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First Stable Build Of Ubuntu Touch Coming This October 17th

The crowdfunded Ubuntu Edge smartphone may already be dead but that doesn’t mean that we won’t be seeing Ubuntu run on smartphones. The Ubuntu phone team recently announced through their mailing list message that the Ubuntu Touch, the OS that would have been used by the Edge, will have an October 17 release date which also coincides with the release of Ubuntu Linux 13.10.

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Canonical technical architect Loïc Minier announced that “only four and a half weeks to go and phone 1.0 will be a reality! Obviously we’re all trying to finish or fix lots of things in the remaining time, but that might include hard-to-track-down and painful regressions.”

QA community coordinator Nicholas Skaggs mentioned in a blog post that “We are exactly one month away from the release of [Ubuntu 13.10] Saucy Salamander. As part of that release, Ubuntu is committed to delivering an image of Ubuntu-Touch, ready to install on supported devices.”

The Ubuntu Touch developer preview was first launched last February and is compatible with Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 devices. It is basically a custom ROM that users can install that provides a way to experience Ubuntu on mobile devices. If a device has an unlocked bootloader and can run on CyanogenMod then chances are it can also run on Ubuntu Touch.

Aside from providing an interface for mobile devices Ubuntu Touch can also be used to run the full desktop version of Ubuntu. Users simply have to dock their mobile device to a desktop monitor to make this happen.

Those who own a Nexus device are encouraged to try out the developer preview which is available for download right now. The important task right now is reporting any bugs that may exist so they may be corrected once the first stable build gets released.

Devices that will be released in the market running on Ubuntu Touch won’t happen anytime soon. This is despite the fact that the first stable build will already be released next month. Canonical says that discrete devices running on Ubuntu Touch will probably be released in late 2013 or early 2014.

via pcworld

Oldies But Goldies: Best Android Smartphones Aged 1 Year And Over

New is always better. I know it, you all know it, Barney Stinson probably knows it best. But sometimes, old may not be so bad after all. It’s not better, but it can be satisfactory.

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Okay, let’s drop the vagueness, because I’m this close to forgetting exactly what I was trying to say. Which is that you don’t necessarily have to buy the newest smartphone to get a good, solid, long-lasting piece of mobile technology.

Why buy an old smartphone?

Sure, gadgets are not like wine and so they don’t get better with age, but some at least stay young for more than just a few months. Plus, there are a bunch of advantages that come with scoring an aging handheld.

For one thing, you can get high-end (-ish) technology at an unbeatable price. For instance, how much do you have to pay for a top-notch, new Android these days? $800? $700? Well, you can get yesteryear’s flagships for half as much.

Second, as everyone around you tries to keep up with the times, you might be pleasantly surprised to find out that, by getting a slightly older device, you’ll at least stand out from a crowd. And last but not least, I’ll let you in on a little secret.

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The Galaxy S4, HTC One, LG G2 and all the other big guys of today are not so much better than their predecessors. Surely not twice as good, as their prices might hint. And let’s face it, some of their extravagant new features, like quad-core processors or Full HD screens, are mostly for show and don’t bring noticeable improvements to the table.

With all that said, how about we see what are the five best older than one-year Android smartphones money can buy?

5. Sony Xperia S

Unjustly ignored at the time of its release (February 2012), the petite and distinguished Xperia S will not be overlooked any more. Running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean starting a couple of months back, this 4.3-incher sports a 720p LCD screen that’s in many ways better than Xperia Z’s Full HD 5-incher, plus a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor that can still hold its own against plenty of mid-rangers these days.

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True, most high-enders will leave the S in the dust in terms of raw speed or battery life, but Sony’s sleek little guy can be had for around 320 bucks sans contractual obligations, which is a pretty super duper deal.

4. Google/Samsung Galaxy Nexus

This is another fella that can’t really keep up with the GS4 or HTC One when it comes to pure performance, but on the whole it’s also a phone with a wicked quality-pricing ratio. Probably wickeder than with the Xperia S, as it costs $300 or less outright while sporting a still sensational 4.65-inch Super AMOLED screen with 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution.

