On Tuesday, a German court ruled the Motorola Xoom, made by Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility, does not infringe on Apple’s iPad. In addition, Motorola had claimed the iPad’s design patent was invalid which was denied by the court.
Apple’s main goal was to have the device banned across Europe, claiming the design of the Xoom infringed upon three iPad designs. Even though the judges ruled against Apple’s claim, they denied Motorola’s counterclaim that the iPad design patent was invalid. The court ultimately rejected both parties and Apple was required to pay two-thirds of the costs and Motorola to pay one-third.
In two previous hearings, Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann indicated that the court was leaning in Motorola’s favor, saying the design of the tablet was sufficient enough to give it individual character.
A few weeks after updating the way Google handles weather searches on Android, Google announced similar functionality for tablet devices. Users can simply type in “weather” in their browser or on the Google search page. At the top of the results page, an interactive weather “report” will display, strongly influenced by the Google Now service available in Jelly Bean.
Many of you have already ordered a Nexus 7 and if you have done so recently, you have noticed that ship times were from three to four weeks. Obviously, the 16GB version is they way to go because it doubles the storage for only 50 bucks more but if you are willing to settle for the 8GB version you can have a shiny new N7 in only a matter of a few days. The 8GB device has recently been listed as “in stock” on Google Play and will ship to your house immediately. Knowing how much demand there is for this tablet who knows how long the 8GB unit will remain in stock. If you are looking for some instant gratification I recommend acting quick. Hit up the source link below to place your order.
source: Google Play
We certainly expect Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to make its way to ASUS Transformer devices sooner rather than later. Let’s face it, ASUS has one of the best track records for updates as the Transformer Prime received the Ice Cream Sandwich update in January, and the original Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) received it February. We fully expect Jelly Bean to land on the higher end devices, but there was a rumor floating around that the Eee Pad Transformer and the Eee Pad Slider might not be so fortunate. Supposedly an ASUS rep at a press conference in the Netherlands said that it’s unlikely that either device would receive the update. Of course the rest of the lineup was good to go.
Today, ASUS Germany denied the comment and said that the Jelly Bean update is confirmed for the Transformer Prime (TF201), Transformer Pad (TF300), and Transformer Infinity (TF700), but also confirmed that the Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) and Eee Pad Slider (SL101) will also get the update.
Ever heard of ASLR? It’s a security feature that is used in many different opearting systems such as Windows XP or iOS6. For quite a while Android has been avoiding it and then used a little bit of it in Android 4.0. Now with the release of Jelly Bean it is being used to its fullest, but this implementation of ASLR still lags behind the security of the soon to be released, iOS 6.
Wikipedia defines ASLR quite well:
When HTC unveiled the One Series back in February, they were looking to simplify things with their hope that the carriers would buy into the models without any carrier-specific customization. T-Mobile took on the One S and AT&T took on the One X. Sprint took on the One X as well, but made changes and marketed it as the EVO 4G LTE. That left Verizon Wireless, who decided to do something completely different. They wanted to continue the DROID Incredible line and basically started with a One S, but made so many changes that it really couldn’t be classified as a One Series phone. Will it satisfy the appetite from previous Incredible owners? Hit the break to find out, and you can also check out our initial hands on review.
The underwater resilient phone, the Kyocera Hydro, is headed to Boost Mobile for release on August 3rd. The phone is going to be stocked with Android 4.0 with a 3.5′ screen. It’s going to cost $129 and be able to withstand at least 30 minutes below the surface. I wonder how good the signal strength will be under the water? It sounds like it’s going to be more of a protection thing than usability though.
Full press release after the break.
A reader over at droid-life went to Comic-Con last week and was able to walk away with five different Android Series 3 collectibles after hanging out with Andrew Bell, the creator of these collectibles. It’s been said that these collectibles are launching sometime in late July. I personally can’t wait to get one of them.
I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on the see-through Bugdroid. That collectible is pretty nifty. These are only 5 of the 16 Series 3 collectibles that will be released. I can’t even begin to imagine what the rest will look like. Hit the break for a couple of more shots.
Audiophiles who use the Sonos Controller app and a tablet received some good news today when Sonos added support for all 7-inch and 10-inch tablet devices. Previously, the app would only work on a limited selection of tablets. Check the download link after the break to grab the app.
T-Mobile will be updating their Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich in the future. Right now the device is in the process of receiving updates for 2.3.6. With it already running Gingerbread this isn’t a huge update. However, when Ice Cream Sandwich is released that is going to be a huge overhaul for the phone with all the changes to the UI and software.
