The patent wars continue on as Apple and Samsung are in the middle of multiple disputes in numerous countries. The International Trade Commission has one on their desk as Samsung is suing Apple for infringing on four of their patents. In the preliminary ruling on Friday, Judge James Gildea ruled that Apple didn’t infringe on any of Samsung’s patents.
The ruling is not final until the commission decides whether or not to agree with their judge. That decision should come some time in January. Before that decision is made, the International Trade Commission will also decide if Samsung copied Apple’s iPhones and iPads, sound familiar. These patent wars have been going on since 2010, and with more cases coming up and appeals yet to be resolved, who knows when or if they will end.
Motorola has kept its promise and officially made the Droid RAZR M Developer Edition available to buy online. Unlike the original Droid RAZR M, the dev model features an unlocked bootloader, meaning custom ROMs and kernels can easily be loaded on the new hardware. You’ll still be getting the same specs however, including an “edge-to-edge” 4.3-inch qHD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Be prepared to pay up, though, as the Droid RAZR M Developer Edition will set you back $549.99. Be sure to head to the source link below for the full list of deets.
Earlier today, it was reported that Acer’s CloudMobile A800 had been canceled because its Aliyun OS wasn’t compatible with the Android ecosystem. Acer made it made it known that Google had “expressed concerns” about the device’s launch, though several important details that could potentially explain the reasoning behind the decision were lacking. To clear up the issue, the Mountain View search giant has issued an official statement.
“Compatibility is at the heart of the Android ecosystem and ensures a consistent experience for developers, manufacturers and consumers. Non-compatible versions of Android, like Aliyun, weaken the ecosystem. All members of the Open Handset Alliance have committed to building one Android platform and to not ship non-compatible Android devices. This does not however, keep OHA members from participating in competing ecosystems.”
While the words above provide some insight as to why the device’s launch was indefinitely delayed, exact specifics regarding the way in which the Aliyun OS utilizes Android features is still unclear. Alibaba, the internet company collaborating with Acer on the phone, insists that the “Aliyun OS is built on open-source Linux and is not part of the Android ecosystem.” However, because Acer is a member of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), the company is required to follow Google’s orders. For comparison, a company like Amazon isn’t required to cooperate with Google. It doesn’t have to follow the guidelines of the OHA, which means its Kindle Fire tablets aren’t subject to the same treatment.
Source: The Verge
Following last year’s Carrier IQ debacle, policymakers around the country bonded together to fight for the American consumer’s right to privacy. Originally drafted in January, the Mobile Device Privacy Act requires companies that sell mobile devices or cellular subscriptions to notify users if any data collecting software is installed.
“Consumers should know and have the choice to say no to software on their mobile devices that is transmitting their personal and sensitive information. This legislation will provide greater transparency into the transmission of consumers’ personal information and empower consumers to say no to such transmission.”
If such software is included, relevant information regarding the type of information being gathered, along with who’s using it and for what purposes, must be made apparent. Furthermore, information can only be collected with consent of the customer. Those that wish not to have their phones monitored by the service will be completely free to opt out, even after initially accepting the agreement.
Violation of these laws could leave companies facing a $1,000 fine for each offense. Sponsored by US Representative Edward Markey, the bill was introduced to the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The bill now awaits a committee review, which will determine when the new legislation will see a vote.
Source: ExtremeTech, Mobile Device Privacy Act (PDF)
The potential release of the HTC One X+ has become more and more of a reality with each passing week, but now there are reports that T-Mobile’s version of the One X+ will be delayed with no mention of an expected launch date. The delay could be the cause of the phone getting a larger battery.
From what we know about the One X+, it’s pretty much the same phone as the One X with the exception of the faster Tegra 3 Plus Processor. Now with a stronger battery the phone becomes even more interesting. Do you think a thicker phone along with better battery life is worth the wait? I do.
Earlier this week we reported on a New York fashion show and one of Google’s current projects, their Google Glass experiment to create a wearable computing device in the form of eyeglasses. Google Glass devices are not slated to be available until 2013. However, Google provided an early prototype to designer Diane von Furstenberg to capture video during the DVF Spring 2013 Fashion Show. Along with showing off the video capabilities as part of the DVF show, Google’s Sergey Brin spent some time this week with the Wall Street Journal talking about the smartphone capabilities.
If you are interested in seeing what Google was able to do with Google Glass, hit the break to view the video.
You think you are up to speed on all of the news that came out of Amazon’s press event last week? Just waiting for your opportunity to lay your hands on one of Amazon’s new Kindle devices as a gift to yourself? Not so fast. Conan O’Brien broke some updated information from Amazon about a new $5 device – the Wendell. It has most of the features of a Kindle and for an extra $5, a feature exclusive to the Wendell. Check out the video after the break for this impressive device that is ready to “wow” the markets.
