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BBC iPlayer updated with Android 4.2 support, fresh UI and improved video quality

After unleashing a breadth of information regarding future plans for its iPlayer Android app, the BBC has released an official update, bringing numerous fresh features to the radio and TV-streaming application.

Users can now experience a polished UI, keeping in line with Google’s very own Holo style guidelines. Support has also been added for Android 4.2 in version 1.5.0.666, something that many fans had been complaining about since the initial release of the Nexus 4. Perhaps one of the biggest changes, though, is much improved video quality, which should help soothe the eyes of visually picky viewers.

The app is available to download now from Google Play via the download link below.

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BBC iPlayer updated with Android 4.2 support, fresh UI and improved video quality

After unleashing a breadth of information regarding future plans for its iPlayer Android app, the BBC has released an official update, bringing numerous fresh features to the radio and TV-streaming application.

Users can now experience a polished UI, keeping in line with Google’s very own Holo style guidelines. Support has also been added for Android 4.2 in version 1.5.0.666, something that many fans had been complaining about since the initial release of the Nexus 4. Perhaps one of the biggest changes, though, is much improved video quality, which should help soothe the eyes of visually picky viewers.

The app is available to download now from Google Play via the download link below.

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BBC iPlayer updated with Android 4.2 support, fresh UI and improved video quality

After unleashing a breadth of information regarding future plans for its iPlayer Android app, the BBC has released an official update, bringing numerous fresh features to the radio and TV-streaming application.

Users can now experience a polished UI, keeping in line with Google’s very own Holo style guidelines. Support has also been added for Android 4.2 in version 1.5.0.666, something that many fans had been complaining about since the initial release of the Nexus 4. Perhaps one of the biggest changes, though, is much improved video quality, which should help soothe the eyes of visually picky viewers.

The app is available to download now from Google Play via the download link below.

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Creatorverse brings physics sandbox to Android

Android Central

Linden Labs, the folks behind the Second Life virtual world, have released their first creation for Android. Creatorverse isn't so much a game as it is a toy. Though there are simple, intuitive controls for placing virtual objects into a space, resizing, connecting, and coloring them, the breadth of mechanics that can be applied to them are truly boggling. Virtual magnetic fields, alterations in gravity and friction, levers, pivots, triggers, and many more tools are likely to keep tinkerers busy for a long time. Best of all, any creations, be they cute pieces of interactive art, explorations in physics, or even simple games, can all be shared online to other creators.  

As Android fans, I think we all have a bit of a tinkerer's mindset. That said, an open, creative sandbox like this is well-suited to us. I can definitely see the use of Creatorverse for getting kids interested in engineering; the rules and interface are accessible, but deep and potentially inspiring. I've only been playing around with Creatorverse for a little while, but I can already tell that it's going to be keeping a permanent spot on my Android device. 

What do you guys think? Any Little Big Planet fans in the house? How about Second Life? 

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Google expands music portfolio with European license deal

Google took a big step in expanding the portfolio of music it is able to make available to customers with a new licensing deal covering several European countries. The license deal with Armonia, an alliance of French, Italian and Spanish licensing groups, opens the door to music from 35 countries. Notable artists covered by the new deal include Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

In addition to the European countries covered by the agreement, Google also gained access to the British and American portfolios of Universal Music Publishing and the Latin portfolio of Sony. Sources indicate royalties for publishers and artists are consistent with industry standards. The breadth of the deal is unusual as license deals with others have typically been on a country-by-country basis.

source: Businessweek


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Huawei M660 wields portrait keyboard, headed for Cricket Wireless?

Huawei M660 wields portrait keyboard, headed for Cricket Wireless

After the familiar vertical keyboard structure of a BlackBerry, but with all the Google friendliness and app breadth of an Android phone? Then Huawei may have the answer — and it looks like it’ll land on the US carrier, Cricket. According to leaked photos sent to PhoneArena, the Huawei M660 is modestly equipped with Android 2.3 and a portrait QWERTY keyboard nestled below a 3.2-inch display. Its existence is backed up by a page on the manufacturer’s site, pointing to a (now non-existent) user guide that references expandable microSD storage, the possibility that it may arrive as the Ascend Q, and name-drops Cricket in the process. For those with portrait keyboard needs, you can hit up the link below for a few more shots of the device.

Huawei M660 wields portrait keyboard, headed for Cricket Wireless? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 15 Jun 2012 11:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mobilicity to upgrade network to HSPA+ 21Mbps later this year

Mobilicity moving to 4GCanadian AWS provider Mobilicity is moving up in this world — up in speeds, at least. The carrier announced its intentions to upgrade its network to “4G” later this year, offering peak download speeds of 21Mbps. When we reached out for clarification, we were informed that Mobilicity is actually deploying HSPA+ 21Mbps: according to a spokesperson, it “will leverage the full capabilities of our HSPA+ network.” It’s a hefty improvement over its current 7.2Mbps status, but the usual “4G or faux-G” argument still applies here. No specifics on exact timing or breadth of coverage were given, but feel free to peruse the press release below.

