Apple successfully obtained a sales ban of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 throughout the European Union (EU), at the order of a German court. While the sales ban of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is to be in effect, the same court denied Apple a ban of the redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1N— which ironically, the German courts cleared previously. The appeals court in Dusseldorf found the Galaxy Tab 7.7 infringes Apple patents that date from 2004. While the court ruling now applies to the EU, it’s not certain where countries will choose to follow or ignore the ruling and still sell the Galaxy Tab 7.7 anyways. After all, there are places like the U.K. that respectfully disagree with Apple and will sell Samsung devices regardless.
Meanwhile, Samsung offered its quick thoughts on the recent ruling by adding:
“Should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted”.
There are a lot of things you can do with the Nexus 7, but did you know you can propose to your girlfriend with one? Well on July 4th, Googler Raj Hathiramani decided to give a Nexus 7 to his girlfriend Aditi after visiting the Shedd Aquarium, Millennium Park and playing squash in Chicago. He pre-loaded it with her favorite movies, music, books, and apps. Then he did quick demo for her and showed her the video below. It’s actually a pretty cool video and one that took a lot of work.
I’m guessing the wedding favors will consist of some jelly beans. Congratulations Raj and Aditi, we wish you the best.
We’ve been hearing about the DROID RAZR HD (XT926) for a while now, and to be honest I just want this puppy to get released already. Well it looks like we’re almost there as it passed through the FCC. This usually means we will see it sometime in the next 2 months. I’m expecting a September release, but that’s not from any information, just a hunch.
In case you’re not familiar with it, the DROID RAZR HD is expected to have a 720p HD screen with ColorBoost (similar to the Atrix HD), a 13MP rear camera, and the same 3300mAh battery that the DROID RAZR MAXX has. One other piece of information we were able to get from the FCC filing is that it will also support NFC, which let me say, “It’s about time Motorola.” Smart Actions and NFC tags will be a match made in heaven.
The real question is if this device is just too late to the party?
As you all know, we are living in an Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean world, yet manufacturers continue to create devices that feature those pesky capacitive buttons. A major example of this is Samsung’s popular Galaxy S III smartphone, despite it sharing a somewhat similar design to the Galaxy Nexus which of course, is strictly all-screen. And as you might expect, certain individuals did not take too kindly to the physical buttons and decided to do something about it. XDA developer graffixnyc took the newly released CM10 preview for the international version of the Galaxy S III (I9300) and created his own special mod that allows him to make use of the Galaxy S III’s bigger screen by including on-screen nav buttons, while simultaneously eliminating the need for the capacitive buttons. Here’s his reasoning for why he decided to create the mod:
The VIZIO Co-Star Google TV box looks like a winner for $99. I know, Google TV’s growth is non existent, but when you get an updated version with a nice remote for $99, you have to consider it. If your finally looking to jump on the Google TV bandwagon, the Co-Star seems like the best option. Vizio just announced that pre-orders start today on their website with free shipping for a limited time. They expect to start shipping them by mid August.
Full press release after the break:
The popularity of the Nexus 7 is likely to push the Android experience to a lot of people who haven’t experienced it at all. In fact, when it comes to tablets, very few consumers have experienced Android. Google just released a “Getting Started” video for the Nexus 7. I know a lot of you won’t get anything out of it, but with many newer consumers just learning about Android, I’m sure it will be a big help. Surprisingly, it’s only a little over a minute which seems a little short. We just might see a whole series of videos. Hit the break to check it out.
The sources over at TechnoBuffalo have leaked renders of the LG VS930, which we already saw pass through the FCC. The source also confirms that this is in fact the LG Spectrum 2, destined for Verizon. So what are the specs we know of?
Yes, this is a global phone with support for not only Verizon’s CDMA and 4G LTE, but also for GSM and UMTS. That’s a versatile little sucker.
No news for when this will launch. Any jetsetters waiting for this one?
Today ZTE announced they will re-release the ZTE N880E. This is the first device in China (third in the world) to launch with pure 4.1 Jelly Bean, and just days after Jelly Bean was launched into the wild.
Back in May, the N880E launched with 2.3 Gingerbread and has already sold more then one million units. This could be why ZTE is relaunching, pure popularity…or it could be about marketing, but we can only speculate on the intentions of the relaunch. ZTE has said they have a very solid relationship with Google and will continue to release Jelly Bean devices. Based on their relationship, I’m very curious to see if ZTE got their hands on Google’s new PDK.
The specs of the N880E are not very impressive at all: 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 4 inch WVGA display, a 3.2MP camera, 4GB of internal storage, and a 1,650mAh battery. Like I said, nothing special, but I’m sure Chinese natives will be pumped to get their hands on some Jelly Beans goodness.
Looks like the Verizon Galaxy Nexus will receive an OTA update soon. Update “IMM76Q” is still Ice Cream Sandwhich but looks to bring a new baseband and software version. Any other news regarding this would be speculation, although, we think Verizon may be removing unified search results to avoid conflict with Apple.
In addition, you may have already seen the IMM76Q tag somewhere, that’s because its been rumored for about a month. One user reported getting a prompt to install the update, curious, others went to Verizon and Samsung and were told this is to address signal drop issues for subscribers in specific areas.
We know you want your Jelly Bean, that is unless you have already rooted :-). If you haven’t, keep in mind, it makes sense for Verizon to push patches to tidy up a bit before a major software update. With that said, we’ll keep you posted the moment we learn more!
source: Android Central
When the mobile game company Madfinger lowered their newest game Dead Trigger from $1.00 to free, there was a small sense of outrage within the Android community. While it didn’t bother me since it was just a buck for such an exceptional game, I can see why it would bother some early adopters to see the game become free in such a short amount of time.
Today, Madfinger released an official statement regarding the price drop via their Facebook page and fingers the blame on Androids ongoing app piracy problem as the reasoning for this sudden move. Here’s their official statement after the break: