July 31, 2012

Galaxy S Duos is an entry-level dual-SIM phone wrapped in an S3-like chassis

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Popular in developing countries, dual-SIM phones allow users to use multiple pre-paid networks on a single handsets, which can be useful where coverage on each individual network can be spotty or unreliable. Over the past six months, Samsung has released a few of these handsets in Indian and other countries, notably the Galaxy Ace Duos and Galaxy Y Duos. Now it's bringing a brand new design and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the table in its latest dual-SIM phone, the Galaxy S Duos.
Specification lists and official renders for the Galaxy S Duos have emerged from a variety of sources around the web, showing a Galaxy S3-like exterior with ICS and the latest version of the TouchWiz Nature UX. On the inside, things are a little less mind-blowing, with a single-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 5MP rear camera. Nevertheless, it's sufficient for basic smartphone tasks, and that's what you'd expect form such a device. The big deal here is the premium design and the inclusion of ICS, a rarity in this kind of handset.
Details of pricing and availability have yet to emerge, but we'll keep you posted with any further info, but bear in mind any release outside of India and Central Asia is fairly unlikely.
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July 30, 2012

HTC fesses up – Desire HD Android 4.0 update shelved since it would force a hard reset

When HTC made the official announcement that the Desire HD would not be updated to Android 4.0, their statement claimed that the current Android build “provides customers with the best experience on the HTC Desire HD.” Our interpretation of that comment was that there were performance issue which HTC has identified with their Ice Cream Sandwich build which could not be overcome. It turns out that we were wrong.
HTC has posted another statement on the topic, explaining that the update was scrapped because it would force a hard reset in order to re-partition the HTC Desire HD’s internal storage to make room for the much larger Android 4.0 code. While general consumers would probably freak out if the Android 4.0 update for the HTC Desire HD erased all the data on their device, we’re sure most advanced users would gladly accept it as a minor setback.
At this point, there’s no indication that Desire HD owners will ever be treated to Ice Cream Sandwich, but there’s always a chance that HTC will cave to the demands of the development community and release a stock Android 4.0 build for the handset as they did for the HTC Desire and its Gingerbread update.
We’ve heard your feedback on our decision not to update the HTC Desire HD to Android 4.0. We completely understand that this is a controversial decision. For more background, due to how storage on the HTC Desire HD is partitioned – and the larger size of Android 4.0 – it would require re-partitioning device storage and overwriting user data in order to install this update. While technically advanced users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not. We also considered ways to reduce the overall size of the software package, but this would impact features and functionality that customers are currently using. Even after installing the update, there were other technical limitations which we felt negatively impacted the user experience.
We believe an update should always improve the user experience and carefully evaluate each update based on this criteria. While we are very aware of the disappointment from this decision, we believe the impact to user experience was too great. We recognize this is a change from our previous statement and for that we’re truly sorry.
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RIM's elusive 10-inch PlayBook surfaces in leaked photos

The 10-inch PlayBook tablet has been rumored and roadmapped for some time now, but Vietnamese forum Tinhte has given us a first glimpse at what an iPad-sized BlackBerry tablet might look like. Unsurprisingly, it looks very much like a larger version of the original PlayBook, albeit with an entirely different screen ratio. While the original PlayBook had a 10:6 display, its larger brethren appears to have something more like a 3:2 arrangement.
Tinhte has also released some photos of the tablet's internals along with size comparisons with the yet-to-be-released 4G PlayBook. The shots reveal what appears to be a 26.82Whr battery — a similar size to the iPad 2's 25Whr unit, but minuscule in comparison to the new iPad's 42.5Whr setup. There's also a slot for a SIM card, implying that the tablet will arrive packing cellular radios of some description. Without a first-hand analysis of the components, it's difficult to ascertain anything else from the photos, but its internal arrangement bears a striking similarity to that of the 7-inch PlayBook. The recently leaked roadmap pegged the 10-inch PlayBook for release in Q3 2013, so while this seems to be complete hardware, it may have been delayed in line with RIM's BB10 operating system.Dsc03884
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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean vs iOS 6 vs Windows Phone 8 – The Ultimate Comparison

