Motorola Droid X vs HTC EVO 4G vs iPhone and Droid Eris size comparison pictures

One more Droid X leak for the weekend. This time we have two pictures showing the Motorola Droid X vs the HTC EVO 4G an iPhone followed by another one showing the Droid X alongside the HTC Droid Eris. As you have probably already noticed the Motorola Droid X is a tiny bit larger than the  HTC EVO 4G! This could be a problem IMO. I firmly believe that the size of the EVO (and HD2) is already a bit too much (it’s a pain to use with one hand).

Source: Android Forums

Private Beta testing applications through the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace

Microsoft has announced a new Windows Phone 7 developer centric feature this week during TechED: Private Beta distribution through Windows Phone Marketplace. This will enable developers to distribute their applications to beta testers prior to marketplace certification:

The public model enables developers to market and distribute applications to all phone users globally or based on a particular geography. In contrast the private model enables developers to use the same Marketplace service to distribute applications to a defined set of people that they select for beta-testing. Developers will identify their beta-testers and then upload their application to the developer portal. The Windows Phone application deployment system will then ensure that the application is available on the beta-tester’s phones via a “deep link” the tester will receive in email. We’ll be rolling this mechanism out as we finalize the developer portal this fall.

Source: Microsoft

The ITC will probe Apple for HTC patent infringement


The US ITC (International Trade Commission) has announced today that it has agreed to probe Apple in relation to the HTC patent infringement case started on May 12 (which was a follow to Apple’s action on March 2nd). HTC has formely asked for a ban on import of Apple’s products in the US.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain portable electronic devices and related software. The products at issue in this investigation are portable electronic devices that utilize certain power management methods and may incorporate hardware and software for telephone directories within mobile telephone systems.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by HTC Corp. of Taiwan on May 12, 2010. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain portable electronic devices and related software that infringe patents asserted by HTC. The complainant requests that the USITC issue an exclusion order and a cease and desist order.

The USITC has identified Apple Inc., a/k/a Apple Computer, Inc., as the respondent in this investigation.,/p>

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-721), the USITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The USITC’s Chief Administrative Law Judge will assign the case to one of the USITC’s six administrative law judges (ALJ), who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. The ALJ will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337; that initial determination is subject to review by the Commission.

The USITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the USITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. USITC remedial orders in section 337 cases are effective when issued and become final 60 days after issuance unless disapproved for policy reasons by the U.S. Trade Representative within that 60-day period.

Source: USITC and Reuters

HTC EVO 4G screen scratch test

Ready for some totally useless videos? Don’t be afraid, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before…especially when you know that the screen on the HTC EVO 4G is identical to the one on the HTC HD2. So how does does the HTC EVO 4G screen handle a key and a blade? Check out the videos after the break:

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Windows Phone 7 developer handset unlocker

As I reported a few days ago Microsoft will start sending Windows Phone 7 development handsets to select developers next months but the second solution, starting this fall once the OS is launched, will be the ability to unlock up to 3 retail handsets and side load application onto to the phones via Visual Studio 2010 and Expression Blend 4. Microsoft will first allow three devices registrations for one MarketPlace account. Once you have registered as a developer (it will cost you $99 a year) you will have to use the Windows Phone 7 Developer Phone Registration application pictured above. The device ID will then be associated to your MarketPlace developer account and show up in you Dashboard on the Marketplace website.

Source: Istartedsomething

Motorola Droid X aka Motorola Shadow specifications in the wild

Another day and another Motorola leak… This time it’s the Motorola Shadow which will apparently be named the Motorola Droid X (Motorola Droid eXtreme?). According to what is being said the Motorola Droid X will feature a 4.3″ capacitive LCD screen (similar to the HTC HD2 and HTC EVO 4G) a TI OMAP 3630 chipset clocked at 720Mhz ( or a 3440 or a Qualcomm SnapDragon..there seems to be some confusion here), an HDMI output (that you can see pictured above) and an 8Mpix camera capable of 720P recording similar to the Motorola XT720 (I guess that it also has a Xenon Flash too). The device also runs Android 2.1 with an updated version of the MotoBlur UI.

Source: Gadget University