Tag - Infuse 4G
Samsung and AT&T have temporarily halted their update program for the Infuse 4G handset due to an unspecified bug. The issue is claimed to affect only a small number of users, however the companies have nonetheless decided to stop releasing the updates while they work to develop a fix.
AT&T has finally released its belated Android 2.3 update to the Samsung Infuse 4G. The handset was long overdue for the update, as it launched last May with Android 2.2 onboard. The new changes include a better copy and paste feature, a redesign for the software keyboard, a download manager for web downloads, and improved power and app management.
Samsung clinched an important win late Friday after Northern District of California Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple's call for a preliminary ban on key Android devices. The San Jose court told Apple that the Droid Charge, Galaxy S 4G, Infuse 4G, and Galaxy Tab 10.1 would have to stay on sale unless Apple won at the full trial. Koh didn't reject claims of validity, but also didn't believe Apple's view that a ban was urgent.
AT&T has once again expanded the number of phones that can access its U-verse Mobile app for watching TV shows and scheduling recordings. The newly added Android-powered devices include the LG Thrive and variant LG Phoenix along with the Samsung Infuse 4G, with the Windows Phone-powered HTC HD7S getting the functionality as well. This makes the app available on more than 20 devices and four different operating systems.
Apple on the verge of the Independence Day weekend asked a Northern District of California court for a preliminary ban on four of Samsung's most important Android devices in the US. The injunction request is the result of a successful exploration and would have the court halt US sales of the Droid Charge, Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Infuse 4G until the lawsuit is resolved. Apple picked four alleged violations that it said needed the ban, three of which focused on "electronic device" designs and a fourth for list scrolling and manipulating documents on a touchscreen.
The Samsung T989, thought to be the Samsung Hercules, may have already received Bluetooth and Wi-Fi approval. According to TMO News sources, it appears that the device received its certification on 23 June. If correct, the likely T-Mobile version of the Samsung Infuse 4G is tracking for a possible release in August or September.
Samsung is reportedly gearing up an ultimate phone for T-Mobile that would build on and go beyond the Infuse 4G. Codenamed the Hercules, according to the leak, the design would have the same 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen and even have nearly the same dimensions, but would be much faster. This is my next's sources expected that it would use a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor and would be the first phone ever with 42Mbps HSPA+, or twice as fast as the Infuse and T-Mobile's own Galaxy S 4G.
AT&T is reportedly distributing updates to many of its Android handsets, enabling the devices to install applications that don't originate from Google's official Android Market. The move appears to be an extension of the carrier's shifting strategy, which started with non-Market app support for Samsung's Infuse 4G.
Two smartphones at the opposite ends of the size spectrum reached AT&T stores on Sunday. The Samsung Infuse 4G is the largest smartphone in the US and centers on its 4.5-inch, 480x800 Super AMOLED Plus screen along with a 1.2GHz processor, 21Mbps HSPA+ cellular data, an eight-megapixel rear camera, and a front 1.3-megapixel camera. In spite of the size, the Android 2.2 flagship costs the same $200 on contract as most high-end smartphones.
AT&T with the launch of the Infuse 4G last night at least partly reversed a longstanding policy on Android phones that had drawn criticism from those hoping to switch away from the iPhone. Review units given out at the event had the option to load apps from "unknown sources" beyond Android Market that had previously been purposefully removed on all AT&T Android hardware. It wasn't evident whether this was specific to the Infuse 4G or a broad policy, but as one of AT&T's flagship phones would be more likely to represent the carrier's overall attitude.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE