While Oracle may not agree, Google Executive Chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt said in court Tuesday that they did not need anyone’s permission to use Java in Android. This was part of testimony being taken now in the trial between Oracle and Google.
The question of whether Google needed permission to use Java from Sun and now Oracle has come under deep scrutiny. Emails between Google Vice President and head of Android Andy Rubin have suggested that the engineers from the Android team new all along that they would need to license Java.
Back in March we reported that we had heard that Chinese manufacturer Huawei was going to be the next manufacturer to have a stab at T-Mobil’e MyTouch brand. Well that’s turned into reality as at least one of the reported two Huawei MyTouch devices has made it to the FCC clearance center in Columbia Maryland.
The Huawei U8680 has found it’s way to the FCC. We’ve all seen this device referred to as one of the new T-Mobile MyTouch units. They are planning on releasing two MyTouch devices, possibly this summer, one with a keyboard and one without.
Gartner recently issued their forecast for tablet computer sales for 2012. The research firm says that 118.9 million tablets will be sold to end users this year. This figure represents a 98% increase from 2011.
Of those 118.9 million tablets Apple is expected to command 61.4% of that market share. Apple sold 40 million iPads last year which was good for 66.6% of the tablet market.
Android on the other hand had 28.8% of the tablet market in 2011 and is expected to slightly increase to 3.18% of the market. Android tablet sales are expected to be fueled by Amazon, HTC and Samsung. Samsung has just announced the release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7″ on April 22nd which will offer a full featured Android tablet at a price competitive with the Amazon Kindle Fire. Although not formally reported anywhere the Kindle Fire is believed to be the best selling Android tablet last year.
Gartner has predicted that Windows 8 tablets will account for 4.8 million units in 2012. The first Windows 8 tablets are expected in the second half of the year.
Last month we brought you this story about how HTC was using the same ceramic coating process on their newest smartphones that NASA used on their latest satellites. We would think that meant that the newest HTC phones would be amazingly durable, and in fact HTC suggests just that in the video that appears in the story.
Now we’re hearing from our friends at TFTS that the HTC One S may not be as durable as we once thought. HTC claims that their mircoarc oxidation process makes the phones up to 4x more durable than other phone casings on the market.
It looks like T-Mobile may be getting the HTC One S on April 25th. If an internal screen shot obtained by Tmonews is correct we won’t have much longer to wait for HTC’s new flagship One S.
The One S was the “better” in the good, better, best HTC One phones announced at Mobile World Congress back in February. The One S features a 1.5ghz dual core processor, 4.3″ qHD superAMOLED display, Beats Audio, an 8 megapixel camera and HTC Sense 4.0 on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Since the U.S. version of the HTC One X is only coming with a 1.5ghz dual core processor, versus the quad-core Tegra 3 processor abroad, the One S and the One X, at least in the US are quite similar.
If the screen shot above isn’t enough to make us think we’re super close to the launch of the One S, TMonews also posted this story outlining employee training materials on the One S at Tmobile.
If you’re using Hulu Plus to stay up to date with all your favorite tv programs you may be pleased to know that the Hulu+ app is now available for select Android tablets. Like Netflix, Hulu needs to make sure that the viewing experience is at it’s optimum performance for each of the nearly 1,000 Android devices currently available. That can make it take longer than normal to get to different Android devices.
With this news, Hulu+ members with an Asus Transformer Prime, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xyboard 10.1, Toshiba Thrive, Acer Iconia and LG G-Slate (T-Mobile/G-Slate) can enjoy the service. Oddly enough the Samsung Galaxy Tab series of tablets was not updated in this round, we can only hope it will come to Galaxy Tabs in the very near future.
If you have one of the tablets listed above head here to download Hulu+ to your Android powered tablet.
Tuesday night we brought you a story about some estimated numbers in Samsung’s smartphone sales. According to a Korean website, they expect that Samsung will report that they have sold 40 to 44 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2012.
To fuel that estimate, SamsungTomorrow reported yesterday that Samsung has sold 5 million of their 5.3″ Galaxy Note devices since they were released 5 months ago. The Samsung Galaxy Note fuses the tablet with the smartphone in a new device category as announced by Samsung Mobile President JK Shin back at IFA in September.