Remember last month’s comparison between mobile OSes, where we compared iOS 6 with the existing Android 4.x ICS and Windows Phone 7.5 Mango platforms? Well, in the time that has passed since then, we’ve since learned some newer official information about iOS 6, along with the upcoming versions of the other two mobile OSes. So now, a new chart has been concocted which compares and contrasts iOS 6 with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Windows Phone 8.
So, what will be new once these upcoming OSes are released? Well, let’s start with what’s coming on the Windows Phone front. The most major under the hood change that we’ll see in Windows Phone 8 is the switch to the Windows NT kernel. This means that the OS will heavily share code with its desktop counterpart (networking and multimedia code is pretty much the same across platforms), and it will take advantage of many under the hood performance enhancements made in Windows 8 for mobile devices. Apps can be easily ported across platforms, and desktop-grade features such as UEFI secure boot, BitLocker, and a more phone-optimized version of Internet Explorer 10 are all made possible because of this. Put simply, Windows Phone will become more of a brother to Windows 8 than a cousin.
Also coming to the Windows Phone platform is a revamped, more useful version of Tellme, smaller home screen tiles, the phasing out of the Zune services with Xbox-branded media services taking its place, OTA updates, and NFC support, among other things.
As you can see, some pretty major improvements are coming to Windows Phone. So major, in fact, that the update will not be able to run on existing devices.
That being said, what’s new in Jelly Bean? Some pretty major things are in the pipeline with Android’s upcoming OS as well. There are a few improvements that we were unable to really mention on the chart. For one, Google touts that some pretty significant performance improvements were made in the OS, particularly to create “fast, fluid and smooth” transitions between apps or the home screen. Notifications have also been revamped. Described as “actionable“, they now allow you to view and react to a notification by taking the appropriate action (such as being able to reply to an email).
What we didn’t mention, however, is an updated version of Android Beam, an NFC-based feature that makes it easy to share between Android devices in close proximity to each other. Also, Google has concocted its own voice assistant to rival Siri dubbed Google Now.
iOS 6 is the upcoming major update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It brings with a bunch of new and handy features. To name a few, we have Facebook integration, 3D maps, a smarter Siri, better Mail app, shared Photo Streams, Passbook etc.
So, before I jot down the details of the three OSes and spoil the fun altogether, take a look at our comprehensive chart below:
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iPhone 5 finally shown off completely assembled

You’ll remember that 9to5Mac was the first to show photos of purported next-generation iPhone parts. Since then, many of the details – including the smaller dock connector – were affirmed by multiple mainstream reports. Unsurprisingly, as the new iPhone moves into production, more of these parts are starting to leak out to more repair shops.

Today, repair shop iLab has posted its own photos, but these images apparently showcase a fully assembled body. The new photos give a clear look at what a black, fully-assembled next-generation iPhone might look like when it ships to customers this fall. The repair shop also has some photos of other individual components like home buttons and volume keys. See the full gallery after the break:

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July 29, 2012

Google Play Store app updated to version 3.7.15 [Download]

An update to the Google Play Store is currently rolling out to Android devices, bringing it to v3.7.15. Though it may always be exciting to see what the Search Giant has cooked up for us, this update is not as significant as the latest one (which added TV show purchases and magazine subscriptions). Instead, we are currently seeing an improvement in performance and bug fixes.

What improvements we might be receiving continues to be a mystery, though. It does seem like Sprint users are no longer getting errors while downloading apps using the 4G network. Aside from that, it would be anybody’s guess at this point.
Our friends from Android Police have managed to pull out the APK file for you to download and install. Simply allow app installations from “Unknown Sources” and side-load the app as usual. Many of you may already have it. But if you don’t, try it and let us know how it is treating you! Are you noticing any improvements?
Download: Mirror 1, Mirror 2, Mirror 3, Mirror 4
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Google adds more high-resolution aerial and satellite photos to Maps and Earth

