All About Android 39
Guest: Nicole Lee
Topic: Apple pwns HTC in patent case, Galaxy Nexus LTE, what happened to the update alliance, and more.
Recorded: December 19, 2011
Published: December 19, 2011
All About Android 39: Perfection By Accident
- BREAKING: Apple wins patent victory over HTC, which faces looming import ban
- Apple wins ban of HTC devices at US International Trade Commission
- Banned the importation and sale of HTC Android devices running Android 1.6 to 2.2
- A judge with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled HTC guilty of infringing Apple’s patents in several devices.
- The ITC ordered a ban on the import of several of HTC’s smartphones, no specifics on which models are affected.
- The decision now goes to the desk of the president, who has 60 days to issue a rarely-used veto; the ban itself will go into effect on April 19, 2012 to provide HTC with a transition period.
- HTC said in a statement sent to BGR via email. “While disappointed that a finding of violation was still found on two claims of the ‘647 patent, we are well prepared for this decision, and our designers have created alternate solutions for the ‘647 patent.” 647 = a "data tapping patent": a patent on an invention that marks up phone numbers and other types of formatted data in an unstructured document, such as an email, in order to enable users to bring up other programs (such as a dialer app) that process such data.
- You may recall Google I/O from earlier this year when a certain promise was made, care of Google and a large collection of wireless vendors: An Update Alliance was forming that would result in every new Android phone receiving timely OS updates for at least 18 months after launch of the device.
- Fast forward seven months and no followup news has hit regarding this alliance. Even further, PC Mag's reached out to Motorola, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, questioning them about device updates in the queue and more specifically about that pledge that made the news months prior. Not one manufacturer opted to answer whether they were willing to stick to that pledge. In fact, not one of them seemed to even acknowledge the pledge at all.
- Speaking with an Italian newspaper, Schmidt spoke of Google’s plans to rival Apple’s bestselling iPad device, stating that “in the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality” whilst ramping up the “brutal competition between Apple and Google Android”.
- Galaxy Nexus LTE
- Galaxy Nexus signal problems acknowledged by Verizon, update being 'developed'
- Users report Galaxy Nexus multitouch issues
- Related: Root the Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE, Flash a Custom Recovery and Make a Backup (Verizon)
- Related: Get Google Wallet on your Galaxy Nexus, no root required (with one caveat)
- 4 Galaxy Nexus commercials: first 2 are new
- Nexus S getting Android 4.0 starting today, GSM models first
- How to manually update your GSM Nexus S to Ice Cream Sandwich
- Here’s A Real-ish Kindle Number From Amazon
- “for the third week in a row, customers are purchasing well over 1 million Kindle devices per week.”
- Facebook app update with Timeline
- Google Translate for Android now recognizes handwriting in seven languages
- Google+ update adds Hangouts to Android
- Last Week's Poll
- This week's face-off: Grab Bag
- Ron - Taptu (Free)
- Jason - Dragon's Lair ($4.99)
- Eileen - Apparatus ($2.45)
- This Week's Poll
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