Monday, June 25, 2012

Pinterest for Android Launching at Google I/O?

Social corkboard Pinterest may be hitting the Google Play store soon, according to reports.
Pinterest is expected to make an appearance at this week's Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, sparking rumors that the company is readying an Android app.

Ausdroid reported Sunday that the Google I/O app listed Pinterest as an Android-related exhibitor for the two-day expo. In a screen shot nabbed by Ausdroid, the Pinterest description says it is "now available for Android," which is not yet the case.

In a statement, Pinterest said it is "excited about the Android platform and are working hard on building a great app. However, we don't have plans to announce anything @ I/O."

Google did not immediately responded to requests for comment.

For months, Pinterest has been advising users that an Android app is on its way, but since February has offered no timeline for launch.

"We're working on a dedicated Android app," the Pinterest website says. "We know lots of folks are eager to see one, so when we feel we're in the final stages of its development, we'll be sure to share more information."
For now, Android smartphone users are relegated to Pinterest's mobile site. The Google Play store offers iterations of the social network, including Pin My Photo, Gallery+ for Pinterest, Pinterfetch, and Photo Uploader for Pinterest. But still no official application.

Apple iOS users can download the free Pinterest app in the iTunes Store.

Earlier this year, Pinterest users were the victims of spam, scams, and fake Android apps. The bogus apps displayed ads on mobile users' devices, and may have gained access to users' browser history, bookmarks and location.

Pinterest worked to improve its anti-spam technology after complaints, blocking links to keep users from accidentally visiting the scam sites.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Judge Dismisses Apple vs. Motorola Patent Case… Again

The case of Apple v. Motorola has been effectively dismissed in its entirety in US Federal Court by Judge Richard Posner on Friday. The case has been going on since 2010 and had already been reduced to Apple claiming four patent violations by Motorola, and Moto claiming one against Apple.

Posner had previously dismissed the case, at least tentatively, with one more chance given to both parties to make their case. Apparently, both sides failed to prove damages so Posner ruled that an injunction against the sale of any products is unwarranted. This is great news, especially for Motorola who was in the weaker position.
Hit the break for quotes from the ruling and a link to the full document.

In Posner’s view, both parties were unable to offer hard numbers backing their claims.
“Both parties have deep pockets. And neither has acknowledged that damages for the infringement of its patents could not be estimated with tolerable certainty.”

Motorola made the following statement on the ruling:
“We are pleased that Judge Posner formally dismissed the case against Motorola Mobility. Apple’s litigation campaign began with their attempt to assert 15 patents against us. As it relates to Apple’s violation of our patents, we will continue our efforts to defend our own innovation.”

Apple is likely to appeal, though they declined to comment on the Posner’s 38-page ruling. Hit the source link to view the ruling in its entirety.

Firefox for Android: Something "big" is coming - Neowin

Mozilla has offered a beta version of its Firefox web browser for Android devices for a while now, but apparently we haven't seen anything yet. In a recent Twitter message, the company is teasing us with the above image as well as the message, "#Firefox‬ for ‪#Android‬. Something BIG is coming your way next week." The image itself says, "Fast. Smart. Safe."

A later Twitter post says that users can either wait until the big announcement or "... install the Firefox Beta app on your Android now ;)." Android smartphone owners can grab that beta version now from Google Play.

Next week also happens to be when Google will be holding its annual Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco. The timing of Mozilla's announcement cannot be a coincidence in this regard.

The teaser statements sound like Mozilla is prepping up for a new version of Firefox for Android that should be faster than previous versions, while also offering more features and be more secure. Mozilla is also working on a Metro version of Firefox for Windows 8 and the company is developing an iPad specific version of Firefox in the near future.

Pinterest Android app could be launching at this I/O

If you’re a Pinterestee (that’s what they call ‘em, right?) you’ve probably been moaning over the lack of an Android app for a while now. Well, fret no longer. Or actually, just for a couple of days more. Because it looks pretty clear that the Pinterest for Android app is right around the corner.

