Flipboard for Android leaks, download now available to all

By on May 9, 2012 at 11:40 AM.

Flipboard for Android leaks, download now available to all

Flipboard for Android pulled from Galaxy S III, available for all

As expected, Flipboard for Android has been pulled off of the Samsung Galaxy S III and is now available for all to download. The popular social news magazine app was going to be an exclusive on Samsung’s flagship smartphone for an unspecified amount of time, however an XDA-Developers forum member was able to extract the APK file from the unreleased device. The app runs perfectly on the Galaxy Nexus, and reportedly works on older devices like the original Galaxy S and various Android tablets as well. Flipboard for Android can be downloaded by following the link below. More →

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Apple reportedly places orders for next-generation iPhone, new 10-inch iPad

By on May 9, 2012 at 8:55 AM.

Apple reportedly places orders for next-generation iPhone, new 10-inch iPad

Chinese supplier lands orders for next generation iPhone

The latest rumors out of the Far East indicate that Apple’s next-generation iPhone will launch in the fall, as will a new 10-inch iPad. Apple supplier Pegatron Technology has reportedly landed orders for the Cupertino-based company’s latest handset and according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers, the device is slated for a September launch, Digitimes reported. The publication also claims Pegatron has received orders for a new 10-inch iPad to be released in the fourth quarter of 2012. John Gruber of Daring Fireball has previously called the fourth quarter iPad report “completely made-up nonsense,” however. Pegatron currently manufacturers both the iPhone 4S and the new iPad, but Digitimes claims the long rumored 7-inch iPad, which will supposedly be released in August, will be manufactured by Foxconn. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S III coming to Sprint

By on May 3, 2012 at 6:55 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S III coming to Sprint

Samsung Galaxy S III coming to Sprint

During Samsung’s announcement of its flagship Galaxy S III smartphone, the manufacturer did not reveal which U.S. carriers would offer the device. According to The Verge’s anonymous sources, however, Sprint will launch the highly anticipated handset later this year. The nation’s third-largest carrier has previously offered a variant of the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus smartphones. While details surrounding a Sprint-specific model are unavailable at this time, the device will most likely run on the carrier’s upcoming 4G LTE network. More →

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Flipboard for Android coming soon

By on May 3, 2012 at 3:50 PM.

Flipboard for Android coming soon

Flipboard to be available exclusively on the Galaxy S III

The newly announced Samsung Galaxy S III will include an exclusive version of Flipboard, the popular social news magazine app that is currently available only on iOS. The South Korean vendor stated that it has an exclusive on the app for an unspecified amount of time, and it will not arrive in the Google Play marketplace until later this year, according to SlashGear. The app is similar to the version found on the iPhone, and features a gesture based interface that allows users to log in via social networks to have links aggregated to the app. Unlike the iOS app, the Android version has the ability to add a Flipboard widget to a handset’s home screen. More →

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Samsung Galaxy Note headed to T-Mobile according to leaked photos

By on April 25, 2012 at 7:40 PM.

Samsung Galaxy Note headed to T-Mobile according to leaked photos

Samsung’s smartphone-tablet hybrid, the Galaxy Note, is currently available exclusively on AT&T in the United States. According to leaked images published by TmoNews, however, the supersized handset will soon be making its way onto T-Mobile. Subscribers on the nation’s fourth-largest carrier were previously limited to software hacks in order to grant the popular “phablet” access to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. The leaked images suggest that the device is running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and contains the usual preloaded T-Mobile apps — Name ID, Mall, TV and My T-Mobile. No details regarding a launch time frame were made available. More →

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DROID Incredible 4G LTE appears on Verizon site

By on April 23, 2012 at 9:15 PM.

DROID Incredible 4G LTE appears on Verizon site

The HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE has been outed on Verizon’s “Droid Does” website. The new Incredible is equipped with a 4-inch qHD Super LCD display, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and an 8-megapixel rear camera — possibly the same one found on HTC’s One-series smartphones. The handset also runs HTC’s latest Sense 4.0 skin atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In line with Verizon’s other 4G LTE smartphones, the latest Incredible will seemingly be offered for $299.99 alongside a new two-year agreement. The DROID Incredible 4G LTE has since been removed from Verizon’s site and there is no word from Verizon regarding a release date. More →

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Samsung teases ‘The Next Galaxy’ [video]

By on April 23, 2012 at 8:25 AM.

Samsung teases ‘The Next Galaxy’ [video]

Samsung recently launched a teaser website, “tgeltaayehxnx.com,” that contained a twenty-four hour countdown. When the clock hit zero Monday morning, the website redirected users to thenextgalaxy.com. Samsung teases its next-generation Galaxy device with an embedded video, and says a “whole new world will soon be unpacked.” In the final frame, the video promises that the new Galaxy device will allow users to “stand out from everyone else,” as hundreds of sheep stand in a field — a clear dig at iPhone users, who are sometimes referred to as “iSheep.” Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S III smartphone, possibly alongside a new Galaxy Tab tablet and cloud service, on May 3rd. The teaser video can be found after the break. More →

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Verizon plans big Windows Phone push for the holidays

By on April 20, 2012 at 10:05 PM.

