Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays


Christmas greetings to all our readers! Here’s wishing you a happy Christmas to all of you, and a productive new year in 2012.

Also, the Android team pushed a video to the Nexus YouTube account wishing everyone in the Android community happy holidays. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, doesn't it?



And don't worry, I'll be back posting more news in January.

Monday, December 12, 2011

[VIDEO] The Next Big Thing – Movies & Music


Samsung has released another commercial from their "Next Big Thing" ad campaign, this time focusing on music and movies.  As you'll see in the clip below, the Android guy running a Galaxy S II gets to pull his music and movies from a variety of sources and doesn't need to spend 36 hours in line to do so.

Kindle Fire software update coming in less than two weeks, performance and UI improvements promised


In the wake of user complaints about web browsing speeds and other performance issues, Amazon has told the New York Times that it will be releasing a software update for the Kindle Fire "in less than two weeks." That timeframe would put this new software update about a month after the 6.2 update released at the end of November.

Samsung sells over 300 million phones in 2011


Samsung sells a lot of mobile phones. How many? Reuters reports that the company announced today that it has now sold over 300 million mobile handsets for the first time in Samsung's history. In fact the 300 million sales mark was reached at the end of November, which means that that number could be much higher by the end of 2011.

Motorola wins patent suit against Apple in Germany, iPhone/iPad sales to be banned


Last week, the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany ruled that Apple did infringe on GPRS patents belonging to smartphone rival Motorola, which could see an injunction placed on iPhones and iPads.

Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in Australia to begin today


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet will finally go on sale in Australia on today thanks to a decision made by the country's highest court last week. The Register reports that the Australian High Court has ruled that last week's lower court ruling that overturned the sales ban on the tablet will stand, despite an appeal by Apple that it be reinstated.

Apple loses iPad trademark court battle in China


In the year 2000, a Chinese company named Proview Technology trademarked the name iPad in its home country. Of course, today that term is known as the branding behind Apple's highly successful iOS tablet device. But even the mighty Apple wasn't able to convince a judge in China to allow it to use the iPad term. ZDNet reports that the patent court in Shenzen, China ruled in favor of Proview Technology's claim on the iPad trademark.

Steve Jobs biography hits top spot on Amazon’s 2011 best-seller chart


Steve Jobs’ passing in early October saw pre-orders of his biography jump by over 41,000% on Amazon.com, and following the book’s eventual release on the 24th of October, it shifted almost 380,000 copies in the first week across the board in the US.

Graphing Comes to Google


Google has added graphing functionality to its seemingly ever-growing list of search bar capabilities, the company announced in a blog post.

iPhone 4S launching in Brazil, Russia, South Africa, other countries December 16th


Apple continues to sell the iPhone 4S on a reservation basis at its stores here in the US, but a lack of supply isn't stopping the company from continuing with the next wave of international launch plans. 

Samsung teases flexible, transparent display in concept video


Samsung's flexible display technology isn't slated to hit the market until 2012, but the Korean manufacturer is already giving us a glimpse of how it may transform our lives, with a freshly released concept video. Yes, it's just a concept ad, and a relatively brief one at that, but it still paints a pretty mouth-watering portrait -- one full of transparent, flexible screens, smartphone-tablet hybrids, and augmented reality. Check it out for yourself, after the break.

Apple licensed iOS scrolling patent to Nokia and possibly Samsung


The ongoing legal battle between both Samsung and Apple could have experienced a temporary ceasefire, after reports of Apple offering a patent license to Samsung have appeared. The company also licensed the patent to Nokia, as The Verge reports in extreme detail.

WebOS to go open source


Very soon, developers will be able to access the WebOS operating system under an open source license agreement. Last Friday, WebOS's current owners, HP, announced the decision to release the operating system under such a program, saying, "Developers, partners, HP engineers and other hardware manufacturers can deliver ongoing enhancements and new versions into the marketplace."