Since Jelly Bean was announced, it’s very frustrating to hear that companies are just now releasing ICS for phones since everyone want’s to grab the latest and greatest of android technology. Before we know it, 4.2 will be out and most phones will only be getting Jelly Bean.
ICS 4.0 will be a good update for the Galaxy S Blaze as it is a mid-range phone and not a high-end phone. Hopefully we can expect to see it shortly.
An early preview of CyanogenMod 10 loaded with Jellybean 4.1 has been released for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III (UPDATE also for T-Mobile and Sprint versions as well). It’s in a very early state so you won’t be seeing a lot of CM9’s features merged over yet, but hopefully soon.
Some known issues being worked on include:
- Overlay for UI (extra butter)- We’re waiting on CodeAurora to publish, UI is a little janky.
- Camera preview turns green during animations and may crash.
- MMS downloading doesn’t work but sending & retrieving does work, use a 3rd party SMS/MMS app that can download them. (For T-Mobile)
- All the things.
Hit the break for download links and instructions.
The greatest custom recovery has just gotten its latest update for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone. ClockworkMod Recovery has just hit version 6 and is available for both the GSM and CDMA flavors of the phone. As expected, the new update will be some changes which includes the following features too:
- New backup format that de-duplicates data between backups.
- Faster backups.
- Fixed restores > 2GB.
- Minor UI tweaks (new background, animated Android)
If you’re rooted and itching to get in on some custom recovery action, you’ll find additional details once you check out the source link below.
source: Koushik Dutta+
Amazon Wireless has a mid-summer sale going on that you might want to check out. They have the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, the HTC EVO 4G LTE, the Motorola DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX, and the Verizon Galaxy Nexus all on sale. These deals are only for new lines, whether individual or adding one to an existing account. If you’re upgrading your current contract, pricing will be more. Hit the break for the both sets of pricing.
Last week Google began shipping out the Nexus 7 to lucky customers in the U.S. while our friends up north and across the pond had to sit back and wonder when they would get their turn. Well, it looks like your up to bat folks! If you live in the U.K. or Canada and have placed an order for a N7, be on the lookout for a shipping notice from Google. We are getting reports from people who say they had gotten the notice late last night and Google has even added the following message to the Google Play support page:
We’re now shipping Nexus 7 preorders. All US and Australia preorders are scheduled to ship by July 17th. UK and Canada preorders have also begun shipping in waves.
If you consider the two-day shipping for the device, I would expect N7’s to land in the U.K. and Canada on Thursday and Friday of this week. One thing to keep in mind, though. Shipments are being sent out in waves so if you didn’t place your pre-order soon after the announcement I would guess your device hasn’t shipped quite yet. The folks who placed an order on day one and two are probably those who will see the device this week, but I imagine all orders should be on doorsteps by end of next week. I know, the wait is killing you, huh?
Do you live outside the U.S. and have received a shipping notice? Let us know in the comments below!
source: Android Central
The last few weeks has been quite a nail-biter for owners of various ASUS-branded tablets. While ASUS manufactures the mouthwatering Jelly Bean-powered Nexus 7 tablet, immediate speculation came regarding ASUS’ existing tablets and whether or not they too would get some Android 4.1 lovin’ too. Apparently, ASUS reps at a conference in the Netherlands stated not all of their tablets would get Jelly Bean, which understandably caused major concern for specifically owners of the older legacy tablets like the Eee Pad Transformer TF101 and Eee Pad Slider SL101 tablets. In addition, the same source highlighted the Jelly Bean rollout for select devices is unclear, but could perhaps begin in October.
However, in some expected damage control— ASUS Germany then denied their colleagues from the Netherlands have made such a statement about TF101/SL101. In fact— ASUS Germany believes that the idea ASUS reps in the Netherlands only confirmed Android 4.1 upgrade for TF201/TF300/TF700 tablets is just pure speculation. According to ASUS Germany’s current information, the Eee Pad Transformer TF101 and Eee Pad Slider SL101 tablets will also enjoy Android 4.1 upgrade too.
We’re not sure who we can believe, but we’ll wait for an official statement from ASUS headquarters regarding this. Nevertheless, if you’re an owner of one of the premium model ASUS tablets out there, you’ll want to keep your fingers crossed and hope that you’ll get the Jelly Bean update. In the meantime, we’ll be sure to keep you posted if we hear of any news folks.