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Mobile data consumption numbers show an 80% increase over last year

Data consumption is increasing all over, especially as emerging markets start to realize connectivity. As demand grows, so has supply. The world’s data speed has increased to see an average of 3.6Mbps, with South Korea having the fastest — by far. Mobile data consumption has also grown remarkably, rising 80% in the last year alone.


This information comes to us via Akamai, a US based Internet content delivery network. Their data for this study comes in large part from Ericsson, who provide network solutions for carriers all over the world. Ericsson has a presence in over 180 countries, and represent over 1,000 networks. There was no sampling of users, only raw data taken from hard numbers.

When it comes to mobile data usage, the world is making a poignant shift. The first quarter of 2010 was the first time data overtook voice as the main means of consumption, and it hasn’t stopped since. The consistent trajectory seems almost storybook, with the largest leap coming from Q3 2012 to Q4 2012. Consumption has risen 80% since last year, and 10% between the second and third quarters in 2013.

As for connection speeds, South Korea is taking the lead. They enjoy the fastest data speeds, with a 51% increase over last year, and an average data speed of 22.1Mbps. That doesn’t solely represent mobile data connection speed, but with South Korea’s dedication to having a lightning quick mobile network, they may end up putting more distance between themselves and the rest of the field next year.
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Samsung strikes patent deal with Ericsson

It looks like Samsung has learned a valuable lesson. A recent agreement with the EU gave them breathing room for five years, in which they promised to ease up on the patent litigation. Yesterday, we learned of their important deal with Google, in which some cross-patent work can be done with ease. Now, they’ve signed a similar deal with Ericsson, the former Sony partner, who hold a plethora of mobile patents.


Like the Google deal, terms were not disclosed. Samsung will pay Ericsson a lump sum in an attempt to quell all recent patent litigations. Samsung will also pay Ericsson an ongoing royalty fee for mobile patents held. The monetary terms were not disclosed, but Ericsson notes their Q4 2013 earnings will increase by about $651 million.

The patents in question involve Ericsson’s impressive arsenal of LTE, GSM, and UMTS standards. As a result of the deal, all litigation between the two will abruptly end. A Reuters report points to Ericsson having tried to come to terms with Samsung since 2012, with Samsung taking their familiar stance of refusing to play nice.

That attitude has changed for the best, though. Whether due to the massive Apple settlement, or their trouble with the EU, Samsung has ended their apparent insouciance toward FRAND licensing. Working hand-in-hand with others can only bring more good things to the fold, and the largest Android OEM has as much to offer as gain from such actions of late.

VIA: The Verge

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Samsung/Ericsson patent dispute ends with $650 million deal

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Samsung to pay $650 million plus royalties as part of settlement

Ericsson's ongoing patent dispute with Samsung has ended with an agreement on licensing terms as part of a multimillion dollar settlement, the former has announced. Ericsson says Samsung will pay around $650 million plus "ongoing royalty payments" to end the spat, ongoing since 2012, which relates to cellular networking and touchscreen technologies. Full details of the settlement are to remain confidential, but Ericsson says the agreement covers "a new multi-year license agreement" and "ends all ongoing patent related legal disputes" between the two.

The announcement comes just hours after Samsung reached a ten-year cross-licensing agreement with Google. Meanwhile Samsung remains locked in legal combat with bitter rival Apple, with the next trial set to begin in March.

Source: Ericsson; via: Reuters

    



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Samsung throws money at Ericsson to end smartphone patent war

We prefer it when companies make devices, not courtroom drama, so it’s delightful to see that Samsung has silenced another one of its litigation-frenemies this morning. The company has signed a cross-licensing agreement with former Sony beau Ericsson, with a figure of around $650 million being paid up-front, and an undisclosed regular payment to follow. Now that Samsung has appeased both Google and Ericsson, let’s hope we can get back to reporting on gadgets, or else we may have to rename this place Enlawsuit.

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Microsoft sells Mediaroom to Ericsson

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Microsoft has confirmed today that it has successfully sold its Mediaroom IPTV service to Ericsson for an undisclosed amount. Both parties have released their own statements to confirm this transfer of services. With the Mediaroom IPTV service off its shoulders, the Redmond based tech giant will now be able to concentrate more on its client side TV services on the soon to be announced next gen Xbox gaming console. And with the acquisition of the Mediaroom IPTV service, Ericsson becomes one of the major IPTV service providers in the country.

Electronista writes, “Mediaroom provides the services behind the U-Verse IPTV service from AT&T, among others, and powers 22 million set-top boxes in 11 million subscriber households in the United States. A separate statement from Ericsson claims the acquisition makes the company the market leader of IPTV and multi-screen services, with a 25-percent market share.”

The IPTV market is expected to reach $32 billion in revenue from almost 76 million subscribers by the end of this year. And by the end of 2015, the revenue is expected to increase to up to $45 billion from over 105 million subscribers. Right now, the Redmond based tech giant has over 76 million Xbox gaming consoles sold all around the world with 46 million Xbox live subscribers. And all these Xbox Live subscribers use the various streaming services that the Live provides. Now, with no tension of the Mediaroom IPTV service anymore, the Redmond company will be able to concentrate more on these streaming services on the consumer end.

The company may work on live TV and on demand offerings with new content providers to expand the product’s features. And whether this is going to happen or not will be confirmed on the 21st of this month at the Microsoft event, when the company is expected to reveal the next gen Xbox gaming console.

