Yesterday we heard that Samsung is planning to involve the yet unannounced iPhone 4S or 5 in the ongoing court battle between the two companies. The Koreans were reportedly getting ready to pursue a sales ban in their homeland. Today things are looking even more serious as Reuters reports that Samsung may actually open a wider front against Apple’s upcoming smartphone that includes Europe.
The patents in question refer to wireless standards and finding a workaround would be pretty tough for Apple. Reportedly, if Apple wants to use mobile communications with its next flagship phone they’ll have to use Samsung technology. Read more »
HTC is going to be among the manufacturers to come up with a Windows 8 tablet, based on an ARM CPU. Or at least that’s what latest online rumors say.
It comes from Eldar Murtazin, who has been somewhat of a hit and miss affair recently, so don’t get your hopes too high. Still, with HTC having a long and successful partnership with Microsoft over the past few years this one does look rather promising. Read more »
According to some insider information, obtained by the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is en route to open-source its home-baked Bada OS next year, making it possible for developers and even other manufacturers to tinker with it.
The move, should it turn out true, will aim to bring some more manufacturers to the Bada ecosystem and turn it into a viable alternative to Android for mid-range and high-end phones. That would give Samsung some independence from Google and Android and is supposed to be brought on, in part, by the Google-Motorola deal. Read more »
A blurry shot of an unannounced Motorola slate just surfaced. The super-slim tablet appears to be sporting a screen much smaller than that of the Xoom .
It’s most probably measuring 7 or 8 inches in diagonal (unless the phone sitting next to it is some 5″ monster). The upcomming Motorola slate is running Android Honeycomb (but that’s hardly a surprise now) as you can see the Honeycomb camera app running if you look really carefully. Read more »
Google is allegedly working on a social news reader app for both the iPad and Android, which should step on Flipboard’s toes – which, incidentally, is the app that’s named 2010 app of the year by Apple.
The rumor first emerged from a comment on Google+ by blogger Robert Scoble, who said that he’s “heard from someone working with Google that Google is working on a Flipboard competitor for both Android and iPad”. Read more »
Google Voice Actions is a series of commands you can use on your Android smartphone to send texts, call someone and more. The service has finally crossed the Atlantic and has landed on European shores. It’s now available in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.
The beauty of this is that users who wish to use the Voice Actions service in one of those countries can simply do it by tapping on the microphone icon on their Google Search widget. If you don’t have it, it can be downloaded for free here. Read more »
The Samsung Epic 4G Touch is the Sprint’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S II that comes with bigger display and 4G connectivity. It’s now available for purchase over at Sprint’s website and is due for delivery in 2-5 business days.
The Epic 4G Touch will set you back $199.99 on a two-year commitment. Shipping is free. Read more »
A mystery screen protector has just popped up on the web, supposedly tailored for the next generation iPhone. It’s noticeably wider than the current-gen iPhone 4 and has a prolonged, wider hole for the home button.
Now let me just call fake on this for a couple of reasons. As much as we are eager to see the new iPhone finally official, we shouldn’t rush to believe every internet rumor out there. Read more »
Coming from Asus itself it seems that the Eee Pad Slider will finally be available. The Eee Pad Slider will come with Android Honeycomb 3.2 with a starting price of $475 for the 16 gig model and about $100 more for the doubled capacity 32GB model.
That’s great news and one unearthed by Engadget at a media event held last night in New York City, USA. For more official photos of the device jump past the break. Read more »
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the UK has just declared the Apple iPhone 4 as slimmer than the Samsung Galaxy S II for all marketing purposes. ASA is the UK’s independent regulator of advertising across all media, even on the Internet.
This action was prompted by a complaint received over an iPhone ad, which states the iPhone to be the thinnest smartphone in the world. The Galaxy S II has, however, claimed to be slimmer than its arch rival since day one. So the ASA had to go in a straighten things up. Read more »
Today at its developer-focused BUILD conference Microsoft is showcasing (currently) the latest major release of its wide-spread Windows OS – dubbed Windows 8. It features a new UI – Metro Style, which looks like an overgrown version of its WP7 for smartphones, improvements on performance, security, privacy and reliability, and more.
Windows 8 tries to substitute what we do with a mouse and keyboard with touch swipe gestures, while at the same time still providing the same experience if you want to go the peripheral way. The new Metro UI features the all-too-familiar live tiles from Windows Phone 7, which are implemented in the Metro UI’s Start Screen. This screen unites all of your live tiles, widgets, apps, people, content and more. It’s basically your main homescreen. Read more »
A Samsung-made tablet has leaked from Microsoft’s BUILD developer conference, sporting what appears to be Windows 8. The device is a demo one intended to be given to devs (exclusively) to begin testing on.
It could be the Samsung Series 7 Slate PC, which was revealed at IFA at the beginning of the month, meaning it will have an 11.6″ capacitive touch display with 1366×768 pixels resolution and 400 nits of brightness and a selection of Sandy Bridge Core i3, i5 and i7 (all should be Ultra low-voltage ones) processors with the generous 4 gigs of DDR3 RAM. The Series 7 Slate PC will feature Windows 7 upon launch and will be upgradable to Windows 8, once it’s let loose by Microsoft. Read more »
Intel’s Atom E6xx series of processors will have Android Gingerbread support and that’s coming in January, 2012. This was uncovered in a video by the world’s largest semiconductor maker, detailing the Atom processor. This means that we may see Android 2.3 ported on all kinds of Atom-based devices like netbooks, tablets and more.
Intel is a high-class player in the CPU business but smartphones are a closed ARM gang and competition will be steep. Not to mention that the timing isn’t exactly perfect as Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in the October/November period Gingerbread will hardly be hot stuff in January 2012. ICS is rumored to bring the best of Android for handhelds and tablets into one awesome OS and it makes more sense for it to be supported instead of Gingerbread. Read more »
Windows Phone 7 could soon receive its Mango update and we mean next week-soon and that it will be available to existing WP7 devices. This was brought on by the popular WP Developer Podcast, claiming next week to be “big” because “Mango will be dropping” along with the final tools for developers.
Now this isn’t a definite confirmation but Lewis and Ryan Lowdermilk are relying on “various sources”. And we should take into consideration that the same WP7 Dev team has given us reliable information before. Read more »
The BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 is the latest in a line of all-you-can-eat business-minded berry flagships and, certainly among the best-looking messengers to date.
The Bold Touch 9900 is trying to stay smart by adding a capacitive multi-touch display to its recognizable full-QWERTY and trackpad. The new BlackBerry Bold tries to win some fans among the younger audience, while making sure to retain its corporate focus along the way. Read more »