Grooveshark Responds to Android Market Ban, Says It’s Not Sure Exactly Why Google Booted It

Yesterday, we reported that Google had removed the popular music streaming app Grooveshark from the Android Market due to ToS (Terms of Service) violations. While, Google didn’t clarify exactly which aspect of the ToS was violated, most people assumed that Grooveshark was booted due to alleged copyright infringements.

GroovesharkGoogle’s move caught almost everyone by surprise, including Grooveshark. “We were surprised by Google’s removal of the Grooveshark App from the Android Market Place, and are still unclear as to what policies have now been violated”, read a statement from Grooveshark’s PR.

Back in August, Grooveshark was pulled from the iOS App Store due to complaints from Universal, which is currently suing Grooveshark for copyright violations. It’s most likely that Universal is the reason why Grooveshark was removed from the Android Market also. Taking a dig at the record labels, Grooveshark said, “We are eagerly looking to enter into agreements with all labels and content owners, so that we can work together to the benefit of all parties. To be effective, these agreements, however, must be struck directly with the respected content owners in the boardroom not the courtroom.”

Although Grooveshark does have agreements with several labels, it has so far managed to rope in only one of the big four music labels – EMI. The main complaint against Grooveshark is that users can upload any music on Grooveshark. This means that unlicensed works often end up in its music catalog. Grooveshark is known to respond quickly to DMCA notices, and ban repeat offenders. However, that hasn’t quite satisfied the music labels.

Here’s the full statement from Grooveshark:

We were surprised by Google’s removal of the Grooveshark App from the Android Market Place, and are still unclear as to what policies have now been violated. We have always had a positive relationship with Google as evidenced by the Grooveshark App’s active and featured presence in the Android Marketplace for the past one and a half years.

We respect copyright law and the rights of content owners, generating positive results and revenues for the artists and labels that we have agreements with. Regarding the content for which we do not have agreements in place yet, we abide by, and pay royalties, according to the rules outlined in the DMCA, the same legal act that governs Google and YouTube’s activities.

We are eagerly looking to enter into agreements with all labels and content owners, so that we can work together to the benefit of all parties. To be effective, these agreements, however, must be struck directly with the respected content owners in the boardroom not the courtroom.

Dell to Launch 10 inch Android Tablet in June

As most of you may already know, the launch of the rumored Dell tablet running Windows 7 has been delayed further until Fall 2011. Dell is apparently also working on a Windows 8 tablet to be launched in 2012.

Dell has always been a laggard in both the Android smartphone and tablet space. The Dell Streak can hardly be called a hit and the Dell Streak 7 also hasn’t received many positive reviews.

To counter the launch of new Android tablets by heavyweights like Samsung, Motorola, LG and HTC, Dell is reportedly working on a new Android tablet which could be up for launch as early as June 2011.

Rumors of a 10 inch Dell Android tablet had surfaced up at CES 2011, but we haven’t had much information about it yet. It could very well be called the Dell Streak 10, and will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb with the Dell Stage UI.

It will compete with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Motorola Xoom, which has been seeing decent sales, though nothing compared to the Apple iPad 2, which seems to be selling 50X as fast. It will likely have similar specifications as them. No pricing details have been announced yet, and we also don’t have the exact hardware specs. Stay tuned for more details.

via Forbes

Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi Launching on April 10; Priced at $349

Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-FiWe had reported earlier that Samsung would be launching the Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi, a Wi-Fi only variant of the Galaxy Tab Android tablet on April 4. Well, we were slightly off about the date, as well as the rumored price point.

Samsung announced today that it would be selling the Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi starting April 10 for $349.99. This is a very good price point which would ensure that Samsung captures the budget Android tablet market, with comparable tablets priced around the same range.

The Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi is the same as the Galaxy Tab, except for the absence of 3G. It will run Android 2.2 Froyo and will come with a 3 MP camera. It has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It will come with a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM.