Source: Electronista

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Ericsson T28z review

Ericsson T28z review

When Ericsson launched the T28 in 1999, it was the lightest and slimmest phone on the market. It was also the first handset ever to use a lithium polymer battery. The T28 was a premium device — Ericsson described it as “designer technology”, and it was successful with business executives before the Blackberry became popular. Unlike its bar-shaped competitors, the T28 was immediately recognizable by its signature antenna stub and “active flip” keypad cover. Ericsson packed the phone with state-of-the-art features like voice dialing and an optional Bluetooth dongle. It came in three versions: T28s (GSM 1800 / 900), T28z (GSM 1900) and T28 World (GSM 1900/900). Our T28z review unit started life on VoiceStream (eventually acquired by T-Mobile). How does this classic handset stack up to our modern pocketable computers? Find out after the break.

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Ericsson T28z review

Ericsson T28z review

When Ericsson launched the T28 in 1999, it was the lightest and slimmest phone on the market. It was also the first handset ever to use a lithium polymer battery. The T28 was a premium device — Ericsson described it as “designer technology”, and it was successful with business executives before the Blackberry became popular. Unlike its bar-shaped competitors, the T28 was immediately recognizable by its signature antenna stub and “active flip” keypad cover. Ericsson packed the phone with state-of-the-art features like voice dialing and an optional Bluetooth dongle. It came in three versions: T28s (GSM 1800 / 900), T28z (GSM 1900) and T28 World (GSM 1900/900). Our T28z review unit started life on VoiceStream (eventually acquired by T-Mobile). How does this classic handset stack up to our modern pocketable computers? Find out after the break.

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Ericsson T28z review

Ericsson T28z review

When Ericsson launched the T28 in 1999, it was the lightest and slimmest phone on the market. It was also the first handset ever to use a lithium polymer battery. The T28 was a premium device — Ericsson described it as “designer technology”, and it was successful with business executives before the Blackberry became popular. Unlike its bar-shaped competitors, the T28 was immediately recognizable by its signature antenna stub and “active flip” keypad cover. Ericsson packed the phone with state-of-the-art features like voice dialing and an optional Bluetooth dongle. It came in three versions: T28s (GSM 1800 / 900), T28z (GSM 1900) and T28 World (GSM 1900/900). Our T28z review unit started life on VoiceStream (eventually acquired by T-Mobile). How does this classic handset stack up to our modern pocketable computers? Find out after the break.

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ST Ericsson splitting up cutting 1600 jobs

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Once upon a time when Nokia was the leading mobile phone manufacturer in the world, ST Ericsson had a good business manufacturing mobile processors, this is because most of its orders came from Nokia. But a few years back, when the Finnish smart phone manufacturer lost its market share to Apple and Samsung, its orders for ST Ericsson’s chips also came down, sending ST Ericsson into a loss. And if you do not know, ST Ericsson is the result of the collaboration between ST Micro and Ericsson.

So after this happened, the two companies have decided to dissolve their partnership and go their own ways. This is not good for both the companies, a few hundred employees in the company as they will be losing their jobs. Ever since ST Ericsson lost its chip making business’s market share to its competitors such as Nvidia, Intel, Texas Instruments, Samsung, and others, Ericsson’s share alone in the losses has become $2.8 billion.

“All possible scenarios were considered but the option announced today was always a real possibility,” STMicro Chief Executive Officer Carlo Bozotti said in a conference call today, according to a Reuters account of the call.

The two companies will now be dividing the business into two parts and each company will take the part that it is interesting in. And some of the parts, which neither of the company is interested in, will be left out in the wild to dissolve by itself. And from these parts of the business which both the companies do not want, 1,600 jobs will be lost.

Ericsson has planned on keeping 1,800 employees on board, mostly in Sweden, Germany, India and China, and ST Micro will be retaining about 950 employees, primarily in France and Italy. CNET writes:

STMicro said it expects the closing and restructuring to cost $350 million to $450 million, less than the $500 million it estimated in January. Ericsson said it had reserved $516 million in 2012 to pay for the moves. “We obviously have the ambition of making this profitable … and with a slimmer organization I believe we have a much greater chance of getting there,” Vestberg said.

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ST-Ericsson joint venture begins dissolution process, 1,600 jobs gone in the process

STEricsson joint venture begins dissolution process, 1,600 jobs gone in the process

It’s typically a bad sign when a major semiconductor company sees its CEO walk away, and no one in adjoining offices stops to do anything about it. Such is the case with ST-Ericsson, a (now) failed joint venture of STMicroelectronics and Ericsson. The two outfits have seemingly failed to find a suitor for the JV, leaving them with relatively few options — poor ones at that. In a release posted today (and embedded after the break), the entity has stated that each partner company will take on some of the business, but around 1,600 jobs will be lost from the sectors that neither has interest in. ST-Ericsson was an attempt to jump-start a semiconductor business in Europe, but it actually hasn’t turned a profit since forming in 2008.

Ericsson will take on the design, development and sales of the LTE multimode thin modem products, including 2G, 3G and 4G multimode, while ST will take on the existing ST-Ericsson products, other than LTE multimode thin modems, and related business as well as certain assembly and test facilities. It’s expected that the particulars will clear regulatory hurdles in Q3 of this year, and in order to make sure things go as well as they can in the interim, Carlo Ferro is being appointed president and CEO of the JV starting on April 1st.

