Author Archives: Brian Sin

Upcoming HP devices tipped to run Android

Apparently, HP has been working on a tablet since Thanksgiving of last year. The tablet is said to be running on the Android operating system, and will also be one of the first tablets to ship with NVIDIA's Tegra 4 processor. Not only that, but reports have been saying that HP is also planning on launching an HP smartphone running Android, however, according to Meg Whitman, HP will not be launching any phones in 2013.

Oracle fights Google’s ‘fair use’ ruling with appeal

Oracle is fighting against Google's 'fair use' ruling made by Judge William H. Alsup back in June. Judge Alsup ruled that the 37 Java APIs that Google supposedly infringed on were not copyrightable because anybody could write code that carries out similar functions to the APIs. Oracle, however, wants the court to keep pursuing the case because it believes there is strong evidence that Google infringed on its copyrights.

AdBlock Plus and Android 4.2.2 don’t mix well

There has been some concern over AdBlock Plus and how automatically redirects your phone's proxy to a localhost to block ads. This led to a bigger issue of a large security hole inside of the Android operating system. Even if a smartphone isn't rooted, apps could use this security bug for phishing. The developer of AdBlock Plus proposed a few resolutions for the issue that would both fix the security hole, and also allow the AdBlock Plus app to keep working.

CMO Steve Walker to leave Sony Mobile

After 17 years of being with Sony, Sony Mobile's Chief Marketing Officer, Steve Walker, is leaving the company to pursue new challenges. Steve Walker has been instrumental to Sony's success throughout the years, with one of his major accomplishments being the rebranding of Sony's mobile division from Sony Ericsson to Sony Mobile in February 2012. Walker's last project will be the launch of the Sony Xperia Z. It's a bit poetic, with the launch of Sony's game-changing flagship device comes the departure of its chief marketing officer. Walker believes that the launch of the Xperia Z, along with the global marketing campaign which he headed, will bring Sony to its next chapter. He also feels like with its next chapter, it is only natural that he pursues his own next chapter as well. Walker's position will be taken over by Jacob Sten, who is currently the head of Sony Mobile's newly-created product marketing department. Dennis van Schie, Corporate Vice President of Sony Mobile, says that the structural changes that are happening inside of Sony Mobile right now will help support the 'One Sony' global operating model that will help the company progress to the next level. Steve Walker will leave the company at the end of March, and he did not mention where he'd be heading to next. But with the anticipated success of the Sony Xperia Z, and the creation of Sony's global marketing campaign, there's no doubt that he'll be heading somewhere big. [timeline] [via Marketing Magazine]

iPhone trademark not exclusive to Apple in Brazil

As of right now, Gradiente Electronica can legally sell their Android smartphone with the "iPhone" name. A court decision was made that ruled that Apple doesn't have exclusive rights to the "iPhone" trademark in Brazil. The reason for this is because Gradiente Electronica actually registered the iPhone name way back in the year 2000, 7 years before Apple claimed it.

Opera hits 300m users: Will show off newest web browser at MWC

Opera has just reached its 300 million user mark today and in celebration of reaching that milestone, they're also transitioning to the WebKit engine for both their Android and iOS apps. They will also be adopting Chromium for all of its upcoming browsers for smartphones and computers alike. By adopting both WebKit and Chromium, they hope to grab a "bigger piece of the pie in the smartphone market".

LG Optimus G Pro features a curved glass display

LG has officially revealed the design of the Korean variant of the Optimus G Pro. The 5.5-inch phablet will feature a curved glass display and from the looks of it, it will also feature a glittery back side similar to that of the Nexus 4. The curved glass display was added by LG to create what they call the "2.5D" effect. The device looks noticeably different from the Japanese variant of the phone, especially on the back casing. Other than the 5.5-inch Full HD display, and the increased 3,140 mAH battery, the Korean variant of the LG Optimus G Pro should have the same specs as the Japanese variant. The specs include a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 32GB built-in storage, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. LG is speculated to have upped the screen size of the LG Optimus G Pro because they wanted the device to compete directly with the Samsung Galaxy Note II. By making a device similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note II, LG hopes to sway more consumers to buy their devices, considering how Samsung seems to be monopolizing the Android marketplace there. The device is also speculated to launch by the end of this month. The released date was rumored to be pushed up because LG feared that the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S IV may dramatically hurt the sales of the LG Optimus G Pro. By releasing the device ahead of schedule, LG is hoping to get a head start on sales before the Samsung Galaxy S IV is able to dominate the marketplace. [timeline] [via Korean Newswire]

Pokemon TV now available for Android

Here's a little boost of nostalgia for you all. You can now watch episodes of Pokemon, arguably one of the most popular cartoon shows of the late 90's, straight from your Android device. The Pokemon TV app lets you stream free episodes from the series straight to your device. It doesn't have the complete series, but there are enough episodes to help you kill time and also find your inner child.

LG Nexus 4 Heads To Virgin Mobile In Canada

The Nexus 4 has been making its way to a variety of Canadian carriers, and it looks like Virgin Mobile Canada is next in line to receive the device. The smartphone has already made its way to Videotron, WIND Mobile, and Fido. Virgin Mobile Canada didn't release an official date on when they'll sell the device, but they do have a sign-up page if you want to be notified once the Nexus 4 is released.
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