Android Overload: Wikipad Gaming Tablet Specs Revealed, Apple Awarded Camera Patent On Metering and Auto-Focus, and More



  • Rogers Canada rolls out over-the-air update for HTC One X. [MobileSyrup]
  • TomTom announces new hands-free universal car mounts. [Engadget]
  • Yup, Apple was just awarded a camera patent on face metering, and auto-focus speed. It’s like we’re living in freakin’ Crazy Town. [AppleInsider]
  • Wikipad specs revealed. 720p display, Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 16GB of storage, 8MP camera and controller. Not bad. [VentureBeat]
  • Broadcom unveils 5th generation 802.11ac WiFi chips. FM radio, Bluetooth 4.0 and more on a 40nm chip. [Electronista]
  • FTC is letting Google settle with Apple for $22.5 million over privacy concerns involving Safari. [Reuters]
  • Dropbox confirms security breach. User emails stolen. Outlines new security measures. [Dropbox]
  • Motorola Atrix HD LTE and Motorola Razr V delayed in Canada. [MobileSyrup]
  • Stable Android 4.1.1 build for international Samsung Galaxy S3 now available on XDA Developers.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. On the gaming tablet, it seems that all you really need is a controller and a tablet and you’ve pretty much got a gaming tablet, especially with Tegra 3 and other beefier chipsets out there.

    It’s going to be hard to sell that to a tech-savy market.

    1. I think the controller as an attachement would have been perfect for a lot of people. An entirely new $500 tablet? Not so much..

      1. Yeah that’s his I feel about it. I think they could make barrels of money selling a universal controller that can attach to 7 in. tablets and one for 10 in. tablets too. Heck if they wanted to go all out just make the 10 in. version adjustable to support 8.9-10.1 inches they would have mostly the whole tablet market covered.

  2. Patent on metering and focus speed?!? WTF?!? Someone at the patent office needs to be investigated immediately.

    1. I think the whole place needs to be burned down and all the rules destroyed and both be rewritten/rebuilt from the ground up.

    2. *If* I read the article correctly, then other manufacturers should only have to write their own software independent of Apple’s to do the same thing. I am by no means an expert on such things, and if I am wrong and it is indeed a patent on the procedure itself, then that is another bs patent.

  3. Goodness gracious me! A patent on metering and focus speed? You might as well patent the way we hold our phones as well. The stupidity of the patent office is astounding.

  4. I think people in the patent office are having a laugh now in the US.

    1. Tbh though the worldwide patents systems are a bit bullshit these days tbh, on everyone’s side

  5. Congratulations to apple for inventing face detection and spot metering.

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