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Samsung product chief likens Apple patent litigation to “fighting over rectangles”

by: J. Angelo RacomaJuly 31, 2012

It’s like “fighting over rectangles,” Samsung’s Chief Product Officer Kevin Packingham has said of the Apple vs. Samsung patent litigation. In an interview with Wired, the executive details Samsung’s frustration over the seemingly endless attack against their Galaxy line of Android smartphones and tablets, with some arguments bordering on the trivial.

Apple and Samsung have been biting at each other for alleged patent infringements, with lawsuits spanning ten countries on four continents. Apple initiated the offensive, as the Cupertino, CA company claims that Android (and companies running the platform) have “slavishly” copied [...]

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LG Optimus 4X HD coming to Canada in September

by: Bams SadewoJuly 31, 2012

When everyone else was playing with their single-core phones, LG was first to deliver a dual-core smartphone in the Optimus 2X. With the Optimus 4X HD, however, we’re seeing LG playing catch up with other major players in the high-end quad-core field. It seems only logical that the Koreans are trying to make up for the lost ground by launching the phone successively in many regions. The phone arrived in Europe in late June, followed by a launch in several Asian countries.

Folks in North America shouldn’t feel left out if they’re not seeing the Optimus 4X HD in stores yet. LG [...]

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Sony Xperia GX/SX release dates confirmed

by: AdrianJuly 31, 2012

We’ve been waiting for Sony’s Xperia GX (aka Hayabusa) for quite some time now, hoping that it will be able to stir things up in the high-end phone niche. Anticipation grew gradually over the last few months, as we found out more and more about the handheld, and we now finally know when it will start selling.

As you might already know, the Xperia GX is the phone’s exclusive branding for Japan, where it will ship via NTT DoCoMo starting Thursday, August 9. One week before that (meaning the day after tomorrow), the carrier will open pre-orders for Sony’s new flagship, although the pricing details are still being kept [...]

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Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade available for GT-P7500 model

by: Chris SmithJuly 31, 2012

Galaxy Tab 10.1 users will be happy to hear that the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade they have been waiting for is nearer than ever, with some models reportedly getting Android 4.0.4 as we speak.

Sam Mobile says that the firmware update is available for Italian users of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 GT-P7500 model. In case you own such a device, then you’ll be able to update it via Samsung Kies or over-the-air (OTA).

According to the same publication, various other Galaxy Tab models will receive their Android 4.0.x update including:

GT-P6210 Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 WIFI GT-P6200 Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 WIFI + 3G GT-P6810 Galaxy Tab 7.7 WIFI GT-P6800 [...]
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Asus makes the Padfone official in Australia

by: Bams SadewoJuly 31, 2012

We reported back in June that the Asus Padfone was already available to purchase in Australia from Mobicity. Evidently, only now does Asus seems comfortable enough to share its plan of officially bringing the combo device to ‘Down Under’. The launch date of the Padfone in Australia has been officially set for August 14.

You can get the smartphone and tablet combo at Harvey Norman for AU$999. Just to make it clear, the price covers both the Padfone and the Padstation. Compared with what they’re selling for in the US, the price tag  seems rather steep, but think of it as getting two great devices for the price of one.

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Google Nexus 7 Google Now video tutorial released

by: Chris SmithJuly 31, 2012

It’s a new day which means Google has a new Nexus 7 short and to the point video tutorial for anyone interested in more details on how their newly purchased Jelly Bean tablet works.

We have already seen a variety of similar clips that show us how to perform the initial setup on the device, how to customize the home screen, how to use Google apps and Google Play and how to enjoy Google+ Hangouts on the device.

It’s now time to look at a more interesting Jelly Bean feature, the new Google Now search function that’s available on the device. The 60-second video embedded below shows users how Google Now works and why it can be a great app [...]

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Wikipad gaming tablet gets official spec sheet

by: AdrianJuly 31, 2012

Although it looked like vaporware back at the CES in January, when it was unveiled for the first time, it seems like the WikiPad Android gaming tablet, is in fact, as real as they come and is gearing up for an imminent release.

However, the 8-incher from back then has undergone a bunch of serious changes, both cosmetic and technical, some of them making it far more intriguing.

First off, the Wikipad tablet/gaming console is an 8-incher no more and will come with a more generous 10.1-inch IPS display with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 1280 x 800 pixels resolution. Even though we welcome the bump in the screen’s [...]

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Samsung’s 11.8″ tablet with a 2560×1600 resolution

by: LucianJuly 31, 2012

Galaxy Tab 11.6 mock-up

We knew since last year that Samsung was working on a 2560×1600 panel for tablets. Some thought that this panel would be used for the new iPad, but it was pretty obvious Samsung would want to use it themselves as well. This is not to mention that the ratio is 16:10, which is exactly what this Android tablet has.

We’ve also heard rumors this year about a tablet that is “bigger than 10″ that would have the long-awaited Exynos 5250 chip, which would contain a next-gen dual core 2 Ghz Cortex A15 CPU and a next-gen Mali T604 GPU. The Mali T604 should be at least twice as powerful as the [...]

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Apple vs Samsung jury selection completed in U.S. trial

by: Chris SmithJuly 31, 2012

The highly anticipated trial phase in the U.S. legal battle between Apple and Samsung started yesterday and we’re expecting it to last at least four weeks during which we’ll bring you all the important details of this fight between giants.

We have closely followed the Apple vs Samsung conflict, that spans across four continents – there are over 50 cases in 10 countries already – and we know that the U.S. trial is the most important one for both companies.

Jury Selection

Yesterday, the jury of the trial was selected, with Judge Lucy Koh interviewing 74 prospective jurors, among which one Apple and one Google employee were also [...]

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Introducing Friday, the app that streamlines your lifestyle

by: nathanJuly 31, 2012

 

Every once in a while, an app comes along with such ingenuity and intuition, that it makes its audience pause and reflect on how integral smartphones have become in our daily lives. The creative app I’m about to share with you is one such app and believe me, it won’t disappoint that headline!

Friday, as noted by its developers, “changes the way you use your android. It captures your entire life through your phone and builds a beautiful timeline of your life.” In essence, it’s a bit like using Facebooks’ notorious Timeline but as a separately functioning Android app. This can be handy for those of us who stay on the move, but [...]

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