Archive for: Android

Android Market Back On The Chinese Block List.

  • October 9, 2011 10:50 pm


It appears Google and the Chinese government still aren’t the greatest of friends. Over the weekend it has emerged that Google’s Android Market is once again inaccessible from within mainland China — though not for the first time. Google and China have a long, troubled relationship. Google’s anti-censoring stance last year likely did little to help.

The Android Market is the latest Google app to (re-) join the blocklist along with fellow in-house services GTalk, Gmail, and Google+ along with other popular social services such as Twitter and Facebook. Unsurprisingly, local mobile app stores are still accessible.

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Android 4.0 Screenshots Leak En Masse

  • October 7, 2011 7:13 am


No sooner do we get leaked video showing off what many believe to be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus/Nexus Prime do we get stumble upon a smattering of alleged Android 4.0 ICS screenshots compliments of AndroidCentral. As we mentioned in the Nexus/ICS article from a few minutes ago, ICS is looking more blue in nature and a hell of a lot like Honeycomb. And that’s just fine in our book.

Be sure to jump inside for a handful of Android 4.0 ICS screenshots…

[Update] Full Galaxy Nexus Specs Leak Ahead Of October 11th Samsung Unpacked Event.

  • October 6, 2011 9:44 am


BGR just posted the confirmed specs for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Nexus citing a “trusted source”. While it’s not the traditional “Nexus” device naming scheme, we apparently don’t need to worry about any type of carrier/manufacturer additions such as TouchWhiz as the device will be a “Pure Google” phone.

  • Specs: TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor @ 1.2GHz, 4.65-inch 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED HD ( w/curved glass), 1 GB of RAM, 5-megapixel (rear)/1.3-megapixel (front) cameras, 1080p HD video support, WiFi/NFC/Bluetooth, HSPA+/LTE, 32 GB of built-in storage, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and a 1,750 mAh battery.

As previous rumors have mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be a VZW exclusive. One other noteworthy feature — ICS has the ability to measure data usage at the individual app level. Nice!.

In short: If Apple’s upcoming iPhone 4S isn’t on your radar, this is the only other legitimate choice for a new phone. Period.

Update

If you thought the above “official” specs for the Galaxy Nexus looked a bit puny, you may have thought right. GSMArena is reporting that BGR’s source is “dead wrong”. Specifically, GSMArena’s own Google-based source who is reportedly “familiar with the Nexus project” claims the processor powering the Galaxy Nexus will actually be the in-house Exynos humming along upwards of 1.5 GHz. There’s more. The GPU will (likely) be the PowerVR SGX543MP2 by Imagination — the same GPU found in the iPad 2 — while the rear-facing camera will actually capture 8 megapixels and 1080p video as opposed to the average 5-megapixel shooter BGR is reporting. Battery power will be meatier at a rated capacity of 2,050 mAh. And similar to the iPhone 4S is the inclusion of a dual-band GSM/CDMA baseband meaning only a single phone will be needed. Sounds even better if you ask us.

Samsung Stratosphere Specs Confirmed: 4″ Super AMOLED, LTE, 1 GHz Processor.

  • October 5, 2011 1:06 pm


Looking for LTE and a fancy sliding qwerty keyboard? Perfect! Get your wallet for the Samsung Stratosphere. While the single-core 1 GHz processor may portray a mid-tier offering, the 5-megapixel/1.3-megapixel (rear/front), Android 2.3 OS, and 4″ Super AMOLED display give the Stratosphere a little more substance. Then again, we’re not completely against the term “mid-tier” when it’s priced to move at $149.99 either.

Qwerty lovers: Your next phone?

Comparison graph after the break pitting the Stratosphere against competing devices from Sprint (Samsung Epic 4G and HTC EVO Shift 4G) and T-Mobile (Sidekick 4G)…

Samsung Posts Teaser Image And Video Of Nexus Prime.

  • October 5, 2011 8:07 am


The hype around the upcoming iPhone 4S is either already over, or at the very least waning already. Whatever your stance is on the next-gen iPhone there’s likely another thing pinging the back of your brain — the Nexus Prime. Not to be outdone, Samsung has released a nice little teaser video and profile picture showing what is likely to be the Nexus Prime — an Android juggernaut rumored to feature a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and 4.5+” 720p (1280 x 720) display (as well as other high-end hardware). On the software front, the Prime is said to be the first Android device to ship with Google’s next-gen OS, “Ice Cream Sandwich”.

