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Over one-third of Galaxy S 5 upgrades were by iPhone users

Posted by wicked April - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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A good measure of how impressive a device is is to count how many users switched to it from another brand of smartphone, such as switching from a Motorola device to an HTC device or from an Apple iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy device. If we’re measuring a device’s merit based on how many users it pulled from another camp, early reports say the Galaxy S 5 is a hit.

According to a trade-in website, ComparyMyMobile, about 38% of all Galaxy S 5 upgrades came from iPhone owners. We already knew the S 5 was showing very strong early sales, but being able to pull in so many former iPhone users is an impressive feat. 

The site saw a 210% rise in trade-ins of the iPhone 4S, and a 184% rise in trade-ins of the iPhone 5S, indicating what were the most popular trade-ins for the S 5. Since the 4S has been out for two-years, those were likely customers that were renewing contracts to upgrade. The amount of 5S trade-ins is pretty surprising, though.

These numbers do leave some room for error, since it doesn’t really take into account the customers that purchased a Galaxy S 5 without trading in a device. Regardless, Samsung should be proud of those numbers.

source: Telegraph

via: GSM Arena

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Apple is trying to patent a gesture unlock method that’s dangerously close to Android

Posted by wicked April - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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For the last couple of weeks, in a courtroom in California, Apple has been trying to convince jurors to award it hundreds of millions of dollars as compensation for Samsung’s alleged infringement of its infamous slide-to-unlock patent.

Meanwhile, the Cupertino-based company is applying for two patents on a screen unlocking method which channels a feature that Android had for years.

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Unlock pattern on a Motorola Droid (2010) running Android 2.0.1

To be clear, Apple is not trying to patent the specific gesture unlock system we know from Android. It probably couldn’t, as the prior art is undeniable. Rather than that, the company is proposing an evolution of the idea of drawing a specific pattern across a matrix of elements to unlock a mobile device.

Apple’s idea is to make the matrix of dots configurable and to add invisible dots, that the user would need to be aware of in order to enter the correct pattern. The applications also mention variations in the pattern entry, such as different speeds and pauses, that would add an element of complexity, making it much harder for an unauthorized user to guess the pattern. The system also includes a pattern strength meter, similar to the password strength meters used on many sites.

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To be granted a patent, an invention must be novel and non-trivial. Apple’s applications may meet these conditions, at least at first glance. The US Patent and Trademark Office will decide if indeed these core conditions are satisfied.

Apple has clearly channeled the Android implementation of pattern unlock, and arguably enhanced it. There’s nothing wrong with that, as there’s nothing wrong with protecting one’s ideas with patents.

But these patent applications do raise a question – why? It seems unlikely that Apple would adopt pattern unlock for its devices, with Touch ID being well received on the iPhone and rumored to come to the iPads. Adopting the feature would also expose Apple to accusations of copying and, potentially, legal action from Google, who holds several patents on pattern unlock.

So if Apple won’t (or can’t) use pattern unlock on its devices, why would it try to patent this evolution of the idea? Probably just to make it unavailable to competitors. If Apple is granted the patents it seeks, Google would have a harder time enhancing pattern unlock to make it more secure or more useful for Android users.

If that’s the case, we’re again witnessing one of the uglier sides of the tech industry. Of course, it’s not just Apple that’s resorting to preventive patenting, as the entire industry is furiously seeking legal protection even for the most insignificant features. The problem is users are hardly winning anything from this state of affairs.








Lobbyists continue to cut down any productive patent reform

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Last year, mega patent-troll Intellectual Ventures opened up shop in Washington, D.C., to push their yearly million dollar lobbying effort. Since its founding in 2000, IV is believed to have raised about $6 billion in cash, of which it has recouped about $3 billion in extortion tactics licensing payments.

In December of 2013, Apple and Microsoft joined with the patent trolls to cut down any meaningful patent reform with a watered-down bill that was approved by the House Judiciary Committee. The Senate is expected to bring up the bill in the near future.

Sadly, TechDirt is reporting that the watered-down bill has been cut down even further to the point where there is little if any reason to think that actual reform will occur:

“Senate insiders insist that a “deal” is being made. The latest is that things have been pushed off for a few more weeks, as the patent abusers have been throwing their weight around quite a bit in the Senate. A manager’s amendment from Senator Leahy is still expected, but no one is quite sure what will be in it. From talking to a bunch of folks with knowledge of what’s going on, the general consensus is that while some are still optimistic, it seems quite likely that most of the useful stuff to stop patent abuse will get tossed out.”

