July 5, 2012 By: egzthunder1
In these modern times, wars seemingly rage on a different scale and on different media. If you are into technology, gadgets, and all the wonderful things that we do, and unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you are likely aware that Apple has positioned themselves as an unofficial “enemy” of Android and really anything that is not branded “Apple”. The battlefields (legal ones) are scattered throughout the world, and the results of the clashes are somewhat random, meaning that outcomes in different parts of the world can widely vary.
Some of the most recent outcomes include the block on US imports for the new EVO 4G LTE and a victory against Samsung and Google by granting an injunction in the US over the Galaxy Nexus, which was said to infringe 4 of Apple’s patents. There are several other stories in this “carnage,” mostly between Samsung and Apple. The latter has accused Samsung of copying virtually everything they make, all the way down to the shape of a pad. Yes, the shape. As it turns out, Apple seems to have invented the rectangle with rounded corners.
As bleak as the future may seem for all Android manufacturers, particularly due to the US Patent System pulling stunts like this, where justice is not just blind but also seeminly has the IQ of a shoe box, other justice systems in the world seem to work the way they should. Earlier today, we saw an article on BBC News that brought amazing news for the entire Android world, particularly HTC and Google. The same patents that are being granted blindly to Apple in the US are being challenged in other countries, and it seems that the latest verdict coming from the UK high courts has revealed that some of these patents are not exactly innovations or new concepts. In the particular case for slide to unlock, the judge presiding over the case ruled that due to the existence of previous technology with the same concepts—such as the Neonode N1 from 2004 and certain Windows CE powered devices—this concept could not be considered an innovation, rendering Apple’s claim defunct. The remaining 3 patents included:
Each justice system has its peculiarities and things that people may not agree with, but to even remotely believe the fact that the above could be innovations by Apple is nothing short of laughable, and it seems that the UK courts agree. So, here’s a big heart felt “thank you” and “kudos” to the UK justice system for being able to see past the farce and see the obvious monopoly attempt by Apple, which they are disguising as intellectual property. And just to prove that they are shooting to kill rather than to protect “their” IP, it seems that they are going full force against the Galaxy Nexus by posting a US$96MM bond to stop the sales of Google’s flagship device. Google has had to take the GN out of the Play Store in the US, so if you were still thinking that you would go for the GN as your next device, you are (currently) out of luck. However, following HTC’s move of updating their SW to bypass the claims, Google will be updating the Galaxy Nexus’s firmware to remove or change the offending materials.
Now, all things considered, we know from our beloved site that there are more Android manufacturers out there than you can shake a stick at. Here is an idea considering that you are all in the same bag (since Apple is going after Google rather than each manufacturer in particular).
Dear Manufacturers (HTC, Samsung, Sony, Motorola, et al):
One of Apple’s greatest advantage is the fact that they are big—really big. Using the bully approach, they are going against the smaller companies, as they are “easier” to beat. It is obvious that they are going against Google and Android, but due to Google being a much larger company and the fact that Apple still uses some of Google’s services to market their products (e.g. YouTube, which has been on the iPhone since release in 2007), they simply need to avoid direct confrontation. After all, remember that the OS is the biggest recipient of breach accusations rather than the hardware. The manufacturers are not the ones infringing IP, as they didn’t create the OS. If Apple was indeed concerned that their ideas are being copied, they would have to go against Google and not against Android handset manufacturers.
Having said that, why not join forces against Apple? Why not create a “strike force” or a team? There is an old saying: “the enemy of my enemy is my ally”. Make one giant “Android coalition group” composed of the largest manufacturers, and go full force against Apple’s claims. Mind you that I am far from naive. Considering that this would likely raise a monumental amount of bureaucracy, paperwork, and potential legal pitfalls; this idea could simply end up being laughed at. However, at this point in time, you are not having a healthy competitive market either. Think about this for a second, you are no longer able to compete with each other peacefully because you have someone, a third party, draining tons of resources and money—money that could otherwise be spent in R&D as opposed to legal fees. As a result, you have a gavel floating on top of your heads and your fair market at all times.