It will have all the other features in place – Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS etc. It might get an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but a Honeycomb upgrade seems unlikely.

What remains to be seen is whether it will see good sales, considering that the Xoom Wi-Fi and even the Galaxy Tab 8.9 / 10.1 will be launching soon, for just a couple hundred dollars more.

Samsung also plans to launch the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 soon, along with the Samsung Galaxy S 2.

Apple iPad 2 Selling 50 Times as Fast as the Motorola Xoom?

Apple iPad 2It has been only about 25 days since the official launch of the Apple iPad 2, and according to some reports, it has been selling quite well. The iPad 2 is selling at a faster rate than its predecessor – the iPad. Apple sold close to 2.5 million iPad 2 units in March, which is about 20 days of availability. By now, it has sold close to 3 million units, even though the sales are constrained due to limited supply.

For comparison, the Motorola Xoom, the first major Android Honeycomb tablet has sold only 100,000 units, according to a Deutsche Bank analyst. This figure was apparently arrived at by using the Android developer site to check the number of people using Honeycomb. It was launched on February 24.

If we compare the sales numbers of the iPad 2 and the Motorola Xoom, the Xoom is a relative flop. The iPad 2 has been selling at an average rate of almost 120,000 units a day, while the Xoom has been selling at an average rate of only 2400 units a day, which means that the iPad is selling at almost 50 times the speed at which the Xoom is selling.

It seems that the consumers whole-heartedly agree with Consumer Reports’ conclusion, that the iPad 2 is the king of the current generation of tablets.

Google Removes Grooveshark from the Android Market Due to Alleged Copyright Violations

In a rare move, Google has pulled the popular music streaming app Grooveshark from the Android Market. It seems that the move was triggered by complaints from music labels. Grooveshark allows users all over the world to stream songs from its huge music library, listen to online radio stations, and even upload one’s personal music collection.

Grooveshark Like most startups dealing with the entertainment industry, Grooveshark has had its fair share of legal troubles. EMI was the first to sue Grooveshark, but in less than six months, it dropped the lawsuit and reached a revenue sharing deal. Soon after, Grooveshark was sued by Universal Music Group. That lawsuit is still pending.

“We remove apps from Android Market that violate our terms of service”, is all that Google seems to be willing to say for now. What makes this decision particularly interesting is its timing. Universal sued Grooveshark in January 2010, and Apple kicked it out of the iOS App Store in August. What made Google act now? What changed?

There are a couple of things going on that might or might not be related. For one, Google is scheduled to outline its anti-piracy efforts before the House of Representatives’ Judiciary committee today. IN the recent past, it has come under fire for not doing enough to prevent copyright infringements. Secondly, Google is currently developing its own music app that will compete with Grooveshark. Earlier today, we got a glimpse of the cloud-based music app for Android in the form of a leak.

Grooveshark is a freemium service, which manages to stay afloat by offering certain features only to subscribers. Perhaps the most significant of those features was the ability to stream music on mobile devices. However, it seems to be running out of mobile platforms. Android users can still download Grooveshark from many of the third-party app stores, and iOS users who have jailbroken their devices can get it from Cydia. However, the removal from the official app repositories of two of the biggest mobile platforms is undoubtedly a big blow.

Update: Grooveshark reacts to getting booted from the Android Market.

Samsung Galaxy S II Processor Speed Bumped To 1.2 GHz

Samsung announced the successor to the Galaxy S the Galaxy S II back in MWC 2011.

Back then, Sammy announced that the SGS II will sport a 1 GHz dual-core Exynos processor and an ARM Mali 400 GPU. However, reports are flying in that Samsung has bumped up the clock speed on the handset to 1.2 GHz.


This piece of news has even been confirmed by Samsung’s Eesti Facebook page. The reason behind the increase in this speed bump is unknown at the moment.

