Remember that Nexus Two handset rumor that caught fire late last week? Well, according to Korean website danawa.com the report was a false alarm. The site is quoting a Samsung official who claims that the reports — which really took off after Gizmodo published the above mock-up — are “simply not true.” In any case, it looks like Samsung will be — as hypothesized — taking the wraps off of the Continuum smartphone at their November 8th media event. Anyone disappointed? More →
According to Gizmodo, yes. The blog is reporting that a “friend” of theirs actually got some hands-on time with the Samsung heir to the Nexus throne. The device, which is being referred to as the Nexus Two, was described as “black and shiny” with a 4-inch AMOLED display (we would assume Super AMOLED since it’s Samsung), front-facing camera, and roughly the same proportions as the current Galaxy S offerings in the U.S. (not including the Epic 4G). The “friend” also said the device’s software, which was a stock version of Android, was “very buggy.” We have to admit, the thought of Galaxy S hardware running an unmolested version of Android has piqued our interest. Samsung has a media event scheduled for November 8th where, most blogs agree, the company will announce their Continuum handset. Could this be Samsung’s equivalent of “one more thing?” We hope so.
UPDATE: PCMag’s Sascha Segan just posted an article of his own on the rumored device. The post had this to say on the matter: “The unnamed, unlocked Samsung phone is not coming out at an event on November 8, my sources said.” Although earlier in the post he did admit, “Samsung is working on an unlocked Android device that looks like the one in Gizmodo’s pictures. But it may not be called ‘Nexus Two.’”
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Gizmodo was sent in several images of what appears to be a very close-to-finished prototype of the Samsung GT-i8700 Windows Phone 7 handset. The device looks to have a screen somewhere in the 4-inch range, 8 GB of internal storage, a camera with an unspecified number of megapixels and LED flash, as well as the Windows Phone 7 operating system. This also appears to be the same phone that made a quick cameo on Twitter in mid-August. The handset does look much more refined — and in our opinion better — than earlier Samsung Windows Phone 7 prototypes we were seeing. This sleeker model enticing to anyone? More →
The District Attorney’s office of San Mateo County has received approval for a request to withdraw the warrant it used to search and seize property owned by Gizmodo editor, Jason Chen. San Mateo Superior Court Judge, Clifford Cretan, gave the rubber stamp of approval on Friday and all items seized in the raid will be returned to Chen. This development comes hot on the heels of a Wall Street Journal report that Gizmodo is now cooperating in the iPhone prototype investigation. According to the WSJ, Gizmodo and Chen have voluntarily agreed to give investigators access to materials that are deemed to be relevant to their case. San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney, Chris Feasel, also confirmed that Gizmodo and Chen have agreed to cooperate with the ongoing investigation. All that legal wrangling over the controversial iPhone prototype seems to coming to a somewhat amicable end for Gizmodo et. al. More →
Giz got their hands We got our hands on an official court document that details the first (of we’re sure many) class action lawsuits that Apple and AT&T will be dealing with in regards to the iPhone 4. Some of the claims made in the Maryland based suit include:
- General Negligence (APPLE and AT&T)
- Defect in Design, Manufacture, and Assembly (APPLE)
- Breach of Express Warranty (APPLE)
- Breach of Implied Warranty for Merchantability (APPLE and AT&T)
- Breach of Implied Warranty of Fitness for a Particular Purpose (APPLE and AT&T)
- Deceptive Trade Practices (APPLE and AT&T)
- Intentional Misrepresentation (APPLE and AT&T)
- Negligent Misrepresentation (APPLE and AT&T), Fraud by Concealment (APPLE and AT&T)
Incase you’ve been living under a rock for the last week, Apple’s iPhone 4 has been accused of: antenna issues, screen issues, Exchange issues, proximity sensor issues, and several others. We’re sure Apple (and possibly AT&T) can expect to see another complaint filed in California soon.
UPDATE: So, apparently this kid needs to check his email after drinking coffee in the morning. The lawyer representing the two plaintiffs was nice enough to send us a full copy of the lawsuit — as your friends at BGR were cited several times in the document. Hit the jump to view/download the entire document. More →
The DROID X has been getting a lot of attention lately, which is nice, but, for those who need a physical keyboard it isn’t the most exciting news in the world. A Gizmodo reader, from NASA’s JPL, sent in some images and specifications of the new DROID 2 that he spotted at some sort of technology fair. The reader confirms, verbally and with images, that the phone was running Android 2.1 with Ninjablur, and sports: a 1 GHz processor, 8GB of internal storage, micro-SD card slot, and 5 megapixel camera. The tipster did say: “When I asked about the software, the Verizon representatives told me that it most probably wouldn’t be coming with that on it and would probably have Froyo.” There you have it Verizon, Android, keyboard-loving people. What do you think? More →
Clifford Cretan, the judge who signed the search warrant in the Gizmodo iPhone case, issued a ruling on Friday that unsealed the contents of the highly controversial Jason Chen search warrant. Most of the details have already been discussed ad nauseum, but a few juciy tidbits have emerged:
- Apple, the company, not an individual employee nor any other entity, reported the missing phone.
