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Topic: Android

Apple's US Samsung lawsuit expands to 8 patents and names 17 products

02/15/2012, 08:02 pm

Apple's US lawsuit against Samsung in far larger than originally reported, specifically naming 13 smartphones, two media players and two tablets, and encompasses twice as many patents as were revealed in the company's parallel bid for a preliminary injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Nexus.


Apple became world's largest smartphone seller in 2011 with 19% share

02/15/2012, 10:02 am

Apple was not only the largest seller of smartphones worldwide in 2011, taking 19 percent of all sales, but also overtook LG to become the No. 3 largest global mobile phone vendor, according to Gartner.


Apple gets more new apps than Android, widens app gap

02/14/2012, 06:02 pm

Fresh data released on Tuesday suggests that the number of new apps entering the Apple App Store outpace those from the competing Google Market three to one, with developers leaning toward iOS partly because of Android's platform fragmentation.


Apple's latest patent suit against Samsung seen as its strongest case yet

02/13/2012, 02:02 pm

The newest patent infringement suit filed against Samsung last week represents Apple's strongest case yet against the rival smartphone maker, according to a new analysis.


EU approves Google's acquisition of Motorola, will monitor for patent abuse

02/13/2012, 01:02 pm

Google's $12.5 billion plan to acquire Motorola Mobility has received regulatory approval by the European Union, but the European Commission has said it will monitor ongoing patent litigation to ensure compliance with EU antitrust rules.


Apple asks for US preliminary injunction of Samsung's Android 4.0 Galaxy Nexus

02/11/2012, 05:02 pm

Apple is leveraging four recently granted patents to seek a preliminary injunction against sales of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone, Google's Android 4.0 flagship device, as part of a new federal lawsuit that also involves other patent claims.


Apple attacks Motorola's efforts to block iPhone 4S using standards patents, asks for huge damages

02/11/2012, 02:02 pm

Apple has filed a new "antisuit lawsuit" aimed at unraveling Motorola's litigation efforts and attempts to block iPhone 4S using standards essential patents. Apple is also asking for damages that could reach multibillion dollar figures.


German court dismisses Motorola's 3G-related suit against Apple

02/10/2012, 08:02 am

A German court has ruled that Apple's wireless products do not infringe on inventions related to 3G/UMTS owned by rival Motorola Mobility.


Motorola puts blame on Google for lag on Android updates

02/10/2012, 03:02 am

A Motorola Mobility executive has said Google's practice of creating a flagship model for each software update for its Android mobile operating system is the reason that vendors have a hard time keeping their devices up to date.


Google reportedly working on wireless home entertainment system

02/09/2012, 07:02 pm

Google's Android unit is rumored to be developing a wireless home entertainment system that is capable of streaming music throughout the home, and if launched would be the first consumer electronics product designed and marketed under the Google brand.


Google says it won't support fair licensing in open standards as Apple, Microsoft, Cisco have

02/08/2012, 09:02 pm

In a distinct departure from the agreement voiced between Apple, Cisco and Microsoft regarding the need for fair, transparent, understandable and consistent licensing policy for open standards, Google has promised to continue to wage Motorola's increasingly hostile patent wars.


Microsoft joins Apple in pledging support for injunction free, FRAND patent licensing

02/08/2012, 02:02 pm

Microsoft has issued a public statement outlining its position regarding standards essential patents, committing itself "to always adhere to the promises it has made to standards organizations to make its standard essential patents available on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms." The move joins an effort initiated by Apple last fall, and begs for comment from Google to do the same.


iPhone best at retaining resale value and offers lowest total cost of ownership

02/08/2012, 02:02 pm

A study by Priceonomics "indicates that Apple phones are a better value than smartphones on other platforms," adding, "the market has spoken, and Android and Blackberrys do not age well."


Mobile carriers hate not having iPhone, pay premiums to get it

02/08/2012, 12:02 pm

A flurry of reports have insinuated that the larger upfront subsidies carriers pay to gain access to the iPhone are "not good for wireless carriers," with one blog claiming "carriers hate the iPhone," despite facts indicating the opposite.


Google to continue Motorola's FRAND licensing that seeks to monopolize H.264, UMTS

02/07/2012, 08:02 pm

Google's worst fears about greedy H.264 patent holders and "bogus patent" warfare involving Android are coming true, albeit at the hands of Motorola, a company it seeks to acquire. Google is now promising to continue this same behavior itself after it buys the increasingly unreasonable and (outside of patent claims) unprofitable Android licensee.


RIM says BlackBerry App World has 60K apps, 13% of publishers earn more than $100K

02/07/2012, 08:02 am

Research in Motion announced on Tuesday that its BlackBerry App World is the second most profitable mobile application store behind Apple's App Store, beating out Google's Android Market.


HTC cites competition from Apple's iPhone as profits drop 26%

02/06/2012, 08:02 am

HTC on Monday revealed that its handsets are struggling against Apple's iPhone, as well as Android-based smartphones from companies like Samsung, leading to a 26 percent drop in fourth-quarter profits.


Third-gen iPad's 'window of opportunity' expected to drive Apple market share gains

02/06/2012, 08:02 am

Apple's third-generation iPad is expected by one market watcher to soon arrive during an advantageous "window of opportunity," in which competitors have nothing significant to offer, that will further increase the company's lead in the mobile computing market.


Google adds 'Bouncer' malware detector layer to Android Market

02/02/2012, 09:02 pm

Google has added a behind-the-scenes service, codenamed Bouncer, to scan for malware on applications on the Android Market in an effort to counter the notion that its mobile operating system is insecure, the company revealed on Thursday.


iPhone's 36% of Q4 global handset revenue accelerates industry growth

02/02/2012, 07:02 pm

New data shows that Apple accounted for 36 percent of worldwide mobile phone revenue and 74 percent of industry EBIT in the fourth quarter of 2011, with the iPhone taking more than a quarter of the entire smartphone market.