Google should favor Motorola with new Android builds, internal doc suggests

By on September 8, 2011 at 6:30 PM.

Google should favor Motorola with new Android builds, internal doc suggests

On August 15th, Google announced its intentions to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion and Motorola’s competitors all voiced support for the deal, suggesting the acquisition would help each company fight in patent battles against Apple and Microsoft. FossPatents, however, recently revealed a document that suggests Motorola Mobility could soon have the upper hand when it comes to new Android builds. An internal document that was released by a judge in the Oracle vs. Google case says Google should provide Motorola Mobility with the latest versions of the Android operating system ahead of its competitors:

  • Do not develop in the open. Instead, make source code available after innovation is complete
  • Lead device concept: Give early access to the software to partners who build and distribute devices to our specification (ie, Motorola and Verizon). They get a non-contractual time to market advantage and in return they align to our standard.

As FossPatents points out, it is unlikely the above information is simply about Google’s Nexus line of products. As we’ve exclusively reported, Google’s first Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” phone will be made by Samsung. In addition, Google typically markets its Nexus products under its own name, not that of other handset manufacturers, so Motorola’s brand wouldn’t get the benefit. Either way, we can’t say we’re surprised by the proposed strategy to give Motorola the lead. Read on for an image of the court document. More →

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Apple iPhone 5 to launch in October in Canada

By on August 2, 2011 at 10:02 AM.

Apple iPhone 5 to launch in October in Canada

BGR has reported on several occasions that Apple will announce its brand new iPhone 5 at the tail end of August with a September street date, though it looks like the company might make the iPhone 5 available a little bit later than that. According to confirmed information we have received from a reliable source at Canadian carrier Telus, Apple’s iPhone 5 looks to be touching down on October 1st in Canada. In the past, Apple has flip flopped between releasing its iconic smartphone in the U.S. first and then in Canada, or launching its smartphone simultaneously in the U.S. and Canada as it did with the iPhone 3GS. As such, it is currently unclear if Apple intends to launch the iPhone 5 in the U.S. and Canada at the same time or if we’re still looking at a September launch stateside, which we see as being likely. Hit the break for more. More →

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Motorola’s beefy ATRIX 4G coming to AT&T March 1st?

By on January 14, 2011 at 7:31 AM.

Motorola’s beefy ATRIX 4G coming to AT&T March 1st?

There is no doubt about it, Motorola’s ATRIX 4G is one serious handset. Dual-core Tegra processor? Check. 1GB RAM? Check. High resolution display? Check. Heck, there’s even a laptop-like dock accessory that the phone can power… just to make sure you’re fully impressed. The only thing the device has been lacking is a release date — that is, until now. The gang over at Android Central have acquired a document from an AT&T source that tips the launch date for the beefy handset as March 1st. Up to this point, AT&T and Motorola have only committed to “Q1″ as the launch timeframe. To us, March 1st makes plenty of sense, so the only question is: can you wait that long? How about it, who’s going to be picking up an ATRIX 4G on uno de Marzo? Hit the jump to check out the aforementioned document. More →

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Google launches improved mobile editor for Google Docs

By on November 17, 2010 at 12:51 PM.

Google launches improved mobile editor for Google Docs

If you’re a Google Docs user you’re going to love this news. The Big G has announced a new and improved Docs mobile editor that will be rolled out over the next several days. The new layout makes mobile document editing easier and more fluid, and allows for collaboration from other Docs users on mobile devices or desktops. If you happen to be sporting an Android handset, you also have the option to use the OS’ built-in speech-to-text functionality for verbal entry. There is video demoing the new hotness waiting for you after the break. Enjoy! More →

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App Store review guidelines published, comical

By on September 9, 2010 at 10:13 AM.

