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New Runner App Makes it Easy to Make Your Perfect Running Playlist

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Price: free  App Store


Available today, Runner aims to help you create a perfect running playlist made of your favorite songs without the need to mess with BPMs or workout songs you don’t like. Music has a positive impact on your running speed. Runner tracks this by logging your pace per song as you run and then it lets you sort your playlists by pace or create a custom length playlist of your fastest songs.

Features and Benefits:

Track your pace per song:
Select your favorite playlist and run. Your pace per song will be saved automatically and updated every time you run.

Track your run:
Time elapsed, distance and pace read to you every 1/2 mile.

Run faster:
Create a custom length playlist of your fastest songs based on their average pace.

Run smarter:
Sort playlists to match your style: Fastest song at the middle or end.

Smart controls:
Start, Pause and Resume your run and music from your headphones button.

Check your previous runs:
See how good you did on your past runs and even use the same playlist again.

Finish reading New Runner App Makes it Easy to Make Your Perfect Running Playlist.

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HTC claims new licensing agreement with Apple will benefit them in 2013 and beyond

In case you haven’t heard, Apple and HTC have reached an agreement that will finally end their ongoing patent battle. The new 10 year agreement will cover all current, pending and future patents. Upon the contract, it’s estimated that HTC will pay Apple between $6-$8 per Android device that they ship.

While that may look bad on paper, HTC China’s President Ray Yam believes the move could actually benefit the company in the future:

“The settlement with Apple will start to pay off next year, and the fourth quarter of this year is still going at a set pace. The biggest benefit to us is that we can put more energy into innovation, which is more important than anything else for a technology company.”

I can see where Yam is going with this. With the numerous patent fights against Apple finally behind them, HTC can now focus their resources on “innovating” and making a quality product rather than wasting time and money fighting against a losing battle against Apple. HTC is poised to make drastic changes in this coming year in how they market and create their products. With their over all market share quickly dwindling down and taken over by Samsung, I’m sure they need all the help they can get.

I for one would love for HTC to make a comeback and stay in the game, thus we’ll see how it turns out for them this year.

source: BGR

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Korean Variant Of The Samsung Galaxy Note II Smartphone Officially Reaches 1 Million Sales

 

As Samsung continues to experience unprecedented success with its Galaxy Note II smartphone, it continues to experience unprecedented sales of the revolutionary device. Recent news has surfaced that the device despite the device being launched within the last few months, the Korean variant of the smartphone has officially surpassed the 1 million sale mark, selling three times as a fast as the original Galaxy Note smartphone. What’s even more fascinating is the original G-Note ended up selling 10 million devices worldwide in just a mere 10 months after its launch, but current forecasts have the Galaxy Note II reaching 10 million sales in just 4 to 5 months if it continues to keep up with its current pace.

You gotta hand it to Samsung— when it really believes in a product, it will do its very best to convince consumers to believe in it too. Feel free to chalk this one up as another notch under Samsung’s belt.

source: MK

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Falcon Pro Twitter update adds YouTube, mute, and spam options

The new to the scene and already extremely popular Twitter client for Android Falcon Pro received an awesome update just before the new year hit. If you haven’t tried out this increasingly popular Twitter app yet, now would be a great time to check it out. With YouTube API support, full mute features and more read on to find out all the details.

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Falcon Pro has been receiving updates and developer support at a very rapid pace, and we have a feeling that will continue deep into 2013. We know there’s tons of Twitter apps, but this is one of the better options. Earlier this month they updated the app with tons of improvements to speed and mainly bug fixes, but today’s update is bringing plenty of new features.

Today’s update added tons of features that weren’t “needed” but surely continue to make this one of the better Twitter clients on Android. We now have YouTube API support, they’ve added options to mute those obnoxious #Bieber tweets, or anything else for that matter. Double-tap featured are here, and even a log-out button. Since that was missing originally for some reason. Here’s the full rundown:

- Added YouTube api integration
- Added option to Enable double tap on tweets
- Added logout button
- Added hide keyboard on RT
- Added report for SPAM
- Added mute management from settings
- Added hashtag auto fill when searching for tweets
- Added slider for refresh rates
- New “More Actions” dialog design
- Enhanced conversation view with private accounts
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Not only do we have better mute options, but there’s full management of said feature from settings. Being able to report spam was also a much requested feature we’re happy to announce is now here. Slider refresh rates just adds polish to the user interface, and we’re expecting much more to arrive soon. You can even vote on what features you want next by heading here and voicing your opinion. It’s 2013 folks, try something new!