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ST-Ericsson CEO steps down without a named successor

STEricsson CEO steps down without a named successor

ST-Ericsson was already in some tumult after the ST half of the partnership said it was exiting the venture late last year. As we’re discovering, there was a little more drama in store for 2013. CEO Didier Lamouche has resigned from the company for a tempting job prospect elsewhere, and there’s no named replacement for him so far — a slight problem when Lamouche will be out by March 31st. He’s leaving ST-Ericsson in a better state than he found it, as the company is scoring key deals for phones like the Galaxy S III Mini while getting its LTE chip plans on track. Nonetheless, we suspect that remaining owner Ericsson will want that power vacuum filled quickly when there’s already enough uncertainty ahead.

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ST-Ericsson To Showcase World’s First 3 GHz Smartphone At MWC

ST-Ericsson has just announced that they will be showcasing a unique device in this year’s Mobile World Congress.   Although the company, which is a joint venture between Ericsson and STMicroelectronics, is well known for creating wireless semiconductor solutions they will be coming up with a smartphone. This smartphone in particular will be the world’s first device to use a 3 GHz processor which makes it quite unique.

NovaThor L8580

According to Didier Lamouche, President and CEO of ST-Ericsson “Our next-generation NovaThor platform is creating a disruption for the wireless industry by combining some of the most advanced technologies on the market, including STMicroelectronics’ 28nm FD-SOI process technology, to deliver a real industry breakthrough in terms of speed, power consumption and overall performance. We focused on innovation on real world use cases and delivered a ModAp that lets applications run significantly faster – up to 35% faster CPU while GPU and multimedia accelerators run 20% faster. With the NovaThor L8580, ST-Ericsson is bringing speeds normally reserved for the PC market to mobile devices.”

The device will be using a NovaThor L8580 processor which is composed of four ARM Cortex A9 processors. While this may look impressive now, consider the fact that we will soon be seeing ARM Cortex A15 processors coming out this year while the ARM Cortex A53/57 64 bit compatible chips will be released next year. These upcoming chips will be packing more power which makes the NovaThor L8580 look outdated.

On the GPU side the device will make use of PowerVR’s Imagination SGX544 which is clocked at 600 MHz.

Possibly the most impressive feature of this device is its modem which will reportedly support 17 bands. It will even support LTE-Advanced which has a download speed of 150 megabits per second.

The purpose of creating this smartphone is to showcase to the public the features of the NovaThor L8580 processor. As to when we will be seeing these processors being used in actual smartphones is anyone’s guess.

Here are some of the processor’s main features

  • Full HD 1080p camcorder, multiple codecs supported (H264 HP, VC-1, MPEG-4)
  • 3D HD video capture and display
  • High-resolution, touchscreen display support up to WUXGA
  • Simultaneous dual display support up to dual qHD
  • High-performance 3D graphics
  • Dual camera support up to 20Mpixel and 5Mpixel
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GNSS (GPS+GLONASS), FM and NFC enabled platform
  • Built-in USB 2.0, HDMI out
  • Optional support for mobile TV standards

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More BlackBerry N-Series images surface, appeases QWERTY lovers with sharper focus

More BlackBerry NSeries pictures surface, appeases QWERTY lovers with sharper focus

Remember this little guy? It was Christmas Eve when Mr. Blurrycam gave us a look at this keyboard-equipped BB10 prototype. Skip to the present, and N4BB has apparently come across news images of it, minus the fuzz. Aside from being clearer, the phone’s screen is notably powered on in this round images — essentially proving it’s more than a dummy. While we’ve known the unit is likely part of RIM’s N-Series, the site notes that its actual model number may officially be presented as the X10 (not to be confused with Sony Ericsson, Klipsch and Fujifilm offerings of the same moniker). Things will certainly become even clearer on January 30th, that’s for sure — for now, hit the source link for a couple of more images.

[Thanks, Joel]

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Samsung files patent lawsuit against Ericsson seeking to ban products in the US

ericsson (1)The world’s largest mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics announced on Wednesday that it filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) against Swedish networking equipment maker from selling some of its products.

Samsung accused Ericsson of violating seven of patents owned by the South Korean firm. Ericsson previously filed a complaint against Samsung with the ITC, requesting to ban some of Samsung’s products for a patent infringement case.

“We have sought to negotiate with Ericsson in good faith. However, Ericsson has proven unwilling to continue such negotiations by making unreasonable claims, which it is now trying to enforce in court,” Samsung defended itself in a statement.

“The accused Ericsson products include telecommunications networking equipment, such as base stations,” Samsung added.

The key technologies involved includes electronic devices for data transfer and wireless communications, as well as radio frequency and LTE networks.

Ericsson is looking for ways to generate money from its patents after suffering significant drop in sales of its networking equipment, which saw a 17 percent decrease during the third quarter. The Stockholm-based firm’s move is now common in the industry, where each andevery major player protects their intellectual property as smartphone and tablet sales are booming.

While still the number one networking equipment manufacturer in the world today, the company is facing growing stiff competition from rival networking equipment makers including Samsung.

“I’m sure that at this point, no one in the industry would underestimate Samsung’s ability to become a significant player, if not the leader, in a new segment of the overall market for telecommunications hardware,” patent expert Florian Mueller said in a blog.

Mueller said that this new patent infringement case “adds more strategic dimension to the Ericsson-Samsung dispute.”

Samsung’s rise to the top spot in the lucrative mobile market is punctuated by constant patent disputes from rivals like Apple Inc. Both companies are locked in a legal struggle in 10 countries around the world as they vie to dominate the market.

Last week, Samsung was accused by the European Commission of abusing its influence in mobile technology following its request to exclude Apple from using its patent considered to be industry standard essential.

