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Motorola In Spring: “Unlocked Bootloaders Coming In Late 2011.” Late 2011: Just Kidding.

  • October 18, 2011 4:32 pm

Previous claims by high up Motorola executives that Q3/Q4 of this year would see the release of a handful of software updates to unlock the bootloaders of older devices, as well as see the release of new hardware with already unlocked bootloaders was…false. To date there has been one phone that’s received an update to go back and unlock the locked bootloader — the AT&T Atrix 4G.

Unfortunately today’s newly announced Motorola Droid RAZR ships with a locked bootloader. When pressed for the lack of new, unlocked hardware and software updates for previously released devices, Motorola responded by claiming that they “had to lock the bootloader due a request from Verizon” and that “security, safety and regulatory guidelines” made them do it. Reality: Bullshit. There are 0 “regulatory guidelines” or any other law that requires the bootloader to be locked — a fact made evident by the large number of HTC and Samsung (Nexus-branded devices specifically) phones that ship with an unlocked bootloader.

In short: Motorola lied. Let’s hope that if the Google/Motorola merger is approved Google forces Moto to be a bit more…open with future devices.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Widget Screenshots Leak Out Ahead Of Official Launch Event.

  • October 18, 2011 3:33 pm


If there’s one thing Android enthusiasts love more than anything else it’s unannounced Android apps/services leaking on the interwebs for the world to see. On that note, Android Police snagged some screenshots of Ice Cream Sandwich’s new Gmail, email, and calendar widgets. While on the surface there isn’t too big of a change from the same widgets in Honeycomb, changes, whether big or small, are still changes nonetheless. We’ll go out on a limb and say we actually like the Honeycomb widgets more, though we’re sure a few of you out there will care to disagree. Let us know your favorite (and why) in the comments.

Weekly Google News Wrap-up: From The Plex Episode 1

  • October 18, 2011 1:38 pm


Starting today we’ll be posting weekly wrap-ups of Google news for the week compliments of Google at a Glance co-founder, John Hanlon. “From The Plex” will consist of short and to the point headlines from the Google world cramming in as much info into the shortest amount of time possible — perfect for people on the go.

Google at a Glance is a weekly podcast covering everything Google/Android on Thursday evenings at 10pm (EST) — Website.

For more information about Google at a Glance, contact John (Google+ profile) or Nick Hanlon (Google+ profile)

Catch the first episode of “From The Plex” after the break…

Google HQ Gains It’s Newest Lawn Gnome: ICS Guy.

  • October 13, 2011 4:12 pm


Well lookie there…Google got themselves a sweet new lawn gnome. (Impeccable timing if you ask us — the announcement earlier and now the new yard ornament.)

October 19th is the day it all goes down.

Galaxy Nexus/ICS Reveal Delayed Because Of Patent Woes?

  • October 11, 2011 9:54 am

Up until now the general consensus has been that Google and Samsung delayed the unveiling of the next-gen Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of respect for Steve Jobs’ recent passing. But that may not be entirely true. According to infamous cellular leaker Eldar Murtazin, the duo delayed the new hardware and software because of ongoing issues with ICS features and patents. Specifically, several features are being removed from the final version of ICS so that they don’t get Google (and Samsung) in trouble with Apple.

It’s certainly a valid possibility considering Samsung is already embroiled in a heated multi-courtroom battle with Apple over a slew of alleged patent violations (and vice versa). Going out of their way now to protect themselves later could end up saving the companies millions in patent violation fines.

For now we can only take this with a grain of salt until either side offers up something a bit more official.

Thoughts?

[Update] Google, Samsung Announce Galaxy Nexus Launch Has Been Delayed. “Not The Right Time…”

  • October 7, 2011 7:55 am


Wow. Samsung has officially announced that the “Unpacked” event scheduled just a few days from now (October 11th) has been postponed. “A new date and venue will be announced shortly”, says the duo.

According to Samsung, the decision is shared between them and Google:

“Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.”

The context of the statement has already started rumors that Google and Samsung are postponing the event out of respect for Steve Jobs’ recent, untimely passing. We’ve reached out to both parties for official comment. If said rumor does turn out to be true, it’s further proof of the kind of effect Steve Jobs had on the tech world if even his fiercest competitors (and a company whom Apple is suing in over 10+ lawsuits) are delaying their flagship devices that chase after the latest iPhone 4S.