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And don’t even get me started on its design, which hasn’t been undermined by more than a couple devices (i.e.: the HTC One and maybe the LG G2). The cherry on top is the software support, which continues to be… well, worthy of a Nexus family member. The two year-old runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already, which I think I don’t have to tell you how cool, smooth and sleek is.

3. HTC One X

Criticized by many for not being able to supply solid competition for Samsung’s Galaxy S3, the One X has really improved its reputation with time. Most of the initial software glitches have been remedied by updates, the industrial, elegant design is probably more appreciated now than back in the summer of 2012, while the specs are decent though of course not groundbreaking… anymore.

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You get a large 4.7-inch IPS panel with 720p resolution, a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU that’s both zippy and easy on the battery (or a dual-core Snapdragon S4), Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (with 4.2 and/or 4.3 incoming), 8 MP rear camera, 1 GB RAM, 16 or 32 GB of on-board storage. And all that for around 350 bucks off-contract. Nice, eh?

2. Samsung Galaxy Note

This was one hell of a game-changer back in the fall of 2011, so it shouldn’t really come as a shocker it’s a goldie and not an oldie in late 2013. Heck, I could see myself loving and owning a first-gen GNote even two or three years from now.

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The “phablet” is large, but not beastly, at 5.3 inches, it’s sturdy yet not fragile, packs a massive 2,500 mAh battery underneath the hood, as well as an Exynos 4210 or Snapdragon S3 CPU. Not to mention it comes with S Pen support, so it wins a lot of points in the productivity department compared with the One X or Galaxy Nexus.

In terms of pricing, considering its age the GNote is not quite dirt-cheap. But at $400 or so, the overall bang for the buck factor is exceptionally strong.

1. Samsung Galaxy S3

What can I say about the GS3 that hasn’t been said before a hundred times? That it’s the most profitable phone in Android history? Probably the most impressive ever, given the number and magnitude of updates compared with its predecessor?

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Nah, that’s not it. Maybe that it’s today, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (and soon 4.3) and costing $400-$450, the wisest, most sensible option an experienced mobile technology user could go for when looking for a new phone. Even if it’s not technically new, having been released a year and three months ago.

That’s about it for our top five of today, but be sure to sound off in the comments section below if you feel we’ve messed the rankings up or forgot about your favorite device.  

Sprint Galaxy Nexus Getting Android 4.2.1 Update, Finally

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is special for a variety of reasons. Not only did it bring forth the newest iteration of Android at the time (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), but it also featured pretty cool hardware although the camera was dismal. This is the reason the smartphone is still in demand despite Google launching its successor, the LG Nexus 4. However, carrier operated CDMA versions of the Galaxy Nexus cannot really be considered a complete Nexus smartphone, simply because the carriers hold the authority to update the smartphone whereas with an unlocked smartphone, it’s Google which directly sends out the update. The Sprint Galaxy Nexus is a fine example of how a Nexus smartphone can be held back by the carrier. The smartphone has finally received the Android 4.2.1 update though after sufficient delay while the rest of the Nexus lineup including the unlocked Galaxy Nexus have been enjoying the update since November.

So what’s exactly new with the update?

  • Redesigned camera interface and new Photo Sphere feature (a 360-degree panorama mode)
  • Notifications Shade accessible by swiping top screen edge downwards; swipe down with two fingers to view notifications; tap the notification to expand and take action on it.
  • Lockscreen widgets to access certain apps without unlocking the screen; sidescroll right for camera or left for other widgets (time and weather, gmail, etc.)

The news was made public on Sprint’s forums by its moderator and provided with the aforementioned changelog or fixes. As we heard recently, Verizon stopped selling the Galaxy Nexus, which was very much expected as it wasn’t selling all that well anyways. Regardless, it’s time to focus on the Sprint Galaxy Nexus now, at least for the time being. And if you’re one of those users who received the update notification, make sure you drop a comment below and let us know how it went. With the LG Nexus 4 out of stock, more and more users are looking to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to fulfill their Nexus needs. And it’s not a bad option really.