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Korean Variant Of The Samsung Galaxy Note II Smartphone Officially Reaches 1 Million Sales

 

As Samsung continues to experience unprecedented success with its Galaxy Note II smartphone, it continues to experience unprecedented sales of the revolutionary device. Recent news has surfaced that the device despite the device being launched within the last few months, the Korean variant of the smartphone has officially surpassed the 1 million sale mark, selling three times as a fast as the original Galaxy Note smartphone. What’s even more fascinating is the original G-Note ended up selling 10 million devices worldwide in just a mere 10 months after its launch, but current forecasts have the Galaxy Note II reaching 10 million sales in just 4 to 5 months if it continues to keep up with its current pace.

You gotta hand it to Samsung— when it really believes in a product, it will do its very best to convince consumers to believe in it too. Feel free to chalk this one up as another notch under Samsung’s belt.

source: MK

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Korean Variant Of The Samsung Galaxy Note II Smartphone Officially Reaches 1 Million Sales

 

As Samsung continues to experience unprecedented success with its Galaxy Note II smartphone, it continues to experience unprecedented sales of the revolutionary device. Recent news has surfaced that the device despite the device being launched within the last few months, the Korean variant of the smartphone has officially surpassed the 1 million sale mark, selling three times as a fast as the original Galaxy Note smartphone. What’s even more fascinating is the original G-Note ended up selling 10 million devices worldwide in just a mere 10 months after its launch, but current forecasts have the Galaxy Note II reaching 10 million sales in just 4 to 5 months if it continues to keep up with its current pace.

You gotta hand it to Samsung— when it really believes in a product, it will do its very best to convince consumers to believe in it too. Feel free to chalk this one up as another notch under Samsung’s belt.

source: MK

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Korean Variant Of The Samsung Galaxy Note II Smartphone Officially Reaches 1 Million Sales

 

As Samsung continues to experience unprecedented success with its Galaxy Note II smartphone, it continues to experience unprecedented sales of the revolutionary device. Recent news has surfaced that the device despite the device being launched within the last few months, the Korean variant of the smartphone has officially surpassed the 1 million sale mark, selling three times as a fast as the original Galaxy Note smartphone. What’s even more fascinating is the original G-Note ended up selling 10 million devices worldwide in just a mere 10 months after its launch, but current forecasts have the Galaxy Note II reaching 10 million sales in just 4 to 5 months if it continues to keep up with its current pace.

You gotta hand it to Samsung— when it really believes in a product, it will do its very best to convince consumers to believe in it too. Feel free to chalk this one up as another notch under Samsung’s belt.

source: MK

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Samsung Galaxy Note II sales exceed one million in Korea, may hit 10M globally in Q1

By all accounts, Samsung’s Galaxy Note II has been a massive success. The oversized smartphone has now made its way into the hands of more than one million consumers in South Korea, just a month after Samsung announced that global sales had exceeded five million units. At that pace, the smartphone maker is reportedly on track to move 10 million Note IIs within four to five months of its late-September launch, compared to the nearly 10 months that it took to meet that milestone with the device’s predecessor. LG is also reporting similar domestic sales for its aging 5-inch Optimus Vu, so if you’ve taken the plunge on either 5+ inch behemoth, it looks like you’re in good company.

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Korean Variant Of The Samsung Galaxy Note II Smartphone Officially Reaches 1 Million Sales

 

As Samsung continues to experience unprecedented success with its Galaxy Note II smartphone, it continues to experience unprecedented sales of the revolutionary device. Recent news has surfaced that the device despite the device being launched within the last few months, the Korean variant of the smartphone has officially surpassed the 1 million sale mark, selling three times as a fast as the original Galaxy Note smartphone. What’s even more fascinating is the original G-Note ended up selling 10 million devices worldwide in just a mere 10 months after its launch, but current forecasts have the Galaxy Note II reaching 10 million sales in just 4 to 5 months if it continues to keep up with its current pace.

