Considering the sheer volume of leaks and information floating around right now, it’s becoming more and more clear that the so-called LG Nexus 4 is the real deal. In case you didn’t already have enough to ponder though, the folks behind the infamous @evleaks Twitter account have gotten their hands on yet another photo of the unreleased device and a few new particulars about its size and weight.
But first, the photo. In fairness, it’s far from the best Nexus 4 image I’ve seen out there — that distinction goes to the rather artsy photoset shot (see below) by TechOnliner.ru — but it matches up nicely with earlier leaks. Speaking of matching up, the device’s purported spec sheet (quad-core 1.5GHz APQ8064 chipset, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2GB of RAM, and a 4.7-inch display running at 1280×768) is pretty much a direct translation of the components found in LG’s flagship Optimus G smartphone, again keeping with people’s prevailing notions about the device.
As has been pointed out more than a few times since the first Nexus 4 photos leaked, the device bears a striking resemblance to Samsung’s older Galaxy Nexus. Should @evleaks’ info hold true though, LG’s device will be just a hair heftier than its Nexus predecessor: it weighs in at 139g and sports a 9.1mm waistline.
Naturally, neither LG or Google are willing to confirm the device’s existence just yet (hopefully someone in the process goofs the way printer RR Donnelly did the other day), but that could all change very shortly. Google has already sent out invitations to an Android event on October 29 that joyfully declares “the playground is open” — coupled with earlier reports that the next Nexus device (or devices; playgrounds can be pretty boring if you’re by yourself) would be unveiled before the end of October, it seems like Google is gearing up to steal Microsoft’s thunder with some hardware announcements of its own.Related Posts:
Motorola isn’t going to escape as cleanly as it would like from Microsoft’s patent lawsuit campaign. Microsoft has sued Motorola once more in Germany, only this time it’s waging a more direct fight against Motorola’s owner Google. The lawsuit claims that Motorola devices violate a patent for taking map information from one set and overlaying it with data from another — a technique that describes Google Maps, not to mention virtually every internet-connected mapping system we know. Details aren’t yet available for the devices allegedly at risk, but the accusation would make it harder for Google, Motorola or both to simply code around the problem if they lose. No doubt Microsoft is counting on just that obstacle to have the RAZR maker fall in line with everyone else and take a license just for using Android.
In another face of the ever turning world of patent battles, Reuters reports Microsoft has snagged a victory over Motorola as the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in its favor today. Motorola had obtained an injunction in Germany against Microsoft products — including the Xbox 360 and Windows 7 — based on its h.264 patents back in May, but today the court upheld a previous decision putting enforcement on hold because of Microsoft’s existing lawsuit against Moto for breach of contract. Microsoft’s push to leverage its patents into licensing payouts from manufacturers of Android devices have seen the two at each other’s throats since at least 2010, when the folks from Redmond lodged an ITC complaint over nine patents and followed up with another suit accusing Motorola of charging unfair license fees for its patents. Motorola fired back with its own pair of lawsuits — all of this a year before we heard it would be acquired by Google — and the battle was on. Whether or not this moves us any closer to any resolution remains to be seen, but at least Bavarian gaming consoles are safe, for now.
After having previously leaked, the LG Splendor is now officially available at US Cellular. A retooled version of the Optimus L7, it combines Android 4.0 with a single-core 1GHz CPU, a 4.3-inch WVGA display and a 5-megapixel camera that’ll capture video at 720p. The phone also sports a front-facing VGA camera, 2GB of internal storage, a 4GB microSD card and a 1,700mAh battery. Unfortunately, its heritage means purchasers must deal with sluggish performance and forego basic amenities such as an ambient light sensor. Given its $ 80 price tag — after a $ 100 mail-in rebate, mind you — it’s positioned as a poor alternative to the Galaxy S II, which is also available for $ 80 from US Cellular. Don’t say we never warned you.
Alt-week peels back the covers on some of the more curious sci-tech stories from the last seven days.
All good things come to and end, they say. Thankfully, most bad things do, too. So while the rest of the world of tech is dealing with the fallout, and possible implications of patent law, over here in the wild party that is Alt, we’re fist pumping at all the awesome weekly sci-tech fodder. For example, we’ve got a robo-nose that can sniff out nasties in the air, a 110-million-year-old footprint found in NASA’s back yard, and not one, but two space stories to reflect on. There’s a hidden joke in there too, come back once you’ve read through to find it. This is alt-week.
Will the TouchPad ride again? HP apparently just internally announced a new division focused on mobile within the Personal Systems Group. This new team, named in HP’s traditional jargon, Mobility Global Business Unit, is essentially responsible for getting HP back in the tablet fight.
Details are still a bit light. This word comes from a leaked memo obtained by the The Verge. The memo says in part, “With this move, we are building on our commitment to re-invest in mobility via dedicated leadership, focused research and development, amazing new products and a growing suite of applications and services.” It sounds like HP is finally getting serious about tablets.
Once upon a time, HP simply purchased Palm to lead the company into the mobile arena. But that $ 1.2 billion purchase didn’t work out in terms of hardware. After initially committing to double down on webOS, the company launched the HP TouchPad, a quality tablet that never had a chance thanks to its high price and lack of developer support. However, with the purchase of Palm, HP acquired 1,500 of Palms patents — it’s likely HP is ready to build upon the foundation laid by Palm.
This new unit will initially focus on consumer tablets, but will eventually grow and expand into new categories and segments (smartphones?), says the memo. The group is under the PSG, which is headed by Toddy Bradley. However, HP turned to Alberto Torres, ex-executive vice president of Nokia, to lead this new unit. Torres previously led Nokia’s MeeGo effort. Torres is also currently the vice-chairman of Bang & Olufsen, a high-end audio company that prides itself on forward-thinking designs. And HP needs all the design help it can get.
HP also currently has a tablet nearing release. The memo notes that tablet, along with the existing notebook teams, will in the PC unit and under the leadership of James Mouton. Or, put a different way, the good tablets will come later.Related Posts:
Ready for another supposed look at the next-gen Apple iPhone? Matching up with previous leaks we’ve reported on, the elongated iPhone body with a miniaturized docking port and brushed metal back has appeared again, this time courtesy of iLab Factory. While many of its parts look astoundingly similar to what we’ve already seen, this is the first time we’ve gotten a solid look at it fully assembled from all angles — well, aside from the missing SIM card holder. While most of its all-important innards are clearly absent, this assembly does come complete with what appears to be the locking ribbons for the screen and home button. As always, grab the obligatory spoonful of sodium chloride, then check it out for yourself at the gallery and links below.
Gallery: Assembled next-gen iPhone?
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And just like that it’s back. Following a yesterday’s temporary stay of the ban on Google’s HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus by Judge Koh, the soon-to-be Jelly Bean-loaded device is again up for sale at the Play store — and a bit early than expected. If you’ll recall, Google notes that Android 4.1 apparently mitigates the issues brought up within the dispute by Apple, which has until July 12th to issue a response on the matter. Orders are slated to ship in “two to three weeks,” so we’d suggest you grab one quick while its fresh and tasty to ensure your taste buds get the latest Android sugar fix.
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EPFL‘s been tweaking its eerily floating AirBurr since 2009, and its latest iteration adds four carbon-fiber legs, hopefully ensuring you’ll never have to chase after and recover it after a crash. When the seemingly clunky frame crashes, it’s that same intentional design that will ensure gravity rolls the device towards its side, allowing the legs to extend out and let the MAV relaunch itself — even off gravel. Hit up the source link to see how the design has evolved over the years, but before that, see it crash and burn return right after the break.