Apple had a bad week in its multi-front patent war, capped by the real possibility of an iPhone and iPad import ban in Germany. Read more
The disruption suffered by companies in the recent spate of technology patent wars became apparent last week when Gemalto, the French smartcard company, revealed a €13.5m shortfall in its patents revenue, following a dispute with makers of Android smartphones.
The Paris-based company launched a suit against Google, Motorola, HTC and Samsung last October, alledging that they had used Gemalto’s smartcard technology in Android devices without a licence. Read more
Google’s press package for its $12.5bn acquisition of Motorola Mobility included a surprising accompaniment: a list of supportive quotes from HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and LG. Read more
Google is entering the mobile handset manufacturing business with the $12.5bn acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Larry Page, Google’s chief executive of all of four months, has already penned a blog post hailing the potential for the deal to “supercharge the entire Android ecosystem”.
From 1.30pm London time (8.30am New York time) I was live-blogging the conference call between Motorola and Google executives to hear the full rationale behind this blockbuster deal. Read more
I felt a bit of a simpleton for loving the kickstand on the HTC Evo 4G more than many of its far more sophisticated features, but such love is more justified with the new Motorola Photon. You see, rather than just propping up the device to watch video on an airline tray table, this 4G Android smartphone has an “intelligent” kickstand, which means it can do rather more. Read more
Tech news from around the web:
Amazon plans to release its own tablet computer by October, according to the Wall Street Journal. The online retailer hopes customers will use the tablet to rent and buy the company’s content, the WSJ believes. Read more
The Samsung Infuse is the thinnest 4G phone to appear, with the biggest screen and deserves membership of this year’s superphone category of more advanced smartphones. Qualifications for entry into those ranks can be 4G, dual-core processors, bigger, better screens or the debut of major new features. This week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section looks at the Infuse’s qualities and those of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play and the Motorola Atrix 4G. Read more