IP expert says Apple could earn $10 for every Android device

Apple's been pretty ruthless when it comes to Android litigation, even if their success rate has been hit or miss lately. After suing Samsung and HTC in the United States and everywhere else they can send a legal team, they've become the bane of many an Android OEM. In an interview with Bloomberg, intellectual property guru Kevin Rivette notes that the licensing fees that Apple earns on its patent lawsuits could be as high as $10 per device - a figure that could seriously impede manufacturers, especially on cheap low-margin phones.

Samsung says Galaxy Note is coming to America soon

Samsung's plus-sized Galaxy Note smartphone has proven to be a surprise hit, as the company announced today that they've shipped a whopping 1 million units worldwide. For an expensive and ostensibly niche phone, that's a gigantic figure, especially considering that it's only available in Europe, South Korea and a few other markets. US fans still have to import a Galaxy Note if they want to try out the 5.3-inch monster for themselves, but that may change soon enough: the company noted in its congratulatory announcement that it will be coming to the US in 2012.

Verizon may charge a $2.00 convenience fee to pay your bill

Big corporations try their best to make it easy on themselves to operate while still offering services at affordable prices to consumers - except Verizon. Sure, $2.00 isn't much to tack on at the end of a bill, but it does add up when paying for Verizon's 'not-so-cheap' 4G plans. And when consumers build their plans, they construct them to be as cost-efficient as possible. That's why it's hard to just let this one go.

DROID RAZR can now be restored to stock via fastboot

It's always nice to know that once you "brick" your device, there is a way to bring it back to life through fastboot. Just yesterday, leaked fastboot files for the Motorola DROID RAZR surfaced over at XDA Developers and DroidRZR.com. Both sources claim that they have successfully flashed the files to their devices, so don't feel like you have to be the guinea pig!

Verizon to update Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 OTA

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 should see an OTA (Over-The-Air) update very soon and will mainly consist of UI changes to their increasingly popular TouchWiz UI, and of course a batch of security patches. Many of the widgets have been updated too, so your Galaxy Tab 10.1 will certainly look fresh after the update. For those of you that currently use a home replacement launcher - you may not notice any change at all.

LG factory strike may make HD displays scarce

If you've been enjoying the 720p screen on AT&T's LG Nitro HD, savor the experience - it may become rare in just a little while. At LG's primary LCD factory in Nanjing, China, a labor strike involving 8000 workers is threatening to bring the company's screen manufacturing plans to a grinding halt. That spells trouble for a lot of Android phone and tablet manufacturers, chief among them being (naturally) LG.

MIUI for the HP TouchPad enters beta, download it now

Though it's almost impossible to find an HP TouchPad at this point (at a reasonable price, anyway) the Android mod community is still rolling full steam ahead on the abandoned platform. Though the MIUI version of Android isn't as far along as CyanogenMod 7 for the TouchPad, it's reached the beta stage first, aftera short alpha introductory period. You can download MIUI for the TouchPad over at RootzWiki.

Popular strategy game Majesty gets bigger with The Northern Expansion

Not so long ago real-time strategy games were the bee's knees on PCs. Triple-A franchises like Age of Empires and Command & Conquer got at least as much exposure as the latest "shoot until you're out of bullets then punch whatever's left" action game.  Android's still a young platform, and at least one developer seems intent on giving it its own RTS franchise. Herocraft's hit Majesty: Fantasy Kingdom Sim now has a sequel (not an expansion) titled Majesty: The Northern Expansion. It's available now in the Android Market for $2.99.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus is only $229 from Wirefly

We waited and waited for what seemed like forever for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to hit the shelves with big red's 4G LTE speeds and since then I haven't heard much. I know almost everyone here ran out and picked one up, or hit Costco for their small savings. Wirefly has the Verizon Galaxy Nexus for just $229 -- a cool $70 cheaper than Verizon.

All new HTC phones get unlockable bootloaders, don’t ask Verizon or AT&T

Earlier today we reported that HTC's official bootloader unlock program on HTCDev.com had been updated to work with the Evo View 4G and the MyTouch 4G Slide. That's true. A few users have found that the update also works with AT&T's HTC Vivid and Verizon's HTC Rezound, though those models don't appear anywhere on HTCDev's documentation. Now the company has come right out and said it: all devices released after September of 2011 are unlockable using the official method.
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