Apple Must Reveal Australian Phone Contracts to Samsung

Things are really getting juicy between Apple and Samsung in Australia as Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett ruled that Apple must now provide Samsung with copies of contracts with Australian cellphone carriers.

If you wil remember, Samsung has sued Apple in Australia claiming that the iPhone and the iPad infringe on patents that the company holds for various wireless technologies. Samsung asserts that Apple forces carriers to subsidize iPhone sales and is requesting contracts from Vodafone, SingTel, and Telstra if the two mobile giants can’t come to an agreement on said accusation. Apple’s lawyer Andrew Fox told the judge that “We will resist any attempts by our friends to push us into a corner,” and “This is quite clearly a fishing expedition,” and that Apple will do its best to prove that this is just another way for Samsung to find other damaging evidence.

However, Apple has already managed to ban Australian sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the two continue ongoing lawsuits in Japan, Germany, france and the United States. Earlier this month, Samsung also requested the iPhone 4S source code and was given 220 pages of code, but was mysteriously missing one file.

[via Bloomberg]

HTC Sensation XE Shows Up In White

Everyone’s favorite original Beats Audio device, the Sensation XE, is about to slip into something a little more comfortable.  And by that, I mean it’s going to begin debuting in white.  I don’t know about you but it seems like white devices are starting to grow on me.  The device is no HTC Rezound, but it’s no flake either.  Housing a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU and the ability to capture 1080p video recording makes the device a worthy contender.  Well, why not wrap it in a white package?  The device, sporting silver and white, has been listed on the Japanese version of retailer Expansys’s site.  The site touts that the handset is “ready to ship-out” and will arrive in 5-15 days after ordering.  The device will roughly run you about $570 bucks.  In addition to some of its features, the handset houses a beautiful 4.3-inch qHD display, comes with 768 mb of RAM and sports Sense UI 3.0 on top of Gingerbread 2.3.4.  In the market for a white device for the holidays?

[via Pocket Now]

LG Mystery Device Shows Up Wearing a Mophie Juice Pack, LG’s First Ice Cream Sandwich Device?

In recent mysteries to befall the inter-webs, a puzzling image of what appears to be an LG device has made headlines, subsequently causing more questions than actually revealing any answers. There is nothing known about the device at this time nor why it appears to be clothed in a Mophie battery pack typically found on iPhones.  The item(s) to note are the bottom row buttons across the device.  They appear to be like those found on the LG Optimus Hub and Univa.  The camera lens and flash tend to also be a dead giveaway as to this being an LG handset.  Furthermore, to add to the wow factor, the device is showing the Android 4.0 (ICS) lock screen.

It’s possible the Android 4.0 antics could be photo shopped, which wouldn’t be difficult to do at all, so don’t call this “official” just yet.  However, it would appear we’ve got something good going here if this device is to lure Mophie away from the iPhone for a change.  If anyone is aware of the device or can provide any other tip on this handset, you know where to find us.

[via Pocket Now]

Schmidt on Jobs’ claims: “…Android effort started before the iPhone effort”

It wasn’t that long ago that those bone chilling words from Jobs came to light:

“Our lawsuit is saying, ‘Google you f***ing ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off”

and

“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product.

“I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this,”

In response, while speaking to reporters in South Korea, Schmidt stated that he wasn’t interested in responding to the book but did however want to offer some general perspective on Steve Jobs’ claims.

“I’ve decided not to comment on what’s been written on a book after his death,”   …”Steve is a fantastic human being and someone who I miss very dearly. As a general comment, I think most people would agree that Google is a great innovator and I would also point out that the Android effort started before the iPhone effort.”  
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The Nabi Tablet – A Kid Friendly Android Tablet Available For Pre-Order Now

Aww, isn’t this cute. A kid friendly, adult approved Android tablet. While this isn’t the first children’s Android tablet we have seen, App developer FUHU has teamed up with the worlds target toy store, Toys R Us, and created another budget friendly Android tablet for children. This time around we bring you the Nabi tablet. The Nabi is a tablet meant for fun and education and features a “kiddie” UI on top of the Android OS and allows the little ones to safely surf the web, watch movies, read books and have access to various educational applications. And after the kids have gone to bed, parents can commandeer the Nabi, enter a secret password, and unlock the tablet for a more traditional Android experience. Sounds like a gift with benefits to me!

The Nabi tablet has specs that may baffle some parents and could make some Android tablet owners jealous. The screen is a 7-inch, 800×480 resolution display and can playback video at 1080p HD. Pretty sweet, huh? Lemme finish. The unit is powered by a 533MHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor with a PowerVR SGX530 GPU that allows for 3D gaming. There is a 3,000mAh battery that supposedly provides up to 5 hours of non-stop Barney watching, or whatever it is these kids are watching these days. Your child we also be able to visit TalkAndroid.com to keep abreast on all the latest Android news via Wi-Fi, and a front facing camera will aid in video chat for those times when you are out of town on business.
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Galaxy Nexus Accessories Already Showing Up in Verizon Stores

It’s really a shame that Verizon hasn’t given us a Galaxy Nexus launch date yet, leaving us to only go off of speculation. We have heard a bunch of different rumors surrounding the device’s launch: November 10, 17, 21 and as late as sometime after black Friday. Which is it Big Red? Your starting to piss a few of us off already. This launch should be epic. One that goes down in history. Instead they are just sitting back for some reason, watching all the speculation, all the while brick and mortar stores are receiving shipments of accessories! You read correctly, accessories already!