The Samsung Galaxy Note has only been available in the US since February on AT&T so we’re not quite sure how many US units contribute to that number, however it is a substantial amount of devices taking two key factors into consideration. The first being the fact that it’s an entirely new category out of device for Samsung. Also considering the fact that the Dell Streak, which came in around the same size, didn’t sell a fraction of that five million.
One of the longest apps that’s been on the Android platform, Ustream has reached a huge milestone. Ustream the app that allows you to stream video to the Ustream network from your Android device, has hit 2.5 million downloads.
With the 2.5 million download milestone Ustream has released a new version of the app. Version 2.0 brings a new interface, that looks a lot cleaner than before. New features include device rotation to landscape mode, swiping navigation, and more action bar functionality. It also supports Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.
Tmonews has obtained an internal memo from T-Mobile highlighting changes to their unlimited-premium 5GB and ultra 10gb premium value plans. According to the leaked document both of those packages will increase by $5.00.
These two great plans from T-Mobile will still include the Mobile Life album and T-Mobile’s mobile hotspot features at no additional cost. Verizon and AT&T both charge feature fees for both of those features.
An 83 year old woman slipped into the glass door at the Manhasset New York Apple store and broke her nose. She is now suing the Cupertino company for one million dollars.
Evelyn Paswall is a former Vice President for a Manhattan fur company. She is claiming that Apple is negligent for not elderly proofing their glass doors. Evidently the Apple store in Manhasset had done such a great job of cleaning the glass that Paswall didn’t see the door and walked right into it.
“Apple wants to be cool and modern and have the type of architecture that would appeal to the tech crowd,” said her attorney, Derek T. Smith told the NY Post. “But on the other hand, they have to appreciate the danger that this high-tech modern architecture poses to some people.”
One of the coolest things about the Android operating system is the way that some companies are thinking outside of the box and designing things utilizing Android outside of the realm of phones and tablets. One of those categories is home automation.
Last year at Google IO during the first days keynote Google showed off new home automation features like controlling sound and lighting with an Android phone or Android based controller. We’re expecting more of that this year in June at IO2012.
While we’re still waiting for Google’s official home system, Motorola and Verizon are closer to a connected home controller.
Google has announced an update is available to the Android software developer’s kit (SDK). The new SDK and Eclipse plugin bring the SDK to revision 17. The latest release is feature packed and provides a bunch of bug fixes.
Some of the most notable features are:
Adding experimental support for multi-touch input by enabling the emulator to receive touch input from a usb tethered physical Android device.
Adding support for running x86 system images in virtualization mode on Windows and Mac OS X.
If you’re into gaming and you’re not on the OnLive platform you’re missing out. OnLive’s cloud based gaming system is bringing huge hits with amazing game play to Android tablets and smartphones via the cloud. The service offers inexpensive games, free trials and games that you pay to play. There’s something for everyone.
The latest hit entry into the OnLive system is Rockstar Games console megahit LA Noire. The new LA Noire Touch Edition is built specifically for tablet play using OnLive’s system.
LA Noire is the first super hit of this magnitude to come to OnLive and they’ve done a great job of keeping authentic style game play, even on the tablet screen. If you already have LA Noire or LA Noire The Complete Edition through OnLive the touch edition is already there. If not you can get the touch edition for as low as $5.99
This isn’t the first RockStar hit to show up for Android, earlier this year RockStar released Grand Theft Auto III via the Tegra Zone.
The successor to the Samsung Galaxy S II, The Samsung Galaxy S III, has taken over the rumor train that was the Galaxy Nexus’ before launch. There have been rumors, photo leaks, fake photo leaks, fake spec leaks and more. All we know for sure is that sometime this spring Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S III. We do know that the phone exists, Samsung has at least confirmed that.
Monday though, the Korea Times reported that Samsung is becoming less dependent on Qualcomm for SoC’s (system on chip), and that as a result Samsung will be using the Exonys quad-core processor in the Galaxy S III.