HTC Reports Q2 2012 Results: Dropping, Dropping, Dropping By 57.8%

The HTC One X may be the very one handset to be such a showstopper against the iPhone 4S, alongside the Galaxy S III, but HTC has not converted this into confident results. Due to all of the customs issues for the One series, paired with weak European sales, and statistics like this Q2 if 2012 totaling T$7.4 billion ($250 million), down from T$17.52 billion this time last year. It’s more of the same when you compare the T$30 billion from last month, unchanged from May and 33.4 percent less than June of last year.

Ouch. ViaReutersHTC (PDF)

Google Is Trying To Bring The Galaxy Nexus Back, By Next Week

It turns out that Google has little tolerance (quite understandably) for not having their flagship Android phone on sale in the States, so without further delay, engineers at the company are busy creating an update that would nullify the charges that put the $96 million bond and injunction by Apple in place — by next week. This would allow for the ban to be lifted and Google to continue selling the Galaxy Nexus on their Google Play Store.

Ambitious, but possible. Via: ABC

Motorola Atrix HD details released: LTE on AT&T, Kevlar back, Android 4.0

Here is the Motorola Atrix HD, just given its own site page on Motorola’s own website. Much like the other smartphones launching this year, the Atrix HD has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.5-inch Colorboost 1280 x 720 display, and Android 4.0 with Motorola’s own skin that makes use of only on-screen buttons, a rarity among the design and functionality of other smartphones. Additionally, there’s a 1,780 mAh battery, 8MP rear camera with 1080p HD video recording, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (up to 32GB external) and measures 8.4mm thick.

Oh, and let me just leave this here: the back is made of Kevlar and the whole thing weighs 140 grams. Also, the date July 26th is on the homescreen of the smartphone (in the images), so that could be a possible release date for the Atrix HD.

Via: Motorola

Galaxy Nexus Pulled From Google Play Store

The deed has been done by the courts and Apple has posted the $96 million bond for the injunction ruled by Judge Koh on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Essentially, it is being struck down and killed due to the fact that it infringes upon one (in some cases, two) patents. Samsung is fighting all over this one, and purportedly Google plans to send out a software that can nullify the charges, but so far they were too late; the Galaxy Nexus has since been pulled from the Google Play Store. And, that leaves the new best Android phone on the market: the Samsung Galaxy S III. Via: Le Verge

Verizon Galaxy S III Launch: July 10th for $199.99

With the last of the four Galaxy S III nationwide launches underway, Verizon Wireless has made their July 10th launch official. For $199 you can buy a 16GB Galaxy S III or pony up $249 for a 32GB model, Both versions of the Galaxy S III feature the latest version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich,  4G LTE connectivity, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display and an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording. Press release below.

iFixit Tears Apart A Nexus 7, Finds Some Surprises

This Nexus 7 was recently disassembled by the tech site iFixit and was awarded a 7 out of 10 for repairability, which is just one point away from beating the Kindle Fire. The engineers at iFixit discovered several things, such as confirming the 4,326 mAh battery and Tegra 3 chipset, discovering that the 1280 x 800 display is manufactured by Hydris, and that the Nexus 7 doesn’t use Gorilla Glass 2 — it simply has a scratch-resistant screen. Check out the full teardown at the source link. Via: iFixit

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Is Now On 10% Of All Android Devices

The domination of Android 2.3 Gingerbread continues, as this week’s statistics for operating system versions for Android have been released: (Android 2.3) in first place with a 64-percent install lead, followed by Froyo (Android 2.2) with 17.3-percent of the ecosystem, and ICS with a petty10.6-percent. And yes, it was part of the strategy presented 8.5 months ago by Google to have ICS as the dominate operating system among Android device, but with 4.1 Jelly Bean around the corner, the problem is not going to get any better, any time soon. ViaAndroid Developer

Microsoft: Windows 8 Pro Will Be A $40 Upgrade

In the land of fairies and Microsoft’s Windows 8, $40 represents the price that users with a Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 machine will pay to upgrade to the new operating system. The $40 upgrade gets you a more enterprise-friendly version of Windows 8, and to do so you’d need the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, which verifies and prepares your existing computer for the upgrade. Sounds promising; Microsoft’s offer lasts until January 31st of next year. Via: Microsoft Team Blog