Hot on the heels of adding four additional cities to its 4G LTE network in late August and announcing their LTE rollout plans a few days ago, Sprint appears to be lighting up two more cities with its LTE service beginning this week in the Boston area, followed next week by Chicago. According to a leaked internal memo, Sprint will begin slowly turning on its LTE service in Boston and Chicago for “testing.” The memo primarily outlines instructions for Sprint employees regarding impending questions from customers in those cities about the sudden appearance of the “LTE” icon on their devices even though the service hasn’t officially launched yet (provided those users have the LTE antenna turned on). Additionally, it specifically instructs employees to tell customers that the LTE experience may not be “optimal” until the network officially launches. It appears that Sprint is indeed making good on their rapid LTE rollout plan mentioned earlier.
We’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy Note II to debut here in the U.S. sometime this fall. In fact, it’s rumored to land on all four major carriers. BGR just got word from a “trusted source” that it will debut on AT&T on October 21st. Interestingly enough the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone will also debut on the same day. Are you guys excited for this 5.5-inch beast?
LG’s Optimus L9, the latest phone in LG’s budget-friendly L Series lineup, is one step closer to its European release. The L9 has officially passed through FCC frequency testing which is a good sign that its release should be right around the proverbial corner. If you remember, LG stole the early spotlight before IFA officially kicked off with the announcement of the Optimus L9. The Korean manufacturer touted the phone’s 4.7-inch IPS display, dual-core 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel rear camera, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of on board storage – not bad at all for this sleek, budget-friendly device. We will of course provide an update when a solid release date is announced.
It’s been a long time coming, but the wait is over for owners of Verizon’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 to get their taste of Ice Cream Sandwich. An over-the-air update is rolling out now that will bring Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich to Verizon’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. The update brings long-awaited features such as Android 4.0 Zero Shutter Lag, Pinch to Zoom, face detection, and an improved picture gallery just to name a few. The only thing left for owners of Verizon’s Tab 10.1 to do is patiently wait for their upgrade prompt, or if you want to see if you can manually pull it, just go to Settings/About Tablet/System Update. Hit the break for the full list of updates that the upgrade will include.
Security is one of the major buzz words right now as it should be. When it comes to passwords, if you’re like me, you have a bunch of different logins for various sites on top of account numbers for various credit cards and other accounts. Wouldn’t it be great to have a safe place to store all of them? It would serve two purposes; first, it would make them easy to find, but second, and more importantly, it will allow you to use more stringent passwords. Since it’s so hard to remember a bunch of passwords, I know a lot of you end up using the same simple password over and over again. If a hacker can figure it out, they will have access to many sites, and I don’t have to tell you how bad that would be.
If you’ve been hankering for a brand-spanking new Amazon Kindle Fire or Amazon Kindle Fire HD, today is a good day for you. Amazon has officially listed both products as available on its website and is now ready for consumers’ wallets nationwide. The Kindle Fire HD has the 16GB listed for a cool $199 and the 32GB for $249– though the 32GB model is expected to ship by the end of October or so. In case you’ve forgotten, the Kindle Fire HD features a sweet 1200 x 800 HD display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Dolby Audio and unlimited cloud storage space. The refreshed 8GB Kindle Fire on the other hand, will run you $159 and bring with it more RAM and an even better battery life.
Amazon certainly has perfect timing, doesn’t it? After all— it has released the cool products just in time for the beginning of school, yet right before the Christmas holiday. Head on down to the source link to check out more details including complete order and shipping information.
source: Amazon Kindle Fire HD | Amazon Kindle Fire
Another day, another win for Apple versus an Android manufacturer. A Munich, Germany court recently ruled Apple can file for an injunction against Motorola phones and tablets, due to claims of a “rubber-banding” patent infringement. This “rubber-banding” patent is essentially an effect that can cause a page on a device to bounce back up after a user has swiped to the bottom of the screen, similar to the bounce back patent that was argued recently against Samsung. The unusual part of this story is Motorola actually acknowledged the alleged patent infringement back in April, but then backtracked and denied any sort of infringement later in August. As a result of this, Apple has a few options on the table for itself. The company can: 1) pay $32 million to enforce a ban which wouldn’t be permanent and would be open to an appeal, 2) pay an additional $12.9 million to force Motorola to get rid of any products named in the patent infringement or 3) pay an additional $12.9 million on top of the other fees in order to pursue a German recall of all Motorola products that infringe on Apple’s patents.
Naturally Motorola (and Google) can only shrug shoulders. A spokeswoman for Motorola is quoted as saying Motorola believes ” this will have a minimal impact on our business, if any“. This is because after all– Motorola doesn’t do major business in German markets, so in essence the potential of a sales’ ban would have minimal impact on its overall brand. Still, if you’re an Android manufacturer, there may be cause for serious concern. After all that’s happened recently, Apple is definitely not looking to let its foot off the gas anytime soon against anything and everything Android.