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Aug/11

21

Google Takes Over Motorola

Google is to acquire Motorola Mobile Inc! This is the latest news coming to the fore. Although Google have always had a huge input in the development on the Nexus, this acquisition means Google will soon be fully in charge of the Nexus phone. Through the acquisition, a new partnership will be birthed between Google and the Motorola corporation. This will go a long way in expanding the reach of the android OS while also giving Google the mobile phone patents its been so desperately chasing.
There had been several concerns on whether the acquisition and the take over the Nexus manufacturing will bring about any change in the Nexus program. But Andy Rubin who is android chief has assured the general public that the acquisition will not bring about any kind of changes whatsoever in the system; things will still be as they were in times past.
The only thing that is expected to happen in the form of change is that some of the components of the Nexus may be improved far beyond what they are able to offer now. The change is however not expected to take place immediately. According to Andy Rubin any change that may occur may not come to pass until around Christmas time.

The engineers whose duty it is to make the changes are expected to work together with Google throughout the period of the change in order to ensure strict adherence to quality and proper Google procedures. Before such an upgrade can take place, the engineers may have to work on it for several months. But it is expected that something far more useful will be the outcome.

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Digg… digg…, this is what Microsoft is doing at different Android based mobile makers in order to make money out of Android based phones. At this point of time, Microsoft has targeted South Korea based leading mobile brand Samsung to pay $15 for each android based phone sold by the company.
It was last year when Microsoft started targeting Android based smart phone makers. At that point in time, Microsoft said that the user interface and functionality used by Android based phones are the same as patents filed by Microsoft and they gave the following statement.. “Microsoft is in no mood to allow android based phone makers run free with products that are invented by them”.

Apart from claims of patent infringement, Microsoft also announced that they have signed a license agreement with another android based phone maker HTC. Even though, the terms of this agreement were not disclosed, HTC had confirmed that they were ready to pay royalties to Microsoft for each phone they sell.
Since then, it has become commonplace for Microsoft to sue all other android phone makers. In October 2010, Motorola was sued by Microsoft for violating patterns in their android based handsets. However, this resulted in a counter suit from Motorola claiming Microsoft was using 16 of their patents in their Windows based machines and mobile handsets. That was not the end. Motorola also claimed that even the Xbox is using patents filed by Motorola. A consequence of this, companies are still fighting and haven’t reached any agreement.

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Recently, CEO of Motorola, Mr. Sanjay Jha accused android apps for having performance issues which actually caused the return of Motorola’s android phones. He claimed that even though Google removes the malware apps from the market, they do not check the applications for performance which causes the battery drain for most of the Android mobiles.

Basically, no Android app comes with the requirement of certain processor speed and ram memory. In addition, mobile phone companies add lower speed processor and memory to reduce the cost of the handset. Now, if an application is not able to run with lower ram memory or processor, it eats up mobile battery and thus causing quick battery drain from the android mobile phone. It’s not just that. Such poor performing android apps can also cause functional issues in the phone such as to drag the phone’s speed down, this has been observed by many android handset users.

Few days ago, it was noted on one of the TV shows that an android app does not come with notification that it requires certain speed of processor and ram. So, diagnosing and fixing performance issues for android phones becomes geekier than a normal customer may want to handle. iPhone apps generally comes with predicted performance because of the few iPhone models as well as better processor and ram speed in a phone.

However, for those users who want to go with Android phones, it will be good to check the least required hardware specifications for an android app before using it in their phones.

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The hottest new tablet on the android scene is the new Motorola XOOM. It was announced on January 5th 2011 at CES 2011 with great anticipation due to it being the first android tablet to run the new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system. It actually won the Best In Show award at the event.

The XOOM was released in the USA on February 24th and Carphone Warehouse has announced that it will be available in the UK and Ireland on April 4th. Apparently Carphone Warehouse do have exclusivity on the device for a certain period of time when tied to a network.

A major downside to the XOOM in the states is its price… today PC World have announced that you can pre-order the Wi-Fi only version of the XOOM at a price of £449 GBP thats about €530 EUR, tempting isn’t it!

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You all know the Android tablet, manufactured by Motorola, which Andy Rubin showed during Dive into Mobile last week, while presenting the new Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Google Maps 5 – well it seems that some more details about this tablet have leaked out in the wild, including a photo of the device. It seems that Andy Rubin is not the only guy who has the upcoming Motorola’s tablet, as the source of the leaked information is Taiwan, the website Mobile01.