Last month, Ericsson filed a lawsuit against its South Korean rival after a nearly two-year negotiation to renew a FRAND patent licensing deal between them failed. Ericsson said that 24 patents were involved in the lawsuit. According to Ericsson, “the dispute concerns both Ericsson’s patented technology that is essential to several telecommunications and networking standards used by Samsung’s products as well as other of Ericsson’s patented inventions that are frequently implemented in wireless and consumer electronics products.”

It also added that after Samsung Electronics licensed the patents in 2001 and 2007, Ericsson offered to renew the license for the third time. Samsung found the terms unacceptable by claiming that that royalty rates being offered were “excessive”.

source: reuters

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Ericsson loses billions following a write off of ST-Ericsson

ericssonSweden-based Ericsson, considered the largest  networking equipment maker in the world, announced last Thursday that it is expecting a significant earnings reduction after writing off its unprofitable ST-Ericsson venture that manufactures cellphone parts.

Ericsson told investors last Thursday that the company is losing 8 billion Swedish kronor, or about $1.2 billion, which would affect the total earnings for the fourth quarter. Ericsson’s shares fell 1.8 percent at the day’s trading closure after the announcement.

Created together with the French semiconductor manufacture STMicrolectronics in February 2009, ST-Ericsson has accumulated a total of $2.7 billion in losses from the moment it began its operation. STMicrolectronics announced in December 10 that it would leave the business after a certain transition period.

Ericsson also said that it would not buy the 50 percent share of its French partner in ST-Ericsson, a move that further put a gloom on the current standing of the said venture which currently pays 5,090 employees in Geneva.

Northstream chief executive Bengt Nordstrom said that Stockholm-based Ericsson may eventually sell ST-Ericsson in parts or in its entirety following the venture’s write off.

When the venture was in its early stage in August 2008, Ericsson and STMicrolectronics announced that the new business, which combines STMicrolectronics’s ST-NXP wireless expertise and Ericsson’s mobile business, would become the world’s biggest supplier of mobile components and chips to hardware makers like Sharp, LG, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung.

ST-Ericsson never took off however, despite having the advantage of exploiting combined resources and both partners’ intellectual property and patents on many components for both 2G and 3G mobiles and modems utilizing Long Term Evolution technology. The new company failed to make profit after struggling to attract business from clients in Asia, and the US component maker, Qualcomm.

“We don’t have the kind of silicon industry in Europe that exists in the United States and Asia, so this was always a difficult attempt,” Mr. Nordstrom added.

Nordstrom also noted that ST-Ericsson’s list of prospects shortened after Nokia announced in February 2011 to switch to Microsoft’s Windows system instead of using its own Symbian software for mobiles.

ST-Ericsson’s biggest customer was Nokia so the Finnish company’s switch to Microsoft’s operating system was a big blow to the venture, according to Nordstrom.

Ericsson’s contribution to the GSM and 3G wireless technology standards was significant, but it decided to leave the mobile industry market to focus on making networking equipment. It currently ranked as the number one maker of network gear although China’s Huawei is fast catching up.

Last February, Ericsson completely left the mobile sphere by selling 50 percent of the handset maker Sony Ericsson to its partner, Sony.

Ericsson’s reported third quarter profit dove 42 percent, decreasing to 2.2 billion kronor. It said that the 600 million kronor loss was due to ST-Ericsson’s bad performance.

On Thursday, the company said an estimated 5 billion kronor of the earnings charge shows that recent low valuation of underperforming ST-Ericsson. The remaining 3 billion kronor would be used next year to cover remaining commitments to ST-Ericsson.

“During the process of exploring options, Ericsson will not speculate on the possible outcomes, timelines and future strategic alternatives for ST-Ericsson assets,” the company said.

source: nytimes

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Required update lands for SHADOWGUN: Dead Zone, can’t play until you hit the Play Store

Shadowgun Dead ZoneLooks like another update has been pushed out by Madfinger games for SHADOWGUN: Dead Zone. The released update just went live this morning and does bring many awaited changes. There is however a drawback. With all the new stuff loaded inside the update, you are REQUIRED to make the update. Meaning that if you launch the game before you make the update, you won’t be able to play. I remember this happening in a previous update as well. Just so happened that i was on a road trip with no Wi-Fi available, so I couldn’t even show my friend the game at all. Kind of depressing at the time.

Anywho, if you are wondering what new goodies the update brings, take a look at the list.

What’s new in current update?

• Two new maps

• Revamped weapons

• Chat in Main Menu

• Gangs – Play with your friends!

• New hats

• Unity 4.0

• Rewards for playing Zone Control or finishing Deathmatch in the top three standings 

What‘s improved?

• Fixed Ericsson voicechat

• Improved Hit Detection

• Fixed network code

• Renderer optimization (much faster)

• Weapon tweaks

• Fixed wall exploits in several levels

• Improved hit detection

• Many other bugs have been fixed…

What is coming in next update then?

• New CTF Mode – Apple vs. Androids

• New Maps for Zone Control and Deathmatch

• New Weapons

• New Gadgets

The list is pretty impressive and we don’t see why any of you Dead Zone lovers out their wouldn’t update anyways. Head to the PLay Store and your My Apps section to snag the update when you have a chance and are on a solid Wi-Fi connection.

Play Store – SHADOWGUN: Dead Zone

P.S. “The most important is that after the new version release, no player is able to continue play without first updating to the new release. Moreover due to necessary fixes in the Research menu, all Research items of players will be reset to their original settings.”