Source: Sprint Community
Via: Android Guys

Samsung GALAXY Nexus and Google Nexus 7 already running Android 4.2?

We already have a lot of Android 4.2 rumors on the internet. One among them is a performance tweak which will optimize battery usage on smart phones and tablets running Android 4.2. But other than this, we do not know much about the operating system or the devices which could be in the works right now. But today, we have some news.

The server logs of Android Police reveal that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Asus and Google’s Nexus 7 are already running the next build of Android, which is Android 4.2. This is fair enough, as the Nexus devices are the first devices to test the new version of the Android mobile operating system by the search engine giant. There have been a couple of other device which have been logged on the servers of Android Police, about which Phone Arena writes as follows:

Now, enter the Motorola Occam. Cleverly named after the Occam’s Razor prinicple, this will obviously be a RAZR device. Like the Nexus devices, it was seen on the server traffic log of Android Police. By the way, Occam’s Razor merely means that if there are two theories that make the same prediction, the more simple one is best. And what could be more simple than a Nexus device uncomplicated by any manufacturer’s skin. So, the theory is that the Motorola Occam is a Nexus version of the Motorola RAZR M or perhaps the Motorola RAZR HD.

Another device, the Manta, runs Android 4.2 and is believed to be a tablet due to the lack of the ‘mobile’ name in the UA string. Manta is short for manta-ray which fits in perfectly with the code names for the Motorola XOOM tablet. Stingray was the Wi-Fi version of the tablet and Wingray was the variant for the tablet that uses the Verizon data network. On the other hand, the Google Nexus 7 had a code name of grouper, so this could be anything from a larger 10 inch Google Nexus tablet, to a Motorola Nexus tablet.

Pretty soon, we will get to know the truth about these devices and the yet to be released Android 4.2.

Source: Phone Arena

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus now available for $49.99

One rule that will always hold good is that smartphones don’t stick to their value. It’s actually quite a logical thing because as new and more powerful smartphones come to the market, the demand for older smartphones decreases as a result. The prices keep on dropping up to a point that carriers offer the device for free, with a contract of course.

The rule holds well for any device, unless it is an antique of course. Same is the case with Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy Nexus was launched by Big Red with much fanfare back in December last year, and as is the case with any new launch, the device came with a price tag of $299.99 with 2 years contract. Yes, that is quite a hefty price tag, but considering the high end nature of hardware back then, the price tag was pretty okay for the time. The phone was never really a hot seller, and as a result the device has gone through few major price cuts, including the reduction of price tag to $199.99 in April, followed by $149.99 in June, and $99.99 in July.

It’s October now, and Verizon most probably wants to empty its stock and sell off whatever is left over and hence has come up with another price cut for Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Now Verizon is offering the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for as low as $49.99 with contract.

$49.99 for a Nexus device is pretty good deal actually. If you aren’t familiar with what a Nexus device is, it is a series of mobile devices produced by Google in cooperation with select hardware manufacturers. Basically, these devices are committed to deliver “pure Android” experience, which means the devices under Nexus branding don’t come with any carrier modifications such as HTC sense and run vanilla Android. It also means that Nexus devices are the first ones to receive any update that is released for Android mobile operating system, mainly because it doesn’t have to go through the extra modification and testing phase by carriers.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the third Google Nexus phone, which is preceded Nexus S by Samsung and Nexus One by HTC. Nexus phones are normally the most desired Android devices, and to testify the fact, recently launched Google Nexus 7 tablet device received an overwhelming response up to a point that buyers had to wait for weeks before they could get their hands on their Nexus 7.

