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Offline Google Drive coming at Google I/O, ad-supported Chromebooks in the works

by: Chris SmithJune 1, 2012

Google’s Senior Vice President of Chrome and Apps Sundar Pichai took the stage at D10 yesterday, the Wall Street Journal’s yearly “All Things D” conference, to talk about some of Google’s products he oversees, including the Chrome browser, Chrome OS, and Google Drive.

During the interview with Walt Mossberg, Pichai praised Chrome, and its popularity, saying that the browser is now used by “hundreds of millions of active users.” Furthermore, he revealed that the Chrome browser has gained “substantial mindshare,” and that “roughly” a third of people using the browser, even more in the consumer business compared with the enterprise environment, [...]

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Google’s Android in the clear as judge says Oracle Java APIs elements not copyrightable

by: Chris SmithJune 1, 2012

Google’s Android mobile operating system is being targeted by various competing companies in different patent-based lawsuits, with Oracle being one of them. But it looks like Google managed to score one more important victory in this particular legal battle, in a lawsuit we have been following for quite some time.

Judge William Alsup ruled yesterday that Oracle Java APIs elements are not copyrightable, which means Android is in the clear and Oracle is not likely to see the big payout it was hoping for. This is the second important victory for Google in a matter of days, as only last week the jury of the Oracle vs Google case decided that [...]

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Samsung shows off Galaxy S3 in new “A Day in the Life” video

by: Chris SmithJune 1, 2012

Samsung’s 2012 flagship Android handset, the Galaxy S3, is already available in more than 28 markets including the UK, various European countries and Australia, while Canadian customers can pre-order the device starting today from certain mobile operators. Therefore, we’re not surprised to see Samsung release a detailed video meant to highlight the main features of the Galaxy S3.

Entitled “Introducing Samsung Galaxy S III A Day in the Life,” the video has a simple screenplay: day-to-day activities in an Android-loving family. Those of you that have watched the official launch of the handset will get a deja-vu feeling, as Samsung goes through [...]

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Asus Android-Windows 8 tablet coming at Computex 2012?

by: Chris SmithMay 31, 2012

With a few days to go until Computex 2012 kicks off, Asus has decided to put up a few short teaser videos that include various hints at certain features that upcoming Asus devices could offer. But more importantly, some of these videos suggest that the Android device maker may announce a dual-booting Android-Windows 8 device next week.

The first video – which we have already shared with you – is entitled “The Incredible Transformations” and teases a tablet that will come with a keyboard, will pack certain cloud-related powers and that will be unveiled in Taiwan. That “Transformation” part of the title suggests that we could be [...]

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T-Mobile HTC One S update now postponed to June 4 and beyond

by: Chris SmithMay 31, 2012

T-Mobile HTC One S owners will be happy to hear that an update supposedly bringing “improved software stability” and resolution to “open issues with the device” is heading their way. Unfortunately, the update, initially scheduled to hit as of the time of this writing, was postponed to a later date. According to TmoNews, official T-Mobile documentation now shows a new roll out date, June 4 through July 7, so there’s still some waiting in store.

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ChromeOS tablet not planned, Android and Chrome to converge in the future: Google VP

by: Chris SmithMay 31, 2012

Google is expected to launch its first ever Nexus-branded tablet at its annual Google I/O developers conference this summer, but the search giant will not create a similar device running the company’s desktop operating system, Chrome OS.

According to Linus Upson, Google’s Vice President of Engineering, the two ecosystems will coexist although they are expected to converge at some point in the future. While introducing the new Samsung Chrome OS machines, Upson told TechRadar:

We are not working on a Chrome OS tablet. We have our hands full in delivering a wonderful experience on dektop and laptop and the Android team have their hands [...]

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Verizon Motorola Xoom getting Ice Cream Sandwich update soon?

by: Chris SmithMay 31, 2012

One of the difficulties Android has been facing over the years, especially when compared to the competition, is OS fragmentation. It’s no secret that Android device makers and especially mobile operators are rather slow at updating some of yesterday’s high-end devices to the latest Android OS version available from Google. Such is the case with the Motorola Xoom – one of the first Android tablets that tried to challenge the iPad last year – which is yet to receive its proper Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich update.

However, we have good news for Verizon Xoom owners, as the ICS update may be closer than you think, although an actual [...]

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Orange San Diego (ex Santa Clara) Android smartphone is official: specs, pricing and release date

by: Chris SmithMay 31, 2012

Orange has finally announced the availability dates for its first Intel-based Android smartphone, the San Diego. Previously known as the Santa Clara, the handset will be launched on June 6 in the UK, with prices starting at £199.99 for Orange Pay As You Go customers and at £0 for customers that sign-up for a new 24-month contract with the carrier.

The prepay package is available to customers that top up by at least £10 in Orange shops and will offer users a free 250MB data allowance per month for a year, while the subsidized package (starting at £15.50 monthly) includes 50 voice minutes to any network, 50 SMS messages [...]

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