You gotta hand it to Samsung— when it really believes in a product, it will do its very best to convince consumers to believe in it too. Feel free to chalk this one up as another notch under Samsung’s belt.

source: MK

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Five more cities get lit up with AT&T LTE

If you’re not with a carrier whose name start with “V” and ends with “erizon” you might feel like LTE launches are coming in at a snail’s pace, but AT&T’s looking to pick the pace up as it has announced five more cities are getting 4G LTE. This is on top of several more which will be getting expansions to provide even better coverage.

The new markets include Green Bay, Wisconsin; Oxford, Mississippi; Tucson, Arizona; Springfield, Massachusetts; and Melbourne, Florida. On top of that, those in Phoenix, Arizona; Los Angeles, California; New York City, New York; and Salt Lake City, Utah will all benefit from even better coverage wherever they go within their respective towns.

AT&T has made very nice on its promise to quickly and effectively roll LTE out as it enjoys regular launches on — at the very least — a monthly basis. The carrier straddles the line between its biggest competitor, Verizon, and its closest counterpart in Sprint in terms of both volume and frequency of rollouts. Verizon tends to roll new coverage out at the same rate as AT&T, but in bigger chunks, while Sprint isn’t doing as many launches but promises that more cities are being added to a list of eventual launches all the time.

We suspect Sprint will want to make sure it builds up its coverage a bit so that it can drop a bombshell on the American airwaves as the carrier has long promised that it would get a vast majority of its network complete by the end of 2013. Sprint 2013 will likely be the carrier’s target point for beginning rollouts, but it has been mum on the roadmap outside of the bigger picture.

As it stands, though, America is getting drenched in LTE by the day no matter which carrier you decide to stay loyal to (unless, of course, you’re with T-Mobile, but your day should be coming at some point next year). In the meantime, folks with an AT&T LTE phone should turn that 4G radio on without delay and experience just how fast it can be for themselves.

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The week in international Android news – Dec. 16, 2012

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The holidays may be just around the corner, but the pace of news shows no sign of slowing. So here's another quick recap of the week's main Android events around the world. It's been a busy week packed with device launches on various UK  networks, app updates from Google and the BBC, as well as review and first impressions features here on AC.

Check past the break for this week's round-up.

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Verizon lighting up more 4G LTE in Washington and Oregon

Earlier this month Verizon celebrated the 2-year anniversary of their 4G LTE, but they aren’t slowing down anytime soon. We know they’ve been updating at a very rapid pace and today have learned multiple Northwest markets will be getting lit up with 4G LTE. Verizon’s expects their entire LTE rollout to be complete in 2013, and they’re well on their way.

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As usual Verizon has updated their news blog with additional details regarding multiple regions getting 4G LTE starting December 20th. Currently they offer their 4G LTE network services to over 400 markets and later this month are adding another 9 in Washington and Oregon. Below is the quick list of a few locations that will get the green light.

Klamath Falls, OR
Roseburg, OR
Kennewick, WA
Pasco, WA
Richland, WA
Port Angeles, WA
Port Townsend, WA
Sequim, WA

Verizon is hitting all locations rather hard as of late. Just a few weeks ago they lit up multiple new networks across different parts of New York that previously weren’t enjoying 4G LTE, and they aren’t slowing down either. Many regions like mentioned above aren’t extremely populated and it shows Verizon’s commitment to cover their entire 3G spectrum with faster speeds.

As mentioned above, Verizon is well ahead of their original plans and schedule for 4G LTE and expect their entire rollout to be 100% complete near the mid of 2013. It’s crazy to think that in just two years they’ve achieved so much. That, and it shows just how far AT&T and the rest are behind. If you’re located in the above cities stay on the lookout for LTE coming soon.

