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Nokia is suing Apple in the U.S. and Germany over alleged patent infringements

Posted: 21 Dec 2016 01:03 PM PST

Apple and Nokia have been in talks for quite some time, specifically about Apple licensing certain Nokia technologies and the associated licensing fees. However, it appears those talks have fallen through, as Nokia has moved forward with litigation against Apple.

Nokia has announced that it is suing Apple in both the United States (in the Eastern District of Texas) and Germany (in Munich, Dusseldorf, and Mannheim), over 32 patents. Those patents cover a variety of technology, including displays, software, chipsets, video coding, antennas, and more.

"Through our sustained investment in research and development, Nokia has created or contributed to many of the fundamental technologies used in today's mobile devices, including Apple products," said Ilkka Rahnasto, Nokia's head of Patent Business. "After several years of negotiations trying to reach agreement to cover Apple's use of these patents, we are now taking action to defend our rights."

On the other side of the coin, Apple has also filed a complaint against Nokia. The Cupertino-based company says that following Nokia's failed attempts at making mobile devices, the company took an aggressive stance against on FRAND, or the fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory licensing for its standard-essential patents. At the same time, Apple asserts that Nokia has worked with patent assertion entities (PAEs) to move forward with patent infringement lawsuits, as well as royalty demands, all in efforts to get around its FRAND terms.

It isn't a secret that Nokia has a treasure trove of patents, and while it may not be the dominant force in the mobile market anymore, those patents count for a lot.


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Top 10 New Android Games This Week: Oceanhorn, MicroCube

Posted: 21 Dec 2016 01:03 PM PST

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we're playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week's post.

Retro City Rampage DX

DescriptionThis remastered pop culture send-up features a full Story Mode of open world missions, along with Arcade Challenges for quick pick-up-and-play action. Explore the city by foot or by car, and discover minigames, customizations, collectibles, special guest stars, and more.

 

Tower of the Wizard

DescriptionYou play as a lone adventurer who seeks to put an end to the threat of the mad wizard. Navigate a challenging dungeon, filled with traps and foes. Use the map that you will pick up early on in order to find various equipment, and use them in turn to traverse the myriad obstacles the tower presents to you.

 

MicroCube

DescriptionPrepare for a challenging adventure. Tap to bounce forward and avoid spikes and enemies. Collect awesome power-ups to help your journey. Micro Cube is an addictive endless game that will test your skills and entertain you for hours. 

 

The Fable of Ruby

Description"The Fable of Ruby" is retro style Action RPG. Ruby is a girl works for a worker in laboratory on the uncanny tower. She spend her life peacefully. But she suffer crisis suddenly. So this game is her adventure overcoming her crisis.

 


Oceanhorn

Description Explore the islands of Uncharted Seas, a world filled with many dangers, puzzles and secrets. Fight monsters, learn to use magic and discover ancient treasures which will help you on your quest. Use all your wits and skill to unravel the mysteries of ancient kingdom Arcadia and sea monster Oceanhorn.

 

Stickman Base Jumper 2

Description: Pack your parachute and jump down the highest buildings in the world and experience the amazing feeling of Stickman Base Jumper 2! Estimate your run up and perfectly time your jump off to glide through the air, perform insane proximity flights and open your parachute in the very last moment before you crash bone breaking into the ground.

 

Tiny Rails

DescriptionSet out on adventure in Tiny Titan's immersive, world-spanning train game Tiny Rails! Your grandfather has handed down his train company and it's up to you to expand your modest engine into a multi-car masterpiece! Upgrade and customize your train while unlocking new stations, delivering passengers and trading supplies all around the world!

 

HellWorm

Description: The HellWorm is doomed to patrol the depths of the Underworld. It rushes on with increasing speed and growing density of obstacles. On its hazard-ridden path, the utmost difficulty is to manoeuver amid ragged rocks and sharp-edged cliffs, the collision with which will put an end to the game.

 

1979 Revolution: Black Friday

DescriptionBased on real stories from Iran between 1978-1981. In this cinematic adventure game you navigate this momentous revolution with only two weapons: your camera and your morality. You play as Reza, a photojournalist, where you get caught up by two opposing sides of the revolution. The fates of those around you hinge on the consequences of your choices.

 

RPG Fairy Elements

DescriptionWhat awaits at the end of an adventure that spans over 200 years? Play a grand fantasy RPG until the end for free! Yamato is a royal knight, fighting to protect the peace of his kingdom. His sword is imbued with the mysterious power of Material. Along with his attendant, a female knight called Orka, he saved his kingdom from a crisis. However, in the battle, he was somehow transported to a world 200 years in the future.

 


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Wednesday app and game sales: Nova Launcher Prime, Reigns, Moon+ Reader Pro, and more

Posted: 21 Dec 2016 12:44 PM PST

As we head into the end of the holiday season, maybe you're looking to purchase yourself a little something. You can buy an app or game in the Play Store, but who want's to pay full price? It just so happens there are a lot of them on sale right now.

