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Now that the mid-range LG Optimus F7 has joined U.S. Cellular’s lineup, the carrier’s getting ready to welcome another budget-minded smartphone to the clan. We’ve gotten ahold of internal documents indicating that the ZTE Imperial will arrive on June 17th carrying a 4-inch 480×800 display, and will run Android 4.1 on a 1.2 GHz single-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of built-in memory and a 2,5000 mAh battery. A 5-megapixel rear-facing shooter and a microSD slot will make an appearance on the hardware as well, along with LTE data, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and GPS. There’s no price attached to the handset just yet, but with these specs, you can expect it to be easy on the wallet.
Gallery: ZTE Imperial for US Cellular leaked
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You’d think bigger (screen size) would mean better (resolution). But not for Archos’ recently announced 10.1-inch Titanium tablet. No, this particular tab, which just surfaced at the FCC, actually sports a comparatively middling 1,280 x 800 IPS display — when contrasted with the Retina-like screen on the 9.7-inch model, anyway. We’ve already gotten hands-on with the Android 4.1 slate back at CES last week, so there’s no real surprise where specs are concerned: dual-core 1.6GHz Rockchip CPU, quad-core GPU, WiFi b/g/n and a 3.7V Li-ion battery. The main takeaway here? Well, you could be seeing it hit US shores sometime soon, just don’t expect any carrier affiliation.
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Samsung Strategy Officer: iPhone-Induced “Crisis Of Design” Docs Were Exaggerated To Motivate Employees
We’re just commencing Week Two of the Samsung v. Apple trial in San Jose, and Judge Lucy Koh opened the day with a joke, saying that there had been a false hope in her heart this weekend that the two would settle. But these two electronics giants are still ready to battle it out, and have brought Justin Denison, Samsung’s Chief Strategy officer, back to the stand.
After some questions about whether or not STA sells directly to consumers, and whether Galaxy phones are different from one model to the next, Samsung’s lawyer Mr. Quinn was about to actually make a point.
He mentioned that throughout the trial, there have been comments such as “Samsung is in a crisis of design” and “the difference between the iPhone and the Galaxy phones are like heaven and earth.”
Since Apple’s asserting that four of its design patents and one trade dress registration were infringed, any proof that Samsung was trying to copy either specific patented features or general Apple-esque aesthetic in its handsets would be damaging to Samsung’s case. While mention of a crisis of design don’t prove conscious copying, it could certainly push the jury to believe Samsung was letting competition from the iPhone affect design choices.
Quinn then laid out a series of questions, asking about Samsung’s general “style of communication for management to motivate employees.” Denison answered with the following:
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 [Samsung] never rests on its laurels and becomes complacent. So you hear a lot of hyperbolic statements, “crisis of design,” “heaven and earth.”
Quinn then asked if there are any graphic examples of this type of communication within Samsung, which felt like a small win on the horizon when Denison brought up a famous story within Samsung. He unfortunately also mentioned that he wasn’t there for this, and had only heard about it, allowing Apple counsel to object on the basis of hearsay and have any comment on other graphic examples of hyperbolic communication overruled and thrown out.
Mr. Quinn then asked how Denison felt about Apple’s accusations that Samsung had “ripped off” Apple’s designs, a phrase Apple has hammered home since the trial’s very beginning.
I find it very offensive. At Samsung, we’re very proud of the products we produced, of all the hard work that goes into bringing a product to market. We’ve been in the mobile business for 20 years globally, been in the U.S. for 15 years, and for the last four years we’ve been number 1 in the U.S. market. What we would like to be able to do is just compete in the market and continue doing what we’re doing.
Denison listed certain features that Samsung had added to its phones before Apple, such as voice recognition/voice command capabilities, advanced screen tech (Super AMOLED), and cloud video services. Quinn asked Denison if he felt like Apple ripped off Samsung when Cupertino included these features in their own devices, to which Denison responded that he didn’t feel ripped off or outraged the same way Apple has felt during the course of this cases.
“If Apple comes out with the iPhone 5 and it has a bigger scree, more like the size of the Galaxy S II screen, will you regard that as copying?” asked Mr. Quinn. And right as rain, Denison answered no.
Then Apple’s lawyer, Mr. Lee, stood to cross-examine. He mentioned an internal Samsung investigation before the trial, and asked Denison if he’d seen any documents wherein Samsung mentions a “crisis of design” with regards to Apple’s iPhone. “I can’t recall,” said Denison. “There are many documents I see in preparation for this testimony and testimony in other cases.”
Lee then “refreshed his recollection,” bringing up a document that stated the following: “It is a crisis of design. The iPhone’s emergence means that the time we have to change our methods has arrived.”
And then Lee pointed to another internal document: “All this time we’ve been paying all our attention to Nokia and concentrated our efforts on things like Folders, Bars and Slide, yet when our UX is compared to the unexpected competitor Apple iPhone, the difference is truly that of heaven and earth. It’s a crisis of design.”
