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Android 4.0 ICS now on 7.1 percent of active devices

Android 4.0 ICS now on 7.1 percent of active devices

Posted on Jun 04, 2012 by MG1

Google's Android Developer Hub released updated figures for the platform's distribution this week, and while Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is still gaining share, it is doing so at a rather slow pace. Last month, the latest version of Android was on 4.9 percent of active devices, but now it has climbed up to a 7.1 percent share.
New devices that come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, such as HTC's One series, have certainly helped get the updated software into more hands. That trend will continue as Samsung's new Galaxy S III hits more markets and becomes more widely available.

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Google Drive offline to roll out shortly after Google I/O

Google Drive offline to roll out shortly after Google I/O

Posted on Jun 04, 2012 by MG1

Filed in: Google

Google Drive is going to get a whole a lot better with offline support, according to Google’s own Senior Vice President of Chrome & Apps Sundar Pichai. The exec dropped this news nugget during the All Things Digital D10 conference. He also touted the progress Chrome was making when it came to landing on everyone’s computer, as it’s now on a third of the world’s desktop browser.
Sundar mentioned many things about Chrome, like how the search giant is considering an ad-supported Google Chromebook. Moreover, Walt Mossberg at D10 asked Sundar why Chrome OS hasn’t “taken off,” with Sundar saying the following: “It takes time. With Android, we had a very long incubation period. Last year, our goal ...

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Google lashes out at Microsoft, Nokia over alleged patent trolling

Google lashes out at Microsoft, Nokia over alleged patent trolling

Posted on Jun 04, 2012 by MG1

Google filed a regulatory complaint with the European Commission accusing Microsoft and Nokia of using their arsenal of mobile patents to raise costs to consumers.
Google alleges that Microsoft and Nokia colluded to "patent troll" the industry by hiring a third company, Canadian patent holdings firm MOSAID, to rigorously enforce patents across the mobile industry.
Google also shared their filing with the U.S. Justice Department and the FTC.
In September last year, Nokia reportedly sold 2,000 wireless patents to MOSAID, a company that makes billions collecting royalties from such patents.
MOSAID takes a third of the royalties and gives the rest to the patents' original holders, in this case M...

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Verizon Wireless launches Viewdini video search app on Android LTE phones

Verizon Wireless launches Viewdini video search app on Android LTE phones

Posted on Jun 04, 2012 by MG1

Verizon Wireless unleashed its latest addition to Android phones with the Viewdini video search app.
The Viewdini app hopes to make it easier for users to parse through the multitude of streaming video out on the web, from clips and shorts to TV and movies.
As a video search aggregator, the app will find results for whatever you want to watch from a range of services and sources.
So, whatever search term you type in, it will find relevant content on Netflix, Hulu Plus, Comcast Xfinity, and even TED talks.

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Steve Jobs' Android rage can be used in patent legal row

Steve Jobs' Android rage can be used in patent legal row

Posted on Jun 04, 2012 by MG1

A judge has ruled that explosive comments made by the late Steve Jobs, can be used against Apple in a patent battle with Motorola.
Apple co-founder and former CEO Jobs made the angry comments to biographer Walter Isaacson, claiming Google had 'ripped off' the iPhone with its Android operating system.
In the passage, which proved to be the most newsworthy part of the book, Jobs said: "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong.

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LG Optimus LTE Android 4.0 update now rolling out in Korea

LG Optimus LTE Android 4.0 update now rolling out in Korea

Posted on Jun 04, 2012 by MG1

The Ice Cream Sandwich update LG promised in June is here, at least for one of its phones. We've gotten confirmation that the Optimus LTE software upgrade, which adds Android 4.0 as well as the Optimus UI 3.0, is now live for phones in Korea. LG PR rep Ken Hong has posted a picture of his Optimus LTE running Android 4.0.4, and we're keeping our eye out for similar updates elsewhere. Besides the Optimus LTE, LG has previously said that the Vu and Optimus LTE Tag will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich in June.

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Judge approves authors' class action suit against Google's digital library

Judge approves authors' class action suit against Google's digital library

Posted on Jun 04, 2012 by MG1

Filed in: Google

Google's fight to digitize the world's books in the largest online library ever created will face more hurdles.
A judge ruled that three authors and the Author's Guild will stand at the forefront of a class action suit.
Authors Betty Miles, Joseph Goulden and Jim Bouton, with the support (and financial resources) of the Author's Guild, will represent the class of all authors and publishers with a stake in any book that's been digitized by Google as part of the search giant's Google Book Search initiative.