Apps

Nova Launcher Prime: $0.99 from $4.99

Password Manager SafeInCloud: $2.99 from $4.99

Facetune: $0.10 from $1.99 (no sale in US)

Moon+ Reader Pro: $2.49 from $4.99

Slide for Reddit Pro: $1.99 from $4.00

Lightning Launcher: $1.99 from $4.99

Games

Ravensburger Puzzle: $0.99 from $2.99

Downwell: $0.99 from $3.00

Reigns: $0.99 from $2.99

Temple Run: Oz: $0.10 from $1.99 (no sale in US)

The Walking Dead Pinball: $0.99 from $1.99

South Park Pinball: $1.99 from $3.99

Portal Pinball: $0.99 from $1.99

Marvel Pinball: $0.49 from $0.99

Teeny Titans - Teen Titans Go: $0.99 from $3.99

Card Wars - Adventure Time: $0.99 from $3.99

Evoland: $1.99 from $4.99

WWE 2K: $2.99 from $7.99

NBA 2K17: $2.99 from $7.99

Civilization Revolution 2: $2.99 from $9.99

XCOM: Enemy Within: $2.99 from $9.99

Puddle +: $0.99 from $3.49

Leo's Fortune: $1.49 from $4.99

Rusty Lake Hotel: $0.99 from $1.99

Rusty Lake: Roots: $1.99 from $2.99

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Wednesday app and game sales: Nova Launcher Prime, Reigns, Moon+ Reader Pro, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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T-Mobile One Plus plan now offers two options

Posted: 21 Dec 2016 11:03 AM PST

Earlier this year, T-Mobile officially unveiled its One plan, which offered a variety of different perks and features under one plan's roof. And now the Un-carrier is back to shake things up.

T-Mobile has officially announced that the T-Mobile One Plus plan has been divided into two different options. The first keeps the name One Plus but reduces its price by $10. That means it's now $15 per line per month, but customers will get access to free unlimited Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi for the entirety of their flight, international data speeds up to 256kbps, unlimited HD Day Passes, Name ID, and voicemail to text.

The second plan will now be known as T-Mobile One Plus International. This specific add-on is available to subscribers for $25 per line per month, and it adds Stateside International Talk to the mix as well as unlimited 4G LTE mobile hotspot. It also includes all of the aforementioned One Plus plan perks.

With Stateside International Talk, subscribers can call landlines in 70 different countries across the globe for no additional cost, and call mobile phones in over 30 countries. It also includes unlimited texting to "virtually anywhere" and discounted call rates in more than 200 countries.

Does the new T-Mobile One Plus International plan option catch your eye?


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These are all the apps and services that will work with Google Home [Continuously Updated]

Posted: 21 Dec 2016 10:44 AM PST

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Google first talked about Google Home back at I/O, but the device became official at the recent October hardware event. The speakers didn't go into detail on all the apps and services that Home would work with, preferring instead to focus on a few specific demos. Now, Google has published a list of everything that works with Home, and we expect this will grow over time.

Here's what Google has published so far on its support site for Home.

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These are all the apps and services that will work with Google Home [Continuously Updated] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Nice: Google Drive adds annual billing - with discounts - for 100GB and 1TB plans

Posted: 21 Dec 2016 10:19 AM PST

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Long have many of us waited for Google to add an annual billing option to Google Drive, and probably mostly because we hoped it would come with a discount. It appears today is the day: Google Drive now has options for yearly subscriptions, saving you 16-17% versus the current monthly scheme. The annual plans are offered only at the 100GB and 1TB tiers, at $19.99 and $99.99, respectively. The 1TB annual plan brings Google Drive back into line with pricing for Dropbox Pro, Drive's main competitor.

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Nice: Google Drive adds annual billing - with discounts - for 100GB and 1TB plans was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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ExaGear runs your Windows programs on Android devices and Chromebooks with the Play Store

Posted: 21 Dec 2016 09:24 AM PST

Android apps have gotten more powerful and faster over the years, but there are still times when a desktop program is necessary. Usually that means you need to hop over to your (for example) Windows computer, but the ExaGear Windows Emulator can run those programs on Android. So, Android devices and select Chromebooks have access to a ton of desktop applications in theory. ExaGear is not perfect, and it'll cost you $30 to test yourself.

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ExaGear runs your Windows programs on Android devices and Chromebooks with the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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ZUK Edge includes slim bezels and Snapdragon 821

Posted: 21 Dec 2016 09:03 AM PST

Earlier this year, the Lenovo-backed ZUK introduced a new flagship device in the Z2 Pro, and now the company is back with yet another high-end smartphone.

The ZUK Edge is now officially official. The device features a 5.5-inch 1080p HD display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass design and 178-degree viewing angle. ZUK says the handset features an 86.4% screen-to-body ratio, with minimized bezels along the sides.