Denison explained again that this is a typical type of hyperbolic statement you’d hear within Samsung.
“So can you provide documents where Samsung has said the same types of things about Nokia?” asked Lee.
“I am not sure how I’d do that,” responded Denison.
“The answer is that you can’t,” said Lee. “The only mention of ‘crisis of design’ in all of Samsung’s documents is in reference to Apple after the iPhone’s introduction in 2007.”
On Friday, he went toe to toe with Apple’s lawyers who threw out internal documents that show Samsung’s purposefully trying to tweak the home screen layout of their phones to differentiate from Apple. “Remove a feeling that iPhone’s menu icons are copied by differentiating design” as one of the “directions for improvement,” it read. Denison, however, did a great job combating this once approached by Samsung counsel, explaining that rounded corners, slim bezels and fully touchscreen candy bar handsets were more of a necessity and a general direction of the industry rather than a design choice.
It’s a curious thing to have gold symbolize the low-end, but that’s just what Huawei’s done with its G set smartphone line. That bottom-dwelling, budget tier, initially announced at this past Mobile World Congress, has actually already seen a few classification cousins come out into the open (see: Vodafone’s G 300 and T-Mobile’s G 312), so color us unsurprised to locate yet one more single-core, Googlefied gadget yield up at the FCC. The associated docs leave little to the creativity, treating us to unobstructed pictures of the Ascend G 302D– presumably, a 4-incher. We’re not fairly sure just what computer software the phone’ll run when it ships, though from the appearances of those really ICS-like capacitive keys, we would not rule Android 4.0 out. Spec-wise, we have actually the consisted of guide and some RF screening to go off of, exposing 2 different sized batteries– a 1,350 mAh and 1,500 mAh– support for Bluetooth, WiFi b/g/n and AT&T – suitable radios. That’s not to state this lil’ guy’s ensured an official U.S.A slot on that service provider’s lineup, however it should produce a decent import choice. Hit up the source below for extra shots of this mobile minor leaguer.
Filed under: Cellular phones, WirelessHuawei Ascend G 302D goes public in FCC docs initially appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Jul 2012 21:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for usage of feeds. Permalink|FCC|E-mail this|Opinions
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Having launched an all-out blitz on the high-end of US smartphones, Samsung should be eager to beat the mid-range also. A Verizon rebate list locating its method to Droid-Life has the formerly unknown Galaxy Stellar appearing amongst the carrier’s even more budget-minded smartphones for a $ 50 rebate sometime between now and an August 19th expiry date. There’s little we can definitively affix to that starry-eyed name so far, although we have our hunches: first and leading is that it’s the Jasper, the Snapdragon S4-touting spiritual successor to the Droid Charge. It might at the same time be the more mysterious SCH-i415, which merely showed up at the FCC this weekend and can be a world-roaming continuation to the Stratosphere (SCH-i405) with CDMA, LTE and GSM all rolled into one. Whether the Galaxy Stellar is just one of these two tools or something entirely off of the map, there’s a tough indication between this, Sprint’s mystery SPH-L300 and the somewhat more tangible Galaxy Reverb that Samsung will leave no CDMA corner unturned in the near future.
Filed under: CellphonesSamsung Galaxy Stellar pops up in Verizon docs, might illuminate our skies quickly appeared onEngadget on Mon, 23 Jul 2012 19:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink|Droid-Life|Email this|Comments
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You asked for it (probably), and Google delivered (absolutely). When you’ve made it possible for Docs offline within Google Drive– you have, right?– you’ll have the ability to both produce and change Google documents and watch Google spreadsheets sans a live internet connection. However now, Google’s massaging the user interface in order to automatically filter just offline docs while you’re separated. Furthermore, those who had actually like to preview which files are available offline while still on-line, you can easily tap More -) Offline Docs in the left navigation pane. Google’s saying that it’ll present to “all Drive individuals over the next couple of days,” so ideally your data plan will get last you till then.
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Google has just made Google Drive official. As expected, the service will offer 5GB of storage space for documents, videos, photos, PDFs and other files, and Google Docs is built-in to the service. Users will be able to upgrade to 25GB of space for $ 2.49 a month, 100GB for $ 4.99 a month, or 1TB for $ 49.99 a month, and upgrading to a paid account will expand your Gmail storage to 25GB.
Google Docs functionality within Google Drive will allow users to work with others in real-time (as you can currently do in Google Docs), and includes the ability to share content with others, add and reply to comments, and receive notifications for new comments on documents or files. Google says you can also search everything in Drive by keyword, or filter…
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Is space at a premium in your Google Docs folder? Good news from Mountain View, then, as it’s just stealth-increased the storage allowance for its cloud-based document editor. Unfortunately, anyone that’s already plumped for a paid extension of their Google Docs storage won’t see an extra 5GB on top. This new storage limit also tallies with what we’re expecting to see from Google Drive — presumably pretty soon.