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AT&T brings 4G LTE to six new markets

It would seem that today is 4G LTE expansion day for two of the nation’s biggest carriers. Hot on the heels of Verizon’s own 4G LTE expansion, AT&T has announced that it’s LTE network is now up and running in six new markets. On top of that, it has expanded its network in two existing markets, so a fair number of AT&T customers should be experiencing faster data speeds today.

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Looking at AT&T’s rundown of new markets, it seems that the carrier has launched LTE all across the nation. Its new markets stretch from one side of the map to the other, so it’s dotting the country with 4G LTE speed. If you live in any of the following areas, then you should be able to hop on AT&T’s LTE network starting today:

• Pullman, Washington
• Moscow, Idaho
• Hattiesburg, Mississippi
• Starkville, Mississippi
• Allentown, Pennsylvania
• Reno, Nevada

The company is also expanding existing service in Little Rock, Arkansas and Richmond, Virginia, meaning that more customers in those areas should be covered. It was only earlier this week that we talking about AT&T launching LTE in new markets, so the company has been working pretty hard to keep this roll out going at a fast pace. Indeed, the company managed to finish its roll out plan for 2012 early, so these new markets we’re hearing about today are just icing on the cake.

It’ll be interesting to see what AT&T does in 2013. The carrier originally said that it plans to cover 300 million people with its LTE network by the end of 2014, but if it keeps hitting these roll out goals early, then it could cover that many people well before it expects to. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but in the meantime, we imagine we’ll be talking about AT&T’s network again really soon. Stay tuned.

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Report: Google to sell over 1 million Nexus 7 tablets in December

According to a report from Digitimes, sales of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet are on pace to surpass 1 million units for the month of December. The boost from a November estimate of 800,000 to 900,000 tablets shipped can be attributed to strong holiday sales. It also comes a month after Google revamped its Nexus 7 lineup with larger storage options and the addition of a 3G-enabled model.

Overall, from information gathered from Google and ASUS’ supply chain partners, an expected 2-4 million Nexus 7 slates will have shipped by the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. December will mark the first time Google has surpassed the 1 million monthly sales mark since the tablet launched back in July. An estimated 2-3 million units had been sold as of the end of October, putting a total year-end figure somewhere in the 4-7 million range, surpassing Google’s initial goal of 3 million.

In comparison, the same report sees Amazon moving 3-4 million Kindle Fire tablets over Q4 and Apple’s manufacturing partners have plans to ship a combined 3.5 million iPad mini slates between November and December. The uptick in tablet demand coincides with a decreased number of notebook shipments.

 

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Potential sale of Motorola’s set-top box division not a good sign for Google TV?

While the focus of Google’s buyout of Motorola was patents first, then mobile hardware, also acquired in the transaction was the hardware maker’s Home division. The business, which manufacturers set-top boxes typically distributed by cable and other television providers, has been floated for sale, with reports now stating a deal could be inked before the end of the year.

According to Bloomberg, Google has been approached by both Arris Group and Pace Plc over a potential sale of Motorola’s TV business. The report is also quick to state that the chance of a deal being reached so soon is still only about 50 percent. Google is still seeking to retain equity in the company as well as a stronghold on its associated patents.

Never mind what it says about Google’s continued downsizing of Motorola after spending $12.5 billion to acquire the company last year, the move could speak volumes about how the search giant currently feels about its Google TV offering.

While no solid plans ever surfaced, owning Motorola Home opened up some intriguing possibilities for bringing Google TV to a larger audience. Shipping set-top boxes with the internet TV platform pre-installed could have pushed the service to a much wider user base via bundling with cable providers. It also presented the possibility for Google to work closer with such providers to create a more integrated Google TV experience.

The truth is, though, Motorola Home was likely never going to be Google TV’s savior. Other than providing Google with an outlet to create a great piece of hardware, the platform would likely still suffer from the same sort of issues it has seen thus far. As things stand, Google seems content to put minimal effort into what is becoming more and more a pet project, even as hardware partners attempt to push better GTV hardware to market.

We would have loved to have seen a Nexus set-top box power by Google TV. It would sure go over better than the Nexus Q. Motorola afforded Google with the opportunity, but if anything was ever to come of it we likely will never know.