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SHADOWGUN: DeadZone Gets Essential Update Bringing Many Awaited Changes

Brno, Czech Republic – December 21, 2012 - MADFINGER Games has decided to make wide changes and enhancements to the current version of its multiplayer shooter game, SHADOWGUN: DeadZone. Arriving just before Christmas, the new update brings essential changes to the game that noticeably influence gameplay and positively impact the experience for all players of the game.

The MADFINGER Games Team has made good on the wishes of SHADOWGUN: DeadZone players shared on Forums or via fan social network pages.  “We have been very carefully reading feedback from players. We made a list of wishes and then we decided which requirements we are able to meet and how long it would take. This is why the update consists of many changes that were influenced directly by players themselves, “explained MADFINGER Games PR Manager, Anna Porizkova. With the new update, two new maps have been added to the game and finally players are now able to play with friends.

The most important change of the new update will influence all players. The new update brings improved servers that will fix connection issues. After the new version release, no player will be able to continue play without first updating to the new release.

In other significant news, changes have been effected in the performance and properties of weapons and items. Due to necessary fixes in the Research menu, all Research items will be reset to their original settings. “We redesigned the research tree and made changes to the statistics aspect of weapons. This means that after making the update, each weapon or item will appear in a slightly different manner than in the previous version from where the player purchased it. Very importantly, any players who have spent in-game money need not worry. All funds that players have invested into the game will be returned to their game account so that they may reuse them for research with all their favorite weapons and items,” explained Marek Rabas, CEO at MADFINGER Games.

The new update has been developed on Unity 4.0 and promises more FPS and memory optimization.

What’s new in current update?

• Two new maps

• Revamped weapons

• Chat in Main Menu

• Gangs – Play with your friends!

• New hats

• Unity 4.0

• Rewards for playing Zone Control or finishing Deathmatch in the top three standings

 

What‘s improved?

• Fixed Ericsson voicechat

• Improved Hit Detection

• Fixed network code

• Renderer optimization (much faster)

• Weapon tweaks

• Fixed wall exploits in several levels

• Improved hit detection

• Many other bugs have been fixed…

 

What is coming in next update then?

• New CTF Mode – Apple vs. Androids

• New Maps for Zone Control and Deathmatch

• New Weapons

• New Gadgets

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Sony Launches Cinemagram Competitor Motiongraph – Quickly, Easily Create Creepily Awesome Animated Photos

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Sony Digital Network Applications (Sony DNA) today announced Motiongraph – an app that aims to make the creation of cinemagraphs fast and easy for Android users. A cinemagraph, for those who don’t know, is a still image with one or two minor elements animated (you can see some great examples here). They’re a fascinating medium that can only be achieved digitally, and which have an eerie yet fascinating aesthetic.

Sony’s app looks to give users more consistent and controlled results with a simple “rubbing” interface in which areas to be animated are identified by simply highlighting them with your finger.

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Sony Releases New ‘Flash Tool’, Lets You Easily Flash Stock Firmware On Your Bootloader Unlocked Xperia Device

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It’s no secret that Sony has been a long-time supporter of the custom ROM community, but now the company has released a tool that lets owners of bootloader unlocked Xperia devices easily return back to stock firmware from a custom ROM. According to Sony’s blog post, this tool has been oft-requested by the community, so it’s good to see Sony deliver on that.

As mentioned, use of this tool requires the bootloader to be unlocked on supported Xperia devices, but past that, it seems pretty simple and intuitive to use. A tool like this is fantastic for anyone who’s on the fence about running custom software on their phone, as it allows them to easily return back to stock.

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Android Overload: AT&T LTE now available in 6 new markets, CM10 Nightlies now available for Nexus 10, and more

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  • Sony begins rolling out updated Ice Cream Sandwich version for the Xperia P, Xperia U, Xperia go and Xperia sola. [Sony]
  • Google Play Services v2.0 for developers introduces new Maps and PhotoSphere API’s. [AndroidDevelopers]
  • AT&T LTE comes to Albuquerque, N.M; Reading, Penn; and Salt Lake City. [CNET]
  • CyanogenMod Nightlies are now available for the Google Nexus 10. [GetCM]
  • Get Charitable is an app for Android that gives ad revenue to needy children around the world. [Google Play]
  • Ericsson files request with the ITC to ban Samsung products in the US. [Reuters]

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Sony testing chips by MediaTek for affordable quad-core smartphones in 2013

MediaTek might not be one of the first names you think of when it comes to smartphone chips, but that could change soon. Right now, its chips are generally used in low-cost devices sold mostly in the Chinese markets. Most of the big device creators use chips from companies like Qualcomm, NVIDIA, ST Ericsson, but MediaTek has announced that Sony is taking a look at MediaTek for some low-cost devices.



Apparently, Sony has requested samples of MediaTek’s MT6589 quad-core SoC. This means that no actual orders have been placed yet. If Sony finds the chips workable, it could use them is smartphones that it will announce next year. Of course, if Sony does not like the chips, then this could be the last we ever hear about this deal.

Presumably, with MediaTek’s track record, a phone released by Sony using these chips would be of the affordable variety. The chips are made using a 28nm manufacturing process and uses Cortex A7 processor cores. They can be clocked to 1.2GHz and supports LPDDR2 RAM. The PowerVR SGX544 GPU should be capable of handling 720 by 1280 resolutions. The chips can also handle up to a 13MP camera and 1080P video recording.

If the deal goes through, MediaTek estimates it will ship about 200 million smartphone chips. That would be a huge increase over last year, when MediaTek shipped 110 million units. Time will tell if Sony decides to go with the chips, and as always, we will keep you posted.