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It’s hard to believe we’re not stuck in some strange time warp, as it’s beginning to feel (again) like TV is the next hot thing. Well, really, web TV. For one, The Wall Street Journal today reported that Intel is rumored to be developing a web-based, pay-TV service and reportedly has been pitching media companies on creating a “virtual cable operator” that would offer TV channels to U.S. consumers in a “bundle similar to subscriptions sold by cable and satellite TV operators.” According to these reports, Intel will be offering its own set-top box to carry the service.
Regardless of the fact that the chip company has struggled with consumer-facing (and set-top) offerings, Intel’s purported service would join GoogleTV, AppleTV, and a host of other companies already offering set-top boxes like Roku and Boxee. Of course, as much as
everyone ever many want a disruption of the current pay-TV model, Alex Cocotas’ chart shows that current cord-cutting attempts aren’t really having the desired effect.
Aereo, the New York-based startup backed by $ 20 million+ from IAC recently entered the fray with big plans to actually make a dent in this problem with a cloud-based service that streams over-the-air channels for just $ 12 a month. (You can read more background on the service here.) Of course, just like so many that have come before it, Aereo seems inherently subject to having to change its DVR-in-the-cloud model or to fighting it out with the networks in court. And now it’s countersuing.
Last week, a group of broadcasters, which includes Fox, Univision, and PBS filed two separate lawsuits against Aereo (with those two groups collectively representing most of the major media outlets in New York City), as well as an injunction based on the grounds of Copyright Act infringements, which if granted, would prevent Aereo from releasing its product on the market.
Shortly thereafter, Aereo released a statement saying, in short, that the broadcasters’ case did not have “any merit.” (Statement and more background here.) The interest in this case also prompted me to take a lengthy look at whether or not Aereo actually has any shot at winning this case. Despite many indications otherwise, I was hopeful.
Speaking at SXSW this weekend, Barry Diller, the Chairman and CEO of IAC (the principal investor in Aereo), made it clear that both he and Aereo expected the broadcast networks to resist, and that the issue would likely be resolved in court. (Obviously it would have been a huge mistake not to prepare for this end.) As reported by CNET, Diller said, “This is not some evil thing … This is absolutely predictable. Media companies have hegemony over broadcast TV and they want to protect it.”
Diller and Aereo are both of the mind that what they’re doing is completely legal — and not only that — they shouldn’t have to pay retransmission fees either. (Under their conception, this is because each customer would own their own antenna and thus have rights to free, publicly transmitted broadcasts of network TV.) Diller said that he’d recently met with reps from the networks in New York and told them:
I said to the broadcasters, ‘One thing that might happen is you’ll get more audience.’ They said, ‘That’s fine. Now pay us retransmission money.’ I said, ‘When you get Radio Shack to pay you some slice of their profit when they sell an aerial, we’ll pay you anything you like, but we’re not transmitting anything.’
Given the trajectory of this back-and-forth with the networks, the news today that Aereo has officially countersued is expected, but it’s further evidence that neither Diller nor Aereo will be backing down from the battle anytime soon. And given Diller’s penchant for mixing it up with traditional media, and his own cloud as a long-time media exec himself, there aren’t a whole lot of people better suited for this battle.
After all, with the growing interest among big tech companies (and the public) in this issue, it was either Aereo or someone else. Hey, maybe it could be Ora.tv and Larry King! (Probably not.) After writing this post, we heard from Carlos Nicholas Fernandes, the CEO of RecordTV.com, which launched a similar service in Singapore back in 2007. They were taken to court, lost at first, but eventually won against the state-owned broadcaster, MediaCorp in a landmark ruling.
That ruling formed the basis of Optus’ landmark victory in Australia, as it is referenced extensively in the judgement. (No idea what I’m talking about? More here.) The point is that Aereo’s case stands to be a big one. Given what’s at stake, this will probably take a long time to resolve, and could travel all the way up the high courts in appeals, etc. But, given the RecordTV and Optus decisions, there are certainly precedents working in favor of Aereo.
Aereo only filed one suit today, but a company spokesman said that the “second filing will happen in due course.” So, again, it’s clear, this battle is just heating up. Well, not only that, Diller and company want swift resolution, as the IAC CEO is already saying that he expects the service to be in 75 to 100 cities within a year. A bold statement even if it’s not likely to hold true; either way, all those wanna-be cord cutters out there should be paying attention.
Here’s Aereo’s official statement:
Aereo’s business rests on three very well established legal principles: the consumers’ right to access broadcast television, their right to record unique copies of broadcasts for personal use and their right to use remotely located equipment to make their private copies. We firmly believe that Aereo’s technology is lawful. We are confident in the legal process, and we look forward to a prompt resolution of these meritless lawsuits.