Update: It appears Samsung sent out the update removing universal search from international Galaxy S III's mistakenly. I'd say the point still stands for the United States, though.
On December 1, 2004, a patent was filed in the United States naming Apple as asignee (owner). Its title is "Universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system." This patent, which you can find here, has become Apple's most effective weapon in its fight to see Android dubbed an iOS "ripoff" by courts and consumers.
And effective it has been - Samsung just removed the local search feature from the international version of the Galaxy S III, having already removed it from the US versions on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. Read More
Way back in December, the HTC Flyer, the first Android tablet to be designed around stylus input, finally got an upgrade to Honeycomb. Now, the update is available to US Cellular customers who happen to own this tablet. Now, I know what you're thinking. "US Cellular? HTC Flyer? Honeycomb? Holy crap, my time machine works!" Well, I'm sorry to disappoint you, but no.
The update is available via a download on HTC's website. Unfortunately, an OTA update is not available. If you run a Windows machine, you can download the upgrade (a word we're using generously here) directly. Mac users, on the other hand, will have to head to a US Cellular store for help in updating their HTC Read More
ASUS' hybrid monster, the Padfone, is getting itself a nice little OTA to build number 220.127.116.11. The update brings enhancements and bugs fixes, as well as a small bump in Android version:
- System upgrade to Android 4.0.4
- Elevate system stability and optimize the operating performance
- Optimize Dynamic Display Switch (DDS) performance
- Optimize power consumption
- Optimize Camera performance and quality
- Message / Email edit function improvement
Optimize Input method
SD card support to 64GB
Super Note function added
- Group Edit
- Email update frequency, "peak time" and "Off peak time" setting feature added.
Device tracking and data protection support. Read More
- Reset the password
- Hand Writing Recognition Speed
Update 7/24/12: The soak test has been delayed for unknown reasons:
So it begins. Motorola has just begun rolling out the initial soak test (read: not yet public) update for the WiFi Xoom (sorry, Verizon users) to Jelly Bean. As in previous versions, users who signed up for this update will be among the first to use the new OS, provide feedback and then, assuming there aren't major problems and bugs get fixed, the update will roll out to everyone else.
Of course, as with ICS, the Verizon Xoom is getting left behind. This is likely because Verizon needs to do extra testing to ensure that the network radios work and everything is functioning properly. Read More
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 has been banned in Germany for a while. Now, though, the 7.7" tablet is officially banned throughout the whole of the EU. Previously Apple was able to enforce a ban on the smaller of the Tabs because it has proven in German courts that it owns the design IP for black rectangles in reference to the Galaxy Tab 10.1. In Germany, Apple can enforce this injunction against the Tab 7.7 due to a principle known as "kerngleicher Verstoß", or "violation sharing the same core". Now, thanks to an appeals court, the decision can be applied to the whole of the EU. Read More
Over at FOSSPatents, Florien Mueller has gotten his hands on a copy of a filing containing Apple's damages claim against Samsung in their much-publicized California lawsuit. The contents indicate that Apple is seeking $2 billion in unjust enrichment damages (the amount Samsung has wrongly profited infringing Apple's design patents), along with $500 million in lost profits. A smaller $25 million royalty for various technical patents like tap to zoom and overscroll bounce is included, but only in regard to a few products.
The design patents are the damages headliners because only design patents offer the option of seeking unjust enrichment as a remedy (there are various and good reasons for this). Read More
Update: Surprise, surprise - the Nexus Q has had its ship date pushed another 2-3 weeks. We're guessing it doesn't have to do much with unexpected demand.
Oh Nexus Q, I really do want to love you. Unfortunately, you're just not 300 dollars of loveable. The media sphere (which sounds like something out of Futurama) is now officially shipping in 3-5 days.
So, if you want one of these things, go 'n get it. Personally, I find it makes a really classy bookend.
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Google I/O has come and gone with nary a mention of Google TV. Disheartening to say the least, but that doesn't mean that the platform is dead. Not while manufacturers keep making products for it. Products like the Vizio Co-Star. For $99, the Co-Star sits in the right sweet spot for Google TV device pricing. Combine the price with a remote that's smaller than a plank of wood, and OnLive gaming built right in, the little box actually looks like a pretty sweet deal. If Google TV is your thing, that is.
Estimated shipping for this device starts on August 14th. Read More
The waiting game for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has been going on for several months now, but signs that the release is quickly approaching just keep pouring in. The latest of the bunch is probably the best yet, as it leaves basically nothing uncovered.
Korean blog The Brave Post got its hands on what appears to be a retail version of the device, unboxed it, and took a slew of pictures along the way. This, of course, revealed all the specs of the device:
- 10.1" 1280x800 display
- 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor
- 2GB RAM
- 5MP rear shooter
- GPS, IR Smart Remote
- HSPA+ support
- 7000mAh battery
- Android 4.0.x
Of those, the most surprising is the addition of 2GB RAM, as we'd previously heard that the Note 10.1 would pack the now-standard 1GB. Read More
When last we heard from the RAZR HD, it was posing for blurry cam shots. The new Motorola device, which is rumored to be packing a 13MP camera, LTE, and a mega 3,300 mAh battery, has gone through the FCC's fine-tooth comb and come out the other side. According to the filings, the device, which we know uses the code name XT926, is packing CDMA bands (800/1900), so we can likely expect this device to land on Verizon before too long. The FCC documents also confirm the device will join the NFC-carrying ranks currently inhabited by many of the headlining Android heavyweights. Read More