Author Archives: Eric Abent


Santa gets in touch with naughty side using S Beam in latest Galaxy S III ad

We're no strangers to risqué Galaxy S III commercials, but this time Samsung has taken things a step further by tossing Santa and Mrs. Claus into the mix. The latest Galaxy S III ad features ol' St. Nick as he prepares to leave the North Pole to deliver presents to the children of the world. We imagine that can get quite boring at times, but luckily a couple of Santa's elves have made a video for him to watch on the trip around the world. Mrs. Claus has made a video for him too, and we think we'll just let you fill in the blanks from here on out.

Three new HTC devices gain PlayStation Certification

The PlayStation Certified train continues to roll on, but it seems that HTC is the only other company interested in a ride. Aside from a number of Sony devices, only HTC handsets have been PlayStation Certified, and today nothing is changing - we're only getting word of three additional HTC devices that have been given PlayStation Certification. According to AndroidGuys, the HTC One X+, One S, and One V have all become PlayStation Certified.

Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean rolling out now to international Galaxy Note II

Given the Galaxy Note II's success, it's no surprise that Samsung is quick to support it. Owners of the international Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100) are in for a treat today, as SamMobile reports that Samsung is beginning to push updates to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out the door. This update, of course, brings plenty of new features that users will want to have on their handset, so there's plenty of reason to get excited about Android 4.1.2.

MobileMount+ now seeking funding on Kickstarter

If you've ever wished you could attach your phone to a tripod or have a simple-yet-effective stand for your tablet, then you might want to head over to Kickstarter and toss a few dollars at the MobileMount+. We've heard of the MobileMount before, with the original netting more than $100,000 in a Kickstarter campaign, but now it's time for the MobileMount+ to shine. MobileMount+ is comprised of two suction cups and one threaded 1/4" 20 ball joint, meaning that simplicity is key here.

List of HTC devices getting Jelly Bean leaks out

With all eyes on Jelly Bean and its various versions, it's understandable that a lot of Android users want to know when their handset will be getting an update. A few manufacturers have announced a Jelly Bean update schedule for their devices, but we haven't heard all that much from HTC on the matter. That all changed today, though HTC didn't have much to do with it - instead, it was oft-reliable Twitter leaker @Football4DPA, who has delivered a list of HTC devices that are scheduled to get updates to Jelly Bean.

AT&T launches 4G LTE in four new markets

Good news, AT&T customers, because the company has launched 4G LTE in four new markets. AT&T has been hitting the 4G LTE scene hard, launching in markets at an incredibly fast rate. We've been hearing a lot from it here at the end of the year, and we would wager that we'll hear more about the company's 4G LTE roll out by the time 2013 comes around.

T-Mobile strengthens 4G network in three major markets

T-Mobile continues to push forward with its network refarm, today announcing that it has strengthened its mobile network in three key markets. Those living in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Atlanta should see faster data speeds on unlocked devices. T-Mobile's network refarm seems to be coming along swimmingly, as it was just last week that the company announced it had expanded 4G service in a number of other markets.

Apple multitouch patent tentatively declared invalid by USPTO

Most of us are already familiar with Apple's '949 multi-touch patent, more famously know as "The Steve Jobs patent." It has been used against a number of companies in patent suits, but unfortunately for Apple, the United States Patent and Trademark Office declared today that all 20 claims of it are invalid. FOSS Patents reports that the USPTO did so with a first Office action, which is considered to be something of a preliminary action.

BitTorrent’s collection of Android apps hit 10 million downloads

We already know that BitTorrent is pretty popular with the Internet using masses, but as it turns out, it's proving to be quite popular with Android users as well. There are four different BitTorrent apps available for Android devices - BitTorrent beta and µTorrent beta, along with remote apps for both BitTorrent and µTorrent - and collectively they've been downloaded 10 million times. Not bad for a group of apps that only started becoming available just over a year ago.

Gameloft’s entire title line up for 2013 leaked

When it comes to mobile gaming, there are few companies as big as Gameloft. There have been plenty of console and PC publishers who have made their presence known in the mobile gaming space, but Gameloft is one of the few to rise to the top through releasing only mobile games. Therefore, you'll excuse us while we jump up and down at the news that Gameloft's line up for 2013 has been leaked.