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Google is making good on its plans to improve Maps and Earth by adding high-resolution imagery. The company has announced that it's added better aerial and satellite photos for 25 cities and 72 regions or countries, a significant expansion. There's a full list on the Lat Long blog, but several parts of Spain and the US have new high-resolution aerial imagery, and Brazil, China, Mexico, and many other countries have new satellite pictures. Besides this, there's new 45-degree imagery in 21 US cities and seven elsewhere. Besides giving users a better look at Munich and London landmarks (especially with the Olympics underway), 45-degree imagery is also what Google uses to build its 3D models. Bing Maps recently updated its high resolution database as well, adding 230,004 square kilometers of territory.
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July 28, 2012

Apple and Samsung both caught red-handed for copying

The battle between Apple and Samsung is still ongoing and it doesn’t look like the fighting will end any time soon. It’s beginning to resemble a 4th grade fight on the playground over who cheated playing four square. Originally Apple was winning the legal war hands down, able to swiftly convince judges Samsung was copying the iPhone and iPad. Then Samsung got to lead the victory march for a while. Now there’s new dirt revealed on both companies that could change the course of the battle.
First, instead of just taking all the insults Apple’s been throwing at it like it has been, Samsung finally fought back and accused Apple of copying Sony’s designs. Indeed photos of a prototype iPhone from 2006 indicate the design was at the very least inspired by Sony’s design strategies. In one picture, the Sony logo has been modified to read “Jony” presumably referring to Apple’s mastermind of design, Jony Ive. Neither Apple nor Sony have responded to Samsung’s claim.
Apple might be able to fire back just using its traditional Samsung-copies-us-and-we-still-rule-the-world argument, but this time it’s backed by the consumers themselves. One document from Best Buy indicates people have actually been returning Samsung Galaxy Tab 1o.1s after finding out they weren’t iPads. If the report is true, you can bet Samsung is doing just about everything in its power to prevent that information from reaching the court room.
In Apple’s defense, there’s a clear distinction between having some inspiration to build upon and just blatantly copying. In Samsung’s defense, those buyers have to be pretty oblivious to not know by the gigantic Samsung logo on the packaging that they did not purchase an Apple iPad.
[via AllThingsD]
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HTC explains reason for no Android 4.0 on Desire HD

HTC has written a post on their official blog which details the reasons for not providing Android 4.0 on the Desire HD.  Citing a number of reasons and options explored, HTC feels that the user experience would ultimately fall short of their standards.  While it's not the end result that consumers are looking for, we applaud HTC for taking the harder stance here.  The last thing they need is to have users complaining over how poorly the device performs after the update.  It would be nearly impossible to forecast partition sizes and hardware requirements in mid-2010.  That said, there's still some rationale and justification for consumer complaints.
Here's the official statement as found on HTC's blog.
We’ve heard your feedback on our decision not to update the HTC Desire HD to Android 4.0. We completely understand that this is a controversial decision.
For more background, due to how storage on the HTC Desire HD is partitioned – and the larger size of Android 4.0 – it would require re-partitioning device storage and overwriting user data in order to install this update. While technically advanced users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not. We also considered ways to reduce the overall size of the software package, but this would impact features and functionality that customers are currently using. Even after installing the update, there were other technical limitations which we felt negatively impacted the user experience.
We believe an update should always improve the user experience and carefully evaluate each update based on this criteria. While we are very aware of the disappointment from this decision, we believe the impact to user experience was too great. We recognize this is a change from our previous statement and for that we’re truly sorry.
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July 26, 2012

Windows 8 default wallpaper leaked

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Microsoft is close to announcing the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 8, the final code for its new operating system. As the announcement approaches, the final default wallpaper for Windows 8 has leaked out. Techit posted the Windows 8 wallpaper today, and we can confirm this is the final default wallpaper that will ship with within Windows 8. The wallpaper features two daisy flowers surrounded by a clear sky in the backdrop.
Microsoft is expected to announce the final build (version 8888) of Windows 8 before the end of the week. According to insiders, the company is close to signing off on the final bits that will make their way to consumers on October 26th. MSDN and TechNet customers should get early access to the final build in the coming weeks.
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Google Adds Calculator to its Search

Google has taken another step to make the world’s most popular search engine, more than just a search engine. It added a 34 key scientific keyboard to its search engine which means solving equations could’ve never been more easier on the internet.
One might ask the need of a calculator in search engine (in a browser) when it is just a click away through start menu, but you will agree that power users usually remain with-in browser windows and prefer browser calculators (Google calculator in this case) over conventional calculators offered by operating systems.
Of course, this isn’t the first calculator in the web, but it is easily one of the most accessible because of the search engine’s popularity throughout the globe.
Here’s the screenshot of the calculator:
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Since the calculator is scientific, it can solve basic equations and is capable of giving answers in both radians and degrees.
Although it may seem like a small step, but combined with knowledge graph (which was announced in May and provides facts about the searched query) calculator will make the search engine more functional.
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Petition asking HTC to release stock Android 4.0 for the HTC Desire HD reaches 10k signatures. Have you signed it yet?

