Reuters, showing its apparent inability to view anything involving spending money in a positive light, is reporting this morning that Google has revised its reorg (read: firing) costs for Motorola to $340 million this quarter, up from an initial estimate of $275 million. The article goes on to describe this "restructuring headache" - you know, the one Google bought knowing 100% full well it is was getting and had time to prepare for literally a year in advance? Yeah, that "headache."
It seems no one bothered telling this Reuters writer that the notion Google bought Motorola simply for its patents is now considered a tad naïve, either. Read More
Following the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note II in the UK on Monday, Vodafone is now offering the device alongside Three.
The network has only the white version of the Note II for now, with plans starting at £33 a month for 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. At this price, you will also have to pay £149 up-front. For £37 a month, you can get unlimited minutes and texts and double your data allowance to 1GB per month as well, with the phone costing £99.
Vodafone isn't the best network in the UK for data hungry users, but you can jump to 2GB of data every month on its £42 and £47 a month plans. Read More
Amazon, in an effort to continue expanding its services globally, announced today that its Android app distribution service, the Amazon Appstore, is heading for Japan.
The shopping and media giant is now inviting developers to submit their apps and games for distribution in Japan, giving them the chance to participate in a new market with Amazon and "expand their business." Jim Adkins, VP of the Appstore, explained:
Opening our portal to app and game developers looking to reach Japanese customers is an important milestone as we strive to serve consumers and developers globally. Many of our existing developers are anxious to localize their apps and games for Japanese consumers, and we look forward to working with new developers that have been waiting for a chance to bring their Japanese content to the Amazon platform.
In Apple's mind, here's how it was all supposed to play out: Samsung loses in court, and customers see a bad-nasty-bad company that steals ideas. Who wants a cheap knock-off, anyway?
Funny thing is, it seems that the Apple v. Samsung trial actually had a very favorable effect on Samsung, because it has been selling GSIII's like hotcakes ever since. In fact, according to a new study by Localytics, sales of the device grew by 16% during the week of the Apple verdict. Ha!
Instead of seeing Samsung as an inferior knock-off company, consumers actually took notice. If Apple thought Samsung's products were good enough to take them to court over, then they must be a viable option, right? Read More
That's right, we're finally jumping on the rumor train for the next Nexus phone(s?). Today, Android and Me published an article with a rather detailed rumor stemming from a "regular source who has provided accurate information in the past."
Given their confidence, and the specificity of their assertions, we're inclined to put some stock in them. So, what is the rumor? Let me break it down for you.
First, the Optimus G is going to be a Nexus phone. But it's not going to be the only one. According to A&M's source, the annual Nexus flagship program is being dismantled in favor of a more open model. Read More
Hot on the heels of AT&T and Sprint announcing their respective variants of the powerhouse Optimus G, the @EVLeaks Twitter account has posted an image of the Optimus L9 with T-Mobile branding.
For those who may not be familiar with the L9, it's a mid-ranger that was announced back at the end of August:
- 4.7" IPS display
- 1GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB storage
- Android 4.0
Of course, we can't guarantee that the T-Mobile variant will house the same guts, but it's unlikely that they'll change it up too much.
On the software side, the L9 also features a proprietary translation app that LG claims can translate up to 44 different languages using the device's camera. Read More
Before you ask, no, we don't know how much, and we don't know when. Yeah. Sorry. Anyway, if you've been looking forward to the first mass-market Snapdragon S4 Pro smartphone, you're in luck. Because at some point in the future (wooooooo) you'll be able to get it on AT&T or Sprint! That smartphone, of course, is the LG Optimus G. Which, if you haven't heard about it, must mean you've been living under a rock for the last month while LG has personally gone door to door making sure literally everyone has seen it.
To give you a brief overview of the device, here are some key specifications. Read More
You know what I hate about the Nexus 7? Nothing. But I dislike the limited amount of storage - 16GB just isn't enough, especially considering the size of games like Horn and The Bard's Tale. What I'd really like to see is a 32GB version of the device, and according to a leaked Carphone Warehouse screenshot that showed up over at Droid Life, that dream may actually come to fruition.
OK, there are actually a couple of things to talk about first, so let's start with the obvious: ZOMG a Nexus 2! That's actually how CW lists the Nexus S, so it's nothing of concern to, well, anyone. Read More
Do you own a Pantech Element? Hello? Is this thing on? Well, anyway, if you do, the company is now rolling out an update for the semi-rugged slate that brings Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, along with a host of other changes.
Check out the changelog below, and grab the update on Pantech's website right here (FYI: you'll need a Windows PC to flash it).
New User Features
- Enhanced Home screen canvas switcher edit functionality(In the preview of home screen panels, users can change a main home screen panel).
- Enhanced Multitasking and Notifications functionality.
- Enhanced User Interface : Virtual buttons in System bar, contextual options in Action Bar.
PantechUSA announced via Twitter this morning that its Burst budget phone will finally be receiving an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade, in a little less than a week. Curiously, it won't be available over the air. Details haven't been released yet, but the update will be made available on the company's website here.
We should hear more about how the download will be doled out as the date gets closer and, hopefully, some more information on what the update will bring. Read More