Companies like Intellectual Ventures seem to be oblivious to the fact that companies such as themselves are the reason for the uncertainty in patent law today. Intellectual Venture’s boss lobbyist, Russ Merbeth has said:

“The current debate about patent trolls “seems to create uncertainty around patents generally,” said Russ Merbeth, chief policy counsel at Intellectual Ventures. “From our perspective, that’s going to have a long-term negative impact on American competitiveness.”

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That uncertainty probably comes from situations like this where startups are forced to hire more lawyers than actual employees? Or when major city’s transit app was halted because someone tried claiming that they had the patent for “tracking vehicles” and “electronic updates” even though the person had never made a single application or device in his life?

Then again, there is some absolute certainty in the industry. When politicians get out of office, where do they go? They go to the same companies that have been lobbying them for years with high pay and little work to achieve.








Google exec claims they didn’t copy iPhone software features

Posted by wicked April - 15 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Late last week, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google VP of engineering for Android, took the stand for the Samsung vs Apple trial. Of course this trial is all about copying Apple, and Lockheimer argued that they never tried to copy Apple’s iOS. Not only that, many of the Android’s software features were created before Apple did.

“We liked to have our own identity; we liked to have our own ideas,” Lockheimer said. “We were very passionate about what we were doing, and it was important that we have our own ideas.”

Lockheimer was Samsung’s first witness for their defense, and they said they might call as many as 17 witnesses. Samsung is taking a different approach this time around by showing that Apple’s beef should be with Google, not Samsung. Google created Android, and Samsung merely installed it on their devices. Of course Samsung did create their own proprietary features, but the heart of the system is all Google.

Lockheimer joined Google in April of 2006 and immediately joined the Android team, which was only comprised of about 20 to 30 people at that time. He said that most features, like quick links and background syncing were created in 2005 and 2006, well before the launch of the first Android phone in October of 2008.

I think Samsung is going about this case the right way, and frankly, I never understood why Samsung didn’t bring Google into it from the beginning. Of course, a lot of the first round of arguments were more related to hardware, which Google didn’t have a hand in.

source: CNet

 

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Apple patents were actually Google inventions, says Samsung

Posted by wicked April - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Apple and Samsung are again in locked horns in a bitter patent dispute that has, so far, spanned two years. After Apple’s 2012 win against Samsung involving a $930 million settlement, the two companies are at it again.

This time, Apple is accusing Samsung of having infringed on five software patents involving quick-linking, slide-to-unlock, universal search, automatic word correction and background sync. Meanwhile, Samsung is also accusing Apple of infringing on two patents that involve camera and folder organization and video transmission functionality. These involve a newer set of devices, including the flagship Galaxy S2 and S3, as well as the iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and iPad 2,3, 4 and mini, among others.

Apple has rested its case, giving its concluding statements in the previous week. Damages were computed at $2.191 billion, including lost profits and a fair amount for royalties. As Samsung begins its defense, it has called on Google executives to aid in proving Android has not copied Apple in developing the popular mobile operating system. Rather, the argument is that the innovations being claimed by Apple as its own were actually invented — or at least first utilized — by Android and Google.

Android beginnings

First on the stand on behalf of Samsung was Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s executive vice president for engineering at Android. Lockheimer gave an account of Android’s early days, starting with its fledgling team of less than 30 employees, which has fast grown to about 600 to 700 after Google’s acquisition. He recalled how, during this time, the team actively intended to make Android a discrete operating system — not locked into any hardware — and something that is not like other mobile operating systems.

“We like to have our own identity,” Lockheimer said. “We were very passionate about what we were doing, and it was important that we have our own ideas.”

We were very passionate about what we were doing, and it was important that we have our own ideas.

He then described the work habits at Android, which often involve 60 to 80 hour workweeks, and which “continue to be grueling.” The testimony is aimed at proving the Android team had been hard at work developing these features, and not simply copying from other technologies. According to Lockheimer, his first involvement with Android was in January 2006, when co-founder Andy Rubin invited him to view a demonstration of the OS. This means development on Android was well underway even before the iPhone first came out.

Google’s innovations, not Apple’s

Samsung is relying on Google experts’ testimony to debunk the claim that there is any value to Apple’s patents. For example, with regard to universal search — the ability to search both web and local content from a single interface — Lockheimer says internal Google data indicate that users are 98 percent more likely to click on web results rather than local ones.

