Earlier in the year, Motorola announced a partnership with Intel in which they would utilize their chips for select smartphones. We haven’t heard a peep until now. Motorola is sending out invites for an event in London on September 18th. As you can clearly see, the Intel logo is at the top of the invitation so I think it’s safe to say that we will finally see Motorola’s first phone featuring Intel’s Medfield chip. It will be interesting to see what Motorola and Intel have in store. So far the current crop of Intel-based smartphones are mid-level devices. Will Motorola show us a higher-end device and will it look like the leak we saw 6 months ago? Stay tuned.
I don’t know about you, but I always find myself trying to find the best Twitter client that best fits me. I have been on Plume (formerly known as Touiteur) for quite some time now and have yet to find a suitable replacement. Plume is wonderful and the abundant updates constantly brings new features and fluidity throughout the app. The most notable new feature in this recent update is a “swipe-able panel” (like the Google+ and YouTube app) on the left side that brings you several navigational options. If that itself hasn’t made you excited about the update, here’s what else you can expect:
- rework the application navigation to be more fluid
- rework the tablet UI to better fit 7″ tablets
- add a simple Draft system (automatic save/restore)
- add Facebook picture uploading
- fix Twitlonger expansion
If you’re looking for a great and feature filled 3rd party Twitter client, I would highly suggest Plume. You can grab the app for free ($4.99 if you wish to take out the ads) via the QR code or download link after the break.
One of Android’s most popular 3rd party browsers has recently been updated and brings in some much needed speed along with a native UI for tablets. Here’s some of what you can expect:
- Native UI for tablets, including faster startup and a beautiful new Awesome Bar!
- Desktop sites can now be requested from the menu
- Even better tabs experience – now includes swipe to close
- Find in page implemented
- Support for SPDY networking protocol v3
- Bookmarks and history can now be imported from the stock browser in the Settings
The update definitely brings a better overall experience for tablet users. Panning and interacting through pages should give you a better overall experience. The update is now live and ready for consumers. Have you guys tried this new update yet? If so, tell us your experience with it!
QR code and download link will be available after the break.
Editing videos on your smartphone can be quite challenging and frustrating. Magisto aims to make that easier for you with their new Android app now available for free in the Play Store. All you need to do is just shoot and upload a video from your device, choose a soundtrack, give your movie a title and Magisto will automatically edit your movie for you. Here’s what else the app can offer you:
- Unprecedented AI Technology that analyzes and edits the best parts of your videos
- Easily share to Facebook, Twitter, Email and even YouTube
- Automatic video stabilization, filters, effects and transitions
- Facial recognition detects the important people in your videos
- Upload videos from your Gallery or use Magisto as a smart video camera
- Add soundtracks from your device or from Magisto’s library of licensed music
- Access your movies from any device
If you’re into quick and painless video editing, this may be the app for you! Check out the video showcasing the app after the break.
This is certainly interesting and something I wasn’t expecting. It looks like HTC’s supposed upcoming 10 inch tablet may have found its way out into the public with several leaked photos. The design definitely looks interesting and something new compared to the other Android tablets that are currently out. The tablet offers a very slim design and a thicker bezel at the bottom where the front facing camera resides. It also looks like it’s running HTC’s Sense interface, although it may be a Sense that’s been made for tablets.
After more than a year away from the Play Store, Grooveshark has made a mighty comeback. With so many options and most importantly, free unlimited music streaming, you can expect this to be a great alternative to other apps such as Pandora. Here’s what you can expect for their free features:
- Unlimited streaming of over 20 genre Radio Stations
- Hand-tagged selections from the millions of songs in our library
- Launch a custom Radio Station based on any song you choose
- Skip and like songs
Let’s face it, we all love reading those “feel-good” internet stories, right? Samsung has given us just that by giving one lucky fan a free customized Samsung Galaxy S III. It all started when a 26 year old man by the name of Shane left a short but cute comment on Samsung’s Facebook page. He explained to them how much of a Samsung fan he is and all of the different Samsung products he’s owned throughout the years. To make things sweeter, he added a drawing of a green “Reptar” like dragon that he drew himself. Soon after, Samsung replied and added in a drawing of a kangaroo.
On Monday, a filing was made with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in which Motorola Mobility (Google) and Apple entered into a standard-essential (FRAND) patent license agreement. The agreement states that Apple is now licensed to use Motorola’s FRAND patents in Germany. The royalty rate has yet to be set.
Now you have to understand, when it comes to standard-essential patents, the patent owner (Moto) must agree to a licensing deal with a competitor (Apple) if that competitor makes an offer to accept a licensing arrangement. The patent holder cannot refuse without blatantly violating antitrust law. That also means that Apple is essentially admitting to infringing the patents and is liable for past damages.
The filing only covers “cellular standard-essential” patents, leaving Wi-Fi and video codecs open for a later fight. Or separate licensing deals could be struck for those if both parties are tired of fighting.
Hmm, perhaps Microsoft had the right idea all along avoiding the courts and sleeping with its enemies instead. It sure is much less expensive.
source: foss patents
Judge Lucy Koh has set the date for the Samsung vs. Apple hearing in which Apple wants 8 Samsung smartphones to be banned in the US. On December 6th both Samsung and Apple will be at it again in court, and as usual, Samsung will be defending itself as Apple seeks to block sales of several of the Korean maker’s top selling US handsets. Samsung will also be busy on September 20th as they’re working on lifting the ban that’s currently on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Considering the jurors found that the Tab 10.1 was not infringing upon Apple’s patents, I would imagine that the ban should be lifted. Then again, I’m no lawyer so we’ll see how that turns out.
This has been such a long and tiring road. I can only imagine the stress this has put on Samsung. I’m sure we’ll all be tuning into our Twitter feeds come December 6th.
LG has managed to steal the spotlight before IFA 2012 even kicks off, and it doesn’t look like the company is planning on slowing down anytime soon. The Korean-based manufacturer just announced the Optimus L9, the newest addition to its budget-oriented L series. With it’s 4.7-inch IPS display and dual-core 1GHz processor, the L9 is not a slacker by any means. Additionally, the device is outfitted with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 5-megapixel rear camera, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of on board storage.
Also included is LG’s revamped software, which features a redesigned virutual keyboard and a language translation app. Dubbed My Style Keypad, the new keyboard allows users to manually adjust the placement of keys to make for an easier one-handed typing experience. Finding your way through a foreign country is now less difficult, as the QTranslator translation application uses OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to translate words and sentences from 44 different languages. Pricing and availability are still unknown, but we’ll let you know when we find out more. In the meantime, you can read the full press release below.