Talking of the specs carried by Samsung Galaxy Nexus, it’s pretty good. It features a 4.7” Super AMOLED display with a rich resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Under the screen is a 1.2 GHz TI OMAP4460 dual-core which is complemented by 32 gig of on board storage and 1 gig of RAM. What’s more? It supports LTE too. In addition, it is the only Verizon smartphone with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

What are your thoughts on this? Does this offer interest you or will you wait for newer devices which are going to be launched this holiday season?

Source: Verizon Wireless

Details of New Galaxy Nexus Emerge

Specifications of the next Galaxy Nexus have begun to surface. Sammobile reports that the device currently has the codename “Superior” and has the model number GT-I9260. It may be recalled that the Galaxy Nexus has a model number I9250, suggesting that this upcoming device will be closely related to that phone.

The successor of the Galaxy Nexus is expected to have a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display. Under the hood, it could be powered by a dual core Cortex A9 processor running at the speed of 1.5GHz. Dual cameras will be found on the device, specifically, a 1.9-megapixel front camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera. A microSD card slot is also said to be present on the smartphone as well as 16GB of storage capacity.

For comparison, last year’s Galaxy Nexus phone was equipped with a dual-core Cortex A9 processor with a clock speed of 1.2GHz. Its rear camera had a 5-megapixel sensor while its front camera had a 1.3- megapixel sensor. The latter was a disappointment for many and had been considered as the weakest point of the smartphone. Judging from these specifications, the new Nexus offers a minor improvement over the 2011 model.

From these information, two things are noticeable. First, these are hardly high-end specifications, and naturally would demand an affordable price. Second, this would be the second time in a row that Samsung takes charge of creating a Nexus device. Samsung is currently king in high-end Android smartphones. However, if this Nexus is matched with an affordable price, it could help Google control the mid-range segment.

Earlier, it had been rumored that five Nexus devices will be released this fall to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Android. This new Nexus might well be one of these five anticipated devices.

Nothing, however, is still certain about the new Nexus smartphone, especially with other rumors circulating that other companies like LG or the Google-owned Motorola could be tapped by Google to work on a Nexus device.

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Apple Asserts Samsung Galaxy Nexus Is An iPhone Copy

Apple maintained in court that Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone has many similarities with the iPhone, such as the Siri  feature. Thus, the Cupertino company is asking an appeals court to ban the device in the United States.

This case is separate from the one between the two electronics giants in San Jose, California. In contrast with this case, that other case involves the hardware design as well as its general feel, while this one probes more into the software similarities.

Apple claims that features of the Galaxy Nexus phone were copied off the iPhone because the success of the iPhone encouraged Samsung to try to obtain some of Apple’s market share. Nonetheless, despite the alleged copying, Apple’s sales did not suffer too much because of the Galaxy Nexus.

To convince the court, Apple must show that the features that it purports were copied by Samsung were a vital factor in the sales of the Galaxy Nexus. Moreover, it should show that it indeed had gotten less revenue because of the Galaxy Nexus.

Apple has its eyes mainly on a unified search feature that is on the Nexus. Apple had been awarded a patent for this feature, which tries to find data on a range of sources on a device.

On the other hand, Samsung says that not too many people even knew about the feature, so it could not have been, as Apple suggests, a driving factor for the device’s sales.

Apple as well as Samsung still have a long time to prepare for the trial for this case. Although they had already given initial arguments in an appeals court, the trial itself is scheduled to start on March 2014.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was Google’s flagship device. Released in December last year, the smartphone was the first to come with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. It did not, however, enjoy much popularity as the iPhone 4S or Samsung’s own flagship device last year, the Galaxy S II.

via cnet

Samsung Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean Update, In The Works; Roll Out May Start in September or October

South Korean smartphone manufacturer Samsung is reportedly on the verge of rolling out the much anticipated Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for its flagship, Galaxy S3. Reports suggest that owners may be able to pull the update down from Samsung’s servers in late September or early October.

Sam Mobile, a blog dedicated to publishing latest news about Samsung mobile devices, reported Monday, August 6th, that the Jelly Bean firmware for Galaxy S III has already passed testing and reached public version. If this is true, the firmware will be released for public preview before reaching a stable release candidate, then the final stable version.