I think that the time has come to put away your differences and work together as one to bring an end to this ridiculous circus that Apple has createed. This is, believe it or not, affecting the world economy and the tech world due mainly to the fact that you guys cannot devote more time in what you are good at doing, which is making better tech. If enough people complain about the same thing and enough courts rule in a certain manner, I am sure that some decisions could (and should) be re-evaluated. But in order to make this happen, there has to be enough push. Doing it separately will not do the trick. You need to help each other so that the market can grow and your companies can prosper.
Thanks for reading and I sincerely hope that this idea can be taken into consideration.
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For today’s episode of This Week in Development, Jordan talks about a varied assortment of news from the XDA-Developers Portal. Jordan begins by talking about the range of items you can use with the Samsung Galaxy S III. Jordan then talks about a very cool Nook Touch to Desktop conversion and the Interview with CyanogenMod Developer Ricardo Cerqueira.
Jordan finishes up by talking about the developments on the HTC One X and XDA’s relationship with the GPL. Lastly, Jordan reminds you to check out part four of our ongoing How to Build an Android App series.
June 11, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Returning for another Quick Take of This Week in Development, Jordan gives a run down on several stories of interest from the XDA Portal. Jordan talks about Samsung working towards their hard brick fix. And in some unfortunate news, Jordan talks about the HTC One X hardware issues.
In other news Jordan talks about AntiSpy Mobile, and how floating apps should be easier to create because StandOut released their libraries to developers. Jordan also mentions our most recent Pro Tip video on XDA TV.
June 6, 2012 By: Former Writer
Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’ve undoubtedly heard about Apple’s influence over HTC EVO 4G LTE and One X availability in the US. What most people didn’t hear about, though, is how HTC got around it. For those who are unfamiliar with the case, HTC broke a patent owned by Apple and thus Apple was able to file an exclusion, preventing the HTC devices from being sold Stateside. XDA Member Advocate Admin egzthunder1 explained it the best:
One of the most common uses of this functionality is the phone number recognition, where if you select text containing a phone number and tap it, the browser will automatically launch the phone application with the number you are trying to call. It turns out that the judges at the ITC deemed this patent infringement and decided in their infinite wisdom to serve HTC an Exclusion (rather than a Cease and Desist order)
It was not long—a couple of weeks at most—that the ban was lifted, and HTC devices began pouring into the States. So, how did HTC get around these ridiculous patent infringements? The answer is HTCLinkify. HTCLinkify is an application developed by HTC in order to change how their devices handle the alphanumeric entries in question, thus avoiding Capertino’s copyrights. With HTCLinkify, the patent infringement was no longer an issue, and HTC was able to get their devices to their customers.
The story doesn’t end there, though. As the devices got rooted and custom ROMs starting hitting the forums, users began asking developers to remove HTCLinkify. This has sparked a number of comments from ROM developers. Says XDA Recognized Developer scrosler:
Some, handfull of users, are asking me to remove this work around from my ROM and violate apples patended “link” technoilogy. I state that if HTC and Google, Sprint and ATT can be sued so cant I. Maybe this is an unreliatic fear but none the less quite possible.
Echoing what we saw earlier with the Beats Audio fiasco, this is definitely something that deserves a second thought before proceeding. Developers do not want to touch something that could eventually come back and haunt them. However, devs actually have nothing to fear. Egzthunder1 explains:
He simply cannot and will not get sued for taking it out. Why? He is not making the product in question and even if he was, he its not selling it or making a profit or of it, it is for personal use, hence he is not breaching IP laws.
In other words, you really have nothing to worry about since you’re not stealing anything or making any money off of anything, and developers can include or exclude it at will. In some cases, development around HTCLinkify is already being explored as XDA Forum Member iconeo has opened a thread with the expressed idea of modifying HTCLinkify. The goal? Not to remove HTCLinkify, but to modify it so that it doesn’t work in certain apps, allowing the device to default to the original way of handling things and allowing users to get back to using their device how they want to use it. While not a bad idea for those who want it to work differently, removing HTCLinkify altogether is perfectly okay.
You can find more details in the HTCLinkify modification thread as well as scrosler’s full explanation of what HTCLinkify is and what it does in the discussion thread. While HTCLinkify is required for HTC phones to see the light of day in the United States, it’s not something we have to live with once they get here.