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UPDATE 7/25: After only a few days, the petition asking HTC to release a stock Android 4.0 build for the HTC Desire HD has already recevied over 10,000 signatures. If you have not already A while back signed your name to the petition, click on the link and help support those who still own and use the HTC Desire HD.
HTC stated that they would be updating the Desire HD device to Ice Cream Sandwich.  However, it looks like that is no longer the case.  HTC has changed it’s mind and will not be bringing Android 4.0 over the Desire HD stating:
After extensive testing, we’ve determined that the current version of HTC Sense with Android provides customers with the best experience on the HTC Desire HD. When we consider new versions of software, we weigh a number of factors, but ultimately the customer experience on the product is the deciding factor. We apologize for any confusion this change may have caused our customers.
Fortunately, all hope is not lost.  XDA Senior Member max63094 has taken it upon himself to start a petition to bring ICS to the Desire HD.  The goal is to bring Ice Cream Sandwich to the device even if ported without HTC’s proprietary Sense software.  The original HTC Desire received a similar build when a Gingerbread RUU without Sense was made available for the device.  The recent ICS ROMs created by developers demonstrate that the Desire HD can run ICS without issue and have worded the petition to reflect this knowledge:
Now anyone over at XDA knows this is not true, ICS runs great on our phone plus it is also a better experience. Now this petition is to get HTC to release ICS for us, if they do not want to give us Sense, then they could do at least what they did for the HTC Desire, and release a pure Android on the HTCDev.com With the HTC Desire, they released a RUU because the phone could not handle sense with gingerbread, so they released a pure Android, and now they need to AT
LEAST do that for the Desire HD with ICS.
The community support for the Ice Cream Sandwich is amazing as the petition has received almost 4 times the goal of 2000 signatures.  You can find more information on the petition on the XDA Forum thread here. When you are ready to sign the petition indicating your support you can visit the site here.
Keep in mind you don’t have to own an HTC Desire HD to sign the petition.  Head over now to show your support!
Source: XDA Developers
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Sorry, Motorola: Google only loves you for your patents

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Google’s (GOOG) love for Motorola is only as deep as its patent portfolio. Per the Wall Street Journal, Google recently filed documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission stating that nearly half of the $12.4 billion it paid to acquire Motorola reflected the value of Motorola’s intellectual property holdings. In all, Google paid $5.5 billion for Motorola’s “patents and developed technology,” $2.9 billion for cash acquired, $2.6 billion in goodwill, and less than $1 billion each for “customer relationships” and “other net assets acquired.” In other words, Google placed vastly more value on Moto’s patents — and its ability to help Google combat the likes of Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) in court — than it did on the company’s consumer electronics business.
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CX-O1 Mini PC now available with Android 4.0 for $48

Remember that charming little device that looked like a USB stick and could bring the Android experience to any HDMI-enabled TV and monitor? Welp, it has a little competition and is now up for sale at a very attractive price point at $48. The CX-01 Mini PC will give you Android 4.0 in the size of a USB stick.
It would be great for playing games, getting work done, or just watching some videos and browsing the web. While the specs are nothing to marvel at – it has WiFi N, a full-sized USB port, a 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage – its price point would be the deciding factor for many.
At $48 this device would be a nice little accessory to have if you want to take the Android experience onto the big screen without huge set-top boxes or the need to get a TV with it built-in. It would be absolutely lavish with Bluetooth support and if ti were Google TV-equipped, but alas it falls short of those expectations.
The MK802 offers a better set of hardware but you still aren’t getting Bluetooth with either experience. Regardless, our expectations were low enough that we’re still excited for the CX-O1′s arrival and it’ll be interesting to see if the development community does anything with it. Head to the source link if you want to buy it. [Pandawill via Liliputing]
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Wireless Electric Car Charger Trial Launched In London