Google will also play an important role in the roll out of the Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S3 because each Android release and update is subject to its approval. The agreement between manufacturers and Google has always been taken seriously especially now that the search titan is facing legal disputes against Oracle over Java fair use policy.

Tech enthusiasts say that Samsung is trying to stick as close as possible to the original Jelly Bean build because doing so does not require so much manpower and time to finish the development. Also, it is trying to be very careful in putting new features in its firmware knowing Apple is always on the lookout for features that have similarities to its patents. Both companies are still battling in court over patent issues. Apple is said to be preparing to file another patent case against Samsung’s flagship.

Sam Mobile reported that this information was from insiders who allegedly provided them with correct information about Ice Cream Sandwich update several months ago; however, Samsung hasn’t confirmed this report yet.

While every Galaxy S3 owner might think the update will reach them in September or October, there is a possibility that it would arrive later than expected knowing it will pass the hands of the carriers; further testing may even be done to make sure the update will not interrupt with the service. Thus, there is a valid reason that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update or Samsung Galaxy S3 will be rolled out in November or December.

Source: Sam Mobile

5 Samsung Devices That Will Surely Get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

Korean manufacturer Samsung has kept its mouth shut about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. Until now, there is no official word from the company which of its devices would be getting Google’s latest mobile operating system.

However, experts believe that the company is just trying to tease everyone who is intently waiting for the much anticipated update. Eventually, it will come before this year would be over, others say. Analysts also say that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean could become one of Samsung’s weapons to pose a competition with the upcoming Apple iPhone 5.

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It is not a matter of whether GS3 will be getting Jelly Bean or not; rather, it is all about when the update would arrive. Being the most popular and best-selling smartphone, the manufacturer couldn’t just afford to leave its patrons in limbo. While there is no official word from Samsung yet, rumors and reports suggest that Galaxy S3 may be receiving an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update via Samsung KIES or over the air in the last quarter.

Sam Mobile reported that the company might release information about Jelly Bean update this month or in September, at least, that’s the good news. On the negative side, other reports suggest Jelly Bean update for GS3 is pushed back to 2013. But then again, none of these reports were confirmed by Samsung.

But what do you think? Will it be this year or in 2013?

Samsung Galaxy S2

Samsung is reportedly testing Jelly Bean for Galaxy S2, however, there is no confirmation whether this handset will be getting the latest OS or not. The test is being conducted to determine whether Android 4.1 will run smoothly on the device without issues.

Galaxy S2 was originally released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-installed and it was only just recently that it received a generous update to Ice Cream Sandwich. The porting of ICS was actually successful and the OS works like a charm on the device.

Considering the fact that Jelly Bean uses the fundamental architecture of ICS, there is a greater possibility that it will also run without issues on Galaxy S2. If the result of the test would be successful, GS2 owners may be able to receive the update in 4th quarter.

Samsung Galaxy Note

Being one of the premium devices from Samsung, Galaxy Note couldn’t just be left hanging with ICS on it. There is no information for now whether it would get the latest OS but if Samsung is testing out a Jelly Bean port for Galaxy S2, there’s a possibility it is also seeking to update this handset.

Originally released with Gingerbread out of the box, Galaxy Note performs perfectly with ICS after updates were rolled out. That should be enough to assume it could run Jelly Bean as well.

XDA Developers, a group of Android hackers who develop custom ROMs, have released a teaser showing Galaxy Note running on custom Jelly Bean OS, although they are still in the process of fine-tuning the firmware to work perfectly on Note’s hardware. The thing is, if third-party developers found a way to make the firmware run on the device, Samsung can too.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Google started rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on July 11th with Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ as one of the luckiest devices to receive it first. The update was actually rolled out after the device was made available on Google Play Store following the court ruling to continue the sales of the said devices.

