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Darksiders II Gets The OnLive Treatment For Android, And Hell Follows With It

imageOne of the more anticipated action games this year is Darksiders II, the follow up to the 2010 sleeper hit. While THQ’s mythological opus is still a little power-hungry for even the latest Android tablets, streaming specialist OnLive has decided to make it available on their remote gaming platform almost immediately after the PC release. Those who have an Onlive account can experience the game as if they had a high-end gaming rig, and it’s been adapted for control with any Android device running Gingerbread or later.

For the uninitiated, Darksiders takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity has been exterminated by the war between Heaven and Hell.

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Apples claims the iPhone caused a ‘Crisis of Design’ for Samsung

Yesterday’s court battle between Apple and Samsung continued with Apple showing an email from J.K. Shin, Samsung’s Head of Mobile Communications. According to Apple, Samsung went through a “crisis of design” shortly before the launch of the Galaxy S in 2010. Shin’s email said:

“All this time we’ve been paying all our attention to Nokia, and concentrated our efforts on things like Folder, Bar, Slide,”

“Yet when our UX is compared to the unexpected competitor Apple’s iPhone, the difference is truly that of Heaven and Earth. It’s a crisis of design.”

Later Samsung’s Strategy Head Justin Denison took the stand and downplayed the language of the email calling it hyperbole. He went on to say “Samsung does an excellent job of remaining very humble, self-critical and maintaining a sense of urgency within its own ranks to drive hard work and innovation. We want to change so that it never rests on its laurels and becomes complacent. So you hear a lot of hyperbolic statements like ‘crisis of design’ and ‘heaven and earth’.”

Samsung’s attorney also attempted to downplay the importance of being first to market with certain designs and features by leading questioning in this manner.  Denison said that Samsung introduced many features before Apple, which included voice recognition technology and he didn’t feel “ripped off” when Apple introduced the same features afterwards.

As to screen size, Denison said he wouldn’t mind if the next iPhone had a larger screen because it would be another example of following a trend as Samsung and others are already doing.

Apple also brought in Peter Bressler, an expert witness. Apple paid him $75,000 for this appearance. You have to love our legal system. He claimed that Samsung’s designs were “substantially the same” as Apple’s. He also said, “My opinion [is] that there are a number of Samsung phones and two Samsung tablets that are substantially the same as the design in those [Apple] patents.”

He also said consumers could be confused looking at the two products, but when cross-examined by Samsung, he admitted he hadn’t witnessed the confusion for himself.

Today’s proceedings should have more of Bressler and another Apple expert witness, Susan Kane. She is a former creative director of NeXT and a contributor to the graphical user interface of the first Mac.

source: ibtimes


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Apple Presents Internal Samsung Email As Evidence – Shows Sammy Willfully Copied the iPhone? Not Really…

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Before I leave you guys for the night, I wanted to bring you one last piece of info from the dramatic Samsung/Apple patent trial. Critics are calling this the “nail in the coffin” for Samsung, after an internal email from a Samsung executive presented damning evidence against Samsung.

According to the memo sent to employees, Samsung’s head of mobile communications JK Shin was quoted as saying the differences in user experience from Samsung devices and Apple’s newly announced iPhone were like, “Heaven and Earth.” Something may have been lost in the translation but let’s take a look at the rest of his statement:

"Influential figures outside the company come across the iPhone, and they point out that ‘Samsung is dozing off.’ All this time we’ve been paying all our attention to Nokia, and concentrated our efforts on things like Folder, Bar, Slide. Yet when our UX is compared to the unexpected competitor Apple’s iPhone, the difference is truly that of Heaven and Earth. It’s a crisis of design.”

“I hear things like this: Let’s make something like the iPhone. When everybody (both consumers and the industry) talk about UX, they weigh it against the iPhone. The iPhone has become the standard. That’s how things are already.”

When it came to devices Samsung was already manufacturing,

"Do you know how difficult the Omnia is to use? When you compare the 2007 version of the iPhone with our current Omnia, can you honestly say the Omnia is better? If you compare the UX with the iPhone, it’s a difference between Heaven and Earth."