On Tuesday, US wireless technology giant Qualcomm launched the London trial of its Halo wireless charger for electric vehicles (EVs).
Halo is a deceptively simple system, consisting of a charging terminal, a flat pad and a receiving pad on the car that can transmit several kilowatts of electricity over the air. According to Antony Thompson, VP of business development and marketing at Qualcomm, the company aims to make EV charging “as easy and widespread as Wi-Fi”.
On a sunny afternoon in Wimbledon, TechWeekEurope had a chance to see Halo in action, and we were very impressed.

Like a powermat for cars

Most of our readers know Qualcomm as the developer of wireless cellular standards and the designer of Snapdragon mobile chips. However, Halo is not the first automotive technology created by the US company. One of its first products was the satellite locating and messaging service OmniTRACS, and Qualcomm has been releasing a steady stream of car tech ever since.
In a broader sense, Qualcomm is designing a “connected car”, which is much more a device than a means of transportation. At the core of the concept is a wireless ecosystem that seamlessly charges, connects to various networks, downloads updates and apps.
Halo uses electro-magnetic induction to transfer 3, 7 or even 20 kW of power between two cleverly designed coils, with transmission rates similar to what you get with a traditional cable charger.
The installation is easy, even in home conditions – the pad just slips on top of the garage floor, accompanied by a terminal the size of a vacuum cleaner.
But among its most interesting features is the fact that the elements don’t have to be perfectly aligned, or even very close… It’s very easy to park on the charging spot – user just drives over the pad, and Halo will take care of the rest.

Induction, or coupling?

All this suggests that the system goes beyond simple elctromagnetic induction (as used to charge the humble electric toothbrosh) and possibly uses “resonant inductive coupling” where the electromagnetic signal is picked up more strongly because the receiving unit is “tuned” to the sending one.
QualComm bought the Halo technology, with its creator HaloIPT from New Zealand in 2011, and there are rivals. Toyota is working with WiTricity, who spoke to TechWeekEurope a couple of years back. Nissan is making its own tech for its LEAF car, and General Electric is working with PowerMat, who moved into car-charging when its mobile phone charging system turned out to be a dead end.
When installed on the street, the Halo system doesn’t require additional street furniture that can be vandalised, and there is no risk of elemental damage or oxidation of electric connections.
Halo is not affected by weather conditions. The company says that the charging will work even through a foot of snow. Finally, users will be able to avoid the risk of electrocution when charging their EV in heavy rain.
Qualcomm is very passionate about its technology, claiming it is different from anything offered by competitors, and protected by a plethora of patents. “To us, it’s still part-magical”, admits Thompson.
Since it is a new development, there are still some issues to be dealt with. At the moment, the device will fry a pan of eggs if it is left on the charging pad, and that doesn’t really inspire confidence in its safety features.
During charging, it could potentially hurt small animals that would get attracted by its warmth, prompting one journalist to joke that the device is the answer to the London urban fox problem. Obviously, testing it on living creatures presents challenges. However, the risk of frying your neighbour’s cat could be easily avoided through a combination of heat and motion sensors.
Besides danger to animals, the system has some reliability issues. During the demonstration, one of the Delta E4 cars wouldn’t “wake up” without any apparent reason, much to the dismay of Delta’s technical director.
Qualcomm is extremely busy testing and improving the technology. It has already invested a lot of money in it, but will not see a return until Halo is ready for licensing. However, as I was explained, the company makes an extra effort to stay relevant in the distant future, regularly launching R&D projects which might only pay off after a decade, or even further down the line.