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Sony overtakes HTC to become #2 Android maker in the UK

According to the latest smartphone sales data covering the UK, Sony has overtaken HTC to become the #2 Android phone company over here, moving up to second place behind the unstoppable Samsung.

Industry sales stats quoted by Mobile Today claim Sony sold 500,000 Android models in the UK over the summer months of 2012, just ahead of the 440,000 units sold by HTC over the same period — but still a long, long way behind the astonishing 3.2 million Android models shifted by Samsung.

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Sony’s putting this success down to increased network support thanks to greater confidence in its name now it’s dumped the Ericsson branding, although the way it’s released an enormous number of Android models this year covering the entire range of power and size formats must’ve helped too.

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Ericsson launching patent suit against Samsung

Ericsson makes more wireless network equipment than any other company. Samsung is one of the most recognizable names in smartphones and they make many of the most popular Android devices. Well, the two companies are going to battle, with Ericsson launching a patent suit against Samsung Electronics.



Samsung and Ericsson failed to extend the licensing agreement after years of negotiations, and that has led to this suit. Ericsson is filing this suit in US federal court in the Eastern District of Texas. The judge there has a reputation of siding with patent holder, which in this case, is Ericsson. Ericsson claims it had offered to extend the licensing agreement with Samsung using FRAND terms.

Samsung claims that Ericsson is charging prohibitively high licensing fees. In a statement, Samsung said, “[Ericsson] demanded prohibitively higher royalty rates to renew the same patent portfolio. As we cannot accept such extreme demands, we will take all necessary legal measures to protect against Ericsson’s excessive claims.” It appears as if the battle between these two could go on for a while.

Ericsson maintains that Samsung is refusing to pay the FRAND rate that its competitors are paying for the same patents. In 2011, Ericsson reportedly made $937 million from licensing its patents to other companies. That’s a whole lot of money. At this point, we are unsure of when this case will go to court. As always, we will keep you posted.

[via SlashGear]


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Sony Will Launch a New Flagship Smartphone to Take on the iPhone 5, Galaxy S III

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Sony is known for its innovative and unique smartphones, ever since the company was known as Sony Ericsson. Even after the company parted ways with Ericsson, innovation hasn’t stopped. The Xperia S and ion marked a new revival in Sony’s mobile business and although they weren’t quite the hot sellers Sony was expecting, it did win over a lot of fans. Sadly though, we haven’t seen a premium Sony smartphone in the market which could directly take on stalwarts like the iPhone, the HTC One X or the Samsung Galaxy S III. Sony seems to be paying more emphasis towards design than actual hardware, which is partially responsible for its condition right now in the market. But according to a statement by the Corporate Vice President of Sony, Dennis Van Schie, Sony could well be prepping a new flagship which would directly take on smartphones like the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S III. “We will create in the near future a flagship model that can compete with Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S III,” were his exact words.

All indications point towards the meaty Sony Yuga that we’ve heard so much about. The phone apparently sports a 5-inch 1080p display, which means we’ll see a whole new segment kick off in the mobile industry. 4-7 or 4.8 inches have been the standard for flagships so far, but ever since HTC upped the ante with its 5-inch Droid DNA and J Butterfly in Japan, we could feel a new trend being set. We should soon see Samsung and other manufacturers join the party too. Bear in mind we’re not taking the Galaxy Note series into consideration as it is in a league of its own. Sony’s CVP seems pretty optimistic about the company’s chances in the Windows Phone department but also said that it doesn’t have immediate plans to step into the scene.

“We will bring in addition to the existing Xperia Tablet other Android tablets to the market, but not many,” said Van Schie about the company’s plans for the tablet industry. After the not so successful Xperia Tablet S and Tablet P, it is evident that Sony wants to take things slow. As of now though, the company would want to shift all focus on the said flagship. Perhaps Sony will launch the said device at CES in 2013 like the company did early this year with the Xperia S and ion. It is hoped however that Sony launches a device in time for the holiday season so as to give some competition to the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S III.

Source: Financial Times Deutschland
Via: Xperia Blog

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Shadowgun: Deadzone leaves beta status and goes official, forces you to re-sign Up

Madfinger Games released an update to the multiplayer shooter Shadowgun: Deadzone today. Officially taking it out of open beta as promised back on the 7th of this month. The open beta has been going on for a couple of weeks now. They have been rigorously testing and keeping servers up, adding in new weapons and characters and fixing various bugs. It has shaped up quite nice over the last few weeks.

There is however some interesting information that has been discovered about the update. Once you update the app, your login that you used during the beta no longer works. You will either need to create a new name or use your Dead Trigger cloud account to login. I was hoping that I could get away with out updating and still keep playing in the beta app, but sadly it appears the servers that the beta was using are no longer linked to the game. Funny, I see a lot of players landing in the lobby though.

You can install or update Shadowgun: Deadzone by clicking or scanning the QR code below. Remember, you will want to install this when connected to Wi-Fi, the file is pretty darn huge.

Application: Shadowgun: Deadzone
Developer: MADFINGER Games
Cost: FREE

Full Press Release Below.

Multiplayer Mobile Game SHADOWGUN: DeadZone Available On Android For Free

Experience heroic multiplayer battles that have never been seen on mobile devices.

November 15, 2012 – Brno, Czech Republic – SHADOWGUN: DeadZone, the multiplayer sequel to the fan-favorite third-person shooter SHADOWGUN from MADFINGER Games, hits Google Play today. The visually stunning multiplayer game brings easy-to-use intuitive touch controls and visual detail typically reserved for console gaming systems to smartphones and tablets.