It is said that Motorola will manufacture the tablet in 2 versions – a 7-inch one and a 10-inch. Furthermore, each one will be available in UMTS, CDMA and LTE network support. Among the rest rumored specifications (some of them are already confirmed by A. Rubin, like the Tegra 2 platform) include:

  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 Dual-Core Chipset
  • 1280 x 800 WXGA resolution
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Gyroscope
  • 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing one

Rumors also claim that the device itself is pretty light and that it is ready for the market, but still there is no information from Motorola about the tablet itself and possible release date and price. However, the hardware seem pretty good and the fact that it will be running Honeycomb + the option for 7 or 10-inch one would definitely make this a desired toy for many people. Probably the era of Samsung Galaxy Tab will end soon and a new one is about to begin? Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming Motorola Tablet.

You all know the Android tablet, manufactured by Motorola, which Andy Rubin showed during Dive into Mobile last week, while presenting the new Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Google Maps 5 – well it seems that some more details about this tablet have leaked out in the wild, including a photo of the device. It seems that Andy Rubin is not the only guy who has the upcoming Motorola’s tablet, as the source of the leaked information is Taiwan, the website Mobile01.

It is said that Motorola will manufacture the tablet in 2 versions – a 7-inch one and a 10-inch. Furthermore, each one will be available in UMTS, CDMA and LTE network support. Among the rest rumored specifications (some of them are already confirmed by A. Rubin, like the Tegra 2 platform) include:

NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 Dual-Core Chipset

1280 x 800 WXGA resolution

32GB internal storage

Gyroscope

5MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing one

Rumors also claim that the device itself is pretty light and that it is ready for the market, but still there is no information from Motorola about the tablet itself and possible release date and price. However, the hardware seem pretty good and the fact that it will be running Honeycomb + the option for 7 or 10-inch one would definitely make this a desired toy for many people. Probably the era of Samsung Galaxy Tab will end soon and a new one is about to begin? Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming Motorola Tablet.

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Some days ago Google presented their new mobile phone – Nexus S, and the new version of Android – 2.3 Gingerbread. At the same time, the technological giant presented a new version of Google Maps, but that was somehow neglected by most people as the noise was about Gingerbread and Nexus S. There are many changes and the most important and significant one is the lack of the annoying tiles.

Google Maps 5 offers a completely new approach in the way it represents the data to the end user. Instead of using the tile images, which caused sometimes a frustrating delay in loading and displaying them, Google has decided to use vectors. Everything is represented by vectors, thus the load time is almost equal to 0 and the user can browse around the maps quickly and easily. With the use of the vectors, some pretty good features have been added. Multitouch control is now present – rotate or tilt the map, sliding 2 fingers up and down the screen and the well-known 3D buildings will emerge from the flat image, giving you more clear image of the region.

Google Maps 5 was presented by Andy Rubin some days ago on a prototype tablet from Motorola and he said that we can expect Google Maps 5 in the market in a couple of days. So far so good, but here comes the bad news – the new version of Google Maps will be supported only by several mobile phones so far:

  • Galaxy S
  • Droid
  • Droid X
  • Droid 2
  • Droid Incredible
  • Evo
  • Nexus S
  • G2

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Nov/10

19

Tegra 2 phone leaks pictures

We’re all used to the 1GHz processors in our mobile phones and everyone gets excited when we hear about a mobile phone, which will have a 1.2GHz or even faster processor in its heart. Many tablet manufacturers started integrating the Tegra 2 platform into their products and we all see the power of the 2 cores, but yet we haven’t seen them in a handset – at least not until now. There are some new leaked images of LG Star mobile phone.

It is expected to have a Tegra 2 core, a 4-inch Super AMOLED display (it could have been SAMOLED2 but this is excellent, too), a front facing camera and Android 2.3 OS on top of all. LG Star will also have a whole 8MP back camera, which will be able to record 1080p Full HD videos (pretty amazing for a mobile phone). From the photos we could see that it will include a LED flash (only one, no double) and most likely touch-sensitive hardware buttons for Menu, Home, Back and Search.

If all these specifications are true, or at least most of them, this will mean that LG are making a killer phone – something that we haven’t expected from them. But if LG are preparing such handset it’s almost 100% sure that the rest top manufacturers – Samsung, HTC and Motorola are preparing something to compete with LG Star. Or will it be the only Star on the sky?

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The long rumored Android accessory, which is thought to be the most useful and interesting for the users, is finally available in Europe. Sony Ericsson’s LiveView is something like a wrist watch (actually It is a watch, too) which is capable of connecting to almost any Android mobile phone and display different notifications on its screen, so you don’t have to take the handset out of your pocket in order to read an SMS or see some new status updates in Facebook.