Fleshing out the handset, the Edge boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor under the hood, paired with either 4GB of 6GB of RAM. It has 64GB of built-in storage, a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a battery that measures in at 3100mAh. It also offers dual-SIM support, and there is a fingerprint sensor below the display.

On the back, the ZUK Edge features a 13MP camera with phase detection autofocus, f/2.2 aperture, and a standard flash. The front-facing camera is an 8MP shooter.

The variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage is priced at ¥2299 ($330 USD), while the 6GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage model is priced at ¥2499 ($360 USD). It is headed to China, but there's no word if it will ever launch in other markets.

What do you think of the ZUK Edge?


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HTC X10 Tipped to Arrive with Helio P10 Chipset, 3GB RAM Next Month

Posted: 21 Dec 2016 08:29 AM PST

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Remember HTCs' One X9 affordable but powerful mid-ranger? The device was unveiled in January 2016, so it's only naturally that HTC is prepping a successor slated for prime-time come next month.

According to Chinese website MyDrivers, the successor of the HTC One X9 is going to be be called the HTC X10. The phone will make a debut on the market with a 5.5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, just like its predecessor.

Expect the X10 to retrieve its computing power from an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 SoC in combination with 3GB of RAM. We're also told the phone will feature a 13MP main camera with OIS (optical image stabilization).

We're not told yet, but most likely the phone will lunch with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. It seems the X10 is going to be a worthy middle-ranger just like the One X9 before it.

The One X9 came equipped with 32GB of internal storage out of the box and a microSD cardslot which allowed for memory expansion up to 256GB.

Although the current HTC X10 leak doesn't mention it, we hope the phone will feature similar storage options.

We're most likely to see HTC unveil the mid-ranger during the CES 2017 conference, due to start in Las Vegas on January 5.

[MyDrivers]

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More Than 140,000 Galaxy Note7 Devices Still in Use in South Korea

Posted: 21 Dec 2016 08:19 AM PST

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Samsung is going after remaining Galaxy Note7 owners in the US. The Korean company is working hand in hand with major carriers in the US, including Verizon and T-Mobile to issue an update which will be eliminate the Note's ability to charge.

But in its home country, Samsung is a bit more permissive, it seems. According to a report coming out of the Korean Herald, in South Korea 85% of all phablets have been returned. Given that 950,000 Note7 units were sold in the country, it means that over 140,000 units are still being used by customers.

Unlike the US, Samsung is unlikely to impose such drastic measures in its home country. Industry sources predict that if Samsung sends out an update meant to prevent the Note7 from charging, it will cause a strong blacklash from users. Currently users are able to charge the device up to an acceptable 60%.

However, Samsung is considering allowing users to charge their phones up to 15%. But this isn't likely to happen until 2017.

So it appears, Samsung and South Korean carriers won't be killing the phablet this year like it will happen state side.

More than three months after the official recall was issued, Samsung still needs to gather the remaining 15% Galaxy Note7 units in the country. Still it seems the Korean company is looking to proceed with caution as to not distract a certain equilibrium.

[Korean Herald]

The post More Than 140,000 Galaxy Note7 Devices Still in Use in South Korea appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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[Update: Android TV] This game is toast: I am Bread, from the makers of Surgeon Simulator, butters its way onto the Play Store

Posted: 21 Dec 2016 06:29 AM PST

  • The devs mixed a fresh batch of the game, baked it nice and well with controller support, and got a new I am Bread version specially for Android TV. Grab

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No matter how you slice and dice it, bread is awesome. And being bread, that's probably the dream, nay, the Holy Grain. Well, at least if you loaf bread as much as I do. See, I never knew I kneaded a game like this, but now that I know it exists, I can't wait to play it.

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[Update: Android TV] This game is toast: I am Bread, from the makers of Surgeon Simulator, butters its way onto the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Relive the nostalgic dread of the Cold War with board game Twilight Struggle, now in the Play Store

Posted: 20 Dec 2016 05:29 PM PST

imageInternational spying! Demagogic leaders! Jingoistic nationalism! Everything old is new again as the United States and Russia seem to be squaring up for another decades-long pissing contest. So while you wait for the next big hack or diplomatic faux pas, why not relive those happy memories of the original Cold War? Twilight Struggle, a two-player strategy title based on the 20th century's biggest game of chicken, has landed in the Play Store.

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Relive the nostalgic dread of the Cold War with board game Twilight Struggle, now in the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Instagram adds stickers and hands-free video in latest update

Posted: 20 Dec 2016 04:34 PM PST

Instagram, much like Facebook's other applications, has been rapidly gaining features over the past few months. Live video, comment controls, and the ability to bookmark posts are all recent additions. In today's Instagram update, you can now add stickers to your Stories and shoot hands-free video.

Much like Snapchat, the stickers consist of both dynamic content (like the current temperature at your location) and static images. However, Instagram allows you to use multiple dynamic stickers at once, whereas Snapchat treats them as filters (thus, only allowing one at a time).

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Instagram adds stickers and hands-free video in latest update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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