Reports are showing images of Galaxy Nexus cases showing up in Verizon’s retail stores. There is a case with kickstand/holster combo and a silicon cover that has arrived in-store before they have even announced the official release date. It’s gonna be hard to sell a Galaxy Nexus case without a damn phone to put in it! So please Verizon, cut us some slack here and give us some kind of release date! We have been patient for a good while now.

[via Droid Life]

Amazon’s Kindle Fire Will Have Access to Android Apps but Not Via The Android Market

It appears that Amazon didn’t want their Kindle Fire to get lost in the hype of all the latest tablet news and released some new info with hopes to re-kindle the fire. After today’s Asus Transformer Prime announcement, Amazon dropped a new press release describing the ins and outs of its latest tablet endeavor, and yes, its Android powered.

Will the Kindle Fire be an Android tablet? Will we have access to the Android Market? These have been questions on all of our minds and the answer is yes and no. Literally in that order. The Kindle Fire is powered by Android but will be accompanied by a custom UI, unfortunately you will not have access to the Android Market with the official build of the OS (but you can bet the devs will cook something up!). You will though, have access to thousands of apps via Amazon’s very own market, the Amazon Appstore. Here, check out what Amazon has to offer:

When Kindle Fire customers across the country open their boxes next week, they will be able to choose from several thousand of the most popular Android apps and games, including Netflix, Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, Comics by comiXology, Facebook, The Weather Channel and popular games from Zynga, EA, Gameloft, PopCap and Rovio. Kindle Fire customers will be able to download these apps and games without having to register multiple times and using Amazon’s simple and secure 1-Click payment technology. Plus, all apps are Amazon-tested on Kindle Fire for the best experience possible, customers can get a great “paid” app for free every day, and once you’ve downloaded an app from the Amazon Appstore, it’s available on Kindle Fire as well as your other Android-based devices.

So there you have it. Another official Android tablet. And this one is only $199! Any one pre-ordered yet?

Jump past the break for the full press release.


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Samsung Illusion Shows Up on Verizon Infocenter

At the beginning of the month we saw a document from Verizon leading us to believe that we may see a new entry level phone from Samsung this month. The Samsung Illusion has once again reared its head but this time in the form of an official Verizon Infocenter page. An unknown source sent the above screencap to our friends over at Android Central and gives us a little more confidence that the device launch is just around the corner.

Although an entry level smartphone, the Samsung Illusion should remind you a little of the Nexus S only in a smaller package and without the vanilla Android experience. The specs are still as we suspected: a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 512MB of RAM, 3MP camera and a curved 3.5-inch TFT HVGA display with a resolution of 480×320.

All in all, this is looking to be one of the best entry level devices out there and will make a great gift for the young ones this holiday season. That is if Big Red does launch the device within the next month or so. We still have no idea what price this will launch with but, given the specs I can imagine it will be rather affordable. It seems like Verizon is gearing up for something so we will let you know as soon as we hear more.

[via Android Central]

[DEAL] Costco To Sell DROID RAZR With Free Accessory Bonus Pack

Do you remember when Costco was giving a killer deal on the DROID Bionic including a free Accessory Bonus Pack for $279? Well thanks to a tip from AndroidCentral, it looks like Costco doing it again, but this time with the DROID RAZR. Included in the free bundle with the RAZR is an HDMI cable, HD dock, portable charger, and a second wall charger. Of course, you’ll need to be a Costco member to take advantage of this deal. I’d expect the pricing will be floating under Verizon’s contract price of $299 like it did with the Bionic. Who’s got a local Costco membership and locked and loaded for 11/11/11 11:11? Let’s hear it down there in the comments. Gotta love a good deal.

[via androidcentral]

Adobe To Stop Development Of Flash For Mobile Browsers

Before you pull your hair out just yet, Flash isn’t going away, it’s just not going to be developed further. While Adobe has made it official that they are stopping development of Flash for mobile browsers, they also made it clear there will be continued bug fixes and security updates for existing devices. Adobe’s statement reads:

Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores.  We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook.  We will of course continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations.  We will also allow our source code licensees to continue working on and release their own implementations.

Adobe’s reasoning for this is to put more resources into HTML5. What I gather from all of this is, though Flash in its current state will not be seen on future devices, we can expect to see something even better on the horizon with HTML5. I’m not sure this is anything to freak out about, but more to be excited about the cool new things HTML5 will bring to both PC and mobile devices. I’m curious to hear what you all think though. Hit up the break to check out the full press release for yourself and let us know what you think.


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