Samsung had fought to keep this internal memo out of the trial, but lost after Sammy attorney John Quinn goofed and referenced the email  in a question to a witness. Remember, Apple’s claiming Samsung willfully stole the patented hardware and software designs of the iPhone for use in their Galaxy S. Apple also claimed consumers would mistakenly purchase the Galaxy S, thinking it was the iPhone and estimates accumulated damages upwards of $2.5 billion.

It can be argued that the email wasn’t exactly the smoking gun Apple was hoping for. Sure, Samsung acknowledged the iPhone’s existence and its critical acclaim. But never once did the email say, “We need to copy the iPhone’s look, and icons.” Samsung merely commented on what the iPhone was doing right, and that they needed to do something to imitate Apple’s success — not their patents or copyrights.

Samsung strategy head Justin Denison took the stand and attempted to downplay the language used in the email saying,

"Samsung does an excellent job of remaining very humble, self critical and maintaining a sense of urgency within its own ranks to drive hard work and innovation. We want to change so that it never rests on its laurels and becomes complacent. So you hear a lot of hyperbolic statements like ‘crisis of design’ and ‘heaven and earth.’"

When it came to claiming firsties on designs, Denison pointed out that, contrary to popular belief, Apple hasn’t always been first to market with new technologies (gasp!). According to Mr. Denison, Samsung pioneered voice recognition technology and larger smartphone displays. He argued that after 5 years of Apple’s “innovation” with the iPhone, if for some reason they finally decided to release an iPhone with a 5.3-inch display, you wouldn’t hear a peep from Samsung or their legal team. Only because this would now be considered an “industry standard” (thanks to Samsung) and it would only be a natural evolution of the smartphone. Not something anyone should lay claim to. Seems there’s only 1 company we know who plays ball like that.

[AllThingsD 1, 2]


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[Weekend Poll] Is A Carrier Move To Data-Only Service A Win Or Loss For Consumers?

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This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week’s, see Google + Motorola: A Match Made In Heaven, Or A Disaster Waiting To Happen?

A few days ago, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson revealed that the cellular industry would be moving towards data-only plans in the next few years, rather than the separated voice, message, and data system that is used today. Under the new system, voice and messages would be billed as data. The question, obviously, is at what rate they’d billed.

Initially, this may seem like a great idea for both parties. Obviously it allows carriers to get a handle on all the services their customers are using (such as Skype for calls rather than normal voice), as well as sneak in some “toll-free” data services.

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[Weekend Poll] Google + Motorola: A Match Made In Heaven, Or A Disaster Waiting To Happen?

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This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week’s, see Voice Control Apps: Future Or Fad?

A few days ago, David argued that Google’s now-approved purchase of Motorola will change the Android game. Hell, that much should really be pretty obvious – they now have access to virtually every piece of the smartphone puzzle in their hands. At first thought, that seems like a good idea for reasons that are probably obvious to most people reading an Android blog: a more pure Android experience. But as David pointed out, the tie-up has unnerved Android’s biggest manufacturers and may push them to explore other directions.

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Painkiller: Purgatory Comes To Android, Lets You Relive The Early 2000s, FPS Style

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Apparently, it’s all the rage for developers to bring classic games to modern platforms. Games that used to require full PC setups or (then) powerful consoles now run perfectly on mobile devices, so resurrecting this "old tech" for a new generation seems like the perfect idea.

The developers behind the port of Duke Nukem 3D have brought another classic FPS (first person shooter) to Android: Painkiller: Purgatory. For the uninitiated, Painkiller is a throwback game from the early 2000s where you play the part of a young man trapped in Purgatory, trying to find his way to Heaven so …

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Rock Music Trivia 2.1 Free for iOS: 7,500+ Rock n Roll Trivia Questions

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Ever wondered who the members of the ’27 Club’ are? Or who first turned The Beatles on to pot? Or maybe you’re one of those music fans who think they know it all already? Whatever you level of expertise, Rock Music Trivia is the perfect challenge for everyone who loves debating music trivia with their buddies over a couple of cold ones. With one of the largest databases of any music trivia app, it provides the opportunity to put those long-standing musical arguments to bed while starting a few new ones at the same time.