Verizon plans big Windows Phone push for the holidays

Verizon Wireless chief financial officer Fran Shammo said the company is looking to market a third mobile platform to help develop a strong competitor to Apple and Google. That operating system will be Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 8. “We’re really looking at the Windows Phone 8.0 platform because that’s a differentiator. We’re working with Microsoft on it,” Shammo said in an interview with Reuters following the company’s earnings call on Thursday. The carrier expects to have Windows Phone 8-powered handsets in time for the 2012 holiday shopping season. The executive suggested that Verizon could play a similar role in helping Microsoft’s platform to grow as it did with Google’s Android OS. More →

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Microsoft may be working on a two-sided smartphone display system

By on April 20, 2012 at 6:10 PM.

Microsoft may be working on a two-sided smartphone display system

The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently published details on a Microsoft patent relating to a two-sided smart device display system for phones and tablets, PatentBolt reported on Friday. The invention features an integrated second low-power, possibly E Ink, display on the back side of a smartphone or tablet that would contain certain types of information. The secondary display could provide vendors with an opportunity to move standard items like a clock off of the main display to free up space, or it could display a variety of other information that might otherwise not be shown. The second display would use its own low-powered processor and may reduce the power load from a device’s primary display. The patent appears to be similar in intent to Samsung’s “smart-device-skins” invention — a technology that may allow users to change the appearance of a handset using chameleon-like technology — and it could be used to display images or animations on the back side of a device. More →

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Samsung asserts eight more patents against Apple in California

By on April 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM.

Samsung asserts eight more patents against Apple in California

Despite Samsung and Apple’s chief executives scheduled settlement talks, the Korean manufacturer has asserted eight additional patents against the Cupertino-based company. Two of the patents are part of the fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory licenses (FRAND) because they are essential to ETSI standards, according to FOSS Patents. Five of the patents, including the two FRAND patents, were originally applied for and granted to Samsung, while three others were acquired from different owners. The two battling companies have been in a bitter patent war since last April that includes dozens of complaints across 10 countries. A trial regarding the eight new Samsung patents is scheduled for July in the United States. More →

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Developer earns over $1,000 per day with a Windows Phone game

By on April 19, 2012 at 6:50 PM.

Developer earns over $1,000 per day with a Windows Phone game

While Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform may not be as big as Apple and Google’s offerings, it is still possible for app developers to find success on the emerging operating system. A year ago, FourBros Studio launched a free game called Taptitude on the Windows Phone Marketplace. The game, as of today, has earned the company over $100,000 in revenue and boasts more than 300,000 users, Business Insider reported on Thursday. Interestingly enough, the company’s revenue has spiked since the launch of Nokia’s Windows Phones. FourBros Studio uses Microsoft’s pubCenter, along with a service called AdDuplex, to sell advertisements on Taptitude, which is now making roughly $1,000 a day and averaging over 1 million daily impressions. The success of FourBros Studio could encourage more developers to join the Windows Phone platform, which has struggled to gain market share since launching more than a year ago. More →

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HTC usage share drops 60% in five months, study finds

By on April 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM.

HTC usage share drops 60% in five months, study finds

Not long ago, HTC posted six consecutive months of record revenue thanks to strong demand for its Android-powered smartphones. The company’s record run came to a screeching halt in October last year with the release of Apple’s iPhone 4S. HTC’s fourth quarter earnings fell, missing Wall Street’s expectations, and the rough patch continued in the first quarter of 2012. To compound matters, the latest study conducted by ad network Chitika shows that the troubled handset maker’s usage share has declined by more than 60% in the past five months from 18.22% to 7.28% based on traffic across its network. At the same time, Apple’s share has increased by 64% from 46.84% to 76.88% and other Android vendors such as Samsung and Huawei have recorded continued modest growth. HTC is betting big on its flagship One X smartphone, and it hopes the handset, along with the rest of its One-series phones, will help the company rebound. More →

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Huawei announces global availability of the Ascend P1 smartphone

By on April 18, 2012 at 10:45 PM.

Huawei announces global availability of the Ascend P1 smartphone

Huawei on Wednesday announced global availability of its flagship Ascend P1 smartphone. The Android 4.0-powered handset will be available in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Australia by May, in Latin America by June and in Europe for the summer, with availability in other markets to follow. “The global availability of the Ascend P1, which combines smart features and a sexy design, represents a significant milestone for Huawei Device,” said Richard Yu, Chairman of Huawei. “We are sending strong signals of our intention to transform into a consumer-facing brand and extend our market leadership globally by strengthening our range of flagship products. We are also expanding our sales and distribution channels to move beyond a focus on operators.” The Ascend P1 is equipped with a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, a dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Read on for Huawei’s press release. More →

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