CrowdGadgets 38 | Launch Delays Aren’t Fun

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The missed launch of the HTC EVO 4G LTE is a major disappointment, but we aren’t letting that stop us from discussing patents–both the ones that resulted in the ITC ban on HTC/Motorola devices and exciting new technology from Microsoft–Calob’s first week with Android, the death of grandfathered unlimited plans on Verizon, Windows Phone sales, tablets, and the nature of the internet.

00:24 – HTC One X, EVO 4G LTE and Motorola devices banned from US by ITC
09:15 – Microsoft files patent for service to make switching platforms easier
13:14 – Calob’s first weekend with Android
15:27 – NTT DoCoMo reveals summer lineup
16:02 – Verizon to kill grandfathered unlimited data plans, replace them with shared plans
22:57 – Original Samsung Focus made up 90% of first gen Windows Phone sales on AT&T
24:11 – Windows Phone market share surpasses the iPhone’s in China
25:15 – HP to make Windows 8 tablets
26:18 – Microsoft details vision for convergence of laptops and tablets
31:11 – Australian government to provide broadband access to everyone: is internet a right?

Hosts: Calob Horton, John Freml, Stuart Cope, and William Devereux
Podcast Editor: Calob Horton
Newsletter Editor: William Devereux

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CrowdGadgets is the official podcast of the CrowdGather Gadget Network, which includes Anythingbutiphone, Anythingbutipod, Good and EVO, Nothing But Tablets, Pocketables, StreakSmart, and Zune Boards. Read the latest news from the network below.

News from around the CrowdGather Gadget Network

Anythingbutiphone

A Microsoft podcast has revealed that the Samsung Focus managed to account for 90% of first-generation sales on AT&T. The OS is also on a roll in China, edging out the iPhone at 7%. Verizon is getting rid of unlimited data in favor of family plans, and the ITC has banned HTC and Motorola Android devices from the US. A patent for migrating apps, however, could be very useful. We also discuss why Windows Phone resonates with us.

Anythingbutipod

Hifiman has announced the HM-901, the successor to the $800 brick-like HM-801, which is rumored to retail for $1,250. For that price, it had better sound significantly better than other portable audio players on the market. On the other end of the price
spectrum, the Sansa Clip+ has been modded to support a line-in connector. We also have an in-depth review of the MEElectronics A161P in-ear monitor (IEM). Is it worth the $120 price tag?

Good and EVO

The HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed indefinitely at US Customs, but we’re taking the time to answer your questions about the device. Be sure to check out parts two, three, and four of our exclusive series. If you’re anxiously waiting for your EVO 4G LTE to arrive, we recommend checking out our EVO 4G LTE video walkthrough and playing around with our latest ROM Pick for the original EVO 4G: ICS
4.0.4/MIUI 2.5.11
.

Nothing But Tablets

Would you consider purchasing a hypothetical iPad 2.5 if it ditched the “resolutionary”
display
but kept the larger battery around? Google is also reportedly waiting for Apple to approve an iOS version of its popular Chrome browser, allowing iPhone and iPad owners to finally stop using Safari. Nothing But Tablets also has a great walkthrough showing you how to use the powerful Android app known as Tasker to set up sleep timers for your apps.

Pocketables

The HTC One series is a fantastic line of phones, but each one is unique. One such difference is the screen, and we have a great comparison of the displays on the One S and One X. We also looked at how T-Mobile’s “4G” network performed on the One S. And if you prefer physical keyboards, you might be surprised to discover that the PS3 Keypad actually works quite well with smartphones out of the box.

StreakSmart

The TWRP (TeamWin Recovery Project) is a touch-based recovery software for Android. It works on a wide range of devices, which now includes our beloved Dell Streak 7. The recently-completed port works flawlessly; it boots and lets you perform all the TWRP tasks that you’ve come to know and love. There is, however, a catch: The device must be running ICS-B4 or, in certain cases, a custom version of Honeycomb.

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CrowdGadgets

CrowdGadgets is the official podcast of the CrowdGather Gadget Network. It brings together the latest news and tech updates from Anythingbutipad, Anythingbutiphone, Anythingbutipod, Good and EVO, Nothing But Tablets, Pocketables, StreakSmart, and Zune Boards. In September 2012, it became the official newsletter of Pocketables.