SHADOWGUN: DeadZone allows gamers to experience immersive tactical multiplayer combat on their mobile devices. Up to 12 players can battle online on various maps with 10 different playable characters and a rich variety of game content. Moreover, MADFINGER Games promises to continue to support the game: “We plan to add new items, gadgets, maps and game modes,” confirmed Marek Rabas, CEO at MADFINGER Games.

MADFINGER Games has again worked in conjunction with big industry names such as UNITY, NVIDIA and now with Ericsson as well. In addition to game pad support, SHADOWGUN: DeadZone includes a multiplayer voice chat exclusively developed and provided by Ericsson. This completely new service has never been implemented in a mobile multiplayer game to this extent before.

SHADOWGUN: DeadZone is available on Android free to play. Players can also make a premium account to get exclusive benefits. “It has nothing to do with a ‘Pay to Win’ system. We’ve been very careful about spending money in the game. Neither IAP nor the premium account gives you any advantages in gameplay, it just helps you advance faster,” pointed out Marek Rabas.

SHADOWGUN: DeadZone will be supported on Android devices with version 3.0 Honeycomb and higher.

“Madfinger is one of the best studios using Unity today and really understand how to take our technology and make it sing,” said David Helgason, CEO, Unity Technologies. “The multiplayer of Shadowgun: Deadzone is another showcase piece that makes us all proud.”

MADFINGER Games continues to develop amazing content that plays brilliantly on Tegra-powered devices,” said Ashu Rege, Vice President, Game Content & Technology at NVIDIA. “As the beta cycles have shown, SHADOWGUN: DeadZone is yet another triumph and we’re thrilled to have helped the team launch each stage of the project.”

“We are excited to work with Marek and his talented team at MADFINGER Games. This game, SHADOWGUN: DeadZone, will set a new standard for iOS & Android games and we are thrilled to see how our voice service adds another dimension to an already fantastic game,”said Mathias Linder, Head of Global Sales&Marketing, Ericsson In Game Communication.

SHADOWGUN: DeadZone will be as well released on iOS devices very soon

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[Update] Shadowgun: DeadZone about to leave Beta and go Official November 15th

After only about a month, it looks like Madfinger Games is almost ready to drop the beta tag from Shadowgun: DeadZone, their multiplayer shooter. It has received a few various updates that have definitely improved the game play and experience across many devices. Thanks to all the help of every beta tester out there who took the time to play, get involved, report issues and suggest changes, Madfinger is finally gearing up for the official launch of the game.

We full expect the launch to house more weapons, new accessories and slew of gadgets to help take down your opponents in battle. It is sure to have some other tweaks and bug fixes as well. They also mention 6 maps will be available at launch. We won’t know all the official details until November 15th, or fairly close to it anyways. The tweet you see does let us all know that the game is planned to remain as a Free-to-Play style game. That generally means there will be some in-app purchasing available to keep people spending. Check out the official launch trailer of the game below.

We have been playing it off and on since the beta first hit the Play Store for non Tegra sporting devices. It really is quite an amazing game. A little stressful and frustrating at times if you aren’t the best death match kind of player. It runs great on my S III and I have spent a fair amount of hours reliving some stress on unsuspecting victims. The beta app is still up in the Play Store to pick up, if you haven’t grabbed it yet, you should. When the app finally goes official it should just be an update to the current game.

Application: Dhadowgun: DeadZone Open Beta
Developer: MADFINGER Games
Cost: FREE

Source: DroidGamers via OMGDroid

 

Madfinger just sent out a press release offering up the details of what the new version of the game is gaining. It is a lot. Check it out below.

MULTIPLAYER GAME SHADOWGUN: DEADZONE TO ARRIVE ON NOV 15TH, INTRODUCING A NEW LEVEL OF MOBILE GAMING ON IOS AND ANDROID DEVICES

November 7, 2012 – Brno, Czech Republic – SHADOWGUN fans anxiously awaiting the upcoming addition of multiplayer action to the franchise will be excited to know that MADFINGER Games announced today that SHADOWGUN: DEADZONE will be released on November 15.

MADFINGER Games has garnered worldwide recognition as a leading developer of mobile games, placing key emphasis on next-gen graphics and offering mobile gamers a visually stunning gaming experience. The game studio’s most recent title, the first person arcade shooter DEAD TRIGGER, has recently reached 10M downloads.

SHADOWGUN: DEADZONE is a free-to-play standalone multiplayer game released on both App Store and Google Play. By focusing on iOS and Android mobile platforms, MADFINGER Games has created the most advanced handheld multiplayer game on the market – optimized for superb performance and offering a level of quality typically reserved for console gaming systems.

With SHADOWGUN: DEADZONE, players are treated to the stunning graphics and easy-to-use controls of the original SHADOWGUN that breathed new life into contemporary mobile gaming action.

To provide an improved gaming experience, MADFINGER Games has worked in conjunction with companies such as UNITY, NVIDIA, Much Different and Ericsson.

SHADOWGUN: DEADZONE allows gamers to experience intense tactical multiplayer combat with up to 12 players connected online. The multiplayer sequel to SHADOWGUN promises a great variety of game content by allowing players to experience heroic battles in two popular game modes – Deathmatch and Zone Control – where players are divided into opposing groups of mutants and bounty hunters.

