Posts in Mobile

Employee “accidentally” leaves prototype Nexus 4 in bar – Apple sues claiming they had the idea first

// October 29th, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

A prototype Lexus 4 smartphone, marked “not for sale” on the back, was found by a bartender at the 500 Club in San Francisco. Of course they did what any good geek civilian would do – they took pictures of it to post online. Afterward they contacted Google who offered the bartender a free phone […]

Samsung ships 56.9 million smartphones in Q3 2012 – the most smartphone units every sold by any vendor

// October 26th, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

sung shipped a stunning 56.9 million Android-based smartphone units in the third quarter of 2012, the most units any smartphone vendor has ever shipped. Of the 162 million smartphones sold in the third quarter, Samsung’s share adds up to a massive 35% of the total market share as Samsung seemingly shrugs off legal attacks launched […]

Another win for Samsung in the Apple vs. Samsung thermonuclear battle – this time in the Netherlands

// October 24th, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

A Dutch court in Hague ruled yesterday that Samsung did not infringe on Apple’s multi-touch technology in its Samsung tablets and smartphones. This time around, the judge did not require that Apple admit its defeat, publicly, in the media. Apple had already lost a preliminary injunction in the Netherlands on this same patent last year. […]

Motorola provides details on their $100 rebate program for phones that won’t get Jelly Bean upgrade

// October 22nd, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

Motorola released details on their promised $100 rebate for phones that cannot or will not be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The following handsets will be eligible for the upgrade (provided they upgrade to one of the qualifying phones listed below): Droid 3 by Motorola, Droid X2 by Motorola, Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Atrix […]

Motorola updates list of devices that will not receive Android Jelly Bean upgrade

// October 20th, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

Motorola updated their list of devices that will not receive Jelly Bean upgrades. The list below shows devices that will not be upgraded to Jelly Bean. What is interesting is that the Droid Bionic and Droid 4 will be upgraded to Jelly Bean (projected to be upgraded (but no projected date given). The Droid RAZR, […]

Verizon approves Droid Bionic ICS update – Bionic users should be seeing the upgrade any day now

// October 19th, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

The Droid Bionic Ice Cream Sandwich update has been approved by Verizon which means it should be rolling out soon. There had been rumors that a soak test was coming out today and Verizon typically rolls out updates in waves so this may be it.

Apple vs. Samsung row gets even uglier as Apple drops Samsung as chip supplier and turns to TSMC for SoCs

// October 16th, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

Apple has been reducing their dependence on Samsung for over a year now as the two battle it out in courts over often frivolous patent disputes. Now a senior Samsung official told the Korea Times that Apple has made it clear that they no longer intend to use Samsung technology in their products. Speculation at […]

Android 4.2 likely to feature a 2nd pull down panel that will include quick access to common settings

// October 15th, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

Android Police have their hands on a full Android 4.2 JellyBeanMR1 release and they noticed that Systemui.apk (contains the notification bar) has a placeholder image as a second pull-down menu. For instance, you pull down the notification panel once to view notifications and pull it down a second time to view a quick settings area […]

Google Play’s new “try before you buy” announced – after trial period app auto converts to paid subscription model

// October 10th, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

Google Play store’s newest feature was announced today – try-and-buy for in-app subscriptions, that gives developers a bit more control over their application’s revenue model. As part of Google Play’s subscription product type, developers will be able to set up a trial period for their application which gives customers access to the application subscription during […]

Google partnering with Samsung to make 10-inch Google Nexus tablet

// October 9th, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

CNET has reported that a Google Nexus 10-inch tablet is in the works. The 10.1 inch tablet will features a 299 PPI, 2560×1600 resolution display, significantly higher than the 264PPI on the Retina iPad.

Hmmm… Google withdraws patent complaint against Apple with no reason given

// October 2nd, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

Reuters has reported that Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility has dropped a complaint of patent infringement against Apple without explanation. Google said in its filing “there are no agreements between Motorola and Apple, written or oral, express or implied, concerning the subject matter of this investigation”. It has been reported that that the two companies were […]

New comScore figures show Samsung retaining top position with Apple gaining some ground

// October 2nd, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

The latest comScore figures show Samsung still at the top of the smartphone market share ratings with a 25.7% share of the market although the change from the prior 3-month period was flat. LG remains second with a 19.1% market share and Apple comes in 3rd with 19.1%, an increase of 2.1% from May 2012. […]

Which cellular carrier is best for smartphone users (and is Verizon ready to crash in replay of Sprint’s fall from grace)

// October 2nd, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

The choice of which cellular carrier to go with is the perfect example of “you get what you pay for”. Verizon has been the big boy on the block for quite a while now. In the past, Sprint held that position and they took advantage of it. Verizon seems to be following that same philosophy […]

Motorola announces more phones that will not be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich

// October 2nd, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

Motorola has announced more phones that will not be upgraded from Gingerbread (Android 2.3) to Ice Cream Sandwich, making clear the reason for their previously announced policy of only introducing a few new handset each year. Some, including the Droid Bionic, Droid 4, and Atrix 2 are still up in the air.

CyanogenMod replaces ROM Manager with own custom OTA updater

// October 1st, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

If you are a CyanogenMod fan, you’re familiar with the ROM Manager, the application that is used to download and apply CyanogenMod custom Android ROM updates to smartphones. CyanogenMod has announced that they are replacing ROM Manger, which is not open source software, with their own customer OTA (over the air) ROM updater.

Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD delayed due to same “death grip” issue that plagued the iPhone

// October 1st, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

Vengeance must feel sweet for iPhone 4 owners who suffered through the infamous “death grip” issue. The iPhone 4 suffered a “death grip” problem that resulted in excessive signal drops. It was fixed by applying a “bumper” to the phone’s case (the next iPhone had dual antennas). Now we hear that the upcoming Droid Razr […]