Apple has tried to question the Google executive’s role in the trial, with counsel stating that the presence of Google personnel might confuse the jury. After all, it’s not Google that is on trial here, but rather Samsung. However, since the initial 2012 lawsuit and other legal and oversight proceedings involving Apple and Samsung, the sentiment is that Apple is using Android device manufacturers as a proxy in its war against Android itself, and by extension, Google.

For Samsung, Google’s involvement is meant to convey the message that the innovations are Google’s and not Apple’s, which means the Cupertino, CA company is claiming damages arising from the use of innovations that it did not invent in the first place.

Lockheimer is only one of the several Google executives and experts Samsung is calling in as witnesses. The Korean company is expected to present a total of 17 witnesses throughout the month to bolster its defense.

The question here is this: is Samsung on the right track? Is this the right argument to defend itself against Apple’s patent complaint, and is tapping Google’s help the correct means in achieving this?








How to transfer from iPhone to Android: the complete guide

Posted by wicked April - 13 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

So, you are finally seeing the light and decide to live in the world of light. This means pain — especially the pain of having to give up old, dark, enslaving habits. It is heart-rending to bid goodbye to the tyrannical habits associated with iPhone use, especially if you’ve grown too attached to it. But, you find consolation in the fact that you’re welcoming a free world where there is color and where you can breathe. The transition is not easy.

You’ve taken the most difficult step — that of deciding to leave the iPhone for good and embracing Android. We, at Android Authority, want your grief (for having ended your iPhone love affair) to be short and your joy (for having embraced the freedom of Android) to be sweet and well-deserved. In short, we want your migration from iPhone to Android to be as painless and as easy as possible.

In this guide, you will learn how to transfer from iPhone to Android. This guide offers several easy methods for carrying out the various common tasks associated with transferring from iPhone to Android for good. In particular, you will find guides for the following:

All of these guides require you to have a Google account. We tried our best to select the simplest, easiest, and least-complicated method for accomplishing a task. At the same time, we also tried to choose methods that won’t cost you a cent or that won’t require you to buy software that you’ll use only once.

Moving your iPhone contacts to Android

If I were in your shoes, the very first thing that I’d want to transfer to my new Android phone would be my contact list. Especially since I use my smartphone as a phone more than anything else, contacts are at the top of the list of data types that I’d consider most important.

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In earlier versions of iTunes, you could easily sync your iPhone contacts with your Google account, but Apple has since removed that convenience in the more recent iTunes versions. The good news, however, is that you can still transfer your contacts to Android with the help of iCloud.

The method will require you to first sync your iPhone contacts to iCloud, from which you will export your contacts into a vCard file (VCF), and manually import your iPhone contacts to your Google account.

What you need for this method:

  • iPhone and Android phone
  • iCloud account set up, activated, and synced on your iPhone
  • Google account
  • Internet connection

The first thing that you need to do is to enable iCloud on your iPhone and sync your contacts to the cloud:

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > iCloud.
  2. Login with your iCloud account.
  3. Enable “Contacts” on the iCloud page to allow your phone to sync your contacts to iCloud.
  4. Make sure your iPhone is connected to the Internet to sync your contacts to iCloud.

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With your contacts now synced to the cloud, the next thing to do is to export your contacts from iCloud into a VCF file, and then import it to your Google account:

  1. Open a Web browser on your computer.
  2. Go to https://www.icloud.com/ and sign in with your iCloud account.
  3. Click Contacts to view your list of contacts.
  4. Select the contact(s) that you want to export.
  5. Click the Actions Menu button (cog wheel icon at the lower-left corner) to open the settings menu.
  6. Select Export vCard from the settings menu.
  7. Your browser will download a VCF file containing the exported contacts.
  8. Open a new tab in your Web browser and login to your Google Contacts account at http://www.google.com/contacts.
  9. On the left pane, scroll down to the bottom and click on Import Contacts. A window will appear.
  10. Locate and select the VCF file that you exported from iCloud.
  11. Click Import to import your iPhone contacts to your Google account.
  12. Let your Google account sync your contacts to your Android device.

For other methods for transferring contacts from iPhone to Android, see the post entitled “How to transfer your contacts from iPhone to Android.”