Trials and tribulations

The current wireless charging trial will last for about two years, and consist of two phases. The first will utilise a small number of vehicles, with professional drivers using the system in controlled environments. It will feature 10 to 20 charging pads, most probably located at testers’ home and workplace, and help evaluate Halo’s commercial viability.
The second phase will see Halo used in more cars, and this is where Qualcomm will take interested parties on board. All of the cars chosen for the trial are fully electric, and include Delta E4 coupe, Citroen C1 and Renault Fluence.
“We think the market is ready. People are increasingly buying electric cars. But when we talk about EVs, there’s always this “chicken and egg” dilemma. Do we build the infrastructure first, or shall we focus on the cars? That’s why we are participating in the Halo trial,” a Reno spokesman told TechWeekEurope.
When asked about green credentials of electricity, which is still in large part produced using “dirty” fossil fuels, the Reno man remained optimistic. “We will still need a bit of fossil fuel for the next 10-20 years, but I’m sure that eventually we will find a new source of electricity. Nuclear power is already providing low emission power. Meanwhile, since we are a car company, we will focus on building cars.”
Electric car batteries in sufficient quantities could also be a tool to even out the demand on the electricity grid, according to TechWeekEurope editor Peter Judge, sometimes feeding energy back in at times of high demand.
“Halo is a really exciting project, and it allows us to learn a lot as a car manufacturer. Our engineers analyse the technology, learn to work with it. Our competitors think that having one EV model is enough. We have four [Twizy, Zoe, Kangoo Van and Fluence], and are planning more. We are trying to be different, to really focus on the eco-friendly vehicles,” he added.
Another Qualcomm partner is the UK-based motorsport engineering consultancy Delta, which has clients ranging from F1 teams to mainstream carmakers. “The integration of Qualcomm Halo EV charging technology will help us better understand future EV engineering challenges,” said Nick Carpenter, technical director of the company.
If the trials go well, we might see Halo in wider adoption as early as 2015-2017. In the future, Qualcomm envisions electric cars with small, light batteries (the ones used in the current Renault Fluence weigh around 300 kg, or 47 stone) that charge little, but often. Imagine topping up electricity while stopping for a traffic light, or standing in a shop car park. Smaller batteries would also decrease the weight and overall price of EVs.
And yet, Qualcomm’s dreams even bigger. Its ultimate goal is to design cars that charge as you drive. In this scenario, Halo modules would be installed into the roar itself, offering unlimited range to EVs, with only a tiny battery needed. Sure, it might sound like science fiction, but if someone had told me five years ago that electric cars will get electricity over the air, I would have said they were daydreaming. And I would be wrong.

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HTC One X+ coming to T-Mobile with blazing 1.7GHz quad-core processor

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TmoNews reports that T-Mobile will soon get a souped-up version of the HTC (2498) One X dubbed the One X+. The “+,” in case you’re wondering, refers to the handset’s Tegra 3+ chipset, a quad-core processor that clocks in at a very speedy 1.7GHz. TmoNews says that this super-fast new device will be available from T-Mobile sometime this September. The original One X launched earlier this year on AT&T (T) and featured a comparatively wimpy dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor along with a 4.6-inch 720p HD display and an 8-megapixel camera.
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Timetable Set For Nokia Case Against HTC; Don’t Hold Your Breath

Time moves so slowly in the legal system that it can be difficult to keep track of the progress in the patent-related disputes between the various smartphone and tablet players. Just look at the recent news of injunctions against Samsung Androids stemming from its battle with Apple; those request were filed months and months ago, and followed previous requests (subsequently denied) that trace back to last year. We’re just at the start of what looks to be another protracted exchange, and this one between Nokia and HTC
Earlier this year, Nokia made claims of patent infringement against HTC, RIM, and ViewSonic. The Administrative Law Judge overseeing those charges in the US has now set a date for the final ruling on the matter, scheduled not to occur until January 23, 2014. There should be a preliminary ruling in September of 2013, but as you can see, we’re a very long way off from the end of this matter.
What’s Nokia’s problem with HTC? The complaint names nine of Nokia’s patents, and extends to some eighty-seven specific claims regarding them. Looking through just what patents are at play here, there’s what could be a refreshing bit of a shift away from obvious-sounding software patents. Sure, there are still plenty of those in here, like “synchronization of databases using filters”, a “communication network terminal supporting a plurality of applications”, or a “calendar-display apparatus, and associated method, for a mobile terminal”. On the other hand, Nokia names patents like one for a “method for attenuating spurious signals and receiver” that sound like the kind of genuine technological advancement worth protecting.
Because Nokia is bringing up so many different types of patents in its complaint is one of the reasons why the case is scheduled to take so very long. Some of those patents may be removed from the complaint as the case progresses, but it still looks like we’re in for quite the long wait before we’ll see things fully resolved.
Source: FOSS Patents
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Welcome Glass Explorers: Google Will Host Special Events & Hangouts For Those With Project Glass Pre-Orders


