Amazon.com Inc. this week said the Kindle Fire tablet will include download access to popular Android Apps at launch next week.
Apps to be available on Kindle Fire include Netflix, Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, Comics by comiXology, Facebook, Hulu Plus, and ESPN ScoreCenter.
Game content providers includes Zygna, EA, Gameloft, PopCap, and Rovio.
Customers of Apple Inc.’s iPhone 4S this week claimed the company’s iOS 5.0.1 update does not fix a recent battery drain said to plague select devices.
In addition, the update promptednew claims of incorrect contact information during a received call and Wi-Fi signal issues.
Apple issued a statement Fri. that said the iOS 5 update addressed many of battery issues experienced on iOS5 devices and that it will continue to investigate a few remaining issues.
The iOS 5.0.1 update, released this week, was said to fix the iPhone 4S battery drain bug, add iPad gestures, fix iCloud document bugs, and add new security measures.
Apple Inc. this week began sale of the Unlocked iPhone 4S SKU for customers to purchase the device without a carrier contract.
The unlocked iPhone 4S 16 SKU sells at $649, the 32GB SKU at $749 and the 32GB SKU at $849 are now available at Apple.com.
An analyst this week said pre-order sales for Apple Inc.’s iPhone 4S sold out in 10 minutes in Hong Kong after the company made advanced sales available in the territory.
Adobe Inc. this week said it will development of the Flash Player for mobile browsers in favor of backing the new HTML5 standard.
The company this week said HTML5 is universally supported on major mobile devices and it will work with companies to drive HTML5 innovation.
Flash tooling will still be available to allow developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR.
It will halt development of the Flash Player for mobile devices following the release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and Blackberry PlayBook.
It added it will continue to drive Flash development for advanced gaming and premium video.
Adobe concluded it is in development on Flash Player 12 for the PC.
AT&T Inc. this week released the first LTE capable for AT&T customers nationwide.
Devices include HTC Corp.’s HTC Vivid and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket.
The HTC Vivid includes a 4.5-inch qHD display, 1.2Ghz Dual-Core CPU, 8MP camera with 1080p video recording at 60 frames-per-second, 16GB memory, and Google Inc.’s Android OS with HTC Sense at $199.99 with two-year contract.
The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket includes a 4.5-inch SuperAMOLED Plus display, 1.5Ghz Dual-Core CPU, 8MP camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 1080p HD recording, 16GB memory, and Google Inc.’s Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS at $249.99 with two-year contract.
Barnes & Noble Inc. this week said it will sell the new Nook Tablet at $249.00.
The Nook Tablet includes a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, 1.2GHz Dual-Core CPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB Memory, 11.5 hours of reading time or nine hours of video viewing.
The final product will weigh at 14.1 ounces, 10 percent lighter than the Nook Color.
Pre-order sales for the Nook Tablet begin Nov. 7, with units shipping to customers around Nov. 17.
Google Inc. this week said it will end support for the Gmail App for Research in Motion Ltd.’s Blackberry this month.
The app can still be used by existing users, but will not be available for download or supported by Nov. 22.
HTC Corp.’s HTC Edge may include the first quad-core CPU in a smartphone according to a new report.
The HTC Edge will reportedly include a 1.5Ghz quad-core AP30 Tegra 3 CPU by Nvidia Inc., the first for a mobile handset.
In addition, the Edge may include a 4.7-inch 720p display, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera, and 21Mbps HSDPA functionality.
It is estimated to be sold in late Q1 to Q2 of 2012.
AT&T Inc. this week said it will release HTC Corp.’s HTC Titan to U.S. customers Nov. 20 at $199.99 after two-year contract.
The HTC Titan includes a 1.5Ghz CPU, 4.7-inch 480 x 800 display, 8MP camera with 720p video recording and dual-LED flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 512MB RAM, 16GB storage, 4G functionality, and Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone 7 Mango OS.
HTC Corp.’s HTC Ville is a pending device that may include Google Inc.’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS, claims a new report.
The HTC Ville, to be sold in Apr., is to include a 1.5Ghz Dual-Core CPU, 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, 8MP camera with 1080p video recording, HSPA+ functionality, Beats audio technology, and HTC Sense 4.0.
The final product is said to be 8mm thin.
HTC Corp. this week said that it will beam Google Inc.’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS to eight smartphones in 2012.
Valve Corp. this week said a database in the Steam digital distribution and online gaming service was hacked by intruders.
The company said hackers obtained access to a database that included user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information.
It added it had no evidence that encrypted credit card information were taken or if credit card protection or passwords were cracked by intruders.
Earlier this week, the company said unauthorized users gained access to the Steam forums which did compromise a few forum accounts.
Verizon Wireless this week began offering double data to 4G LTE customers in a new limited time promotion.
Beginning Nov. 8, new customers or existing customers who purchased a phone within 14 days will a receive double data allowance per month.
Under promotion terms, users would pay $30 per month for 4GB of data, $50 per month for 10GB of data, and $80 per month for 20GB of data.
The promotion is said to be available through the holidays.
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