When we last saw Grippity, it wasn’t much more than a pretty media center keyboard. Well, it just grew up — its creators have revived the concept as a full-fledged, crowdfunded Android tablet. The new design still centers on a transparent, dual-sided touch surface, but there’s now more to do than type. The PS Vita-style back control lets users tap interface elements without obscuring the screen, and it opens the door to more complex multi-touch gestures. The infrared remote control and thumbpads have also returned from Grippity’s previous incarnation. If you’re intrigued, you can pledge $235 ($159 for a few early birds) to Grippity’s Kickstarter campaign to reserve a tablet for yourself; provided the team reaches its funding goal, you should have the device in your hands by October.
Filed under: Tablets
Everything unwrapped? Everything you ever wanted? We’ll admit, our own present pile has a certain tech trend, but how did you fare? Did you manage to snag one of those next-generation consoles? Perhaps you’ve landed your first ever tablet. Happy? Excited? A little confused that your micro-USB cable doesn’t fit? Let us know what you found under the Christmas tree in our forum — or in the comments below. And if your gifted gadget isn’t quite working how it should, have you tried turning it off and on again?
Filed under: Misc
Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has ruled that Apple’s been naughty rather than nice this holiday week, fining it for 20 million Taiwan dollars (around $670,000) after it specified pricing to iPhone carriers. Once Apple sells distribution rights to an iPhone stockist, it has no right to dictate how much carriers and companies sell the devices for. According to the FTC’s statement: “Through the email correspondence between Apple and these three telecom companies we discovered the companies submit their pricing plans to Apple to be approved or confirmed before the products hit the market.” The iPhone maker will be able to appeal the ruling, although according to the WSJ, it could face a fine of up to $50 million Taiwan dollars if it doesn’t comply.
Via: Engadget Chinese
Source: Taiwanese FTC
A partnership formed last year that was supposed to take advantage of Panasonic’s printing tech production capabilities and Sony’s OLED tech smarts has ended, according to a report from the Nikkei. The pair were reportedly unable to create panels that were durable or cost effective enough, and have decided to part ways when their contract ends this year. Instead, each will focus on 4K TV sales, which have only recently started in earnest but have already climbed to 1.95 million units this year, according to DisplaySearch. Of course, CES 2014 is rolling around in less than two weeks, and if last year was any indication, expect even more models — hopefully at prices that won’t make your knees weak.
Chinese phone maker Gionee has just released the Elife E7 mini version of its mega-spec’d 5.5-inch, 1080p Elife E7 phone, but it resembles its larger sibling in name only. First off, the 13-megapizel camera and flash are on a swivel at the top, Oppo N1-style, a feature the full-sized handset lacks. The specs are also a step down, starting with the 4.7-inch, 720p screen and continuing with the 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 CPU (instead of a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800) and 1GB of RAM in lieu of 3GB. It also sports 16GB of storage, dual-SIM 3G capability and Android 4.2. Still, the folks at FoneArena who got their hands on one during its launch in India said it feels as premium as the Elife E7 and it looks to have skipped the fingerprint-prone glossy finish of that model. Though it likely won’t arrive in the US,
selfie self-portrait lovers in India will be able to grab it for 18,999 (about $310). For more pics, hit the source.
[Image credit: FoneArena]
Via: GSM Arena
Google isn’t about to remain idle while the Apple- and Microsoft-led “Rockstar” patent group sues numerous Android partners. The search giant has quietly filed a declaratory judgment complaint asking a San Jose court to rule that the company (and therefore, the Android ecosystem) doesn’t infringe seven of Rockstar’s patents. As GigaOM notes, Google isn’t mincing words — the firm accuses Rockstar of “placing a cloud” over Android and harassing a large part of the technology industry. The legal action doesn’t necessarily amount to fighting fire with fire, though. Declaratory judgment complaints frequently represent attempts to score an early victory, rather than the first line of defense; Google likely has more up its sleeve if this tactic doesn’t work.
Android users don’t have to look blankly at their iPad- and Xbox-using friends whenever they talk about Catfish anymore, now that the MTV app has arrived on Google Play. It offers on-demand streaming of recent episodes from select series, but only for subscribers of participating cable providers. The list of cable companies is quite lengthy (it includes AT&T U-Verse, Time Warner and Verizon FiOS, among others) but it’s missing some notable ones like DISH, at least for now. Unlucky folks who can’t access full episodes can always watch trailers and look at companion content for MTV Shows, including polls and behind-the-scene tidbits. Or, you know, they can look for their video fix elsewhere instead — some of those other sources even come with actual music videos.
