s offensive on Apple that claimed Apple violated two of its patents relating to 3G wireless technology. One patent involved the baseband chip in the iPhone and iPad with 3G. During the trial, Apple turned around and pointed to a licensing deal Samsung had with Intel, which made the chips Apple used. Under that deal, Apple said, Samsung was not able to sue any companies Intel sold to. Apple then presented the receipts from when it purchased the accused chips from Intel.”
A press release from Vodafone has confirmed the ASUS Transformer Pad TF700KL is heading to Germany, a Transformer Pad TF700 with 4G LTE connectivity. The new LTE Transformer will initially launch in Germany, but will soon be available in other Vodafone stores across Europe – with the exception of Italy, which has not yet upgraded their network infrastructure to support LTE.
Unlike its Transformer TF700 siblings the TF700KL will be powered by a more power efficient dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz (rather than the quad-core 1.6GHz Nvidia Tegra 3), which was most likely chosen due to LTE’s demanding battery life. Its display will be covered in Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 which will allow the device to be thinner, but will still support a dazzling full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution. Other specs remain identical such as 1GB RAM, storage options of 16GB, 32GB or 64G, and as always an expandable microSD card slot.
The top-of-the-line TF700KL 64GB model will be priced at a hefty €819 ($1025 USD) for non subsidized customers and €169 ($211 USD) with a contract.
via: Notebook Italia
I’m not sure I can say that I’m shocked at yesterday’s verdict, but I can say I’m thoroughly outraged. Anyone reading this knows I’m on the Android side of the fence, but that has nothing to do with it. I’ve already stated that if things were reversed, I wouldn’t want to see Samsung win either. I know readers probably won’t believe that, but it’s true. Yes, I want Android to always be the leader, but never at the expense of innovation.
Now with that said, the jury isn’t at fault here. The verdict was correct based on the patents that Apple owns, and there’s no question that Samsung was guilty of infringing on them. In fact Samsung never had a chance to win this case, so I’m not sure why they invested so much trying to fight it. The problem is the patents themselves and the patent system as a whole. Samsung argued that Apple’s patents we are all based on previous innovations and therefore weren’t valid, but it was unlikely the jury would overturn what the United States Patent and Trademark Office already issued. Assuming that’s the case, the jury had no choice but to find that Samsung did in fact infringe on the patents. If anyone is guilty of any wrong-doing it’s the USPTO for issuing the patents in the first place.
While you see a wireless carrier or two continue their commitment to offering shared data plans while wiping out those coveted unlimited data plans, it turns out consumers should be just fine with shared data plans. According to a study done by NPD Group, information collected from 1,000 Android smartphone users through an app that tracks data usage shows the vast majority of customers on a Big 4 network (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile) generally use less than 2GB of data per month. In another not-so-surprising fact, NPD also revealed that users with unlimited data plans didn’t even take advantage of being able to use unlimited data because those same users utilize WiFi networks more often than not.
In addition, not all customers of wireless carriers are the same. According to the findings, T-Mobile has the most data-hungry customers as 11% of customers use more than 3GB per month compared to 4% on AT&T/Sprint and 3% on Verizon. The reasoning? Analyst Eddie Hold believes: “T-Mobile consumers tend to be younger. Younger demographics are the ones we find hit the network harder by doing a little video and music streaming”.
All in all, the article sounds about right and confirms both Verizon’s and AT&T’s reasoning for introducing the tiered data plans. How about you all? Do you agree with the study or not? We’d certainly love to hear your thoughts of your usage or of the findings from the recent study.