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Mobilicity to upgrade network to HSPA+ 21Mbps later this year originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 15 Jun 2012 03:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Judge rules in favor of Google, Oracle Java API elements not copyrightable

Last week the jury found that Google didn’t infringe on Oracle’s patents, but there was still a big issue at hand. Were Oracle’s Java API elements copyrightable? Judge William Alsup made the ruling yesterday and he found that the API’s aren’t covered under copyright law so basically this dismisses the previous infringement claims outright. The Judge said the following:

In closing, it is important to step back and take in the breadth of Oracle’s claim. Of the166 Java packages, 129 were not violated in any way. Of the 37 accused, 97 percent of the Android lines were new from Google and the remaining three percent were freely replicable under the merger and names doctrines. Oracle must resort, therefore, to claiming that it owns, by copyright, the exclusive right to any and all possible implementations of the taxonomy-like command structure for the 166 packages and/or any subpart thereof – even though it copyrighted only one implementation. To accept Oracle’s claim would be to allow anyone to copyright one version of code to carry out a system of commands and thereby bar all others from writing their own different versions to carry out all or part of the same commands. No holding has ever endorsed such a sweeping proposition.

At this point Oracle’s only options are to leave it alone or appeal. They most certainly will appeal, but things look dismal. At this point they will only receive $300,000 for statutory damages. We have statements from both Google and Oracle after the break.

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The court’s decision upholds the principle that open and interoperable computer languages form an essential basis for software development. It’s a good day for collaboration and innovation.

Oracle

Oracle is committed to the protection of Java as both a valuable development platform and a valuable intellectual property asset. It will vigorously pursue an appeal of this decision in order to maintain that protection and to continue to support the broader Java community of over 9 million developers and countless law abiding enterprises. Google’s implementation of the accused APIs is not a free pass, since a license has always been required for an implementation of the Java Specification. And the court’s reliance on “interoperability” ignores the undisputed fact that Google deliberately eliminated interoperability between Android and all other Java platforms. Google’s implementation intentionally fragmented Java and broke the “write once, run anywhere” promise. This ruling, if permitted to stand, would undermine the protection for innovation and invention in the United States and make it far more difficult to defend intellectual property rights against companies anywhere in the world that simply takes them as their own.

source: theverge

 


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Verizon adds 7 markets to its LTE network on April 19th

It wasn’t very long ago that the US was considered behind most developed countries in wireless Internet tech. Oh, how the tables have turned. On Thursday April 19th, Verizon will add seven new cities to its 4G network, with expanded coverage in another five. According to its press release, this combined with other recent rollouts means that Verizon’s 4G network will cover two-thirds of the US population – a staggering achievement considering that the service is less than a year and a half old. Verizon’s first LTE device, the HTC Thunderbolt, launched just over a year ago.

The new markets are focused on the south, with Brunswick, LaGrange and Macon, Georgia and Ocala, Florida seeing the network launched. Dodge City, Kansas, Pierre South, Dakota and the Cattaraugus-Allegany counties in New York will also get the LTE switch thrown. Verizon is expanding the breadth of its service area in St. Louis, Missouri and the surrounding area, Wichita, Kansas, southern Illinois and the eastern and southeastern regions of Des Moines, Iowa. Buffalo, New York will also get “enhanced” service, presumably with some speed improvements.

By contrast, AT&T has only 32 cities, most of them major population centers, whereas medium-sized residential cities seem to be Verizon’s focus at the moment. With the other two carriers in the “Big Four” way behind on their LTE rollout, Verizon is well ahead in both coverage and device availability for true 4G – currently they’re offering a dozen Android LTE smartphones, plus two models of Motorola’s DROID XYBOARD and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablets from Samsung. AT&T is aggressively adding both markets and devices, but for the moment Verizon is decidedly in the lead on both counts. Let’s hope they can improve that reliability as well.


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UK property search site Rightmove launches new Android app on March 19.

Android Central

Rightmove is one of the biggest websites in the UK. Its property listings cover the length and breadth of the country and over 20000 estate agents and property developers. It's also how I found the house I currently own. Until now all that was missing was an Android app. As of March 19, Rightmove's first Android app will be live in the Google Play Store to cater to all your house-hunting needs. 

There was an iOS app released from Rightmove way back in 2009, followed by a Samsung SmartTV app last year. Quite why it has taken so long to come to Android is a mystery, but they got here which is the important thing. 

