Posts Tagged ‘Galaxy Nexus’

The last few weeks have been dominated by the announcement of new hardware from Apple and Nokia in the form of the iPhone 5 and the rather gorgeous looking Lumia 920, respectively. Media events held by Nokia and Apple concentrated on introducing the world to the two new pieces of kit and have succeeded in raising excitement levels for the future of the industry. Apple’s new iPhone and the Lumia 920 are sure to be extremely successful in their own right, but it’s also worth paying some attention to what the world’s largest smartphone vendor – Samsung – has in store for us.

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It is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with what is going on with Apple and Samsung as they continue to battle it out with each other over the alleged infringement of various patents. We’ve already had the major trial and verdict in San Jose, with Samsung being told they are liable to the tune of $1.05 billion for breaching a number of Apple patents, as well as a Japanese court ruling in Samsung’s favor in a separate case regarding a utility patent that centers around transferring data between two devices. Court rulings and alleged infringements in different markets all over the world make this a difficult one to get your head around.

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Android was known in the past for looking terrible compared to the more elegant looks of iOS and the now dead webOS. Things have indeed improved significantly over the past few months, thanks to a UI overhaul in Ice Cream Sandwich and a significant boost in smoothness with Project Butter in Jelly Bean.

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The Galaxy Nexus, released by Samsung in conjunction with Google in November of last year, had a legion of fans who loved the curved glass design that featured a gorgeous Super AMOLED display. If you happen to be one of those fans and have been waiting patiently for the next iteration then it looks like you are about to be in for a treat. Information has emerged about a product that has been given the code name “Superior”, the model number GT-i9260 and could be the successor to the popular Galaxy Nexus.

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Despite Apple’s incessant efforts to win an injunction banning sales of Google’s Galaxy Nexus, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has rejecting the Cupertino company’s claims, and the device – manufactured by South Korean electronics giant Samsung – will continue to retail.

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Although Android is quite a distance ahead of the competition in terms of reach and overall user numbers, it does have its caveats, and one glaring issue prominent from the beginning has been that of audio latency. Android Jelly Bean (4.1) has just released to a number of devices, and although it is a significant improvement on previous iterations (ICS saw playback latency of around 88ms), the audio lag issue still exists.

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ClockworkMod Recovery is the de-facto standard when it comes to custom recoveries on Android. It packs a wide variety of powerful features that make it an absolute must have for those of you who like to flash new ROMs regularly while keeping their personal data safe.

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Apple has been without relent in its pursuit of Google and Samsung, claiming patent infringements on a grand scale. Judge Lucy Koh last week dished out a ban on Galaxy Nexus sales to the Big G, and the web company duly obliged, removing the device from its Play Store. Earlier this week, the device returned, packing in Android Jelly Bean 4.1, a move which is said to amend any issues with regards to the claims Apple made in court, but having followed this Apple vs. Anybody debacle for quite a great deal of time, it should be of no surprise that the Cupertino company has not quite finished yet.

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was announced to much fanfare at Google I/O 2012. It introduced a nice variety of features like vastly smoother user interface with Project Butter, more powerful notifications system, Google Now, offline voice typing and more.

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Scarcely a week after an injunction which abruptly ended the sales of Google’s Galaxy Nexus, the Samsung-manufactured device has now reappeared on the web company’s Play Store, and will resume shipping in a couple of weeks time. The injunction, handed out by judge Lucy Koh, prevented the device from selling due to an infringement of Apple’s intellectual property, but with Jelly Bean 4.1 said to amend the problem in question, the popular HSPA+ smartphone will be available to Android fans once more.

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The ongoing patent battle between Apple and Samsung has really come a long way and has slipped thoroughly into the wilderness. It wasn’t that long ago when both companies found themselves in the news in an ongoing dispute over individual registered patents, with judges in certain European countries ruling on whether or not those patents had been infringed upon.

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The injunction handed out against Google by the famously tough-talking Judge Koh earlier this week meant a sales ban on the company’s Samsung manufactured Galaxy Nexus. Although most following the coverage within the tech community will be more than aware of the reasons behind the injunction, Google has confirmed the ruling as the reason behind its removal as being due to Koh’s ruling.

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