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Moving your iPhone calendar events to Android

iCloud has a feature that allows you to share your calendars to other Apple users — pretty much like Google’s own calendar sharing feature. The method in this section actually takes advantage of that very same sharing ability because it allows you to save your shared calendar into a file. In a nutshell, this method will export all of your iPhone calendar events into a file that you can import into Google Calendar.

The trick here is for you to have an iCloud account properly set up and activated on your iPhone and synced.

The great thing about this method is that you can migrate all of your iPhone calendar events in one go. The minor downside is that if you have several calendars in your account, you need to export them one at a time.

What you will need for this method:

  • iPhone and Android phone
  • iCloud account set up, activated, and synced on your iPhone
  • desktop or laptop PC with Web browser (preferably Chrome or Firefox)
  • Google account
  • Internet connection

Unless you have already done so, first set up iCloud on your iPhone, as follows:

  1. Open the Settings page.
  2. Tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Tap Add Account and log in to your iCloud account.
  4. Once you’ve logged into your iCloud account, ensure that syncing is turned on or enabled for “Calendars.”
  5. Connect to the Internet to allow iCloud to sync your iPhone data to the cloud.

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Next, export your iCloud calendar entries. Perform the following steps on your desktop/laptop PC:

  1. In your Web browser, open www.icloud.com and login to your iCloud account.
  2. Click on the calendar icon to open your Calendar page.
  3. Your list of calendars will be listed on the left pane.
  4. Click on the Share Calendar button beside the name of the calendar that you want to export.
  5. On the popup that appears, place a checkmark beside “Public Calendar.” Copy the URL that appears below it. It looks like a string of random characters beginning with webcal://.
  6. Open a new browser tab or window.
  7. Paste the URL onto the new tab or window’s address bar — but do not press the Enter key yet.
  8. Edit the URL by changing webcal:// to http:// and then press the Enter key to open the URL.
  9. No webpage will open. Instead, a file will begin downloading. Its file name will be made up of a long string of random characters. This file is actually a plain text file that contains your calendar entries. Save the file to a convenient location on your PC. You may also rename the file into something shorter and easier to remember (e.g., calendar.ics).
  10. Close the browser tabs/windows for iCloud and the download URL.

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So far, you’ve succeeded in exporting and downloading your calendar entries into a file on your PC. Your next step is to import the file to your Google Calendar account. Here are the steps to accomplish that:

  1. On a new tab/window, login to Google Calendar (http://www.google.com/calendar/) using the same Google account as the one logged in on your Android device.
  2. Near the bottom of the left pane, locate the Other Calendars menu. Click the downward-pointing arrow at the right of the label.
  3. Click on Import Calendar to open the dialog for importing your calendar.
  4. Click on the Choose File button. Locate and select the calendar file that you exported from iCloud.
  5. If you have several calendars in your Google Calendar account, they will appear on the drop-down list. Choose one as the destination for the imported entries.
  6. Click the Import button to begin importing the calendar entries.
  7. After importing is completed, the new entries should now be visible in the Google calendar that you selected as destination for the entries.

For other methods for moving calendar events from iPhone to Android, see the post entitled “How to transfer or sync your calendar from iPhone to Android.”

Moving your iPhone images to Android

Unless you belong to the breed of iPhone users who rarely — if ever — take photos and capture videos using their iPhones, in all likelihood your iPhone will contain images and videos that you captured through its camera. How do you completely migrate all of those to your Android phone?

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There are several ways to transfer your images and videos, but here’s an easy one that will do the job really quickly — and without requiring an Internet connection. The upside to this method is that it will copy all of your images and videos in just one go. The downsides are that you will need your desktop or laptop PC to act as intermediary, this method requires a wired connection between your iPhone and your PC, and this method will transfer images and videos in your Camera Roll only.

In a nutshell, this method copies your Camera Roll images and videos to your PC so that you can then transfer them to your Android. You will need the following:

  • your iPhone and Android phone
  • your iPhone’s proprietary, non-standards-compliant USB cable
  • your Android’s standards-compliant USB cable
  • Windows PC

First, import your iPhone images and videos to your Windows PC. Follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer via the iPhone’s proprietary USB cable, preferably using a USB port at the back of your PC.
  2. Open My Computer. Under the Portable Devices section, find your iPhone’s storage and right-click on its icon.
  3. Click on Import Pictures and Videos from the menu that pops up. This will cause your PC to scan your iPhone for images and videos.
  4. After scanning completes, click on Import to copy found images and videos to your PC. The default location for the copied files will be in a subfolder in your My Pictures folder.
  5. At this point, you may now unplug the iPhone from your PC.