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Sky Go for Android updated with support for 14 new devices, including Jelly Bean

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It looks like British TV network Sky is starting to catch up with the the pace of Android OS upgrades. Today it's launched a new version of its Sky Go mobile TV app, introducing support for 14 new devices along with Android versions 4.1-4.2.1 (Jelly Bean). Today's update brings Sky Go to a wider audience, after an update over the summer first opened it up to ICS phones.

From our own device history, we can confirm that Sky Go supports the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Galaxy S3 LTE, Galaxy Note 2, Sony Xperia T, LG Optimus 4X HD and Jelly Bean'd Galaxy Nexus, amongst others. Notable exceptions include the HTC One X+ and One S, which unfortunately remain unsupported.

Other changes in the new version of Sky Go for Android include improved navigation and various other UI changes.

Sky subscribers can grab the app from the Google Play link above.

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BitTorrent’s collection of Android apps hit 10 million downloads

We already know that BitTorrent is pretty popular with the Internet using masses, but as it turns out, it’s proving to be quite popular with Android users as well. There are four different BitTorrent apps available for Android devices – BitTorrent beta and µTorrent beta, along with remote apps for both BitTorrent and µTorrent – and collectively they’ve been downloaded 10 million times. Not bad for a group of apps that only started becoming available just over a year ago.


Of those four, it seems that the remote apps are the most popular, with 4.7 million downloads between them. Little surprise there, considering that those apps let users remotely control their desktop BitTorrent or µTorrent clients, meaning they can keep track of the items they’re downloading to their computer from anywhere. We imagine a lot of BitTorrent users can see the value there, hence the apps’ popularity.

The numbers for the others have the µTorrent app at 3.8 million downloads, which is certainly saying something considering that app has only been available since September. It would seem that users are flocking to the app, as BitTorrent says that 45% of µTorrent’s Android audience use the app a few times a week, while 25% use it each and every day. Expect µTorrent’s popularity on Android to keep growing at a fast pace as time goes on, with it overtaking the remote apps in terms of downloads soon.

Rounding out the group is the BitTorrent app, which has 1.5 million downloads to its name. That means BitTorrent is the least popular app out of the four, but even then, 1.5 million downloads is nothing to stick your nose up at. We imagine the downloads will keep coming for these apps for a while yet, so keep it here at Android Community for more details.

[via Digital Trends]

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Samsung Galaxy Note II for Verizon: what’s different?

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The Galaxy Note II is a big phone that has attracted an even bigger following: Samsung shipped over 5 million units in two months, even before the holiday shopping season commenced in full force. And we don’t expect the company to slow down either — now that the device is available worldwide and on all four national US carriers (not to mention a regional player as well), Samsung’s likely to pick up the pace exponentially. We’ve already painstakingly reviewed the Note II in all its glory — twice, actually — but Verizon’s particular variant has a few key differences that are worth noting. What kind of carrier “enhancements” and other goodies can you expect as a reward for your 300 hard-earned dollars? How does the Note II match up against the rest of Verizon’s lineup? Follow us past the break and we’ll give you the full scoop.

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Apple Inc now ranks sixth in China smartphone market

While this story isn’t totally Android related, we’re always scoping the competition. The world is a funny place, especially when marketing is involved. Take Euro-Disney for example: Who would’ve ever thought Disney would fail anywhere in the world? Similarly, Apple is nearly having the same fate in China. Okay, maybe that was an exaggeration. Regardless, things could be better for Apple in China. Research firm IDC has reported that Apple Inc has fallen to sixth place in China’s smartphone market. Turns out that the Chines are a loyal group and like sticking to their own brands. The irony here is that they can’t even break into the top five in the most populated country in the world, yet they’re on pace to obtain the overall number one ranking in the world. Not surprisingly, Samsung nailed down the top spot.

source:  Reuters

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Apple Inc now ranks sixth in China smartphone market