On the face of it, we're getting a full experience too. By hooking into your Rightmove account, you can share listings with other people, and look at your favourites on the go. It also takes full advantage of Google Maps by offering street view options. Seeing the street is almost as important as seeing the house, after all. 

Full-screen floor plans and photos are also promised, as is the ability to contact agents from within the app. On release Rightmove will be free in the Google Play Store. You'll find a quick walkthrough video after the break.

Source: Pocket-lint

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Verizon lights up its 200th LTE candle, plans to double 4G coverage by year-end

You’ve come a long way, Big Red. For a network that launched a little over a year ago, VZW’s LTE service is about to hit a high water mark, blanketing 203 markets come tomorrow’s planned expansion to an additional seven territories. But the nation’s top wireless dog isn’t taking this milestone as a moment of respite; the carrier’s aiming to double its current footprint by end-of-year 2012, boosting its tally to a potential 400-plus areas. As for the grand honor of being the 200th to come under the operator’s 4G breadth, well, that distinction goes to a little town by the name of Dothan, Alabama. Sadly for those local folks, no festivities, fireworks or even service discounts are planned. Check out the PR after the break for the full list of cities joining the 700MHz brigade.

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Verizon lights up its 200th LTE candle, plans to double 4G coverage by year-end originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Media Hub extends on-demand streaming from phones and tablets to TV

Samsung Media Hub demo at CES 2012

For over a year, Media Hub has offered owners of Samsung smartphones and tablets access to on-demand streaming of TV shows and movies. Today at their CES 2012 press conference, Samsung announced that they would be expanding the service to their selection of smart TVs, so if you buy your show on one device, it would be available on others. NBC Universal is one of the premiere partners in this endeavor, and they'll be showcasing Battlestar Galactica through Media Hub.

It's a sensible move to include TVs in Media Hub, considering the breadth of Samsung's business, and a great way to get people on the hook to buy other Samsung products if they already own one. While I'm sure the selection isn't quite up to snuff with Netflix, if you're just interested in renting titles a la carte rather than signing up for a subscription service, Samsung Media Hub might be for you. 

Samsung had a few more interesting announcements in their press conference that at least indirectly effected smartphones, in addition to the AT&T LTE handsets and the Verizon Galaxy Tab 7.7 announced earlier today. Stick around for all the rest of our CES 2012 coverage! Remember kids, the show hasn't even technically started yet… 

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Verizon buys up AWS spectrum for LTE, partners with cable companies

Verizon hasn’t been shy about its aggressive expansion of LTE into nearly every major market in the US. In addition to upgrading and expanding their own equipment, they’ve now purchased even more LTE wireless spectrum across the country, to the tune of $3.6 billion. The new licenses cover approximately 256 million people in the country, and should allow Verizon to continue to dominate 4G services in the US, in breadth if not in speed.

The wireless carrier bought the spectrum from various cable companies: Comcast, Time Warner and Bright House Networks. The terms of the deal allow the companies to share access to the newly available spectrum, meaning that Verizon’s wireless service may soon be bundled with television and home Internet in markets where they don’t already compete. Theoretically, the cable companies could even sell rebranded cell phone service using Verizon’s network. Who wants a Time Warner Cable Galaxy S II?

What does this mean for the wireless industry? For starters, it’s going to be hard to catch Verizon when it comes to 4G service. AT&T is the only other company that offers LTE in the United States, and at the moment it’s only available in 14 US cities at the moment, compared to nearly 200 on Verizon. AT&T has only a handful of LTE devices, with just three smartphones available, compared to dozens of smartphones (all running Android), tablets and WiFi hotspots on Verizon. The latest expansion will make it harder for AT&T to secure new markets, at least in the immediate future. The contract will need FCC approval before it’s finalized.

[via SlashGear]

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Google TV 2.0 Update Is Rolling Out

For a very long time we were expecting to get Android 3.1 update on our Google TV devices. Long story short – Google was too busy doing other things to treat us with this update. But, nothing lasts forever and in this case those words sound like a gentle melody. Google has begun pushing out Android 3.1 update (aka Google TV 2.0) to Sony Internet TV boxes and televisions. If you need a reminder, here’s what was renewed:

A simpler user interface, with a customizable home screen.

Finding content becomes easier. TV and movies get their own search, whether they’re on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, cable, satellite, etc.

Improved YouTube experience. Leanback was just the beginning. It’s now been integrated even deeper.

Apps. Finally, the Android Market comes to Google TV. You won’t initially have the full breadth of the market on Google TV – apps that require a touch-screen, GPS or telephony won’t show, so that pares things down quite a bit – but Google has 50 developers already lined up.