For the benefit of those who haven’t known yet, Samsung is in a nasty battle against Apple over patent infringement and Galaxy Nexus is one of the devices subjected to sales ban in the U.S. The Korean manufacturer, however, was able to convince the court to let the sales of Galaxy Nexus continue. Google did not waste precious time to promote the device with Jelly Bean.

Samsung Nexus S

The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Nexus S started rolling out on July 20th as reported by Gotta Be Mobile. During such time, many Nexus S owners also reported to have received notification about the update so Google actually kept its word.

For owners who have not received the update yet, it is advised they will contact their carriers for more information about the roll out. Some carriers have actually pushed back the update and many are still waiting until now. But the thing is the update is coming for Nexus S for sure.

In a Nutshell

Jelly Bean is an incremental upgrade and it basically uses the architecture of ICS to deliver the features Google promised. That explains why it comes as Android 4.1 and not the rumored 5.0. Samsung is yet to provide information regarding Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update and the abovementioned devices are among the ones that would surely get the latest OS.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Universal Search Taken Out

South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung recently pushed an update for its Galaxy S3 devices under Sprint network removing the Universal Search functionality in which Apple claimed to have been infringing one of its patents. Apparently, this is the easiest way out for the company to avoid further legal battles with the Cupertino-based tech titan.

Prior to the update, the Universal Search will scan the entire phone and display items related to what users are searching for including contacts, messages, files, or almost anything that could be found inside the handset. Apple claimed that such functionality is one of the features of the handset that infringes some of its patents. Eventually, the tech giant filed an injunction over the said issue.

As of the writing of this report, only the units under Sprint network are affected by the update. There is no information if Samsung would push another updates for other carriers.

The Universal Search bar can be found on the homescreen of Galaxy S3. Once the new update is installed, owners who will use it will be provided with search results from Google search engine without displaying anything from the inside of the phone. While it may have a small effect and relevance to majority of the owners of Samsung’s flagship, it will still build disappointments knowing it is one of the key features the company was boasting about during the official launch of the device in May.

Reports also suggested that a new security patch will be pushed for Google Nexus, one of the devices that Apple claimed to have also infringed several of its patents. The patch will take the Universal Search function from Nexus as well. This is one of the desperate measures both Samsung and Google are willing to take in a bid to fix the sales ban imposed on the device.

Apple and some smartphone manufacturers have engaged into court battles over patent claims. While it is the right thing to do for any company trying to protect its intellectual property, it seems like the competition is now being brought to court instead of competing in the real market where devices with great features and high specs often win. Experts haven’t expressed their ideas what the long-term effects would be. But let’s wait and see if there are good things to come out of this.

Source: Mobile Mag

Update for Galaxy Nexus May Bring It Back to the Market

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been under a shipment ban as per the injunction levied by the U.S District Court Judge Lucy Koh. As per Apple’s claim, which moved the injunction, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was in direct violation of its patents through the use of key features which resembled that of the iPhone 4S.

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Apple has been wielding its patent rights and enforcing them with much vigor of lately, desperately trying to quash the rise of Android phones and tablets in the market. So much so that they had even posted a $95.6 million bond to cover any damages that Samsung may suffer because of the loss in sales. This ban has been reportedly under intense amount of focus with the results eagerly awaited by industry and users.

Even before the trial goes on the court has now lifted the ban, ensuring the return of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to stores. Following the ban, the phone was off the Google Play Store. There is however news that Google is planning to update the firmware and update it to the Jelly Bean version from the current Ice Cream Sandwich. Along with Galaxy Nexus software update, they are also planning to remove four key features which Apple is contesting as copyright infringement. Those are auto correct, slide to unlock, word recommendations and also the universal search, which will now be replaced with the Internet search only.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been slowing down in as much as sales are concerned in theUSanyways. Emotionally, the ban and then the reinstatement are not going to be too much of an effect for Samsung. However, for Google this has serious implications. The smartphone is the first device that featured the Ice Cream Sandwich version and is often referred to as a reference phone for the firmware.
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Software Fix to Address Google Nexus Sales Ban, Work in Progress

Both Google and Samsung are working on a software patch that would fix and bypass the sales ban issued for Google Nexus due to the patent disputes filed by Apple, according to All Things D. The device in question was the search giant’s flagship which was manufactured by Samsung and has been a subject of scrutiny as Cupertino-based tech titan claimed it to have infringed some of its patents.