While this story isn’t totally Android related, we’re always scoping the competition. The world is a funny place, especially when marketing is involved. Take Euro-Disney for example: Who would’ve ever thought Disney would fail anywhere in the world? Similarly, Apple is nearly having the same fate in China. Okay, maybe that was an exaggeration. Regardless, things could be better for Apple in China. Research firm IDC has reported that Apple Inc has fallen to sixth place in China’s smartphone market. Turns out that the Chines are a loyal group and like sticking to their own brands. The irony here is that they can’t even break into the top five in the most populated country in the world, yet they’re on pace to obtain the overall number one ranking in the world. Not surprisingly, Samsung nailed down the top spot.

source:  Reuters

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Apple Inc now ranks sixth in China smartphone market

While this story isn’t totally Android related, we’re always scoping the competition. The world is a funny place, especially when marketing is involved. Take Euro-Disney for example: Who would’ve ever thought Disney would fail anywhere in the world? Similarly, Apple is nearly having the same fate in China. Okay, maybe that was an exaggeration. Regardless, things could be better for Apple in China. Research firm IDC has reported that Apple Inc has fallen to sixth place in China’s smartphone market. Turns out that the Chines are a loyal group and like sticking to their own brands. The irony here is that they can’t even break into the top five in the most populated country in the world, yet they’re on pace to obtain the overall number one ranking in the world. Not surprisingly, Samsung nailed down the top spot.

source:  Reuters

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AT&T Sells 6.4 million smartphones in third quarter of 2012

Leading wireless service provider AT&T reportedly sold 6.4 million units of smartphone in the third quarter and is on pace of breaking its projected sales by the end of the year, the company announced this week.

AT&T’s mobility arm CEO Ralph De La Vega said the carrier is experiencing a solid year in business as it expected to sell 1 million more than the projected sales of 25 million smartphones in 2012.

“What we’re seeing is tremendous response in the marketplace,” Vega said at an investor conference on Tuesday. “Excitement is at all time high. I feel very good about momentum going into December.”

De La Vega is expecting sales to further skyrocket up in the succeeding weeks, especially on key dates during the Holiday season. The AT&T executive said it has already sufficient supply of iPhones and improved its inventory of Nokia Lumia 920 and LG Optimus G.

The carrier is also anticipating its tablet sales to go up with its recent $100 promotions and mobie data share plan. Moreover, it has all three operating systems on their tablets: Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows RT, Kindle Fire HD, and Apple’s iPad.

“I can’t fathom how many tablets will be under the Christmas tree,” said an optimistic De La Vega about AT&T potentially big sales of tablets this Holiday season.

Aside from its mobile arm, De la Vega also tackled growth in other business areas such home security and mobile payments. The carrier is set to release its home security and automation service in 2013. These products will be available at its stores and selected distribution outlets.

AT&T home security business values roughly $18 million with operating margings of 35 to 40 percent range. De la Vega added that more profits are expected from this industry due to the company’s lower cost structure.

“We like what we see,” he said. “But we’re still in the early stages of development.”

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Apple and HTC heavily redacted settlement agreement surfaces

Apple and HTC came to an agreement last month that ended a two-year battle between the two companies. At first, we heard that Apple was receiving $6-$8 for every phone HTC sold, but HTC has since shot that down. Shortly after the ruling, Samsung was given access to the agreement since it could affect its own patents and suits.



Now, the general public gets to see the spares details of the document. As you can see in the picture above, very little of the page is actually visible. Samsung made the document available, although we are not exactly sure why it choose to release the agreement. What little it does reveal is scattered across the document’s 140 pages.

We know that Apple and HTC have settled on a non-exclusive, non-sublicensable, and non-transferable license for various patents between the two companies. There are provisions that exclude nine HTC patents and various Apple patents, and an arbitration process for any Apple product HTC decides to clone. Want to know what devices? Well that information, like much of the agreement, is covered.

Another interesting piece of information is that both Apple and HTC have agreed to remain silent on the issue. This is quite a change of pace compared to what we are used to, with Apple and Samsung constantly at each others’ throats. While the document does not tell us much, at least we get a little something out of it.