*  Players can choose from various maps and from 10 playable characters

*  As a character’s ranking increases, new elements will be unlocked and available during gameplay

*  New control elements such as sprint and roll have been implemented into gameplay

*  A wide ranging arsenal offers  Vega (Attack Rifle), Big Boy (Machine gun), Spate (Plasma Rifle), Mace (Shotgun), Osog (Sniper), S***Storm (Rocket Launcher) all of which are upgradable

*  Items – Medi Kit, Ammo Kit, FlashBang, EMP Grenade, Frag Grenade, Sentry Gun and Mine – have also been added to the mix in the new release

Aside from support for game pads, MADFINGER Games has also promised the introduction of an entirely new service – multiplayer voice chat – exclusively developed and provided by Ericsson.

“As veterans of MP games on PC/consoles, we are happy that we can bring this experience to mobile devices now as well,” said Marek Rabas, CEO at MADFINGER Games.

“MADFINGER Games continues to develop amazing content that plays brilliantly on Tegra-powered devices,” said Ashu Rege, Vice President, Game Content & Technology at NVIDIA. “As the beta cycles have shown, SHADOWGUN: DeadZone is yet another triumph and we’re thrilled to have helped the team launch each stage of the project.”

“We are excited to work with Marek and his talented team at MADFINGER Games. This game, SHADOWGUN: DeadZone, will set a new standard for iOS & Android games and we are thrilled to see how our voice service adds another dimension to an already fantastic game,” said Mathias Linder, Head of Global Sales&Marketing, Ericsson In Game Communication.

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Sony Ericsson LiveView Watch – $10.00

Dailysteals.com has the Sony Ericsson LiveView Android Powered Watch on sale for…you ready…9.99.  Holy Moly.  Yes, I said Holy Moly.  To put it in perspective that’s $90.00 OFF!!!  Looking for a Christmas Gift?  Looking for a reason to spend $10.00, here’s a great one.  

If you’re wondering what you get besides a cool Android Powered Watch/Phone Remote Control, here’s a list of feature this bad boy ships with:

Product Features:
• Mirrors the events that happen in your phone
• Bluetooth wireless
• Get live texts and Facebook updates
• Caller ID
• Control music playback
• Displays track title
• Android 2.0+ compatibility
• Wrist strap for convenience
What You Get:
• Sony Ericsson LiveView Bluetooth Phone Remote
• Clip
• Wristband
• MicroUSB Charger
• Manual
• US Power Adapter
So, I have one question…What in the world are you waiting for, an invitation?  You’ve just been invited…Go Get It!!!
 
Zachdroid…OUT
 

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The iPad Mini Vs. The Nexus 7: A Showdown Of Miniature Proportions

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After seeing Apple launch the iPad Mini today, doubtless, many Android fans were unimpressed. And there are good reasons for that – it wasn’t actually that impressive. Not a particularly dazzling display. Fairly old internals. A price tag that, at best, is described as “cheaper than an iPad.”

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And let’s face it, it’s really not that attractive as a product, especially by Apple’s high standards. It sort of looks like one of the new iPod Touches and an iPhone 5 had a really fat baby.

Regardless, we already know that, barring some sort of unspeakable catastrophe, Apple is going to sell a lot of these things.

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Those Sony "Nexus X" Pictures Might Hold Yet Another [Hilarious] "Surprise"

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Update: Several of you have pointed out that this same visual could be accomplished by holding a Galaxy Nexus in your right hand, with the pinky wrapped around the bottom of the phone. I tried this with a phone of comparable width, and it’s pretty hard to emulate the image here to a reasonably precise degree. But, I’d say it is possible, though I think this interpretation is at least a little funnier (here’s how I’m picturing it).

Earlier today, our own Liam Spradlin provided a great breakdown of why we think those Sony “Nexus X” photos that are floating around aren’t the real deal.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Render Leaks

Samsung previously confirmed the existence of this Mini Galaxy S3 device and that it would be unveiled in Germany on October 11. What we didn’t know is what it would look like and how it would be spec’d; until now. Details appear to have been leaked to the German blog MobileGeeks with the following specs:

  • 1Ghz dual-core ST Ericsson U8420 CPU
  • 1GB Ram
  • 16Gb internal storage
  • MicroSD slot
  • 4” WVGA SuperAMOLED display
  • Android 4.1 JellyBean and Touchwiz Nature UX
  • 5MP camera
  • 1500mAh battery
So….it’s not exactly a mini Galaxy S3. It’s definitely not the same phone with a smaller package. In fact, it’s very much below the specs of the GS3; it’s just a mid-range phone that has a similar look to the GS3. If it’s priced correctly though, it could sell very well. It’s also nice to see Jelly Bean somewhere outside the flagship phones.

What do you think? Will anyone go for this device?

Source: MobileGeeks
Via: Android Central

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini render leaks ahead of announcement

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Samsung confirmed the existence of the Galaxy S3 Mini just a few hours ago, and now it seems we have a leaked press render and purported specs to go with it. According to German blog MobileGeeks, which obtained the render above, the S3 Mini will sport a 1GHz dual-core ST Ericsson U8420 CPU, along with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot. That's apparently packed behind a 4-inch WVGA SuperAMOLED display, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Sammy's TouchWiz Nature UX. Other notables include a 5MP rear camera and 1500mAh battery.

So it's not quite a Galaxy S3 packed into a smaller shell, as some had hoped, but the Galaxy S3 Mini could be successful in its own right, assuming the price tag isn't too high. Speaking of which, the site reports that the Mini will go on sale from €399 SIM-free in the eurozone, which isn't terribly expensive.

Would you be up for this kind of miniature, mid-range, Jelly Bean-based handset at this price point? Let us know in the comments.

We'll know more about the Galaxy S3 Mini after tomorrow's announcement.

Source: MobileGeeks, via: Slashgear

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