It may very well be possible that the performance of the Exynos chip was not up to the mark, thus forcing Samsung to increase the clock speed. Due to this speed bump, Samsung has pushed back the release date of the Galaxy S II until late-May or early June.

It is unknown whether this will affect the processor speed of the Tegra 2 variant of the Galaxy S II, which will sport a 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPUs.


Fring Introduces Group Video Call on iPhone and Android

With most of the new Smartphones (expect Windows Phone 7) coming up with front end camera, Video Chat is something that’s getting common. Fring has gone a step further and has introduced group Video calls.



Users can have a video call simultaneously with four friends. My only grouse with the app is that it allows video calls only with Smartphone users and does not allow desktop users to join the party. Another limitation is that since the app is only available on iPhone and Android only users with those two OS can have group video calls.

Check out the video:

Although the app isn’t that polished yet, it can be excused since it’s just in closed beta. I would expect Skype to follow the suite and launch its own group chat. If Skype could implement group video call it would definitely have an edge over Fring since the former already has a desktop client while the latter doesn’t. You can download the limited beta of the app for Android and iPhone from here.

Samsung Galaxy Prevail Coming Soon; Priced at $179

After the Samsung Galaxy Neo, there’s now another new addition to the Samsung Galaxy family of Android smartphones – the Samsung Galaxy Prevail.

The Galaxy Prevail has been revealed a bit in advance, ahead of its official launch by Boost Mobile. The Galaxy Prevail is priced at $179. It runs Android 2.2 Froyo and comes with a 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a 2 MP camera. It has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS as well, and comes with a microSD card slot.

It is a CDMA smartphone which will be available only in the US for the time being. It will be a budget phone option for those who want to test the Android waters.

The Galaxy Prevail has dimensions of 4.43 x 2.26 x 0.47 inches and weighs 3.8 oz. It has a nice design and is quite sleek. Check out more details about the Samsung Galaxy Prevail, including availability and pricing here.

Samsung Galaxy Prevail – Boost Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Prevail

T-Mobile 3G Slide Android 2.2 FroYo Update Rolling Out Now

HTC and T-Mobile have started rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the T-Mobile branded myTouch 3G Slide.

While the myTouch 3G got its Android 2.2 update nearly six months ago, the 3G Slide will get its share of FroYo love now.


The new software update will bump the Android version of myTouch 3G Slide to 2.2.1 and bring a host of welcome changes with it.

Here is the official change-log from HTC themselves :

• Android 2.2.1 FroYo
• Wi-Fi calling
• Wi-Fi hotspot
• USB Tethering (Internet Sharing)
• Low storage (User Data) notification mechanism
• Resolves issues with text and picture messaging
• Resolves some Bluetooth compatibility issues
• Improves compatibility with new Bluetooth devices
• Improves stability and reliability of the device

Other changes include performance and stability improvements and the ability to install apps on the SD card.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide owners can find the steps to download and install this software update, on their phone from here.

Kudos to HTC and T-Mobile for releasing the Android 2.2 FroYo update for such an old and nearly forgotten handset!

Samaung Galaxy Neo Announced; Korean Version Of Galaxy Ace

Samsung has just added another handset to their expanding list of the Galaxy line-up the Galaxy Neo.

The Galaxy Neo is similar to the Galaxy Ace, and will be available for sale only in Korea. Like the Ace, the Neo sports an 800Mhz processor and packs 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Unlike the Ace, the Neo has a 3.5-inch screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution.


Other key specs of the handset include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 3.5mm audio jack, GPS with A-GPS, and a microSD card slot. The back of the Neo sports a disappointing fixed-focus 3MP snapper, without any Flash.

The handset is powered by a beefy 1500mAh battery and runs on Android 2.2 FroYo, with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI on top of it. The Galaxy Neo also supports T-DMB.

Since the Neo is a CDMA handset, it won’t be launched in any other country. Samsung did not mention anything about the pricing or the launch date of the handset as well. The handset will be available in white and black colors.