A nice little piece of litigation cropped up on the mobile news radar today - Skyhook, a WiFi/GPS location services provider, is suing Google for "forcing" certain Android device manufacturers (specifically Motorola and Samsung) to utilize Google Location Services instead of Skyhook on the DROID X and Galaxy S devices as their primary location services provider, respectively. If you're thinking "but Android is open source," stay tuned kids, I'll be explaining why that doesn't matter so much in this case.
Planning on picking up the Samsung Fascinate? Might want to take a look at this first: BGR has Verizon's known issues list for the Fascinate in their hot little hands. None of the issues necessarily seem major, but there are quite a few little ones - which can certainly add up.
Many of the issues seem like minor oversights. For example:
- Alert notifications can't be changed
- Caller ID bug when you're on the line and get a second call
- Soft key backlighting isn't tied to screen timeout (it should)
- When deleting emails, there's no status bar/window - so it appears the phone is hanging
- Downloaded apps are sorted by date downloaded rather than alphabetically
- During activation, there's no reboot warning before the phone does so
Another area with a fair number of bugs seems to be email:
- Email sync error - sometimes screen goes dark and throws an error
- When Exchange security policy is in use, you can't change email password
- Lock and Lock screen issues when using Exchange ActiveSync
- Corporate email special characters issues
- Corporate email inbox error
It's important to remember that phones on all carriers have similar lists, they just generally don't make it public.
As we all know, Samsung is very adamant about its famed Galaxy S's older brother, the Galaxy Tab. We're getting more details about it as days go by, but so far it appears that Samsung is planning on selling it exclusively through wireless carriers and has already secured several deals with Europe carriers.
What is very interesting is this quote they made in an article by the Wall Street Journal:
It looks like LG doesn’t want Samsung to get all the dual core glory. The company has just announced their own plans for dual core smartphones, this time using the the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor that we’ve already seen power a few Android tablets. The expected Q4 release of these phones (interestingly, the same timeframe as Samsung) seems to line up with the release of an Android-powered LG phone headed to T-Mobile.
Verizon sent out a press release this morning announcing that the Samsung Fascinate we've been hearing so much about lately will, in fact, be dropping on September 9 (as rumored). Even better, it'll be up for sale online tomorrow (September 8\) - meaning you won't be able to get your grubby paws on it until the 9th at the earliest anyway.
As rumored, pricing will be $300 with a $100 mail-in-rebate (MIR), for a final cost of $200.
Well, well, well. I never thought the day would come: the HTC Desire, first announced at Mobile World Congress in February, has finally landed in the States! Of course, six months is a long time in the world of technology, so when I first started reviewing the Desire, my expectations weren't nearly as high as those of, say, my colleague Ian Douglas when he began reviewing the Samsung Epic 4G.
Today, Jamezelle and I ripped apart the leaked system dump from the yet-to-be-released Verizon Samsung Fascinate and patched together six live wallpapers that are not present on other Galaxy S devices.
Like the previous Galaxy S live wallpapers, these must be flashed from a custom recovery, which also means you need to be rooted.
Download the zip below and flash it through your recovery menu like any other flashable zip.
- Official unveiling of Samsung's new Media Hub service and
- Showing off the latest Android-powered device.
Android Police gratefully accepted the invitation and picked me to cover it, so expect a post-game report to float on the site sometime after the event concludes.
While we do not yet know for certain what this new "Android-powered device" will be, the invitation does include the "Galaxy S" brand logo.
Not everyone needs a new phone at this time of year, especially as you probably got your last one some time around Christmas, but if you’re in the market for a decent Android phone on your college-sized budget, here’s the what you’re looking at if you’re one of the four major carriers:
EVO 4G and now Epic 4G owners can celebrate the addition of 3 more metropolitan areas to Sprint's 4G family, as the company just announced that the following cities are lighting up with 4G, effective immediately:
- Boston, MA
- Daytona Beach, FL
- Providence, RI
These latest additions bring Sprint’s 4G coverage grand total to over 50 urban hotspots. Still no official release of 4G we caught in the Bay Area but we're hoping for something soon, as the clock that will mark the promised end of the year timeline is ticking.