It’s no secret that Google wants to bring the Internet to everyone in the world. More people using its services means better targeted ads which means more money in Google’s pockets. About a year and a half ago Google showcased the idea of Project Loon. The premise of the project would be the use of balloons to bring Internet to remote and rural areas around the world. Google first tested the project in New Zealand it looks like the search giant will be adding New Zealand’s neighbor, Australia to the project.
Since Google opened up the Glass program a month ago, it’s been pretty easy to purchase the device, assuming you lived in the US and had $1500 to spend. However, it looks pretty likely that Google might end up opening up the country restrictions on Glass at I/O this year.
Rumors point to Google releasing Glass in the UK at their annual event, and it’s likely that English-speaking countries like Australia and Canada will also have a chance to buy the device, too. There are also bits of Japanese in the code of the latest Glass APK, so there’s a chance we might see it made available in Japan, too.
I/O is on June 25th this year, so we shouldn’t have to wait too much longer to see if this rumor pans out.
A dual-SIM variant of the Moto G was always in future plans for the device, and now it seems as though that day is finally coming. At least in Australia, it is.
Motorola’s Australia site has the information on it already, so this news is definitely confirmed. Pricing is still unknown, as well as availability. Hopefully Motorola will make the dual-SIM Moto G available in the United States soon as well— for such a low price, it could do very well.
Recent reports from service providers in Canada and Australia revealed release dates for the HTC One are just around the corner. Canadian and Australian subscribers can expect to see the handsets in their areas on Apr 19th and 23rd respectively. Although pricing has not yet been released, buyers can expect to pay a slightly broader price range than those being charged in the US .
We are still waiting for updated release dates for Europe, and should expect to hear announcements trickle out from that region over the next few weeks.
Hit the break for the announcements.
Well, the Nexus 4 debacle continues. Google’s coveted flagship device has been out of stock on the Play Store for what feels like months, and in certain parts of the world, it actually has been months! Our friends down under haven’t been able to purchase the device since it sold out minutes after launching on that fateful day in mid-November. You would think that as soon as LG pushed out more Nexus 4’s, the Play Store would be the first to get stocked up, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. A new press release by LG says that they’ve partnered with Australian retailer Harvey Norman to begin offering the device unlocked starting February 1st of this year. That may be good or bad news depending on how desperate you are to get your hands on the device because Harvey Norman will be offering the Nexus 4 for $496, which is $100 Aussie dollars more than you’d pay if you purchased it through Google’s avenue. The phone is available for pre-order now on Harvey Norman’s website. It is really getting hard to understand Google’s and LG’s partnership and strategies as of late. I, for one, am hoping this is the last time Google partners with LG to make a Nexus. See the press release after the break if you’re looking for more details.
Great news for you Aussie folks! Google Australia’s blog recently announced the availability of movies for rent through the Google Play Store and even YouTube. Previously this option wasn’t available to Australian Android users but as of yesterday they now have access to thousands of movies from both U.S. movie studios and Australian studios alike. Rental pricing starts at $3.99 for standard definition titles and $4.99 for High-def movies. New release flicks are going to cost a buck more for both the standard and HD versions of the movie. Once you click on that “rent” button you will have 30 days to begin watching your rental and once it has begun you only get 48 hours to complete your selection. To check out the titles that are available go ahead and visit both the Play Store and YouTube.
Well you have to give it to Apple. If anything, they are relentless. Rather than admit defeat in regards to their recent lawsuit in Australia against Samsung being overturned they’ve come at the Korean company a second time. This time, Apple is expanding its lawsuit to inclue 278 claims that spans across 22 patents and covers 10 new products.
This news was reported by The Australian and according to them, Apple has widened its claims in New South Wales Federal Court today. Samsung’s lead barrister confirmed that Apple expanded its patent lawsuit “enormously” from the three patents regarding features that were packed in the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Also the barrister, Neil Young, states that Samsung was only given a day’s notice of Apple’s legal bid against Samsung being amended to include over 200 claims against smartphones and tablets that haven’t even been seen in the country. Given the short notice Samsung won’t even be able file a defense against Apple until mid-May.
Australians rejoice! You are next in line to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Starting tomorrow, Telstra is offering the device online and in two flagship stores in Melbourne. You can get a hold of this America-illusive device for as low as $69 a month on up to $129 depending on which contract you go with. For all the details check out the source link below.
If you plan on going to one of the Telstra stores you might wanna get there before the doors open. I imagine you aren’t the only one craving a piece of the GNex action.
It appears that the tide of victory after victory in the patent war with Samsung is slowing to a halt for Apple. Samsung continues its forward push with a few recent wins up its sleeve. We told you about both the Australian and U.S. victories earlier this week and it appears that the Samsung legal team is optimistic about a victory in Paris as well.
The case will be ruled upon December 8th and they will be ruling on Samsung’s request to completely ban the sales of Apple’s iPhone 4s in France. An unnamed Samsung executive was quoted to say, “If we win in Paris as well, that’s truly a big blow to Apple.”
While Koh, the California judge that ruled on the U.S. patent case ruled in Samsung’s favor, she did go on to write that Apple would likely prove infringement by Samsung on one if its tablet patents but Apple hadn’t shown that it was likely to overcome Samsung’s claims to the patents’ validity.
This victory couldn’t come at a better time for the Korean company as the Holiday season is in full swing. The Samsung executive expressed this by saying, “We are ready to aggressively sell the Tabs.” Samsung welcomed the rulings with an official statement that suggested that Apple’s arguments lacked merit. It was written:
“We are confident that we can demonstrate the distinctiveness of Samsung’s mobile devices when the case goes to trial next year.”
Are you sick and tired of reading about the patent wars between Apple and Samsung yet? Well it appears that Samsung has won one legal battle against Apple in Australia. Samsung won its appeal lawsuit against Apple in the land down under, and overturned a ban on selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1. An appeals court said that the original judge in a lower court made a mistake that approved Apple’s request for an injunction against the tablet. The three-judge panel believed that the original court “erred in principle” and was quoted to say:
“We cannot see how Samsung’s conduct in refusing the offer of an early trial could properly be weighed.”
Nam Ki Yung, a spokesman for Samsung, also remarked:
“The ruling clearly affirms that Apple’s legal claims lack merit.”
However, Apple isn’t backing down without a fight. They are still accusing Samsung of copying their products. Bloomberg received an email from an Apple spokesperson that wrote:
“This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas,”
So it appears that, as of right now, Samsung has won a victory in Australia, but things appear different on the German front. Even with Samsung’s modifications to their original Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Galaxy Tab 10.1N, still appears too similar to the iPad for Apple’s liking. Too similar in fact, that Apple has requested yet another injunction to stop sales of the tablet in Germany. The hearing for said injunction is scheduled for December 22nd, according to Down Jones Newswires.
So the patent wars continue to well, continue. It does appear however, that even with Apple’s slew of preliminary victories, that Samsung is starting to win some cases of their own. As the Apple versus Samsung battle continues, things are surely to heat up.