The Nexus Prime is easily the biggest Android phone of 2011 and could probably be titled as “the iPhone of the Android world”. With that said we don’t have too much longer to wait. Samsung’s “Unpacked” event is going down on October 11th, at which point we’ll likely know everything about this little gem.

Teaser video after the break…

[Update] Samsung Moves To Block iPhone 4S Sales In France And Italy. More Lawsuits Planned.

  • October 5, 2011 6:54 am


Like clockwork, Samsung has already begun making good on their promise to sue Apple to block sales of the upcoming iPhone 4S abroad. Today the company announced on their Samsung Tomorrow blog that they were filing the first lawsuits in France and Italy over “wireless telecommunications technology relating to Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets”. According to Samsung:

“The infringed technology is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and Samsung believes that Apple’s violation as being too severe and that the iPhone 4S should be barred from sales.

Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology. We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation.”

Samsung has promised more lawsuits are forthcoming for additional countries and will be announced in the near future.

Better grab a cot and a pillow. This Samsung vs. Apple fight is far from over.

Update

Foss Patents has a good rundown of the new lawsuits being filed by Samsung and how potentially detrimental they are to the wireless industry as a whole. Essentially, the patents Samsung is using to sue Apple are covered under FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Ron-Discriminatory) terms meaning Samsung must grant Apple a license if they ask for one. Where the lawsuit moves (slightly) into Samsung’s favor is if Apple refuses to pay any license fee that Samsung requests. And on that note, it’s not known at this point how high of a price Samsung can slap on something covered under FRAND. This is of course assuming the patent in question are in fact covered under FRAND.

Alleged Screenshot Shows Nexus Prime “About Phone” Screen, Buttonless Front.

  • October 4, 2011 10:09 am


GSMArena has what they claim is the first official photo showing the Nexus Prime, albeit a small piece of the Nexus Prime. The “about phone” screen we’re looking doesn’t tell us much that we don’t already know. The screenshot confirms the Nexus Prime will feature 720p (1280 x 720) resolution on a gargantuan 4.6″ display which ends up coming to a 320ppi pixel density (for those keeping count).

Also note the on-screen navigation buttons similar to Honeycomb. Android Ice Cream Sandwich is the “melting pot” if you will between the current phone and tablet flavors of Android. It only makes sense to have phones move to the same button-less navigation that Google first introduced in Honeycomb.

HTC Security Flaw: HTC Responds.

  • October 4, 2011 8:14 am

In the last few days it was made known that a rather serious security flaw was found on several of HTC’s newer Android phones. This flaw allows users’ private information (SMS messages, contact data, system logs, location information and more) to be snapped up by the phone and stored in a very insecure, unprotected way. Yes, bad news. But fret not. A fix is on the way according to HTC.

HTC takes claims related to the security of our products very seriously. In our ongoing investigation into this recent claim, we have concluded that while this HTC software itself does no harm to customers’ data, there is a vulnerability that could potentially be exploited by a malicious third-party application. A third party malware app exploiting this or any other vulnerability would potentially be acting in violation of civil and criminal laws. So far, we have not learned of any customers being affected in this way and would like to prevent it by making sure all customers are aware of this potential vulnerability.

HTC is working very diligently to quickly release a security update that will resolve the issue on affected devices. Following a short testing period by our carrier partners, the patch will be sent over-the-air to customers, who will be notified to download and install it. We urge all users to install the update promptly. During this time, as always, we strongly urge customers to use caution when downloading, using, installing and updating applications from untrusted sources.

Given the potential seriousness of the situation should some malicious 3rd party dev/app exploit this security hole, we expect HTC is double-timing the needed employees to get this patch finished, tested, and released.

With that said, we’ll reiterate HTC’s reiteration: Be careful what you install and make note of what permissions it has and what data it can access.

Leaked Screenshots Show BBM On Android.

  • October 3, 2011 9:34 am


Rumors of RIM porting their popular BlackBerry Messenger messaging service to Android and iOS have been circulating around the web for well over a year now. Thus far, however, we haven’t really seen any physical evidence. The rumor was even called into question as RIM has also stated that they aren’t porting BBM for competing platforms. Contradicting statements aside, TechRadar has published new screenshots from an alleged RIM employee that shows a BlackBerry Messenger icon in the Android app drawer. Said employee says the BBM Android (and assuming iOS) app will be ready sometime in 2012.

Besides the two photos there’s not much else to go on. Hopefully RIM has something more official to share with us in the near future. With their marketshare (and relevance) quickly slipping, a cross-platform BBM app would be a good start to re-capturing the minds of the consumer market.