Google IO 2017 Coverage

Google sells Motorola’s home set-top box business to ARRIS for $2.35 billion

Google originally explained that it purchased Motorola almost exclusively for its wide portfolio of intellectual properties, and today that statement has been validated. Google has officially sold Motorola’s successful set-top box business for a staggering $2.35 billion. ARRIS is the recipient of the new business, ponying up $2 billion in cash and around $300 million in stock. The end result will have ARRIS garnering a quality swath of set-top patents, along with Google taking a 15.7 percent ownership of ARRIS

Of course, this news isn’t completely shocking as we had heard rumors of Google putting Motorola’s cable box business up for auction earlier this year. Sure, Google TV on your cable box would have been pretty darn cool, but it appears Google has chosen to go in a different direction. Be sure to hit the source link below for the full run-down.

Source: Motorola

Motorola patent claim ruled ‘invalid’ by ITC judge in lawsuit against Apple

While Motorola and Apple have had their fair share of courtroom drama in the past, today may finally see some of it put to rest. The two have been engaged in a heated legal battle over the past couple of years, with the most recent of which centered around a touch-related UI intellectual property.

Today, Judge Pender of the International Trade Commission ruled that, while Apple did infringe on said patent, there would be no legal ramifications because Motorola’s claim is ‘invalid.’ The reason behind the decision stems from the fact that Motorola holds another, older touch patent very similar to the one in question, yet it was not included in the original filing.

So, it appears the Apple legal team will be celebrating a successful year in the courtroom over Christmas. Although, its entirely possible to prolong the ordeal if Motorola chooses to appeal the ruling over the coming weeks.

Source: Bloomberg

Google UK Managing Director apologizes for Nexus 4 delays

Google has created quite the debacle in the process of selling the ill-fated Nexus 4, with customers facing a frustrating and absolutely embarassing ordering experience through the Google Play Store. And, customers in the UK who had been promised an early shipping date, quickly found the shipping window had passed, despite any notification from Google.

Customers went on a justifiable rage, trying their hardest to get in contact with the head of Google UK, Dan Cobley. Thankfully for customers, Cobley has now responded to the thousands of complaints, offering an “unreserved apology,” as well as a notice that shipping refunds would be provided.

The letter reads:

Dear all,

I know that what you are going through is unacceptable and we are all working through the nights and weekends to resolve this issue. Supplies from the manufacturer are scarce and erratic, and our communication has been flawed. I can offer an unreserved apology for our service and communication failures in this process.

For those that originally received a 3-5 days shipping estimate, your orders are now in process for fulfillment. You can expect an email notification early this week which will include tracking information. Although you will be initially charged in full, you will receive a credit for the shipping charge soon after.

For others that received pre-Christmas shipping estimates, we anticipate processing your orders for fulfillment this week.

I realise that the people who ordered the Nexus 4 so early are among our most committed and loyal users and we are doing all we can to put things right.

Sorry again.

Dan
So, if you ordered your Nexus 4 with a shipping estimate slated for before Christmas, your order will soon ship out. Other orders have not been addressed, but were sure more information will arrive as Google gets an idea of what it is doing.

Source: EuroDroid

HTC One SV passes through the FCC, could be headed to America

Earlier this week HTC announced that it would be bringing its all-new One SV handset to customers in the UK over the course of the coming weeks. Today, however, new evidence has come to light, suggesting the powerful budget handset could be making its way to North American store shelves as well. The device made a stop by the FCC this week, receiving approval for use of the WCDMA bands II and V, as well as GSM network frequencies 850 and 1900, dual-band WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth. Surprisingly, LTE was nowhere to be found, unlike its UK counterpart.

As a refresher, the One SV will sport a 4.3-inch super LCD display, a Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a micro SD card slot and an 1800mAh removable battery. On the downside, it will ship with Android 4.0, though HTC has already promised an update to Jelly Bean in the near future.