- the case was filed, in part, as a trade secrets violation which partially explains why the search was handled by the REACT (Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team) crimes unit.
- Steve Jobs personally called Brian Lam to request the phone’s return. Lam agreed but with the condition that Apple provide a letter confirming the phone belonged to the Cupertino company.
- Brian Hogan, who reportedly found the iPhone at the bar and sold it to Gizmodo, is identified as a suspect.
- Jason Chen is being investigated for possible receipt of stolen property, theft and copying of a trade secret, and destruction of property worth more than $400.
- Hogan was turned in by his roommate, Katherine Martinson, who was afraid of being caught up in this legal mess after Hogan plugged the iPhone prototype into her computer.
- Prior to being searched by the police, Hogan and another roommate, Thomas Warner, hid Hogan’s computer, thumb drive, flash card, and the serial number stickers from the iPhone prototype. These items were found inside a local church, scattered amongst some bushes, and on the ground outside of a convenience store.
- Hogan reportedly claims that Gizmodo paid him $8500 for the phone with a bonus once it was officially unveiled as the new iPhone. Hogan is said to have shown off a box of money totaling $5000 to his roommate.
- No charges have been filed yet but they are expected in the near future. Presumably, Hogan is a focus but there is no word on whether Gizmodo or Chen will be included.
So there it is, folks, our taste of hollywood-style high tech gossip. Hope it keeps you entertained and informed as this lurid interesting story continues to unfold.
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This time, it is from the country of Vietnam and they have gone all out. Not only is the unit a little bit different physically from the one Gizmodo had (there are no screws at the botton of the device), but the gentleman who has the phone has torn it apart and revealed the custom Apple A4 processor. There is no working OS loaded (besides a test one called Bonfire) and the unit appears to be a 16GB mode, though it is pre-production obviously. Word on the street is that this unit was purchased for $4,000. Couple additional shots in the gallery and video after the break! More →
It’s bad when a trusted employee has to tell you that they’ve lost a future prototype of the product that single-handedly catapulted your company to the forefront of mobile devices. However, it is worse when the person who ends up with the lost treasure knows exactly what he/she has, and what it could be worth…and this soap opera ain’t sitting well with the folks in Cupertino. CNET is reporting that Apple and the computer crime task force of the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office are investigating whether the sale of the now infamous fourth generation iPhone violated the law in any way. CNET explains where Apple could have a case:
Under a California law dating back to 1872, any person who finds lost property and knows who the owner is likely to be but “appropriates such property to his own use” is guilty of theft. If the value of the property exceeds $400, more serious charges of grand theft can be filed. In addition, a second state law says that any person who knowingly receives property that has been obtained illegally can be imprisoned for up to one year.
Any prosecution would be complicated because of the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of the press: the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2001 that confidential information leaked to a news organization could be legally broadcast, although that case did not deal with physical property and the radio station did not pay its source.
The suit may, or may not, be aimed at tech blog Gizmodo — the purchaser of the found iPhone — as Apple, the Santa Clara D.A., and Gizmodo all declined to comment when contacted by CNET. What do you think? Will this be a landmark case for Constitutional scholars, or is Apple just letting off some legal steam? More →
So maybe it was the next iPhone. Gizmodo somehow managed to get their paws on a prototype of what’s probably sure to be the next iPhone. Not only that, but they’ve snapped a bunch of pics, shot a few videos and even tore that sucker apart. Sadly the thing won’t boot up so there is a lot of info that will remain a secret until Stevesy hits the stage at WWDC this June, but for now we know the following:
- It measures in at a petite 4.5″ x 2.31″ x 0.37″ and weighs 140g
- It feels more sturdy and luxurious than the 3GS, yet feels good in the hand and in pockets despite its heft
- The back is made of either glass or a “shiny plastic” (remember that ceramic material patent Apple holds? Could this be it?)
- The chasis is milled aluminum
- No way of verifying the displays resolution since it’s not possible to get past “Connect to iTunes”, but it’s definitely at a much higher resolution than previous devices
- The camera has been improved and has a flash
- There is indeed front-facing camera
- Uses a micro-SIM just like the iPad
- The 5.25 WHr at 3.7V battery has a larger capacity than does the one found in the 3GS
Okay, we’ve done our bit. Now hit up the jump for a side-by-side shot with the iPhone 3GS then head on over to Giz. More →