Google’s Project Glass made quite a splash at I/O last month. Besides stunning the audience with a skydiving demo of Glass, Google also allowed those developers who attended the company’s annual developer conference to exclusively pre-order the $1,500 Google Glass Explorer Edition. These first alpha versions of Glass are only scheduled to ship early next year, but according to an email the Project Glass team just sent to everybody who pre-ordered the devices, the company plans to involve this early tester community before the devices ship as well. Google, the email says, will post exclusive content for those with pre-orders on Google+ and also invite them to special events and Google+ Hangouts with the Glass Team.
Here is the email:
In the first of these private posts on Google+, Google co-founder Sergey Brin notes that he looks forward to ” to hearing about your magical moments with Glass.” He also shared that he is currently testing “a new mode of Glass which automatically takes a picture every 10 seconds without any distraction or disruption.” The idea behind Glass, Brin reiterated, is to let you “enjoy and share life’s moments without being tied down by technology.”
So far, the only Glass features Google has shared publicly involve taking pictures and streaming video. Except for its simulated demo video, Google hasn’t shared any information about what this experience will look like. Our own Peter Ha got to wear Brin’s set of Google Glass at I/O and saw what Brin admitted was an old demo of an AR application running on Glass.
Despite the fact that we still know very little about Glass, it’s good to see that Google is already actively looking for input from its developer and early adopter community even before the first batch of devices is ready to ship.
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Motorola Xoom WiFi testers getting some Jelly Bean love

If you’re holding onto a WiFi version of the Motorola Xoom and signed up to be a tester for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, you may be happy to hear that said update is rolling out now. If you’re not a part of the testing group, XDA has you covered.
First and foremost, if you’re still holding on the any version of the Motorola Xoom, well done. Given that Verizon’s model of the tablet launched in February, with the WiFi variant shipping a month later, it’s an old piece of kit in this mobile tech world. Still, it doesn’t hurt that the first Honeycomb tablet is getting first dibs on the latest version of the OS, and that alone may be good enough to keep one kicking around.
So far, not much is known about the update, other than it seems like a typical Jelly Bean build. The one difference you’ll find for this build is that you still need to go to the Google Play Store to install Chrome, which is hardly something to complain about.
If you’re not a part of the test group, then there’s a way for you to get your Jelly Bean on anyway. The method of updating the tablet has been around for a while but still does the trick. You’ll need a USB host cable as well as a USB Thumb drive formatted to FAT32. You can find the guide on XDA here.
Although the update is currently only being push to testers, we can expect that the official update will begin to land on the rest of the Motorola Xoom WiFi owners shortly.
[Via: AndroidCentral]
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Facebook and HTC smartphone collaboration set for 2013 debut, says Bloomberg West

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We'd previously heard rumors that HTC and Facebook were working together on a new Android smartphone back in April, and now there's a second source: Bloomberg West. The news program's Twitter account posted that the rumored phone, which DigiTimes had said was going to be released in 2012, is now headed for a release in the middle of next year. Other than that, details are still slim — and of course there's no official word yet from either Facebook or HTC — but we'll keep you updated with any new information.

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July 25, 2012

[New App] InstaWiFi Lets You Easily Share Your Wi-Fi Password Through NFC Or QR Codes

