Given that Android and its respective manufacturers are having a tough time against Apple these days it would be nice to see a win for Google and the Android platform altogether. Well boy do I have good news for you folks as Oracle is seeing its patent suits against the search giant crumble down around them. Unofficially known as the suit to end all suits, it was the one that could have effectively killed Android as a platform with its required royalties. This would probably force Google to charge manufacturers to use the platform. While the patent dispute was postponed that didn’t mean that the wheels weren’t turning behind the scenes.
For those that don’t know, Oracle bought Sun and valued the transaction at “approximately $7.4 billion, of $5.6 billion net of Sun’s cash and debt.” Broken down this includes, the hardware, MQL, Solaris and other aspects that encompass more than just Java. But the Sun Microsystems acquiring company valued six, dropped to five, out of 500 Java patents at $6 billion dollars. This figure obviously being over hyped.
The same developer who brought us the “Motofail” root method that roots most Motorola devices, has turned his attention to Verizon’s LG Spectrum. LG devices have not been difficult to root in the past, and root-magician Dan Rosenberg’s comments confirm that fact, stating simply, “Yawn. LG loses, users win.”
Check out our LG Spectrum hands-on video, then hit up the source link below to grab the files necessary.
Huawei’s press invite for Mobile World Congress already told us the Ascend D1 Q would be their fastest smartphone yet. Now, they have gone ahead and released some teaser pictures of the device. This marks a departure from Huawei’s current reputation of putting out budget devices. The pictures do seem to show a more elegant profile, dare I say reminiscent of HTC designs. See for yourself:
We’ve already heard about Qualcomm’s latest processor, the Snapdragon S4, which will be quad-core and utilize LTE. Qualcomm took the time to give us some details ahead of Mobile World Congress. The new SoC now supports up to three cameras (two in the back for 3D and one front-facing), 20-megapixels, and recording video at 1080p (30fps). We can also expect zero shutter lag, 3A processing (autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance), and improved blink/smile detection, gaze estimation, range finding and image stabilization. Last but not least, it supports gesture detection/control, augmented reality, and computer vision (via Qualcomm’s FastCV).
Hit the break for a couple of videos featuring image stabilization and gestures.
The LG Optimus Vu was rumored to be officially announced at Mobile World Congress 2012, but it appears that the anticipation was too much for LG to wait until February 27 to tell you about their 5-inch beast. The LTE tabletphone, or phablet, has a 4:3 aspect ratio display which will make viewing pictures, reading a book or web browsing easier in portrait mode.
Some of the main specs are:
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 32GB internal memory
- 2,080 mAh battery
- 8 MP rear camera
- 5 inch IPS LCD display, 1024 x 768 resolution, 4:3 aspect ratio
- 8.5mm thick
The Optimus Vu will also feature a built-in QuickClip button for one touch screen shots, and a specialized stylus. It will initially have Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but LG promises Ice Cream Sandwich within three months.
LG says the Optimus Vu will be available in Korea in March, but did not specify any release dates in the rest of the world. They will have additional information on the device at MWC 2012.
How does the Optimus Vu “measure up” to the Galaxy Note (which is going on sale for AT&T today), in your opinion? Let us know in the comments! Also, check out the full press release and more pictures after the break.
The time is now and the place is the U.S.. You stateside folks can finally get your hands on the ATT Samsung Galaxy Note! Available at many online retailers and even some brick-and-mortar stores, the AT&T Galaxy Note was officially released today.
Announced back in September, the Note’s Euro version was released a few months ago and according to Samsung, has already shipped over 1 million units. Originally speculated by many to be too large of a smartphone to be widely adopted, the Note has already seen overwhelming success. In fact, even though the device wasn’t considered “new” anymore at this years CES, the Note all but stole the show. Once the 5.3-inch phablet actually made its way in to peoples hands, it seemed the general response instantly turned from negative to positive. The one word I have heard used to describe the device more than any other (besides “huge”), is “beautiful.”
A couple of days ago, our own Stacy Bruce reported that the DROID XYBOARD had been rooted. Now, apparently, the developer of this root method, which he calls “Motofail”, is stating that this same exploit works on all current Motorola devices running Gingerbread or Honeycomb.
The Droid 4 root (“Motofail”) should work on all Gingerbread Motorola devices that I know of. The just-released XYBoard root (“XYZ”) should root all Gingerbread and Honeycomb Motorola devices. Both Motofail and XYZ rely on the same vulnerability, but the XYBoard had an additional hurdle in place that required me to exploit a second bug in order to trigger the first one.
This is great news for the modding community. With this root method, dozens of devices can now be rooted, including the Droid 4, Droid RAZR, Droid Maxx, Droid Bionic, Atrix, Atrix 2, Xoom, and many more. Interestingly, reports are coming in that the this exploit is NOT working on the Xoom Family Edition.
This comes on the heels of Motorola’s Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade schedule for many of their devices. Some updates are coming in Q2 or Q3, and some are not coming at all. Perfect timing for those on the “not coming at all” list.
Don’t you hate it when you drop $300 million to buy S3 Graphics to get a hold of its patents only to find they won’t help you against the sue-happy Apple? Well if you’re HTC then yes, you hate it when this happens. While at heart it was a good idea, considering that Motorola and Samsung are also having problems with their respective handsets being fodder for patent litigation, the plan was for not. The ITC felt that Apple didn’t infringe on any of these patents in the first place back in November.
HTC made an attempt at a repealing the ruling however the ITC is standing firm in their decision. Although HTC could make an attempt at repealing this second ruling they probably won’t considering the amount of resources they could potentially waste given their first two defeats. However as all of Apple’s federal lawsuits have been stayed against the Taiwanese company by the US District Court for the District of Delaware, we may not see any rulings on Apple’s US claims against HTC in 2012.
It appears that HTC is going to have to go back to the drawing boards in their battles against the sue-happy, iDevice making Apple. Given that Motorola recently suffered a defeat against Apple as well and Samsung is battling a new suit by Apple regarding its new Nexus, having FOSS patents in your bookmarks may be a good idea if you’re curious as to how these legal battles are shaping up. Even though HTC promised that these suits wouldn’t affect profits, they will surely take their toll on the company. It will be interesting to see just how HTC will come back from this legal loss.
source: FOSS Patents
One month ago, Notion Ink had an alpha version of Ice Cream Sandwich for Adam users. As with most alpha versions, it was extremely buggy. Now, you can download the beta version. The GPS, graphics acceleration, 3G, USB, Youtube and Wi-Fi are working much better compared to the alpha version. However, the camera, light sensor and microphone are still not functioning as they work out the bugs. If you own one of these nifty tablets and would like a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, hit up the link below to download it.
source: Notion Ink
As tablets become more and more common in our daily lives, lots of innovative uses for them are being found. Samsung had already teamed up with the Phoenix Suns to bring the Galaxy Tab 10.1 court side. Now, Samsung has struck a deal with the Atlantic Hotel Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to place the Galaxy Tab 10.1 into more than one hundred guest rooms.
Guests can use the tab to easily access hotel services, like room service or spa appointments. This system is named iGet, a hospitality focused method that uses the tab to run Runtriz Hotel Evolution Software. This user interface, developed by Adjacent Innovations, will have pre-installed apps and games to deliver a first-rate experience for guests. All your hotel needs will be accessible with a simple touch of your finger. Where do you think we’ll see tablets being used next? Let us know in the comments below.