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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. Read More
During the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference yesterday, Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha said, “I will only develop a tablet if it is sufficiently compelling. Hopefully, that is early next year.” In fact, according to his comments, it seems that they haven't even started development of a tablet yet.
This doesn't quite jibe with what we've heard before. In mid-August, word around the 'net was that a Motorola tablet device was coming to Verizon sometime in November. Read More
Yesterday, HTC announced that the G2 and EVO would be going international under the Desire Z and Desire HD names (respectively). With the help of a tipster, Engadget managed to find the phones listed by UK company Play.com and on Amazon.de/Amazon.UK. Retail pricing ranges from £470 for the Desire HD to £430 to £499 for the Desire Z.
Source: Desire Z, Desire HD
T-Mobile UK tweeted that the Desire HD will be free on contract for customers on a £40/month, 2 year contract. Read More
File this one under the "it had to be done" category: a dual screen Russian Android phone. And not just any dual screen Android handset; this baby has one screen on the front and one screen on the back. That's right, no flipping open, sliding, or anything of that sort, merely turn the device over and you're facing the other screen.
Oh yeah, and it turns out that other screen is curved. Read More
From the Unsurprising But Still Exciting department comes this fresh tip, via everyone’s favourite rumour rag, Digitimes. With a suitably vague allusion to “Taiwan component makers”, Digitimes claims that HTC will be leveraging their strong partnership with Google in releasing a tablet worldwide.
Much like the Galaxy Tab, HTC’s take on the new tablet market will be powered by smartphone components and will feature similar performance and design quality. Read More
Developing apps can be both exciting and enjoyable. Integrating your apps with the latest 4G technology can be even more rewarding. As a leader in providing 4G coverage, Sprint has come together with Wired, Reddit and Ars Technica to offer some great rewards for the right app. Sprint wants you to showcase what can be achieved when you make full use of 4G.
If you want to lay claim to the rewards on offer you need to create an app for one of the following categories:
- Video, Multimedia & Augmented Reality
- Productivity, Business & Utilities
- Social Networking
You can either reinvent an existing killer app of yours or develop a brand new app from scratch. Read More
We told you it was coming today, and indeed here it is - Fruit Ninja, one of the most popular iOS games just entered the Android world, powered by OpenFeint.
You can download the game for $0.99 by clicking or scanning the barcode below:
A Few Notes
- it is quite big - almost 14MB, but it doesn't yet support apps2sd in Froyo. I'm sure that is coming later
- the graphics, physics, UI - everything is very well done.
One of the weaknesses of Android has been a lack of high quality games. Sure, there are some very good games, but not nearly as many as there should be, and they are often hidden in the Android Market. Fortunately, Android gaming momentum has been increasing with hits like Angry Birds arriving on Android recently. Now, OpenFeint is further increasing that momentum with the announcement of twenty Android titles in the next month, including several top 10 iOS hits like Fruit Ninja, MiniSquadron, and Super Slyder. Read More