Archive for: Android

[Update] HTC Puccini Android Tablet Spied Again. AT&T LTE Support Confirmed!

  • August 24, 2011 7:06 am


HTC’s Puccini tablet is a sharp, yet admittingly “normal” as far as Android tablets go. So how is HTC looking to differentiate? Oh perhaps by throwing AT&T LTE support into the mix. That’s right! HTC’s upcoming (and first) Honeycomb tablet will support AT&T’s next-gen super fast network.

Release date is still something that eludes us all. But let’s be real. Would you really drop serious cash on an LTE tablet that doesn’t have any LTE network to make use of (yet)? We didn’t think so. On that same note, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Puccini pushed back until 2012 for the aforementioned reason.

Did your hope in Android tablets just get revived?

Update

It’s official — AT&T announces HTC Puccini/Jetstream tablet as carrier’s first LTE tablet.

AT&T Facing Their Own KIN With The HTC Status?

  • August 23, 2011 10:21 pm

The KIN was easily the biggest failure in Microsoft’s and Verizon’s recent history (and dare we say the tech world at large in the last several years). But according to an alleged “trusted source” who is “close to AT&T” came forward to TechCrunch earlier today with information that sheds a grim light on the Facebook-centric HTC Status. Apparently the device has suffered from sales poor enough to have execs looking for an early exit — barely one month after the device’s initial release. Sounds exactly like Verizon’s KIN I & II doesn’t it?

It would certainly be surprising to see AT&T pulling the plug on the Status so soon after launch, especially considering social networking on the go is currently a huge selling point. Then again, the sub-par and outdated-18-months-ago hardware packed within the Status’ body — 800 MHz, really?! — is pretty much a joke compared to the current crop of Android devices. So is it really all that surprising AT&T is potentially giving it the boot?

Yet despite the rumors AT&T still maintains that “the HTC Status is a great product and our plans for it to be part of our portfolio haven’t changed.” Do you think AT&T would ever admit to launching a failure? Yeah, we didn’t either.

You’re Doing It Wrong: Microsoft Suing To Block Sale Of 1+ Year Old Motorola Android Phones.

  • August 23, 2011 9:36 am

Using lawsuits to keep your competitors from getting too far ahead is a trait that far too many tech companies rely on these days. Over the past several months at least, it seems this tactic has exploded in popularity with Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Motorola and many more kicking the court room battles up several notches. So it’s with great sadness we highlight a new lawsuit brought forth by Microsoft signaling out Motorola and the alleged infringement on seven Microsoft patents.

In Microsoft’s lawsuit, they seek to ban the import and sale of several Motorola Android phones including the Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq XT, Devour, Backflip and Charm. What’s humorous is that it appears the focus is on these phones exclusively and not all of Motorola’s Android lineup — phones that are ~ 1+ year old and sorely out dated. We understand the idea behind suing to keep competitors at bay (as opposed to actually producing something consumers want). But suing to block the sale of old hardware that no one cares about anymore? What is Microsoft thinking?

Motorola Mobility has publicly responded to Microsoft’s lawsuit by stating that they are “vigorously defending” themselves “against Microsoft’s patent attack business strategy” and that they have “brought legal actions of our own in the U.S. and in Europe to address Microsoft’s large scale of infringement of Motorola Mobility’s patents”. Judge Theodore Essex is scheduled to reveal his findings on November 4th while the commission is seeking to have the investigation completed by March 5th of 2012.

DROID Bionic Commercial Leaked. Features Secretive QR Code That Leads To…?

  • August 22, 2011 10:50 pm

The constant stream of DROID Bionic information and marketing material has hit an all time high as we close in on ~ 1 month until release. Late today a new DROID Bionic commercial leaked onto the web. It’s quality was just barely adequate. But more interesting than the message — because we already know what it’s saying — was the blink-and-you’d-miss-it QR code at the very end of the commercial. Secret information?

We’re going to have to break your heart. According to ongoing discussion in this thread over at Android Central, the super secret QR code simply leads one back to the already flogged “Get More” Bionic teaser page. Yeah, buzz kill. But hey. The Bionic is coming very, very soon and everything you could possibly want to know about it has already been leaked. Kind of makes for a rather ho-hum release, huh?

Still, if you’re feeling a bit bored this fine Monday evening, why not hop past the break and catch that commercial everyone’s been talking about…

Sorry, Android Junkies. HTC’s September 1st Event Is All About Windows Phone.