Via: Android Community
Source: Google Play
The saga of T-Mobile continues. SoftBank, the majority holder in Sprint, is being reported to be in the final talks stage to pick up T-Mobile USA from parent company Deutsche Telekom. They are said to be aiming at concluding the deal to the tune of $19 billion and having Sprint buy the majority of T-Mobile shares. The original talks were aimed at a stock swap but now we are hearing that SoftBank is talking to various banks to borrow the funds to make a cash offer instead. Primarily because DT prefers a cash deal so the story goes.
A merger with Sprint is nothing new. It has been talked about and rumored for years. The combined efforts of Sprint and T-Mobile would certainly give them a bigger play at Verizon and AT&T, but I often wonder at what cost. It isn’t surprising that DT wants cold hard cash. They laid down some pretty great fallout plans when AT&T tried to buy T-Mobile USA. I have no doubt in my mind that they are preparing the same sort of fallback win if the powers that be decide to not approve the purchase.
In the end, it is all about money and how they plan to execute the purchase. DT is prepared to sell if they get a good offer. If things go smoothly we should start to hear about the changes and what is ultimately going to happen some time in the spring of 2014. Let’s not forget that Dish Network is in the mix as well. They have been considering picking up T-Mobile as well and could attempt to edge out Softbank in the end. It is going to be an exciting first half of the year for T-Mobile regardless of who bids or if/when they are acquired. We know John Legere has some pig plans coming at CES with the 4th step of the Uncarriers plans.
Ho ho ho Android and Linux developers, Christmas is here for you. Yesterday Canonical released the Unbuntu and Android dual boot dev preview just for you. “We are thrilled to announce a preview of a new feature for developers: Ubuntu on mobile devices can now run alongside Android on a single handset.” Regular users should be very aware that this is strictly a developer build and intended for developer use only. Canonical says:
Dual boot is not a feature suitable for regular users. It is recommended to be installed only by developers who are comfortable with flashing devices and with their partition layout. Dual boot rewrites the Android recovery partition and those installing it should be intimately familiar with re-flashing it in case something goes wrong.
Multiple Android flavours are supported (AOSP or stock, CyanogenMod) and installation of Ubuntu can be done for all versions available in the phablet-flash channels.
The biggest feature of this release is the one tap switch, which will allow you to switch from Ubuntu to Android with a tap of an app. There’s some really cool things happening here and as a user I am stoked to see where this goes. If I was a developer I would have this installed right now, but since I am not (and I don’t want to brick my device) I will wait for the dev teams to sort it all out and bring us a stable working OS. Hit the link for source.
Source: Ubuntu Developer
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One more year is almost over and that means that the next flagship devices will start to make their appearances. Well, at least the rumored specs and leaked confirmations. There is no doubt in any ones mind that Samsung will make a Galaxy S5. There will also be a Note 4 and probably a slew of new Note tablets and a Tab4. It is what Samsung does. So what is the Galaxy S5 going to be? A little bigger, a little better and a little more, well, Samsungy.
If Samsung keeps up with the trend they started with the Note 2 – Note 3 and the Galaxy SIII – Galaxy S4 we can expect a slight screen size bump with a smaller bezel and staying fairly close to the same size as the current Galaxy S4. That brings in the recent report that Samsung is in mass production of a new 5.25-inch 2560 x 1440 display that will likely be used for the Galaxy S5. Which follows up a previous report based on benchmark findings that that is the screen size that will be used.
This all follows up with other reports that the Galaxy S5 will be pulling in a 64-bit version of their quad-core octa-core processor, mostly for the international devices we bet. While the US will probably see a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. Anything is possible though. There has also been talks of 3GB of RAM and a 13MP camera. However, as Gotta Be Mobile has pointed out, there is also suggestions that Samsung has been testing out a 16MP camera that could find its way into the device. Not to mention some version of Android 4.4 and speculation of an eye scanner for unlocking the device.
Samsung should be pulling out all the stops with the Galaxy S5, with that much power and that larger of screen with that resolution, they better be packing in one heck of a battery.
What do you guys think of all of this? Are you of the variety that Samsung needs to quite trying to push the screen tech and focus more on software and updates, or are you ready to pull out the credit card for a 2k res phone?