Thursday, December 8, 2011

ADWLauncher EX Receives Huge Update To Version 1.3.3.55 Just In Time For Its Birthday (And Google's 10 Billion Download Celebration)


ADWLauncher EX, one of the most popular launcher replacements on the Market, has received a major update just in time for the app's birthday, and Google's 10 Billion app download celebration, which is set to bring 10 apps a day to the Market for just $0.10 each over the next 10 days. ADWLauncher EX is one of the promoted apps today.

[Updated everyday] Android Market Running "10 Billion Promo"


Google has announced that 10 billion apps have been downloaded from the Android Market, which is currently growing at 1 billion downloads every month.

BBX is now BlackBerry 10, likely due to BASIS lawsuit


If you were to choose a name of an important, new mobile operating system upon which you were pinning the future hopes of your beleaguered company, you would probably make sure you chose one that wouldn't become the target of a lawsuit that could require you to change the name. You also wouldn't be RIM, as its official @BlackBerryDev Twitter account has announced that the "BBX" name has been replaced by "BlackBerry 10."

Google updates Android Market, reviewer’s handset model & app version now included


Google has made a small but important improvement to the Android Market website, listing the handset model and version of the app next to a reviewer’s name when they leave a comment or review on an application.

Kindle Fire arriving in the UK January 2012?


Amazon's remained silent thus far about the Kindle Fire's international availability, but Know Your Mobile is reporting that the 7-inch Android tablet will be arriving in the UK sometime in January 2012. 

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich coming to the Kindle Fire (unofficially)


Sure, installing CyanogenMod 7 on an Amazon Kindle Fire is cool and all. But xda-developers forum member x1011999 decided to skip Android 2.3 Gingerbread and port Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to run on Amazon’s $199 tablet.

Google+ update for Android includes search and fix for instant video uploads


The Android team is rolling out a new version of Google+ for the platform, and it includes a few features to keep it in line with its iOS counterpart.

Google Chairman: Most new TVs will get Google TV by mid-2012


We are not quite sure what Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is eating or drinking lately, but whatever it is, it seems to be influencing him to make some rather "out there" predictions. For proof, consider his remarks today at the Le Web tech conference in Paris. As reported by Paid Content UK, Schmidt said, "By the summer of 2012, the majority of the televisions you see in stores will have Google TV embedded in it."

Monday, December 5, 2011

Weekend and Last Week Recap


Another week of news, last week in It's All My Blog, we had news about the Carrier IQ rootkit, the patent war as always and more, this weekend, I looked all over the world for news, so you can start a new week with good new stories.

Carrier IQ Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg. Wikileaks Founder Reveals That Smartphones Can Be Easily Hacked


Carrier IQ is bad news. We have spent much ink covering and debating the maliciousness of this pre-installed service which hides itself in the background of some Android devices, collects user information, and then sends it back to carriers. 

Carrier IQ, Apple, HTC, Samsung as well as AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile sued over Federal wiretap laws


In what is sure to be one of many class-action lawsuits being filed over this Carrier IQ issue, a suit naming phone makers Apple, HTC, Samsung and Motorola, as well as Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T has been filed in Deleware Federal Court. The suit also names the company that makes the offending diagnostic software, Carrier IQ.

US judge permits Galaxy devices to be sold


Samsung's Galaxy family of smartphones and tablets will continue to be sold in the US, thanks to a new court ruling. Reuters reports that late on Friday, a federal judge ruled against a motion from Apple that sales of the Galaxy devices be banned in the US.

Welcome to Androidland: Australia’s (and the world’s) first Android store


If you’re an Android fan and happen to be local to the Australian city of Melbourne then you’ll be pleased to know that the world’s first dedicated Android store has opened, and it’s called Androidland.

Chrome Leapfrogs Firefox to Become World’s No. 2 Browser


Google’s Chrome surpassed Mozilla’s Firefox as the world’s number two browser behind Microsoft’s Internet Explorer last month, according StatCounter.

Windows 8 public beta reportedly due in February


Development of Windows 8 is proceeding nicely by all accounts. In the last two days alone, two interesting updates about the new operating system have emerged – details from Microsoft on how the OS will handle larger data storage devices; and the latest on the Protogon file system, which has now been updated and renamed ReFS.

Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in Australia again


Samsung's victory in an Australian court was short lived. ZDNet.com.au reported on Friday that, the Australian High Court has now extended the ban on the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in that country at the request of Apple so that another hearing in the case can be held later in December.

Now you can call phone numbers from inside Google+ Hangouts


It wasn’t very long ago that we saw Google was changing its Hangouts function inside of Google+ in a big way. The addition of Extras turned Google+ into a virtual meeting room, classroom and collaboration center. Today that gets even more useful as Google+ Hangouts will now let you make free phone calls, bringing anyone in the US and Canada into your group, no computer required.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Carrier IQ and Your Phone: Everything You Need to Know


There’s a storm of controversy flaring up over Carrier IQ, cellphone software that logs user activity and relays at least some of that information to wireless carriers. The carriers say they’ll use that data to improve their networks. But anything that’s peeking in on what you’re doing on a phone raises a host of privacy concerns, and many users are suspicious.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

How to test your Android device for Carrier IQ rootkit

Para leer esto en español, clic aquí.

If you have a rooted Android device then you can check it for the Carrier IQ rootkit right now. Trevor Eckhart, aka, TrevE over at xda-developers, the security researcher who exposed the whole Carrier IQ debacle, posted an .APK you can install yourself to test for logging services like CIQ. Trevor also has a paid ($1) version of the tool that can remove CIQ on certain devices but we can't recommend it after seeing a few reported issues in the related forums.

Future of WebOS: HP Decision Expected in Two Weeks


After a disastrous wireless turn from HP that culminated last week with HP taking a charge of $1.66 billion to wind down its webOS mobile platform operation, HP’s CEO, Meg Whitman, has finally put a date on when the company will announce the fate of webOS: in the next two weeks.

Kindle Fire Gets An Update That Breaks Root – Don't Worry, You Can Root Again


Amazon has begun pushing a software update to Kindle Fire owners, updating the tablet's software to version 6.2. The online shopping giant kept quiet about just what the update included however. Given this (lack of) information, the real story here is that the update breaks root. Additionally, the Fire is configured to update automatically over WiFi, and there isn't an immediately apparent way to stop it.

Galaxy Nexus OTA update rolls out to fix volume bug


Google has already started quietly rolling out the bug fix (this time is the official fix, not MoDaCo's) for the Galaxy Nexus' notorius volume bug, according to Engadget. The update weighs in at just under 1MB, and addresses the volume bug which resulted in random muting and the inability to change the volume.

Apple's Australian Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban overturned for now


In a unanimous decision, the Australian Federal Court has just overturned Apple's patent-related injunction on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which would mean Samsung's tablet can go back on sale in that country. It won't happen right away, though: according to ZDNet Australia's Luke Hopewell, the presiding judge also ordered that the ruling be stayed until Friday so Apple can appeal the decision to the High Court, leaving things status quo for consumers.

Apple Is At It Again, Seeks Injunction Against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1N In Germany


After winning multiple preliminary injunctions against Samsung's Galaxy Tab family (including the 10.1, 8.9, and 7.7) in Germany in the recent past, Apple is looking to add one more device to the list: Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1N.

Facebook’s FTC privacy charges settled – 20 years of audits required


Perhaps the most tired debate often heard about the social networking super giant that is Facebook is its propensity to reveal the information of its users even after reassuring them it would be kept private. This well-documented deception has had many consumers up in arms, often to the point where several have legally sued the company in favor of personal privacy.

Never played with Windows Phone? Now you can, on your current smartphone


Windows Phone has managed to garner something of a positive rap in the last few months. That’s to say that people no longer dismiss it out of hand; it’s a decent platform, and people are now treating it as it deserves.

Carrier IQ software accused of tracking phone users


Carrier IQ has been in the Internet spotlight in the last few days. The Mountain View, California based company creates software that is used in millions of smartphones, including Android and Blackberry-based devices. Carrier IQ claims the software is used to monitor "the performance of mobile devices and networks to assist operators and device manufacturers in delivering high quality products and services to their customers."

How to try Google's new navigation menu


Google has recently announced a new interface that hides the navigation menu until you mouse over the logo. If you'd like to try to interface before, you can edit your Google cookie and use some values that trigger the new UI.