App Store review guidelines published, comical

Apple has published the recently announced App Store Review Guidelines, and to be honest… the document is pretty comical. Here are a few excerpts from the introduction section:

  • We view Apps different than books or songs, which we do not curate. If you want to criticize a religion, write a book. If you want to describe sex, write a book or a song, or create a medical app. It can get complicated, but we have decided to not allow certain kinds of content in the App Store.
  • We have over 250,000 apps in the App Store. We don’t need any more Fart apps. If your app doesn’t do something useful or provide some form of lasting entertainment, it may not be accepted.
  • We will reject Apps for any content or behavior that we believe is over the line. What line, you ask? Well, as a Supreme Court Justice once said, “I’ll know it when I see it”. And we think that you will also know it when you cross it.
  • If your app is rejected, we have a Review Board that you can appeal to. If you run to the press and trash us, it never helps.
  • Lastly, we love this stuff too, and honor what you do. We’re really trying our best to create the best platform in the world for you to express your talents and make a living too. If it sounds like we’re control freaks, well, maybe it’s because we’re so committed to our users and making sure they have a quality experience with our products. Just like almost all of you are too.

The entire document can be downloaded in PDF format here. Let us know what you think.

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BlackBerry 9330 headed to Sprint

By on August 26, 2010 at 1:54 PM.

BlackBerry 9330 headed to Sprint

It isn’t like you couldn’t see this one coming from a mile away, but we know that some of you like concrete proof. RIM has published a knowledge base article to address the issues you are having with your unreleased, unannounced BlackBerry 9330 from Sprint. The article explains how you can solve that pesky issue, where “BlackBerry App World pre-loaded games are missing after the ##RTN command is preformed.” The article has since been pulled, but it looks like the lack-luster, mid-range BlackBerry will be landing on the Now Network in the near future. More →

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BlackBerry 9670 Oxford internal overview

By on August 19, 2010 at 1:15 PM.

BlackBerry 9670 Oxford internal overview

The red-headed step child of the BlackBerry device family is launching relatively soon on Sprint (and probably Verizon), and we have got our hands on a nice overview of the product in case you had any unanswered questions. Quick recap? It’s a clamshell QWERTY flip device with a CDMA radio, Wi-Fi, GPS, 5 megapixel camera, 240×320 external display, 360×400 internal display, and optical trackpad for navigation. If you loved the Pearl Flip but hated the SureType keyboard, this might be a nice compromise, though it’s going to have to sit pretty low on the price scale for it to fly.

Click on over to our BlackBerry 9670 Oxford overview gallery!

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BlackBerry Bold R020 internal overview, replaces BlackBerry Bold 9700

By on August 19, 2010 at 9:37 AM.

BlackBerry Bold R020 internal overview, replaces BlackBerry Bold 9700

You’d think that RIM would be replacing highest-end product with a brand new device, right? Well, previous rumors suggested that the BlackBerry Bold 9700 would get nothing more than a simple refresh, and we’re able to confirm those rumors. We have a leaked internal document detailing all sorts of fun stuff. Market positioning, technical overviews, and a bunch more. The big picture view? The BlackBerry Bold R020 (9020? 9750? 9780? We’re just guessing) will be practically identical to the 9700 visually. Internal changes include a 5 megapixel camera sensor, and 512MB of RAM up from 256MB. It will also launch with BlackBerry 6 — obviously. We’d love to say there is more, but there isn’t, so check out the leaked document and let us know your thoughts, ok?

Click on over to our BlackBerry Bold R020 overview gallery!

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AT&T HTC Pure getting reallocated due to slow sales?

By on February 22, 2010 at 11:29 AM.

AT&T HTC Pure getting reallocated due to slow sales?

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We just received a heads up that the above document is being circulated within AT&T locations, and in short, it seems as if the HTC Pure isn’t selling so well. We have been told that the reallocation of stock from corporate store locations to the Device Management group definitely means something is up, though without any quality-related issues with the return, we can only assume it’s due to the unit’s less-than-stellar sales performance. One of our other AT&T connects confirmed this has to do with the device not selling very well, and that AT&T would rather not have the product just sitting in the stores when they could replace it with other products that are apparently worth the shelf space. Our source went on to say that they have been instructed to “keep one or two units and send the rest to the warehouse.”

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