[via Slashgear]

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AT&T says it’s on record pace for smartphone sales this quarter, 6.4 million sold already

We don’t always get mid-quarter updates on sales from carriers, but AT&T’s Ralph de le Vega was apparently eager to spill a few numbers during an investor conference today. As CNET reports, de la Vega revealed that AT&T has sold 6.4 million smartphones during the first two months of Q4, which he says puts the carrier on a “record pace” for the quarter. It’s also caused the carrier to revise its projections for the full year, with it now forecasting smartphone sales of 26 million for all of 2012 (one million more than it had previously expected). De la Vega is also said to be “bullish” on tablets, but the didn’t go into specific numbers there, noting only that he “can’t fathom how many tablets will be under the Christmas tree.” He also didn’t break down those smartphone sales by specific devices, but he said that AT&T had improved its supply of iPhones, and also remarked that he’s “really excited” about Windows Phone sales (again, without getting into specifics).

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Source: CNET, Computerworld

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[Book Giveaway] Make Your Game Idea A Reality With Apress’ Beginning Android Games

Zechner 4677-0 POD.inddThe number of quality games in the Play Store may be increasing at a healthy pace, but let’s be honest, there’s still some room for improvement. Unfortunately, even if you know Java, creating games can be a little different than creating an app. You need some help – a professionally-written book to break down and explain each part of the process, then help you bring it together.

Beginning Android Games, Second Edition

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Enter Beginning Android Games, Second Edition, published by Apress. Tailored to people with a basic knowledge of Java, the book breaks down the game-designing process into 16 chapters.

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[Book Giveaway] Make Your Game Idea A Reality With Apress’ Beginning Android Games was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Department of Energy program to make batteries more powerful, less expensive

When you’re shopping around for a new phone or tablet, battery life is one of the most important bullet points you can look at. After all, you can have the best equipment running beneath a beautiful screen, but if the battery life is poor, those top-of-the-line components aren’t going to do you much good. The Department of Energy has decided it’s time to come up with new batteries that are not only more powerful, but less expensive as well.


Specifically speaking, the Department of Energy wants researchers to make batteries five times more powerful and five times less expensive in just five years. That sounds like it’s going to be a pretty big undertaking, which is why the Department of Energy will allocate a total of $120 million in funding over these five years. Apparently, the DOE wants wants this new battery program to be similar to the infamous Manhattan Project in execution.

That doesn’t mean that this will end with a new super weapon, but rather that the DOE expects progress to be made at a quick pace. The program will have to advance quickly if the DOE expects this to be done in just five years, which is why it’s pulling some of the country’s best researchers together for it. In all, six national labs, five universites, and four private firms will participate in this program, so the DOE will have some of the country’s leading minds working on beefing up the world’s batteries.

Naturally, since so many things are powered by batteries these days, this isn’t done specifically with smartphones and tablets in mind, but our essential mobile devices could certainly benefit from this research. Even today, we’re seeing manufacturers pay more attention to batteries, with the DROID RAZR MAXX in particular shipping with a huge 3,300mAh battery. Provided everything works out with this program, it may not be long before our mobile devices are shipping with excellent batteries left and right.

[via ComputerWorld]

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Nokia Sells Its Headquarters in Espoo, Finland

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Nokia isn’t having a great time in the market with Windows Phone adoption just slowly picking up pace now. And as if that wasn’t enough to set the company back, we’re now learning of a new low point in the company’s timeline. Nokia has agreed to sell one of its headquarters in Espoo, Finland for 170 million Euros, which is close to $222 million. This seems like a desperate attempt to cut costs as the company has been struggling to rake in profits. There have been plenty of job cuts in the past, which was an indication of what’s to come in the future. While Nokia is making this sound as if it’s a strategic decision, it doesn’t take a genius to see the real picture. This long term lease deal has been struck with a Finland based company named Exilion. Despite the deal, the company will continue to operate in the premises for a while, it is said. The sale of the headquarters is believed to be finalized by the end of this year.

The CFO of Nokia, Timo Ihamuotila had this to say in the company’s official press release – “We had a comprehensive sales process with both Finnish and foreign investors and we are very pleased with this outcome. As we have said before, owning real estate is not part of Nokia’s core business and when good opportunities arise we are willing to exit these types of non-core assets. We are naturally continuing to operate in our head office building on a long-term basis.”