LiveView is offered for 59 Euros in France, 49 pounds in the UK, and about 42 Euros in Germany. Amazon is selling it for 90$. Regarding the hardware features of the device, it uses Bluetooth in order to establish a connection to the mobile phone and the general operating range is about 10m. It also has a 1.3-inch OLED display, two hardkeys and four softkeys. It is attached to your hand either via clip or wristband. As for its software abilities, LiveView can be used to control your music player – Play, pause, next, previous track and volume adjustment and also display the track title, or you can view the incoming SMS messages, RSS feeds, view Facebook and Twitter updates. You can also see the person who is calling you and even mute the ringtone of the mobile phone.

The list of compatible phones includes:

  • Acer - Liquid Metal
  • Dell - Streak
  • Google - Nexus One
  • HTC - Desire, Desire HD, Desire Z, Gratia, HD mini, Legend, Wildfire
  • Motorola - DEFY, Flipout, Milestone, XT720
  • Samsung - Galaxy Europa I5500, Galaxy S I9000, i5500 Corby
  • Sony Ericsson – X10, XPERIA X10 Mini, XPERIA X10 Mini Pro

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Oct/10

15

Motorola confirms Droid X issues

Since the update of Droid X to Android 2.2 many users have complained about different issues with their devices – some of them are minor, but some of them are really serious like failure to boot or kernel panic. Motorola has confirmed some of the bugs and fixes for them will be built into a future yet-to-be-announced patch. On the Motorola’s support forum one of their employees has written this on the topic:

If you have already upgraded to 2.2 for Droid X, you have found some new capabilities. Unfortunately, some owners also found new issues.  Here are some of the known issues raised by forums members, with some information about each. It is not intended to be a complete list at this time — there are many more fixes and improvements in the works. I’ll update this list as information becomes available.

  • Stuck on Moto logo after reboot – this was tough on a few owners. Very sorry about that. A fix has been developed for this and should eliminate the problem. It will be distributed in a future software release. If you are still experiencing this issue, click here.
  • Random rebooting – while there always seem to be new conditions that can cause an electronic device to panic, we do have improvements coming that address and eliminate identified panic states. They will be distributed in a future software release.
  • WiFi connection and stability – improvements in WiFi have been developed, to address several problem areas. They will be distributed in a future software release.
  • Battery Manager “force close” errors – under some circumstances, pressing the battery icon under Menu > Settings > Battery Manager results in a forced close error. A fix has been developed for this and should eliminate the problem. It will be distributed in a future software release.
  • Media won’t play – includes “sorry the player does not support this type of audio file,” custom ringtone stop working, video won’t play, etc., until after a reboot. We believe we have identified the cause of these errors. A fix has been developed for this and should eliminate the problem. It will be distributed in a future software release.
  • Music files cutting off the final four seconds or so – a solution has been developed. It will be distributed in a future software release.

At this time I don’t have information about when the next software update will be available — when I have it, I’ll share it here.

It is a good thing that companies try to communicate directly to customers in this way, but probably it would have been better it they conduct more tests among a larger test group before releasing an update, especially a big one like this.

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Oct/10

14

Froyo makes its way to everyone

Since the rumors for release of Android 2.2 Froyo everyone has hoped that his device will be among those, who will be getting this update. But since then not many devices received it. But this week brings some good news to the owners of several devices.

Let’s begin with Dell Streak – since its release, Streak is running one Android 1.6. An exception are the devices, running on the leaked and modified build of the UK version’s .2.1 update, but they are not so much. But there are some news from Dell – they say that Dell Streak won’t be getting 2.1 but it will be directly receiving FroYo. The rumors were for December 31st but Dell promised that Over-the-air update will be released much sooner than this. So take a deep breath and wait for that yoghurt.

Motorola Milestone European customers may also be happy, because Motorola announced that they are starting to make some user tests. Once they are complete, it will be clear if some further optimizations and changes should be made and then proceed to the final testing and approval stage. Motorola promises to deliver Android 2.2 to European Milestone users by the end of the year.

Last but not least, it’s a good day for Samsung Galaxy S users. Samsung has just released the source code of Android 2.2 for this device. Practically this means 2 things – firstly that the official update is very close and secondly – that the guys from XDA developers and other custom ROMs developers will start working on this and soon there will be some nice custom ROMs for everyone keen on rooting and flashing.

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