A Nest of Eggs, LLC introduces Rock Music Trivia 2.1 free for iOS, an update to their best-selling Rock ‘n Roll Heaven Entrance Exam trivia game. Version 2 includes questions from five categories, including: Classic Oldies, Classic Rock, Lyrics, Mixed Rock & Roll, and the ’80s and Beyond. Players can play solitaire games or challenge others. Scores are based on Correct Answers, plus bonus points for Difficulty and Speed and there are Amazon gift certificates for achieving 100,000 points or more. Featuring Open Feint connectivity, the app also allows users to submit their own questions and four possible answers, which will be seen by others along with the question-maker’s photo.

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HTC Reveals Android 4.0 Rollout For Sensation XE To Begin “Early This Year”

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We learned back in November that HTC was planning to deliver Ice Cream Sandwich to their dual-core lineup sometime in 2012 only problem was — when exactly? 1st quarter? Q2? Heaven forbid towards the end of the year… Well, today we finally have a better idea of when HTC plans to update some of these confirmed devices, starting with the HTC Sensation XE.

In a reply to a user on Twitter asking when his newly purchased Sensation XE would be receiving the Android 4.0 update, HTC’s official Twitter account replied that the device would be receiving ICS “early this year.” Okay — so it’s not much but we’ll take anything at this point. After seeing what HTC plans to do with Android 4.0 melding it into their Sense UI, I know it’s not the popular opinion round here, but I, for one, am pretty excited to see what HTC comes up with.

[Twitter | Via AndroidCommunity]


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What does Samsung have up their sleeve for CES in Las Vegas next Month?

Let’s talk CES for just a minute. If you’re unfamiliar, CES stands for Consumer Electronics Show. It’s the largest electronics trade show known to man. First held in 1967, the event, which is not open to the public, is held annually in the Las Vegas Convention Center and sees about 140,000 people from all over the world in attendance. We’re talking about enough gadgets in one place to make any tech fan feel like they’re in Heaven.

There are expected to be a slew of the latest and greatest companies featuring their newest and coolest products that will be launching throughout next year at the 2012 event. Samsung is one of those companies, and they have begun sending out invitations to an exclusive media event that will be held Monday January 9, the day before CES officially kicks off. While, we’re not exactly sure what they have planned, Samsung has vowed to show us how they’re pushing the boundaries of innovation (at least, that’s what our invite says).

Could this be Android-related? There’s always that possibility, but let’s not forget — Samsung is a major company with a lot more on their hands than just smart phones. Have you seen this concept video of the flexible AMOLED display Sammy recently dropped?

Now, I dunno about you, but I’d love to get my hands on one of those to play with for a few minutes. I’m sure it will be a while before technology like that becomes common stock, but it’s always nice to dream.

Speaking of dreams, I will be attending this year’s Consumer Electronics Show for the first time. Even further, I’ve never been to Vegas before, so this is definitely like a dream come true for me. Unfortunately, I booked far in advance and being the rookie I am, I made a slight mistake. I’m not getting in to Sin City until the evening of Samsung’s event, so it looks like I’m gonna have to miss out on this one (lesson learned for the future: Get to CES at least two days before it starts).

The good news is, Stormy is going to be there at the press conference, and we’ll be sure to get you all the juicy details the second he hears them from good ol’ Sammy. And of course, he and I will be covering the rest of the event, so you won’t want to miss out on anything here at AndroidSPIN during the week of CES. We’ll even be covering other sweet electronic gear too, as CES has a lot more to offer than just our beloved Android.

Get ready Vegas. Here we come!

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Android Heaven Is One Step Closer With Androidland Being Launched In Melbourne

Android paradise is now one step closer– at least for those in Melbourne, Austrailia.  Telstra has just launched their Android-themed store fittingly called “Androidland”, which is found inside on the 2nd level of the CBD store.  It is the first known dedicated Android retail presence of its kind in the world with representatives of many manufacturers (HTC, Motorola, Sony Ericsson & Samsung) as well as Telstra and reps from Google. Sadly, Androidland is intended to be open for only 6 months. If there’s positive feedback however, consumers can possibly see Androidland in the other stores as well.

The store of course has gadgets galore. Inside of the store are three sections of displays showing off just Android devices– tablets and phones. “Telstra said the idea of letting people have actual hands-on time with devices will increase satisfaction and then purchase of the product, with the help of their “expert” team”. Now that there is an Android haven available, wouldn’t it make sense for upcoming devices to be launched there? Telstra says of course! It believes Androidland would be the perfect place for devices to be announced, “especially considering the input Google has had in the creation of their retail presence”. Sounds mighty good to me. You can check out some shots of the store and video after the break. If you live in Melbourne or heck– even if you don’t– let us know what you think about the store in the Comments section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sprint stores selling the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch a little early?