People over at Ausdroid spotted a mention of Pinterest, Inc in the Google I/O app sandbox, which clearly states “Now available for Android”. The screenshot from the I/O app is attached below. If the news breaks at the conference, we’ll be right there to report it."

Whatever Happened to Google’s Android@Home

With just a few days to go before Google’s annual I/O developer conference kicks off on Wednesday, it’s time to take a look back at last year’s event. Besides announcing Ice Cream Sandwich, Google Music and a number of other new projects, one announcement that stood out from the slew of releases last year was Android@Home, Google’s entry into the home automation market. Google, at the time, said that it wanted to create a service that would turn your entire home into a network of Android accessories, with Android as “the operating system for your home.” Since then, though, neither Google nor its partners have said anything about this initiative.

At last year’s I/O, Google said that it had partnered with LightingScience to launch Android-enabled LED light bulbs that your would be able to control from your Android phone or tablet. At the time, the company said we’d hear quite a bit more about this project in the coming months and even went as far as saying that they would debut by the end of the year. That obviously never happened.

In December, our own Jason Kincaid asked Google about the status of these “magic Android light bulbs,” but the company declined to comment. LightingScience, it seems, has also banned all mention of Android@Home from its site (except maybe for a page about its “Light Ages Distributor Program” that isn’t publicly accessible).

Project Tungsten

One aspect of Android@Home, Google’s Project Tungsten Android@Home media hub, however, reappeared in some rumors earlier this year. At that time, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google was testing a new “home-oriented Google device” that was supposedly being developed by the Android team. The device sounded a lot like the media hub Google talked about at I/O last year.

There is at least a tiny shred of evidence then that there are at least some parts of the Android@Home project that haven’t fallen victim to Google’s “spring cleaning” program just yet. Sadly, though, I/O launches have a tendency to just quietly disappear (remember PowerMeter from 2009?), so I don’t think we’ll see any Android-enabled light bulbs at Home Depot anytime soon. Hopefully Google will give us an update about the state of the project during I/O later this week (the conference is scheduled to run from Wednesday to Friday).

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S III review ? What? Review..

Summary of review from Internet:

1. near field media sharing by touching back of console (NFC).

2. 4.8 inch slight bigger than HTC 1 S + round curved console + 2100mAh battery (less than Galaxy 'Note' 400mAh + Android ICS + 133g (of course lighter than Note).

3. Still holds physical home button :).

4. SMS convert to phone features; when reading message, and when you swipe your phone to your ear, it will make call automatically.

5. Double tab on the home - button : voice recognition

6. personal taught: get a Galaxy  Note if you're Malaysian, 5.3 inch screen + price dropping + contract = very attractive gadget. p/s: do you think the phone will came in cheap on May 29 release? :)

7. Oya, 1 really cool thing I spotted on youtube video: pop-up-play on touch wiz, thumbs up for the samsung new phone's innovation, what is pop-up-play? Play a video + SMS in the same time.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A New Galaxy S III Prototype Appears – Shows Off Custom Virtual “Menu” Button?

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A new Samsung GT-I9300 prototype has leaked onto the internets, posing once again for the camera. And while at first glace it seems as if there’s nothing new here, those with a keen eye will notice the inclusion of a new, what appears to be, a customized virtual menu button for Samsung’s TouchWiz’d UI on top of Android 4.0 (below).

It’s not uncommon for manufacturers to actually add functionality with the skins the place on top of stock Android, and it looks like Samsung is addressing an issue that has bugged many when making the transition over to Android 4.0. You can see from these images, taken by a Chinese forum site called Mobile01, the prototype Galaxy S III still features the same, boring casing Samsung has used to disguise their next flagship whenever it leaves for testing.

I remember someone once saying that the inclusion of virtual buttons in ICS gives Google control of placement but it looks like it’s provided an easier method for OEM’s to shuffle around those buttons and mess with their users “just because.” You guys happy to see a bigger, drop-down like menu button? Here’s to hoping TouchWiz will allow for further customizing of the rest (crossing fingers).

[The Verge]

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