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Google lobs antitrust complaint against Microsoft, Nokia in EU, claims they're playing patent footsie (updated)

Google lobs antitrust complaint against Microsoft, Nokia in EU, claims they're playing patent footsie (updated)

Posted on Jun 01, 2012 by MG3

The gloves just came off at Google: the company has just filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission against Microsoft and Nokia. Its gripe accuses the two Windows Phone partners of playing dirty pool through handing 1,200 wireless-related patents to Mosaid, a Canadian firm which spends most of its time suing the industry over WiFi rather than making products. Microsoft and Nokia are allegedly hiking the prices of devices by "creating patent trolls" that bypass deals preventing them from suing directly, possibly steering a few companies towards picking Windows Phone instead of Android.

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Google+ Events leaks out through Google Calendar, will let your knitting circle schedule a Hangout

Google+ Events leaks out through Google Calendar, will let your knitting circle schedule a Hangout

Posted on Jun 01, 2012 by MG3

Filed in: Google

Google has been on another one of its Google+ feature addition streaks lately, and it's so eager to please that it's spoiling other features early. More than a few people visiting Google Calendar have been given an introduction to "Events in Google+" in recent hours despite the extra component (and its splash page) being absent. From what we know, Events will provide the obvious Facebook-like option to create and track events among Google+ circles, but it will also let organizers slot in a Hangout video chat in advance as well as pool together photos and videos associated with an event. The Google+ app for Android has even been showing an empty button that's speculated to be a dedicated Even...

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Judge dismisses Oracle's copyright claim against Google

Judge dismisses Oracle's copyright claim against Google

Posted on Jun 01, 2012 by MG3

Filed in: Google

This is it folks, the whole Google vs Oracle fiasco could soon be over and done. We already saw the ruling from the jury, which found that Google had not infringed on any of Oracle's patents, and now the judge has ruled on the copyright claims made by Oracle. The ruling is another win for Google as Judge William Alsup has found that the Java APIs did not require a license.

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ASUS video hints of a possible dual booting Windows/Android tablet

ASUS video hints of a possible dual booting Windows/Android tablet

Posted on Jun 01, 2012 by MG3

A few days ago, ASUS released a video that teased an upcoming tablet that seems to be an addition to its Transformer line. The Transformer tablets can dock into a QWERTY keyboard and the video invited the viewer to join ASUS as it announces "the truly incredible next transformations". The manufacturer's next video was released on Thursday in advance of an announcement set for June 4th at Computex. Considering the message of the new video, that announcement could be very interesting indeed.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Update Adds Improved Android Compatibility

BlackBerry PlayBook Update Adds Improved Android Compatibility

Posted on Jun 01, 2012 by MG3

The RIM PlayBook by just received a developers update that adds some interesting new Android functionality to RIM’s tablet. This new version now supports Android apps running in their own windows, improving compatibility with the general Android app universe.

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Sony Ericsson rolling out Xperia arc and Xperia neo Android 4.0 updates as we speak

Sony Ericsson rolling out Xperia arc and Xperia neo Android 4.0 updates as we speak

Posted on Jun 01, 2012 by MG3

Just because it has no “Ericsson” in its name, that doesn’t mean Sony has forgot about its existing Sony Ericsson customers. Quite the contrary, the company is rolling out firmware updates for select devices wearing both names as we speak.
The select devices are Xperia arc and Xperia neo, which users have reportedly started receiving their servings of Ice Cream Sandwich. The phones will be updated to Android 4.0.4 and will remain on kernel 2.6.32.

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Motorola XOOM ICS update soak test may have begun

Motorola XOOM ICS update soak test may have begun

Posted on Jun 01, 2012 by MG3

The Verizon Motorola XOOM was the very first tablet to get Android 3 Honeycomb. Sadly, that is still what runs on the device. However, rumor has it that an Ice Cream Sandwich update for the XOOM is right around the corner.

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Asus, HTC Unlikely to Join Google's Chromebook Party

Asus, HTC Unlikely to Join Google's Chromebook Party

Posted on Jun 01, 2012 by MG3

Google this week announced a second generation Chromebook model from Samsung, the Series 5 550, which dispenses with the previous generation Chromebook's Atom N570 processor and replaces it with a dual-core Celeron B867 chip sporting Sandy Bridge DNA. That's well and good if you're into Chromebooks, except that companies like Asus and HTC aren't tripping over themselves trying to launch second generation Chromebook models of their own.

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