Update

A Google spokesperson just called to confirm what has already been said — that the decision to delay the event was a mutual decision. The spokesperson also confirmed that the decision was made specifically because of Steve Jobs’ untimely passing. With that said, neither Samsung nor Google have announced a replacement date for the “Unpacked” event in which they’ll reportedly unveil the Galaxy Nexus and/or Android 4.0.

Official joint statement:

Samsung and Google have decided to postpone the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event during the CTIA in San Diego, previously scheduled for Oct. 11. Under the current circumstances, both parties have agreed that this is not the appropriate time for the announcement of a new product. We would ask for the understanding of our clients and media for any inconvenience caused. We will announce a new date and venue in due course.

With that in the open now we must say, we’re mighty impressed by both Google and Samsung. As we mentioned above, neither party is in very good standing with Apple at the moment. It’s time like these — where companies put down their battle axes and affiliations and come together for a common purpose/greater good — that makes being a human being invigorating.

Google Opens First Google Store (Chromezone) In London.

  • September 30, 2011 11:02 pm


Apple has a strong retail presence. Microsoft began following in the last couple of years. And now Google is beginning to get into the game too with their new “Chromezone”. The first Chromezone officially “opened” their sudo doors this morning in London’s Tottenham Court Road PC World. Arvind Desikan, head of consumer marketing for Google UK said the Chromezone will help in getting people playing with and figuring out Chromebooks and Google’s ChromeOS. Hands-on experience is key according to Desikan:

“We found anecdotally that when people tried the device and played with it, that made a huge difference to their understanding of what the Chromebook is all about. People will be able to go in and have a play with the devices. We want to see whether people understand what this device is all about and monitor their reaction when they try it out.”

Another Chromezone will go live October 7th in Essex. We’re still waiting on word as to when we can expect this same “Googly Experience” here in the states.

[Update 2] Google Takes Off The Gloves: “Microsoft’s Patent/Royalty Agreements Amount To Extortion.”

  • September 28, 2011 2:44 pm


The argument that Android is “free” became less valid today with news of a new cross-licensing agreement between Microsoft and Samsung over alleged infringing material contained in Android’s source code. From here on out Samsung will reportedly pay Microsoft an undisclosed royalty on each Samsung Android device sold. Google is obviously none too pleased, with the company’s official statement sounding a tad loaded:

“This is the same tactic we’ve seen time and again from Microsoft. Failing to succeed in the smartphone market, they are resorting to legal measures to extort profit from others’ achievements and hinder the pace of innovation. We remain focused on building new technology and supporting Android partners.”

Last year Microsoft signed a similar deal with HTC.

While have no doubt there’s probably some Microsoft IP buried within Android, the same can be said the other way — and for iOS and webOS, and… See where we’re going with this? The mobile market has been ridiculously held in a stranglehold of BS IP lawsuits.

While it’s sad to see other platforms that may/may not be “stealing” IP from competitors, we’d wager it’s even more sad that Microsoft’s best weapon in the mobile market at this point is suing competitors for licensing fees and royalties instead of direct revenue from their own Windows Phone 7 platform.

Update

The royalty payments Samsung must send Microsoft’s way are being reported as high as $15 per device. Yeeeouch.

Update 2

Microsoft’s head of communications, Frank Shaw, just laid out his (non) sugarcoated views on Google’s response as stated above…

The overall reality that the mobile world (and IP law) is screwed up remains. Still, it’s in a way damn funny to watch and refreshing to see an actual person responding instead of some carbon copy PR department.

Google Is Killing Our Memory! [Infographic]

  • September 26, 2011 1:13 pm


Google is killing our memory and ability to retain/find information outside of the world wide web, at least that’s what OnlineColleges.net has portrayed in a handy infographic.

While Google’s vast cache of information is great for knowledge hungry folk, and not to mention readily accessible, it’s wreaking havoc on the human brain’s ability to store information and could negatively affect written records in the future if our reliance on digital nannies doesn’t change.. Sounds bad, doesn’t it?

Infographic time after the break!