  • August 22, 2011 9:46 pm


If you’re an Android aficionado, hearing rumors of nothing but Windows Phone announcements at HTC’s September 1st event is likely to cause depression, over-eating, and god knows what else. If you walk the line with Microsoft’s latest and greatest, however, things are on the up and up.

BGR claims to have been tipped off by a reliable source that it is Windows Phone 7 news through and through that HTC will divulge, beginning with the 3.7″ packin’ HTC Eternity looking to call AT&T home. But what’s really got our attention is the monstrous 4.5″ HTC Omega heading to T-Mobile USA. As is standard with news of this nature, pricing and release dates are still MIA.

Sony Ericsson Announces “Live With Walkman” Android Phone.

  • August 22, 2011 7:45 am


Today Sony Ericsson unveiled a new Walkman-themed phone. Dubbed “Live with Walkman”, the new smartphone brings several worthy bullet points to the table including: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), 1 GHz processor, 3.2″ 480 x 320 display, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera w/ flash and 720p video recording and several deeply integrates social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter.

Look for the Sony Ericsson to hit “select” markets in Q4 of this year for an as of yet undisclosed price.

So Apple Is Tampering With Galaxy S-to-iPhone Comparisons Too?

  • August 19, 2011 11:36 am


Oh look! Not only did Apple manipulate (illegally) 10.1″ Galaxy Tab photos for their ongoing European and Dutch courtroom battles with Samsung, they also applied their magic shrink ray to the Galaxy S phones as well. How (if at all) these new allegations and evidence of image tampering coming to light affects Apple’s various lawsuits against Samsung remains to be seen.

We’ll go out on a limb and say Apple’s whole case against is BS/straw grabbing to slow competition. At the same time, TouchWiz is hideous. And we like Samsung hardware. Make of it what you will…

The Teeth Come Out: Apple Seeks Complete Ban On Samsung Galaxy S Hardware In The Netherlands.

  • August 18, 2011 2:46 pm


We already told you about a pretty strict but vague request for injunction by Apple against Samsung Mobile against a slew of devices in The Netherlands. Today the depth of that case have been revealed. What’s immediately clear is that Apple is taking out their fangs in full force. In particular, Apple is requesting a complete ban — manufacturing, stocking, importing, distributing, trading or selling — on all Galaxy branded hardware (phones and tablets) by Samsung Korea and their Dutch counterparts. The devices in question include: Galaxy Ace, Galaxy S and Galaxy SII, Galaxy Tab 7 and Galaxy Tab 10.1. Other lesser known devices briefly noted include the Gio, Nexus, 551, Europa, Apollo and Mini. Adding injury to insult, Apple is requesting that Samsung be required to include a clause in a letter to European partners (from Samsung’s Dutch operations) that requests all European parters to remove infringing Samsung hardware to prevent their own separate lawsuits — more lawsuits. In short: Apple is looking to completely crush Samsung’s current flagship portfolio of Android products.

The Hague district court in The Netherlands is scheduled to rule on the injunction request September 15th. If granted, the effects could stretch across the entire EU and drastically alter the mobile landscape.

Gadgesteria’s take: We’re pretty damn tired of the recent rash of courtroom brawls over IP-based allegations spreading across the tech world like a digital cancer. Hopefully this gets settled quickly with everyone involved still selling at the end of the day.

Samsung Unveiling “Something Big” September 1st. Nexus Prime/Galaxy Q To Be Revealed?

  • August 18, 2011 12:05 pm

Mark your calendars for September 1st for Samsung Mobile is going to “announce something big” at the IFA technology show in Berlin. Exactly what they’re going to announce isn’t known quite yet. But the best guesses floating around the web at this point include the third-gen Nexus phone — the previously rumored Nexus Prime — or the 5.3″ phone/tablet hybrid device supposedly carrying the name “Galaxy Q”. The Galaxy Q is rumored to feature Android 2.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and a720p (1280 x 720) Super AMOLED HD display. The former Nexus Prime device is said to also feature a 720p display though at a more pocketable 4″. More impressive than display tech is the 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, “advanced” 5-megapixel camera w/ 1080p video recording, NFC and U.S. 4G support. Beyond all that, we’ve also heard a “Galaxy S 3D” mentioned a time or two before, albeit completely void of any specs whatsoever.

Unfortunately, the original teaser video posted to YouTube by Samsung that spurred all of this has been removed. Though in all honesty it didn’t really tell us anything.

Looks like we’re camping out on the 1st. Care to join?