Jul 31 2012 09:34 PM | Ryan Dizzle in News
Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest mobile phone carrier network, has been ordered to pay a 1.26 million dollar settlement to the FCC for violating terms of agreement.
Back in March, Verizon purchased unused airwaves to expand its wireless network from Time Warner, Cox Communications, and Brighthouse Networks LLC.
The FCC allowed Verizon to purchase the airwaves so long as the carrier agreed to improve upon wireless innovation and more openness towards its consumers.
According to the FCC, Verizon violated the terms of agreement by asking Google to block all tethering apps within its Google Play store and for charging its customers for the use of tethering.
With the FCC ruling, Verizon Wireless customers are free to use tethering apps from the Google Play store and will not be charged to tether if they are on unlimited data plans.
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Jul 07 2012 09:11 AM | Ryan Dizzle in News
In order to cutdown on production costs and to better streamline its OTA updates, Samsung released a singular flagship phone, the SGS3 on all major carriers with little to no differences between each model.
For the dev community, this makes it easier to port custom roms across all SGS3 carrier handsets. However, Verizon has locked down the ability to root using the basic Odin methods.
A petition on XDA had started for Verizon to unlock the bootloader for their SGS 3 variant.
Hit up the source link to contribute to the petition;
Jul 06 2012 09:53 PM | Ryan Dizzle in News
Before A Smartphone Release, Amazon Intends on Building A Patented Line of Defense
According to recent article from Bloomberg, Amazon is very close to building its own Android smartphone. The company is said to be in talks with Foxconn to build much of its hardware from the ground up.
Foxconn is widely known to be the leading partner of Apple and manufacturer of a number of Apple products, namely the iPhone and iPAD. By aligning itself with Foxconn, Amazon seeks to protect itself from patent litigation.
Amazon also has been looking to expand its patent portfolio. It recently tried to purchase wireless patents from a Seattle-based firm called InterDigital.
Amazon has also hired Matt Gordon, who once helped oversee over 35,000 "intellectual property assets" for Microsoft.
Given the patent wars between Apple and Google Android OEM's such as HTC, Samsung, and Motorola, Amazon has taken a very cautious and grounded approach in trying to build its own smartphone.
Given its recent success and entrance in to the tablet market with the Kindle Fire, Amazon hopes to break ground with in the smartphone market as well.
As it stands, Amazon leads the marketshare for Android tablets, overtaking Samsung and Asus.
Jul 02 2012 11:57 PM | Ryan Dizzle in News
Just a few days ago, we spotted the international variant of the SGS3 getting a working alpha build for Android 4.1 Jellybean.
This time around, an unoffical Jellybean Port makes its way to the international variant of the HTC One X. The dev source comes from xda member and developer, tgascoigne.
The port itself is based off the Nexus 7 Tegra 3 source and is also considered to be very close to a working beta buid. It is stages ahead of the SGS3 port in terms of development due to the fact that both the International One X and the Nexus 7 Share the same Tegra 3 chip, making porting much easier and faster.
The only things that don't seem to work on this build are just the wi-fi, radio, audio, and camera.
You can view the entire changelog and installation instructions here on xda.
A Youtube preview of the port can be viewed here, courtesy of Vere850211