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The legal battle between Samsung and Apple has been going on for many months now and Google Nexus is just one of the devices that would be admitted in court for closer examination by experts. The Korean manufacturer has found comfort in releasing Android-operated devices and its latest flagship, Galaxy S3, is just a great threat for Apple’s iPhone 5, which is set to launch in the third quarter. The tech giant has a valid claim and it is using it to scrape off its competitors prior to releasing its flagship smartphone this year.

Google, on the other hand, also has a couple of valid reasons why it has to side with Samsung in the said legal dispute. First, the device in question is running Android mobile operating system which it has developed and second, Apple’s patent claims would surely affect the sales of Google Nexus. Eventually, the sales ban forced the search giant to pull its phone from the Google Play Store.

The sales ban order for Nexus was issued following Apple’s claim that Samsung infringed a patent related to the universal search functionality, although the former already filed claims for three other patents including slide-to-unlock, auto correct functionality and word recommendations. These patents are a common ground which other legal disputes in different courts are based upon. But just a couple of days back, a High Court in London ruled out in favor of HTC over swipe-to-unlock patent claim. There is a possibility that such decision will be issued in favor of Samsung/Google.

According to The Verge, Samsung and Google are currently working on a patch to address the problem stated on the dispute. The patch is reported to be rolled out soon over the air (OTA) in a bid to escape the sales ban. During the Google I/O 2012, the search giant was busy distributing its phone to developers who will be testing out the functionality of Jelly Bean.

[sources: All Things D | The Verge]

Best 3 Android Phones Rankings – July 2012

Are you looking to get a new Android smartphone and want nothing but the best in the market?  Finding the best Android smartphone can be a daunting task especially with the recent top notch smartphone releases by different manufacturers including Samsung, Asus, Huawei, HTC and others.  In my opinion though, here are the best Android smartphones in the market for July 2012 based on specifications, features and performance.  Other factors used to rank the phones are device age, OS version, Sales popularity as well as the overall buzz factor.

1. [easyazon-link asin=”B0061R2A1S” locale=”us”]Samsung Galaxy Nexus[/easyazon-link]

Even with the release of the SIII, the Nexus passes as the top smartphone at the moment largely because it is still a nexus and is the best Android experience despite the fact that there are other smartphones with much better specs.  It is powered by a dual core 1.4GHz processor, has a bright sharp and colorful AMOLED display with a 1280 x 800 resolution and 16GB onboard memory.  It would be hard to pass on the Galaxy Nexus if you are looking to buy a new Android device.

The best part of this phone, it’s currently going for [easyazon-link asin=”B0061R2A1S” locale=”us”]$0.01 on amazon wireless[/easyazon-link].

Core Specs Overview

  • 1.2 GHz Dual-core Processor (OMAP 4460) Processor
  • HSPA+ 21Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps 850/900/1900/1700/2100, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 (Specifications differ on LTE devices)
  • 4.65-inch 1280×720 HD Super AMOLED Display
  • 5 MP Rear AF LED Flash and 1.3MP Front cameras
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS
  • 1GB RAM and 16/32GB onboard memory
  • Standard Li-on 1750 mAh Battery

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2. [easyazon-link asin=”B00891PTQM” locale=”us”]Samsung Galaxy S III[/easyazon-link]

This is a new entrant to this month’s rankings but it is one of the most talked about smartphones today.  The SIII is a much improved version of the SII and features a beautiful screen, an impressive camera upgrade and the TouchWiz UI.  What cost this smartphone the first position though is the undersized battery which Samsung put in such a high performance device.  A heavy user will struggle with the 2100mAh battery that the SIII has.  The phone is going for [easyazon-link asin=”B00891PTQM” locale=”us”]$189.99 on Amazon[/easyazon-link].