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That blurry little slice of heaven you see here is the Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G Touch, Esq. (See what we did there?) And it apparently is in the hands of Android Central Forums member Atomicvoice, who managed to get one out of his local Sprint store today after they called and told him to come pick it up.

Nobody’s saying which store this was. But if you can’t possibly wait another 15 hours or so, it might be worth a phone call or two.

Source: Epic 4G Touch Forums


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Android Developers Spamming Their Apps in the Market [Rants]

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Whether you’re an Android user or a developer, I’m sure we can all agree on 1 thing: the Android Market is far from perfect. I’m not talking about the UI or even how “open” it is (another topic for another time), I’m talking about things like this.

CatNinjaFly. Or is it SuperNinjaCat? Or NinjaCatFly? It doesn’t matter what you call it because all would be the correct answer and that’s my problem. They are all the exact same games, from the exact same developer. Apparently, the developer NANJAANDROID thought he could gain a little more exposure out of his app, by spamming it in the Market under different names.

Did I download the game? Yes. Did I enjoy it? I mean – it’s a freakin’ ninja cat for heaven’s sake. But that’s beside the point. The point is, how does stuff like this go unnoticed in our Android Market and what should be done about it? I don’t want to down rate the game because it’s actually quite enjoyable. Honestly, I’m not sure what can be done about “app spam” like this but I can tell you this, it needs to stop. NOW.

[Via AndroidSpin]


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STATS: Android 2.3 now on 9% of Android phones

Google has once again updated the OS statistics heaven that is its Platform Versions data, showing that Android 2.2 remains the most commonplace form of the mobile OS by far – with the combined versions of Android 2.3 gradually emerging and powering a total of just over 9% of all Android phones.

2.1 is still pretty big out there, too. Here’s the friendly green pie chart, which shows data gathered by counting phones that connected to Google’s servers in the two-week period ending June 1st:

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The tablets are yet to really gain any significant “traction” it would seem. The previous data for May had Android 2.3 on only 4% of phones.

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  3. STATS: Android 2.2 now on 29% of Android phones
  4. STATS: Android 2.1 now on 60% of all Android phones

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Asus Transformers Now In Stock At Best Buy [Update: STILL In Stock]

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I know you’ve been seeing these posts all week about Asus’ elusive Transformer tablet going on sale at various stores around the net, only for the post to be updated with “Sold Out” before we can even publish.

Well, looks like Best Buy may have received more than 4 units of this hot ticket item. Phandroid reported earlier this week that Asus was planning on upping production of their Tickle Me Elmo tablet. Yesterday, when we found out they were available at Best Buy, we sent out a tweet notifying our followers and like clockwork, the 32GB version sold out in minutes. Upon checking BesyBuy.com this morning, I couldn’t believe my eyes to see that the 16GB version is still available. Of course, I could have been raptured in my sleep and I suppose it’s possible that heaven has a never ending supply of Honeycomb tablets.

Either way, grab your Transformer before they sell out (again) and don’t forget — you can always save yourself some extra moolah by picking up the 16GB version and plopping down $30 for a 16GB micro sd card to shove inside. Thank, gawd for expandable memory!

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Droid Charge Gets System Update On Day 1

Today is the big day for those waiting for the highly anticipated Samsung Droid charge on Verizon Wireless. Our News Editor, Heaven DeHoff, is covering the roll out of Verizon’s second 4G LTE Android Phone.  We however, have had one for about a month now and today we received an OTA update.  We arent sure [...]

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HTC Gives Us Six Minutes with their Flyer Tablet [Video]

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No, it isn’t quite seven minutes in heaven, but it is six minutes with the HTC Flyer. This is the sort of device you need to work yourself up to get excited about, because the tablet itself isn’t doing much to stir the blood. Still, HTC does its best to give us the bells-and-whistles overview of their upcoming Android slate. They call it a “tablet like no other.” We like the sound of its rumored successors a bit more.

[via YouTube]



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