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Submission + - HP launches Android tablet (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "After the failure of its WebOS-based offering to challenge iOS and Android, HP is trying to re-enter the tablet market again, launching a seven-inch Android tablet called the Slate 7, priced at US$169. This will be HP's first tablet based on Google's Android OS. HP quit the consumer tablet market in 2011 when it killed off its WebOS-based TouchPad, but it's now back to take another swing."
Android

Submission + - OLPC to sell 7-inch XO Tablet in Wal-Mart (computerworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "One Laptop Per Child is back in the tablet race, announcing a new 7-inch tablet with the Android OS that will be sold commercially and include its learning software. The XO Tablet was announced at the International CES show in Las Vegas. OLPC will license the design to Sakar International, which will sell the tablet in the U.S. through Wal-Mart."
Android

Submission + - Microsoft secures more Android patent agreements (computerworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Two more Android vendors have agreed to pay Microsoft licensing fees in response to the company's claims that Google's free mobile OS contains Microsoft patented technology. The latest vendors to pay up are EINS SE, which sells Android tablets under the Cat brand in Germany, and Hoeft & Wessel, which makes handheld devices and terminals for transportation, logistics and retail companies in Europe. Both companies will pay Redmond royalties on Android devices they sell."
Android

Submission + - Intel says Android will run Clover Trail chips for tablets (computerworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Tablets running on Intel's upcoming Atom chip code-named Clover Trail could come with the Android OS, adding another OS option for the processor platform in addition to Windows 8, according to Intel. "Intel has plans for another version of this platform directed at Linux/Android; however we are not commenting on the platform specifics or market segments that at this time. Stay tuned," a spokeswoman said. It has previously been reported that Intel wouldn't support running Linux on the chip."
Android

Submission + - MIPS porting Android 4.1 (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "ARM rival MIPS is continuing its push to make a mark in low-cost tablets and quickly trying to bring Android 4.1 (Jellybean) to its processors. "We are working aggressively on bringing Jelly Bean to MIPS, and expect that it will be available to our licensees very soon," said Jen Bernier-Santarini, director of corporation communications at MIPS, in an email. Tablets with MIPS processors are largely low-cost and have found buyers mostly in developing countries. MIPS last week said a new tablet called Miumiu W1 from Chinese company Ramos would become available in a few months in India, Latin America and Europe. The tablet has a 7-inch screen, a MIPS processor running at 1GHz, front camera and a microSD slot for expandable storage."
Android

Submission + - Jury may be deadlocked in Oracle-Google trial (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "The jury may have reached a deadlock in the copyright phase of Oracle’s intellectual property lawsuit against Google, although the judge cautioned against jumping to any conclusions. “What happens if we can't reach a unanimous decision and people are not budging?” one of the jurors asked in a written note sent to the judge. The 12 jurors have been deliberating the copyright phase of Oracle's lawsuit against Google since Monday, and they need to be unanimous in any verdict they reach."
Android

Submission + - Android emulator for Windows hits beta (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Software company Bluestacks is trying to close the gap between Microsoft's Windows and Google's Android OS with its App Player application, which was released in beta this this week. App Player is an emulator that allows Android applications to run on Windows 7, Vista and XP OSes. Users can install the software in Windows and then run around 450,000 Android applications, including Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja, according to the company."
Android

Submission + - Replicant dev interview: Building a truly free Android (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "While Android is open source, it won't work on a phone without software that generally isn't open source. The Replicant project is an attempt to build a version of Android that doesn't rely on binary blobs for which the source code isn't available to end users, and the software currently works on a handful of handsets. I caught up with the project's lead developer to talk about their efforts to make a completely open source version of Android."
Idle

Submission + - Artificial Android-powered hugs courtesy of a jacket (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "A Singapore-based startup is trying to accurately recreate hugs with its T.Jacket device, a windbreaker with air bladders sewn in and inflated by an onboard electric pump. The power of each hug zone can be set by an app that runs on Android smartphones and tablets. James Teh, who founded the firm T.Ware based on his Ph.D. research at the National University of Singapore, says he hopes to expand the technology to let teachers simultaneously embrace a roomful of unruly children using the jackets, or allow users to share and vote on different hug styles."
Android

Submission + - Symantec identifies polymorphic Android Trojans (techworld.com.au) 1

angry tapir writes: "Symantec researchers have identified a new premium-rate SMS Android Trojan that modifies its code every time it gets downloaded in order to bypass antivirus detection. his technique is known as server-side polymorphism and has already existed in the world of desktop malware for many years, but mobile malware creators have only now begun to adopt it."
Android

Submission + - Polaroid to launch Android-powered "phone camera" (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Polaroid finds the whole concept of a "camera-phone" a bit insulting. So it is launching a phone-camera, an Android-driven Smart Camera that is mainly for taking pictures, but can also make the occasional phone call. The SC1630 Smart Camera looks like a miniature Polaroid camera from the front, with the traditional black exterior and a 3x optical lens that extends out beneath a standard camera flash to take 16-megapixel photos. On its flip side is the ubiquitous Android home screen, with lines of apps and home buttons across the bottom."
Android

Submission + - 'Important' Oracle patent rejected in Android case (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Oracle has suffered a setback in its lawsuit accusing Google of patent infringement and copyright violation in its Android operating system: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected one of Oracle's Java-related patents — although it did uphold another. In the latest developments, the PTO on Nov. 9 upheld the claims in Oracle's patent number 6,061,520, and on Nov. 18 it rejected the claims in patent number 7,426,720. Florian Mueller, author of the FOSS Patents blog, asserted in July that the so-called '720 patent is "strategically very important" and "may very well be" the most important patent in the case. That's because it is the "youngest" of the patents at issue; it doesn't expire until 2025, while the other patents all expire in 2018 or earlier."
Android

Submission + - Ice Cream Sandwich ported to x86 (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Google's open-source Android 4.0 operating system for smartphones and tablets has been ported to work with x86 processors. The port means that tablets with Android 4.0 based on x86 chips could be on the horizon. Intel is the top x86 chipmaker, and the company has already said it is working with Google to bring Android 4.0 to smartphones and tablets."
Android

Submission + - Oracle-Google trial won't start until next year (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "The intellectual property lawsuit between Oracle and Google over the Android mobile OS won't go to trial until next year, according to a ruling made in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by the judge overseeing the case. The trial was initially set to begin Oct. 31 but was postponed last week by Judge William Alsup due to scheduling conflicts with a major criminal trial. The trial will be split into three stages heard by the same jury. In step one, "liability on the copyright claims, including all defenses thereto, will be tried and determined by special verdict before going to Phase Two," he wrote. The second phase will cover liability on the case's patent claims, he added. "The jury will decide these issues before going to Phase Three." In the final stage, "all remaining issues will be tried, including damages and willfulness"."

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