It was initially reported that the company was seeking somewhere close to 200 million Euros for the Espoo headquarters, but having settled to just 170 million Euros, one would think if this is a long term lease deal signed between Nokia and Exilion. The building is very special to Nokia as it has been in operation close to 15 years now. It is obviously disappointing to see a company like Nokia reach this level, but one can’t help but wonder if the company brought this on itself.

All hopes for Nokia currently ride on the Windows Phone handsets that the company is offering. They have been successful to some extent in particular markets, but haven’t received widespread success. Nokia’s Lumia 920 is all that people talk about today when any mention of Nokia is made. The device is currently doing well in the U.S, but its sales have been hindered due to low stocks with the retailers. Nokia puts in much of its efforts into marketing as much into R&D. While marketing has proved to be vital for the company’s existence in the highly competitive mobile industry, it seems like the company needs a little more than that to woo shareholders and potential customers too. Let’s see what the future holds for Nokia, as it desperately needs things to work in its favor now.

Source: Nokia
Via: Phone Arena

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Hyundai Motors posts highest sales volume growth among top 5 brands in China

The automotive industry reached great heights of success this year with Hyundai Motors making the highest sales volume growth among top 5 brands in China. This South Korea’s largest automaker Hyundai Motors sold 80,598 cars in October reporting 36.6 percent on-year.

To start with, the largest seller, Shanghai Volkswagen (Shanghai Dazhong), in terms of volumes, said its October sales grew at a record pace of 31.0 percent increase in sales volume buoyed by strong demand for a new version of a popular car model and a low comparison base.

The second largest carmaker FAW-Volkswagen (Yiqi Dazhong) reported success with 32.6 percent, the third biggest company Shanghai General Motors (Shanghai GM) with 13.8 percent and the fifth biggest company Changan Ford Mazda with 27.8 percent.

The Langdong was divulged and revealed in China in last August. This was cardinally and critically designed to be equipped with sophisticated style, exceptional features, higher and improved quality and economy to meet local consumers’ preferences. The sales volume of the new strategic model has escalated from 11,613 in August to 15,243 in September to 18,207 in October this year. Tucson, the company’s another model, locally named ix35, sold 12,519 units in October, up 64.5 percent on-year.

Even as other auto makers reported sales growth during October, industry officials and analysts strongly feel and consider the fact that it may still not signal a reawakening and renewal in the car market, which has been hit by high interest rates and fuel prices, besides fears of job losses as well.

The achievement and the attainment of success has been bulwarked and buttressed by the new model Langdong released in August and the augmentation and development of the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) market in China, which has eased and promoted huge sales growth of ix35.  Still they feel that there is some space for improvement. And it should be possible to bring more cars in the market.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II: 5 million units sold worldwide and counting

The pace at which Samsung’s Galaxy Note II has moved off the shelves has been dizzying. Just 24 days ago, Samsung announced that it had sold over 3 million units of the massive device. Well folks, that was before the official shopping season apparently began, because they’ve now announced that over 5 million units are now in customers’ hands. At this rate, it looks like Samsung’s initial sales estimate back in September of the Note II selling three times faster than the original Note will most likely come to fruition. While it remains to be seen how sales are per capita vs. the original Note (or if we’ll ever know), the move to make the device available on more carriers seems to have definitely paid off.

source:  Samsung


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Dragon Slayer game breathes fire all over Google Play

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As promised, Glu's free to play Dragon Slayer game has swooped into Google Play. This title takes the familiar one-on-one gesture-based duel format but pits dragons against mages. Mages blast through levels that are composed of a series of dragons, one after another. They all have their own elemental weaknesses as well as special attacks. As with all Glu games, there are lots of in-app purchases being nudged your way, but the graphics are pretty slick, and the game's premise is a nice change of pace for fans of high fantasy. 

I've been playing a little bit, and though there seems to be a lot more emphasis on improving gear rather than stats or abilities, it's pretty fun trying to read the movements of a variety of dragons and preparing to defend accordingly. Luckily there are also the occasional text warnings to provice cues. There's also a pet system in place, which can offer slight, and sometimes necessary back-up. 

Any takers, or is a reliance on in-app purchases a dealbreaker? Any other dueling games that you're digging lately? 

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