Next, copy the imported videos and images from your PC to your Android device. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Connect your Android device to your PC via USB cable. Your Android’s storage should be automatically detected.
  2. Open your Android device’s storage and navigate to the image folder. This is usually the DCIM folder. If you want, create a subfolder to hold the iPhone photos and videos that you will be copying in the next steps.
  3. Open the My Pictures folder on your PC.
  4. Copy the imported images and videos from your My Pictures subfolder to your Android’s images (sub)folder.

Find more alternate methods for moving your iPhone images to Android in the post entitled “How to transfer photos and images from iPhone to Android.”

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Moving your iPhone music to Android

Transferring music from your iPhone to Android is a bit tricky, but not impossible. The method recommended in this section generally involves (1) syncing your iPhone music tracks with your iTunes Music Library on your desktop PC and (2) uploading the music files to your Google Music account. To accomplish this, you will need the Google Music Manager software.

There is another easy method that will let you quickly transfer your music from iPhone to PC and from PC to Android, but that method allows limited access to your music. However, in the method recommended in this section, once you upload your music tracks to Google Music, those tracks will be available to any device from where you can log into Google Music using the Play Music app (e.g., an Android device) or a supported Web browser.

For this method you will need the following:

  • iTunes software installed on your PC
  • Google Music Manager installed on your PC
  • Apple ID and Google account

First, you need to sync your iPhone music tracks to the Music Library on your PC’s iTunes. Also ensure that your purchased songs are downloaded from iCloud to your PC, as Google Music Manager only uploads songs that are saved on the PC. Here’s how to do this:

  1. Run iTunes on your desktop. Login to your Apple account using your Apple ID.
  2. Open the iTunes Music Library. Click on the Songs tab to see a list of the music tracks on your iPhone, including songs bought using the logged-in Apple ID.
  3. Check whether the music tracks that you want to copy are stored on the PC. Tracks that have an iCloud logo with a downward arrow displayed beside the track title are tracks that have not yet been saved to the PC. To download the file to your PC, just click on the iCloud logo beside the track title. You can also download several tracks simultaneously by multi-selecting tracks, then right-clicking on a highlighted track title, and clicking Download from the popup menu.
  4. If you don’t see your purchased music tracks on the Songs tab, try going to Preferences > Store, then enable “Show iTunes in the Cloud Purchases.”

Now, your music tracks are ready for upload to Google Music. Follow these steps:

  1. Launch Google Music Manager on your computer and log-in with your Google account. Follow the setup instructions flashed on the screen.
  2. Select Upload Songs to Google Play on the setup page. Select “iTunes” on the list. You can upload all the tracks in your iTunes library, selected music playlists, or podcasts to Google.
  3. On the next screen, Google Music Manager will prompt you about whether you want all newly added songs to iTunes to be also automatically uploaded to your Google Play Music account.
  4. Once you’ve specified all setup options, Google Music Manager will scan your iTunes Music Library and begin uploading your songs to Google.

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Now that your songs are uploaded to Google, you can listen to your songs via the Play Music website on your supported Web browser or via the Play Music app on your Android device.

Moving your iPhone bookmarks to Android

Bookmarks help you find your way back to a particular location on the Web.  In many cases, the bookmarks that you save actually indicate your favorite places on the Web; some Web browsers aptly call such a collection “Favorites.”

If you ever use your iPhone for Web browsing, you most likely will have bookmarked some sites or webpages. And, when you move to Android, you will want to bring those bookmarks with you.

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Although Safari is the default Web browser on the iPhone, there are other compatible Web browsers not developed by Apple. So, the method for transferring bookmarks can vary according to the browser that you use on your iPhone. The method recommended in this section, though, applies only to the default browser on the iPhone — Safari, which most people likely use.

Broadly speaking, transferring your iPhone bookmarks to Android involves syncing your iPhone bookmarks to your iCloud account and merging the iCloud-stored bookmarks to Google Chrome or Firefox on your desktop PC. Thereafter, syncing to Android should be a breeze.