We all know the scenario: a friend or family member is at your place and needs to connect to the Wi-Fi. At that point, you have a few choices (none of which are ideal): hand them a piece of paper with the network key, tell it to them aloud, or enter it for them.
Wouldn't it be so much easier to let them tap an NFC tag (granted they actually have an NFC-capable phone) or scan a QR code? Dang right it would - and now the process of making that happen in stupid-easy thanks to a new apps called InstaWifi.
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InstaWifi lets you easily share your network information with a simple tap of an NFC tag or scan of a QR code. And it does so with very little hassle to you: fire the app up, enter your network SSID and network key, and either write it to an NFC tag or print a QR code. Done.
It's even easier if you have a rooted handset, too; InstaWiFi will automatically dig into your network settings and pull out all of the information that it needs. Super simple.
It's worth noting that I had some trouble getting the application to work on both my Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 when I tried to use the NFC tag (it kept failing authentication while trying to connect to the network). However, Artem got it to work without issue on both his Nexus 7 and EVO LTE. We've reached out to the developer to see what the issue may be (we suspect that it may have something to do with special characters in the network key) and will update when hear something back.
In the meantime, this app is definitely worth checking out. Even if you run into issues like I did, I wouldn't stress too much; up to the point we've had good communication with the developer, so rest assured that a fix will likely be hitting the Store soon.

Download InstaWiFi from Google Play
QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.jessechen.instawifi
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Intel's Atom chips will support Android 4.1, no timeline given

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Intel has confirmed that its Atom chips for phones and tablets will eventually support Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as a port. In an email to IDG News, a spokeswoman said that "Intel continues to work closely with Google to enable future versions of Android, including Jelly Bean, on our family of low power Atom processors." Intel's smartphone and tablet presence is minimal, but the first phones bearing its Medfield system-on-chip Atom processors launched this year, and more are expected in the coming quarters. Unfortunately, they're largely still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread — with the exception of a few on Ice Cream Sandwich, despite Andy Rubin's promise that Google would optimize future versions of Android for Intel's chips.
Intel has focused on Windows 8 for its Atom-based Clover Trail processor, and we're glad to see it at least trying to keep up with the latest version of Android. But while Intel has a long-term phone development partnership with Motorola, we aren't seeing much of Google's plan to optimize for Atom in the future.
Article now reflects Google's promise for Intel and Android.
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Apple has sold 410M iOS devices, with more than $5.5B paid to developers

Today at the company’s earnings call, Apple has announced a total of 410M iOS devices sold, with more than $5.5 billion in payments to developers. In addition, the company has also shared that there are now as many as 255k iPad apps in the App Store, a feat that Apple reached for the iPhone back in 2010.
The app store has been known for bringing in some serious cash for select developers, but it’s particularly interesting to see the ratio of devices sold to cash paid out. Doing some math on these numbers, we can estimate that ($5.5 billion / 410M iOS devices) approximately $13 is paid to developers for each and every iOS device.
Taking this further, we crunched some more and found that Apple makes approximately $18.5 in app store purchases per device, keeping a cut of $5.50.
This news follows Apple’s earnings report for its third fiscal quarter of 2012. In Q3, Apple’s revenue amounted to $35B, with earnings of $9.32 per share. The company’s net profit in Q3 was $8.8B. These numbers ‘missed’ industry estimates slightly but beat Apple’s own safer estimates.
For more check out all of our Apple coverage here.
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BlackBerry Concept Phone Imagines BB10 QWERTY Slider

It’s hard to discuss RIM nowadays without dwelling upon its uncertain future. Though we’ve seen leaked documents that give us a pretty clear view of where the company hopes to be headed over the next year or so, RIM’s also inundated by rumor after rumor that it will sell off key assets, partner-up with competitors, or otherwise make some sweeping change to its business model. Earlier this month, we looked at one-such possible outcome, with a render of a concept phone showing how a RIM-manufactured Windows Phone handset might look. Today, we’ve got another BlackBerry concept design to check out, but this time from a less controversial future, speculating upon what a BlackBerry 10 QWERTY slider might look like.
Maybe even more so than that Windows Phone design, this handset is all about maximizing screen space. When closed, that bezel is pretty darn narrow, though it’s still far from pushing any limits. Slid open, the design reveals a new-style angled keyboard, for which RIM received a patent earlier this year. Obviously, we don’t know if it really intends to introduce such a component in BB10 handsets, but if it were to take that route, we’ve got to say that it’s a pretty sharp design. Our only concern is what current RIM fans might think about a keyboard that seems so very flat.
So far, we’ve yet to hear of any RIM plans for a BB10 slider like this, though both a full-touch handset and a non-sliding QWERTY model are in the works.
Source: CrackBerry
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