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Google TV Receives Serious Update

Finally Google is on updating its pretty great product – Google TV. I think that every single person who happens to have this at home was expecting to receive a couple of new features and, as you can see, rather sooner than later everything will become real. Announced this morning on the Google TV Blog, Google reminds us all that “these are still early days” but even despite that we are fully into it. So, let us take a look at what presents Google has got for us:

A simpler user interface, with a customizable home screen. Finding content becomes easier. TV and movies get their own search, whether they’re on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, cable, satellite, etc.

Improved YouTube experience. Leanback was just the beginning. It’s now been integrated even deeper.

Apps. Finally, the Android Market comes to Google TV. You won’t initially have the full breadth of the market on Google TV – apps that require a touch-screen, GPS or telephony won’t show, so that pares things down quite a bit – but Google has 50 developers already lined up.

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Sony Internet TV’s Google TV 2.0 update pushing out now!

Google TV update

Just as Google foretold, the Android 3.1 update (aka Google TV 2.0) has begun pushing out to Sony Internet TV boxes and televisions. As you'll recall, this is the update that brings:

  • A simpler user interface, with a customizable home screen.
  • Finding content becomes easier. TV and movies get their own search, whether they're on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, cable, satellite, etc.
  • Improved YouTube experience. Leanback was just the beginning. It's now been integrated even deeper.
  • Apps. Finally, the Android Market comes to Google TV. You won't initally have the full breadth of the market on Google TV — apps that require a touchscreen, GPS or telephony won't show, so that pares things down quite a bit — but Google says it has 50 developers already lined up.

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Will it finally launch the era of Android-connected television? We'll just have to see, and we'll still have to wait a few months for new hardware. (And owners of the Logitech Revue will have to wait until later for their update. Sigh.)

Thanks, Ricky!
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Google TV 2.0 is announced; updates start next week, new hardware in coming months

Google TV

Google has finally taken the lid off the next generation of Google TV. Announced this morning on the Google TV Blog, el Goog reminds us that "these are still early days." But things are improving. And this major update will focus on four areas:

  • A simpler user interface, with a customizable home screen.
  • Finding content becomes easier. TV and movies get their own search, whether they're on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, cable, satellite, etc.
  • Improved YouTube experience. Leanback was just the beginning. It's now been integrated even deeper.
  • Apps. Finally, the Android Market comes to Google TV. You won't initally have the full breadth of the market on Google TV — apps that require a touchscreen, GPS or telephony won't show, so that pares things down quite a bit — but Google says it has 50 developers already lined up.

So, when will we see updates? If you've got oen of the Sony boxes or TVs, you should start seeing updates early next week. The Logitech Revue will come later. Google says new devices from multiple manufacturers will arrive in the coming months.

Check out the preview video after the break.

Source: Google TV Blog
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Sony to buy out Ericsson’s stake in joint venture, call it quits after ten years

We all saw it coming and, sure enough, it’s finally happened. After all the rumors and opaque comments, Sony has just bought out Ericsson’s share of Sony Ericsson, effectively assuming ownership of the entire venture. Ericsson confirmed the buyout this morning, adding that it will receive a cash consideration of €1.05 billion in exchange for its 50 percent stake. Sony, meanwhile, will now have the chance to integrate smartphones more tightly within its arsenal of tablets, laptops and gaming devices. The agreement also gives Sony an IP cross-licensing agreement and ownership of “five essential patent families” pertaining to wireless tech, though the breadth of this coverage remains unclear. The separation won’t be finalized, however, until January 2012, pending regulatory approval. Find more details in the full PR, after the break.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

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PopCap Admits That Developing For Android Is A Struggle

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E3 was only last week and although we’ve seen the worlds biggest gaming convention come to a close, I’m still kinda in gaming mode. I’ve often wondered why it takes some developers so long to port a game to Android – and why others never get ported at all. Well, it looks as if PopCap, makers of the wildly popular and addictive Plants vs. Zombies, may have shed some light on the subject. In an interview with NextGen, senior game designer David Bishop admits that the wide availability of Android on a multitude of devices is providing a unique challenge for game developers looking to work with Android.

Though Android is one of three strategic mobile markets for PopCap, it’s been a challenge because of the breadth and variance of devices,

For the seasoned Android user we know exactly what he’s talking about: fragmentation. I’ve seen this firsthand how in attempt to get Plants vs. Zombies running properly on not just newer but older hardware as well, the quality of the visuals are nothing like their iOS or computer counterparts.

Although faced with the difficulty in porting their games over to Android, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. PopCap is already getting set to release the next port of their mega fun game, Peggle. Lets hope this is a sign that they have this Android porting situation down.

[Via NextGen]


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