Core Specs Overview:

  • 1.4GHz quad-core processor
  • 4.8″ Super AMOLED display
  • 8MP rear camera (can record 1080p video recording at 60fps)
  • Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 Operating System
  • 16/32GB Internal storage memory, 2GB RAM
  • SD Card slot (memory expandable to 64 GB)
  • 2100mAh battery

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3. [easyazon-link asin=”B007ZUN6GS” locale=”us”]HTC Evo 4G LTE[/easyazon-link]

The HTC Evo 4G LTE is gaining popularity among shoppers, especially those who prefer to buy American.  Its specifications go toe to toe with those of the SIII and ranks highly in general as a high performance device especially in battery life and camera.  Price is [easyazon-link asin=”B007ZUN6GS” locale=”us”]$129.99 on Amazon[/easyazon-link].

Core Specs Overview:

  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich OS with Sense 4
  • 4.7-inch HD 720p super LCD (1280 x 720) Display (with 16.7 million colors)
  • 1.5GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor
  • 3G/4G 8 device mobile hotspot capable
  • 8MP Rear and 1.3MP front cameras
  • HTC ImageSense
  • Imbedded 2000mAh Lithium Ion (Li-ion) battery
  • 16GB internal memory (ROM); 1GB RAM.
  • 32GB microSD card support

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Preliminary Injunction Bars Samsung Galaxy Nexus Sale in the US

United States District Court Judge Lucy Koh issued preliminary injunction Friday, June 29th, 2012, barring sale of [easyazon-link asin=”B0061R2A1S” locale=”us”]Samsung Galaxy Nexus[/easyazon-link] in the US market. In what seems like a déjà vu, Apple won for the second time an order that would surely affect its competitor’s sales projection. Galaxy Nexus was designed by Google and manufactured by Samsung.

The injunction came as a slap for the search titan considering it was issued on the last day of Google I/O 2012 Developers Conference.  Google spent whole week distributing the device to developers knowing it is currently the only Android device capable of operating on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, its newest mobile OS. But Judge Koh believes that Apple is more likely to be able to prove at trial that some of the devices built by Samsung including Galaxy Nexus infringed four of its patents.

The injunction is currently not in effect as Koh waits for Apple to post $95.6 million bond. If the judge rules in favor of Samsung, the bond will be given to the Korean manufacturer for the damages it may incur because of Apple’s patent claim. Obviously, this is still not a clear win for the Cupertino-based tech giant; the decision may even go against it if its legal counsel fails to prove the infringements.

On Tuesday, the same judge issued an injunction for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 barring its sale in the US. Apple was required to post $2.6 million for the injunction to take effect. In total, the company will have to post a bond of almost $100 million just to take both Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Nexus out of its way in preparation to the upcoming release of iPhone 5.

Meanwhile, a Google representative said that they are so frustrated with the latest development of the trial considering the impact of the claim to its brand. Just when the future of its hardware store that is attached to Google Play looks brighter than before, it is plagued with potentially lethal cases. But analysts believe the company has already foreseen this that is why it has the task to manufacture its new Nexus smartphone, which will come packed with Jelly Bean OS pre-installed, to Asus.

On the other hand, Apple rejoices over judge Koh’s order and went on to saying that it is never a coincidence for some of Samsung products to look like its own iPhone or iPad because the latter is blatantly copying almost every aspect of the former’s popular devices. The ‘604 patent which is being linked to the intelligent voice-recognition capability of Siri on iOS is the focus of the claim.

“Court finds that Apple has adequately established the requisite causal nexus between Samsung’s alleged infringement of the ’604 Patent and Apple’s risk of suffering irreparable harm,” Koh said.

The trial may take a long time to finish but based on the preliminary results as well as to the development of the trial, Apple seems to have the upper hand. But let’s wait and see how this goes between the two big companies.

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