May 18, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Jordan mentions the Apple versus HTC patent wars and court battles. In more big, rich companies versus other rich companies news, Jordan updates us on the Oracle versus Google trial. In more Google news, the limit on device deauthorization on Google Music is discussed. The lamentable actions by Motorola and the locking down of their devices is mentioned. Finally, Jordan urges you to go check out XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler’s Galaxy Nexus tear down and unboxing.
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April 27, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
In This Week in Development, our friend Jordan is back to give you a quick run down of all the stories you need to know from this week’s XDA Portal articles. Jordan covers many different device freedom stories from, most HTC devices getting S-Off, as well as most HTC bootloaders being unlockable.
HTC is not the only OEM being freed for development; Jordan talks about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus getting a permanent SIM unlock. Also covered are the Phone Mods Section of The Galaxy Nexus toolkit being released and app editing software Virtuous Ten Studio going into public beta. Finally, Jordan covers the “Perfect” phone article by XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler, and SuperCID for the Amaze 4G and Rezound.
Check out the video below.
April 22, 2012 By: Former Writer
A few days ago, we brought you news of an unlock method that unlocked the HTC Wildfire S bootloader without voiding the warranty. The reason why that’s so cool is because when users use HTCDev to unlock their bootloaders, it actually voids your warranty. As it turns out, the Wildfire S unlock method may be compatible with any HTC device. Now other users have had success testing XDA Senior Member simonsimons34‘s warranty-intact root method on their own HTC devices.
The process is identical as it was for the Wildfire S, but it can now be tested by anyone with an HTC phone and locked bootloader. As everyone knows, HTCDev’s method won’t give you full S-Off—and neither will this one. However, this is good for those who don’t yet need universal S-Off. Says simonsimons34:
I have been able to create a method of unlocking ANY unlockable hboot, on any device (as far as i can tell)
The method works on S-on, stock recovery devices. As of right now im linking to a specific device, however, if you only use the unlock youll be fine. I need testers from other HTC devices.
So while it’s not quite confirmed on all devices just yet, anyone who wants to test can feel free to do so, and see exactly how many phones this supposedly universal mod actually supports.
If you’re looking to test it out or just want to check it out, hit up the original thread for updates, testing results and download links.
March 25, 2012 By: Former Writer
Most of the development that occurs on the forums requires users to run either Windows or Linux. As such, most guides are for those operating systems as well. Thus Mac users are in a state of limbo, as most users have to wait for someone with a Mac to develop or write tutorials specifically for Macs, including the latest troubleshooting.
However, if you have a Mac and you’re looking to unlock the bootloader for your HTC device, you now have a place and a method to help you out and troubleshoot. XDA Senior Member xjedi wrote out a Mac-friendly tutorial for unlocking the HTC Rezound bootloader using HTC Dev. In his words:
I had trouble unlocking the bootloader on my iMac but got it to work.
Just posting this to help out my fellow Mac Heads who’ve turned from the evil iPhone.
The tutorial is much like the one you’d find on HTC Dev, but adds the much needed support for common errors and troubleshooting that Mac users don’t normally get including proper installation of the Android SDK and there being a whole thread of discussion for those having issues. While originally written for the HTC Rezound, this should work for all devices compatible with the HTCdev unlock method. Now, Mac users can have the same support as PC and Linux users already enjoy.
For the tutorial, discussion and troubleshooting, head on over to the tutorial thread. There you’ll find all the help you’ll need with Mac-based device unlocking.
The billion dollar question right now in the Android world is whether or not your device will receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. As they so humorously put it:
Few innovations have improved upon ice cream as much putting it between two cookies and making a sandwich. Which is why we all want Ice Cream Sandwich! Ok, that’s not the real reason, but we’re all excited about Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, coming to HTC.
While there is constant speculation as to which devices will be added to the ICS list, not very many firm answers are to be found. Luckily, HTC has just released a public statement as to which devices are slated to receive Google’s latest tasty treat.
Timing is the next important question. HTC has spoken up on this issue as well, stating that the updates for the Sensation and Sensation XE would begin in the coming weeks, with the Sensation 4G andSensation following thereafter. However, the schedule still remains unclear for the other devices slated to receive the OS update.