For this method, you will need the following:

  • an iCloud account
  • iCloud Control Panel installed on your Windows computer
  • an active Internet connection
  • Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox installed on both computer and Android device

First, use iCloud to sync your Safari bookmarks to your computer, as follows:

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > iCloud and set up or login with your iCloud account. Also enable Safari on this menu to sync Safari data to iCloud.
  2. Launch iCloud Control Panel on your computer and log-in with your iCloud account.
  3. Tick the checkbox for “Bookmarks.”
  4. Click Options and select the browser that you want to merge the bookmarks to. Choose either “Firefox” or “Google Chrome.”
  5. Click on Apply.
  6. When asked, choose to merge your bookmarks. Select Merge to continue.
  7. You will be asked to download the iCloud Bookmarks extension for Google Chrome and Firefox.
  8. Click Download to download and install the extensions.

After the extension finishes installing in the last step above, the Safari bookmarks from your iPhone will be transferred to Google Chrome or Firefox on your computer. You can now sync your Google Chrome or Firefox bookmarks to your Android device. The next sections will show you how.

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Transferring bookmarks to Google Chrome

If you chose Google Chrome as your browser, syncing your bookmarks to your Android device will be easy. Just login to your Google account in Google Chrome on your computer. Your browser data (including bookmarks) will then be synced to your Google account, making your data accessible to the Google Chrome app on your Android device. Make sure that you login using the same Google account in Chrome on your Android device.

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Transferring bookmarks to Firefox

The Firefox browser on your computer has an option that allows you to sync your bookmarks to Firefox on your Android device. If you haven’t enabled this option yet, you can do so by following the steps below.

  1. On your Windows computer, open the Firefox menu and select Set Up Sync.
  2. Login to your Firefox account with your credentials to sync your browser data (including bookmarks) to the cloud. If you don’t have an account yet, create an account within the browser. Syncing your local browser data to the cloud will take a moment, so give it some time to complete the sync before moving on to the next step.
  3. On your Android device, launch the Firefox app and open the settings page.
  4. Select Sync and take note of the unique pairing codes generated by the app.
  5. Go back to Firefox on your computer and open the Options menu.
  6. Go to the Sync tab and click on Pair a Device.
  7. Input the pairing codes generated by the Firefox app for Android.
  8. Click Next to begin syncing browser data between your computer and Android.

Firefox on both your computer and Android device will now be paired.  Browser data from your Firefox on your PC will now be synced to your Android device.

More alternate methods for moving your iPhone bookmarks to Android, are described in the post entitled “How to transfer bookmarks from iPhone to Android.”

Conclusion

Migrating from the iPhone to Android doesn’t have to be very painful — but, the pain is definitely worth it. With our easy-to-follow guides, you should be able to easily transfer your most important data and files to your Android phone. This post in particular showed you easy methods to transfer your contacts, images, videos, calendar events, and bookmarks from iPhone to Android.

Have you made the big move already? How was it? Did you follow any of the methods described in this post? What methods did you use? Share your stories in the comments section below.

(with contributions from Alvin Ybañez)








Top Android lieutenant comes to Samsung’s defense in trial against Apple

Posted by wicked April - 12 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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With the patent wars between Apple and Samsung raging on, an interesting person took the stand today. While the trial doesn’t involved Google, they got involved anyway, with the VP of engineering for Android taking the stand to aid Samsung.

In his testimony, Hiroshi Lockheimer talked about the early days of Android, and how he worked 60 to 80 hour weeks. The point of him joining the battle was to show that many features in Samsung devices, including some that are on trial, were actually invented by Google and not Apple. This is all part of Samsung’s point that Apple is going after Samsung to indirectly affect Google. His testimony also was to talk to the jury about Android and how Google develops software to offer to hardware manufacturers, Samsung included.

Lockheimer was also used to take apart some of Apple’s claims, such as that there isn’t any real value in the patented features on trial, including the universal search patent.

Apple also rested its case today after almost 5 days in court. The total amount that Apple wants from Samsung is $2.191 billion in damages. Samsung’s argument is that that figure is far too high.

The trial is set to run for the rest of the month, with a number of Google employees being involved.

Source: The Verge

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Samsung mislead everyone about Galaxy Tab sales figures

Posted by wicked April - 11 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

A new document introduced in the latest Apple versus Samsung trial shines a light on an ongoing point of contention for market share statistics: sales versus shipments. Sales of devices don’t always translate to shipments, but the two are often confused. It seems the document suggests that Samsung’s performance in the tablet market may not have been as successful as we have been led to believe. In fact, they may not have had much success at all.


