Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus hits the market

Good news for Android fans! One of the most awaited Android phones has arrived in the smartphone market today. Yes, we are talking about the Galaxy Nexus which features Android 4.0 commonly known as Ice Cream Sandwich. It is available on Verizon Wireless for $299 on contract.

It should be noted that Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus is the first Android phone in the United States to feature Ice Cream Sandwich. Galaxy Nexus is a thin smartphone featuring 4.65 inch Super Amoled display. It runs on a dual-core processor and has a 5 megapixel rear camera which can record HD videos upto 1080p. It also has a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera which can be used to make video calls.

Apart from these cool hardware features, it has got the Ice Cream Sandwich, which is renowned for its superb features. It enhances multitasking and is overall better than the previous versions of Android in terms of simplicity

Since Galaxy Nexus is available on Verizon, users will be able to use Verizon’s fast 4G LTE network. Though it is not a great deal, but still, it can be a bliss to the users who want high speed internet connection.

With the launch of Galaxy Nexus, the ongoing battle between Android based smartphones and the iPhone will surely get some more fuel. Currently, Apple Inc. and Samsung, which is the hardware manufacturer of Galaxy Nexus, are in the middle of lawsuits over the so called patent infringements by Samsung in its Galaxy range of products. And the rivalry between Google and Apple dates back to the release of the Android platform.

It will be interesting to see whether the coalition of Apple’s rivals pose any threat to its products.

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Google Accuses Microsoft And Apple Over “Bogus Patents”

The “battle of patents” between tech giant Google and its rivals Microsoft and Apple Inc. is in news again. Google has accused its rivals of buying some technology patents with a soul motive to hold back Android.

Google’s lawyers claimed in a blog post that Microsoft and Apple are playing dirty game of using so called “bogus patents” against Google’s Android.

Google’s chief legal officer David Drummond stated that Android’s success has forced its rivals to unite and to use cheap tactics against the open source OS.

He further stated that patents are meant to safeguard intellectual property and to increase innovation but now-a-days they are merely being used by some companies to stop others from succeeding in their goals.

Google has lost a lot of patents in past months, mostly owned by Novell and Nortel, which relate to the technologies that can be used in smartphones especially in the Android OS. Most of these patents were bought by an alliance between a number of tech companies which was lead by Microsoft and Apple.

Google’s accusation seems genuine for the time being as fighting with an individual competitor is one thing but fighting a battle against an alliance of its competitors is a very tough thing and chances of Google winning this battle are nearly zero.

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Google Buys Patents From IBM

Following its habit of securing its “intellectual property”, Google has purchased a hell lot of patents from IBM. The Mountain View, California based company has secured over 1000 patents from the New York based tech giant.

The patents transferred by IBM to Google include a vast area of products ranging from microprocessing chips, regional databases to memory fabrication and architecture. In an email, Google said that,”Like many tech companies, at times we’ll acquire patents that are relevant to our business”.

But on the other side, no comment was provided by IBM on this matter. It is rumored that IBM has got a huge amount of money from Google in this deal and may have got access to several of Google’s other patents. This might mean that IBM may use Android platform in future.

Google has been sued by many tech companies for its Android OS and recently, it was sued for its anti-competitive actions. Thus the American giant was in a desperate need to secure its so called “intellectual property”.

Our take on this news is that Google is playing a smart game here. It is a well known fact that more than half of the smartphone companies are using Google’s pet, the Android platform.

Google already has patented its Android platform and is currently trying to get the rights of every technology that is linked to it.

Will this move of Google help it in future?

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Android Gingerbread Coming To AT&T

Surprise for AT&T users! If you have got an Android phone and are a subscriber of AT&T, you might get an Android Gingerbread update. AT&T has announced that it would start upgrading subscribers to Android 2.3, known as Gingerbread, in the coming weeks.

The upgrade will start with Motorola Atrix 4G and will subsequently come to 6 other handsets. This upgrade was long awaited as AT&T users were not able to upgrade their Android OS. This announcement will definitely prove a bliss for them.

Though this version of Android is not the latest one, but still it will certainly add some cool features which the previous versions were lacking. This version comes with improved GUI, new applications, cool API and many other features.

Usually, Google launches a number versions of its Android platform in a year. This keeps users happy but sometimes it takes a hell lot of time for users to get those updates on their devices.

The updates get such a long time to roll out because every company uses different hardware. And to make that hardware compatible with the current version of Android OS, some modifications are made in the OS. This whole procedure takes a lot of time. Currently, only Google Nexus gets periodic updates for its OS as it is released by Google itself.

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