Motorola Photon Q Passes Through the FCC

Remember the Motorola Photon 4G from Sprint? Its slide-out QWERTY keyboard cousin just passed through FCC and should be available on Sprint very soon paired with LTE bands. The phone will be dubbed the Motorola Photon Q and will also sport an NFC chip. Other rumored specs for the phone includes the popular Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor paired with a qHD (960 x 540) resolution screen rumored to be within the 4″-4.3″ range.

I know there are still some physical QWERTY fans out there. Any of our readers thinking about picking up a quality slide-out QWERTY keyboard phone?

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via: Phandroid


Sonic 4 Episode II Now Available for all Android Devices Running 2.3 or Higher

Sonic 4 Episode II is now available in the Google Play Store for the price of $6.99. This has been out since May, but was only available for Tegra 3 devices. Now it’s available for all devices running Android 2.3 or higher, so most of you can get your hands on this classic Sonic game. While the price may be a little steep compared to other high end 3D Android games, Sonic has always been one of those nostalgic games that everyone loves. Still skeptical on picking this game up? Head over to our review of the game which also includes a video to further see what game-play is like.


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Nexus 7 Tablet Goes Through Its First Teardown

The fancy new Nexus 7 has been put through its teardown test and passed with flying colors, thanks to the gang at iFixit. iFixit decided to take some time out and show the world what it really wants to know: what’s really inside the Nexus 7 tablet? It definitely delivered in a major way by showing a detailed step-by-step process of tearing down and inspecting the nooks and crannies of the device. Among the things found inside are a ton of goodies inside including a huge 4,326 mAh battery (which was surprisingly easy to remove by the way) and 1GB of DDR RAM.

As exciting as the detailed photos are, most consumers want to know the second biggest mystery, which is how repairable is the Nexus 7? Well, the gang at iFixit gave the device a repairability score of 7 out of 10— making it fairly easy to repair should anything go awry or wrong for prospective owners. There’s much more detail in iFixit’s session with the Nexus 7, so hit the break to see all the photos and descriptions of the different parts.

source: iFixit

Official open source iFixit app now in Google Play store

Are you the type of person who is always taking stuff apart to fix it or just out of curiousity? Are you the local “go to” person when something breaks and needs repair? If so, you may already be familiar with iFixit. If you are not familiar with iFixit, it is an online service that promises to make it easy for you to fix things yourself. They have repair guides, troubleshooting tips, and even “teardowns” where they take apart the latest gizmos to see what is inside. iFixit is also a community driven resource, inviting contibutors to help out with expanding the knowledge base.

Today iFixit announced that they have made a native Android iFixit app available in the Google Play store. Check the link after the break to grab your copy from the Play store.
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Apple denied emergency ban on HTC phone imports

Remember when the HTC EVO 4G LTE launch was delayed because it was held up at customs thanks to Apple? It wasn’t just the EVO 4G LTE with issues as Apple claims other phones, including the One X, infringed on a patent order issued in December. After a short delay, the phones were accepted in the U.S., but as expected Apple is fighting back. Apparently they made an emergency request to have HTC phones denied at the U.S. border. Thankfully the U.S. International Trade Commission denied that request.

The patent in question was related to a pop up that appears when clicking on certain links. For example, if you click on an email address, a pop up would appear letting you choose if you want to send it via Gmail, the stock Email application, or some other email application you might have installed on your device. Back in December it was found that HTC violated this infringement and was issued an order to fix it. The interesting thing is they did fix it as you can see in our previous post. Apple is still not pleased and continues to try to block sales of HTC products here in the U.S.

I seriously don’t get it. Why does Apple continue to stoop to these levels? Eventually the mainstream press has to start looking at Apple in a more negative light.

source: businessweek



Samsung denied request to lift ban of Galaxy Tab 10.1

Things aren’t looking good for Samsung this week. Apple won a ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 then shortly after, a ban on the Galaxy Nexus. Samsung is appealing both cases, but as to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh rejected Samsung’s request. Now the Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn’t really in sales channels so much since the Galaxy Tab 2 is out, but this is not a good precedence. In fact Koh is the same judge who awarded the pre-trial ban on the Galaxy Nexus this past Friday.

“Samsung is disappointed with the court’s decision that denied our motion to stay. We believe today’s ruling will ultimately reduce the availability of superior technological features to consumers in the United States,” Samsung said in a statement.

Now if there is anything to feel optimistic about, it’s the fact that the district court is not the last chance for Samsung. They are appealing on the federal level in Washington, DC, which has exclusive jurisdiction over intellectual property disputes.

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Ouya Game Console Brings Open-Source Hacking To Developers For $99

Well here’s a novel twist to the openness of the Android platform. There’s a new game system called Ouya that’s gotten the attention of many Android fanatics and gamers. The special characteristic about the game system is the fact that the console is completely hackable— as in ready to be tinkered with. Created by Yves Behar, Ouya gives prospective buyers the chance to own a console that can connect to a TV, while including a high-concept developer ecosystem that’s completely free and open. Every customer will also be treated to a full-fledged developer kit which can be used to developer and publish games. We don’t know what’s inside the device, but the cost is certainly enticing as the game system is set to come in at $99.

Now that the Ouya concept is out, it’s now time for the games to start pouring in. It will be interesting to see what is created and developed from this uber cool piece of technology.

source: The Verge

Porn Industry could be ‘eyeing’ Google Glass for POV films

I”m still wondering if people are really ready to wear Google Glasses on a regular basis, but until we find out all the uses for it, it’s hard to make that determination. One use case just might be the porn industry for what’s called point of view (POV) films. Quentin Boyer from adult firm Pink Visual said, “The style of porn known as ‘point of view’ (‘POV’ for short) has been a popular type of content for quite a while now. Obviously, a device that allows you to shoot high quality video in a truly hands-free fashion will make shooting POV porn that much easier.”

No Pink Visual wasn’t at Google I/O so they didn’t have the ability to pre-order one of those bad boys for $1,500, but let’s face it, they have the bucks to buy one off the early adopters. Boyer went on to say, “To really know their full potential, we’ll need to get a pair to play around with, but we’re already dreaming up ways to use the glasses to get shots (sex-related and otherwise) that just aren’t feasible using a traditional camera setup.”

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Latest Android Distribution Chart Shows Gingerbread 2.3 Is On Most Devices, But Ice Cream Sandwich Is Slowly Creeping Upwards

While it’s exciting to see ICS’s expected growth in the Android distribution chart, you’ll notice the newly unveiled Jelly Bean is noticeably absent. We suspect once the Nexus 7 is released within a few weeks coupled with the immediate updates of the developer devices (Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Xoom WiFi tablet), Jelly Bean will make its mark in the next round of the distribution charts. Hit the source link for more details from the fine developers at Google.

source: Android Developers