The trial, which has mushroomed into a war on integrity at this point, produced an internal Samsung document that showed their sales of Galaxy Tab devices was so slight they were being eclipsed by Kindle devices and Nook sales. Not only were sales known to be diminutive, Samsung knew about them, and purposefully mislead analysts and investors about the health of their tablet business.

In slides from the trial, which you can see below, Samsung spells out Galaxy Tab sales both quarterly and annually in the US. Quarterly sales were in the hundreds of thousands, while annual sales were roughly one million tablets for 2011. This was a contrast to — by Samsung’s own metrics — 17.4 million iPads sold, 5 million Kindle Fire tablets, and 1.5 million Nook devices sold in the US for 2011.

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This opens up discussion on two fronts: sales versus shipments, and device use statistics. Time and again, we find reports suggesting iOS devices — specifically iPads — have better web usage statistics. These reports are prominently rolled out just after the holiday shopping season, where it’s found that Apple’s devices command a much larger slice of both the browsing and online purchasing pie. Use of a device can be used to directly relate to sales.

It seems we now have a reason for those numbers, and it has to do with sales versus shipments — and how they’re reported, both to analysts, and to us. Samsung tablet sales simply weren’t what analysts and investors were led to believe, causing inflated metrics and market share statistics. That, in turn, is related to us as a false sense of popularity for Samsung tablets. We’ll keep in mind the slides shown are internal Samsung documents, which lends a damning credence to the revelations.

Source: Apple Insider

Samsung document shows personalities of big tech firms

Posted by wicked April - 10 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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With the Samsung vs Apple patent war in full swing, sometimes the arguments can be a little funny. A slide from Samsung’s argument shows Samsung trying to identify itself amidst other big tech companies like Google, Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, and so on.

The title of the slide is “Communicating Our Samsung Personality”, and it shows a relaxed Google, an older, almost retired Nokia, and a laid back, cool looking Apple. Samsung is a stuffy looking businessman, and it’s clear that they’re trying to change their personality. Samsung has surely come a long way from that look, and many of their newer devices have a much more youthful feel.

Source: TUAW
Via: Techno Buffalo

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Apple closes the gap on Samsung’s advertising budget

Posted by wicked April - 9 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The US smartphone market is a big competitive business, to keep yourself ahead of the pack you have to spend big bucks on making sure that consumers know about your products. Samsung is still the biggest spender on advertising in the US, but it’s rival, Apple, is quickly closing the gap.

Research conducted by Kantar Media shows that Samsung spent a $68 million more on advertising than Apple in 2012, but last year the gap closed to just $12 million. This swing came from a combination of Samsung dialing back its ad spending, whilst Apple embarked on an expensive TV-led campaign.

As for the actual figures, Samsung splashed about $363 million on US phone ads, down 10 percent from 2012’s cost of $401 million. Samsung was also the only smartphone company to cut its advertising budget last year. Apple, on the other hand, spent around $351 million on phone advertising in 2013, up 5 percent from $333 million in the previous year. As a side note, Apple spent more on TV ads in 2013 than it spent on all advertising in 2012.

To give you an idea of just how big the smartphone advertising market is, seven of the biggest smartphone manufacturers spent a little over $1.3 billion on advertisements in the US last year. This covers a wide range of advertising mediums, including TV, print, radio, and online ads. Total spending for 2013 was up a staggering 33 percent from 2012, when manufacturers spent roughly $1 billion on advertising.

It probably comes as no surprise in this day and age that spending on telecommunication ads — that’s TV and internet content — is growing the fastest. Spending in this sector grew by 8 percent through 2013, which is nine times faster than the wider US ad industry’s growth figure of just 0.9 percent.

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Samsung’s and Apple’s ad budgets dwarf those of the five other largest spenders.

As for the other big US spenders, Nokia came in third place and was the company which increased its spending by the largest amount year over year. Nokia paid out $221 million in 2013, which is 15 times the amount that the company spent in 2012. Motorola was a similarly high spender, throwing $189 million into the advertising pot. The company tripled its ad spending following the acquisition by Google in mid-2012.

Blackberry, HTC, and LG form up the lower ranks of the seven largest spenders, purchasing $90 million, $76 million, and $46 million worth of advertisements respectively.

With such huge budgets dedicated just to advertising products, it’s easy to see why many smartphone companies are starting to feel a pinch in their profits. But I suppose the most important thing is that all this money spent on advertising appears to be working. Well, at least most of the time.








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