As for timing, we’re in the early stages of rolling out Android 4.0 for the HTC Sensation and HTC Sensation XE and upgrades will be more widely available in the next few weeks. The update for the HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Sensation XL will follow. Please note, once we start pushing out updates it will take time for all carriers in each country to get the update. We are working closely with our carrier partners to nail down update schedules for our other smartphones and will have more to share very soon.
While many of us are still irked at the fact that HTC’s first generation Snapdragon devices such as the original HTC Incredible and the legendary Evo 4G are not on the update list, their omission is understandable given that not even the HTC-built Google Nexus One is receiving ICS in official capacity. However, the fact that these devices will be receiving Sense 3.6 rather than Sense 4 is a bit of a bigger blow. However, you can bet that our developer community will have that covered, as they have already begun to do so.
Source: HTC Blog
[Thanks to all who sent in the tip!]
February 13, 2012 By: Former Writer
Some users have been having a lot of problems with the HTC dev bootloader unlock method. Not only does it not completely unlock the bootloader, but it causes problems with flashing things such as kernels and radios.
This problem is especially present on the HTC Sensation, who suffer from issues such as not being able to flash some radio files and some kernels, unless installed in a specific manner, can cause some problems such as WiFi problems.
XDA Senior Member tkraaa has has taken a deeper look at some of these problems and, more important, ways around them or ways to fix them along with links to more threads that can help fix them. Here’s tkraaa’s take on the WiFi issues:
it allows you to install Custom Roms , But what htc don’t tell you is that the custom rom should be using their htc Stock kernel in order to work without errors !!!!!!! . ( Otherwise for Roms with custom kernels , you have to install Custom Kernels in a certain Method to avoid errors like WiFi error !!!! )
So, if you’re facing some of these woes and need them fixed, you can check out all the fixes and explanations in the original thread. Additionally, you can find links to other threads that deal with these problems as well in case you need them.
February 3, 2012 By: liwen
A security flaw in certain HTC Android builds allows third-party applications to access WiFi passwords. The flaw was discovered last September by Chris Hessing and Bret Jordan, who contacted HTC privately before publicly disclosing details.
Considering the list of affected devices – which includes the Desire HD, Glacier, Droid Incredible, Thunderbolt, Sensation, Desire S, EVO 3D and EVO 4G – it appears that the bug is related to some HTC-specific Android modifications in its custom Sense UI. The myTouch 3G and Nexus One, which both run stock Android software despite being manufactured by HTC, do not have this issue.
Since being informed of the security flaw, HTC has already incorporated fixes into regular OTA updates for “most” devices, though we do not know which ones. For those devices that haven’t gotten an automatic fix yet, HTC will provide a manual fix next week, as a statement on its support site reads:
HTC has developed a fix for a small WiFi issue affecting some HTC phones. Most phones have received this fix already through regular updates and upgrades. However, some phones will need to have the fix manually loaded. Please check back next week for more information about this fix and a manual download if you need to update your phone.
Just a few days ago we were talking about how HTC has been making a lot of noise in many news lately, and now we saw a video where the HTC Ville shows off HTC Sense 4.0.
Some of the leaked details point that this metal uni body device will have a thickness of 8mm and the following specs:
- Sense 4.0
- 1.5GHz Dual Core Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 4.3 “QHD
- 8 megapixel camera
- VGA front camera
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Android 4.0 / 4.0.1 ICS
The video clearly shows some lagging, but this may not be a final build of the software.
The Ville is expected to be among the devices HTC unveils at Mobile World Congress soon, so expect more about this phone as this story develops.
HTC Sense is one of the most popular customizations UI on the Android mobile interfaces, and just a month before the start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona we have some leaked information about the upcoming Sense 4.0.
According to the source the unlock screen now show us more information from our list, quick access to contacts and even the ability to open the notification bar directly. This is not exactly a customization of HTC as this feature is included on Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Also, new widgets are included, like the one that allows access to websites that have previously saved in the browser. That’s not all, because now the email client also includes surprises so good that according to the source the interface is the “best application to date”.
We will finally see HTC and Dropbox integration, with the main advantage that if you have an HTC device you can have a free account with 50GB of storage.