Source: Wireless Goodness

Google updates Currents to support scanning through categories, editions and breaking stories

Google has rolled out an update to its Currents application today, allowing users to easily scan various categories, publications and breaking news. The minor upgrade may not seem a like a huge deal, but the new navigation metric will give users the ability to browse through the latest and most popular headlines without delving into a specific article or publication.

A new array of categories has also been added, meaning readers can now view articles based on subject matter like Entertainment, Sports and Lifestyle. Additionally, stories from specific publications can now be navigated by swiping vertically–something that will come as a welcomed addition for those who previously used Currents. You can find the full list of changes at the source link below.

Source: Android

Apple and Google pair up to purchase surfeit of Kodak patents

While Apple may have not directly sued Google in relation to its many mobile patents, the two haven’t necessarily been the best of buddies in the courtroom. It seems as though that may be about to change, at least temporarily. New reports have surfaced claiming that the two will indeed join forces to purchase 1,100 of Kodak’s highly sought after imaging patents. It’s expected that both Silicon Valley companies will have to conjure up around $500 million to acquire the array of patents.

The deal should help ease tensions between the two, as both parties would have equal rights to Kodak’s protected imaging-related technology IPs. While this may sound unrealistic, this type of joint venture could prove to be most beneficial to the consumer, considering both companies would be legally allowed to include various tidbits of revolutionary technology in new products. The joint funds would also help Kodak recover from bankruptcy, effectively keeping one of the most innovative imaging and photographic equipment companies afloat during these troubling times.

It’s entirely possible that the deal may not be the final bid for either side, as Google or Apple could each make a bid of their own to buy the patents individually. However, this is one of those strange times where you actually hope the two frenemies can get along in the spirit of innovation.

Source: Bloomberg

T-Mobile confirms in-house GoSmart Mobile prepaid service to launch next year

After recent leaks outed T-Mobile’s plans to unleash its own dedicated prepaid service, the carrier officially shed the curtains of secrecy and revealed its low-cost GoSmart Mobile network. Ole’ Magenta announced today that it has already begun trialing the network, offering a selection of three prepaid-only plans. $30 per month will get you unlimited calling and texting. Throw in an extra $5 and you’ll also get unlimited 2G data, while faster 3G speeds will set you back $45. Unfortunately, users with the 3G data plan will still have their speeds throttled after 5GB, similar to T-Mobile’s own offerings.

It remains unclear as to how T-Mobile plans to balance its prepaid network with newly acquired MetroPCS, though the carrier will have plenty of time to figure it out considering GoSmart Mobile isn’t slated to make its nationwide launch until 2013. To find out more, you can visit the official GoSmart website via the source link below.

Source: FierceWireless, GoSmart

Google Wallet unofficially available on US Galaxy Note II variants

It’s surprising that more Android manufacturers and carriers haven’t jumped on the Google Wallet bandwagon, considering the rate at which the service continues to gain traction in the mobile payment space. While carriers like AT&T may rather opt for an in-house alternative, many anxious subscribers would rather utilize Google’s service. Thankfully, the Galaxy Note II has received an unofficial workaround for installing the mobile wallet software, thanks to recognized XDA developer ogdobber.

Qualcomm introduces smaller, more efficient QCA1990 NFC chip in partnership with Atheros

While NFC may not be catching on as quickly as the mobile industry had hoped, Qualcomm isn’t letting that slow their role. The San Diego-based semiconductor manufacturer announced the redesigned QCA1990 NFC chip today in partnership with subsidiary Atheros.

Offering significantly improved battery life and a 50% size reduction, Qualcomm is touting its chip as the most efficient NFC processor yet. Moreover, the chip is compatible with the company’s latest Snapdragon SoCs, meaning we could see it integrated into handsets as early as Q3 2013. For the full run-down, you can read the company’s official PR after the break.

T-Mobile to raise smartphone insurance rates in March 2013, introduce new tier for Galaxy Note II

A new leaked document suggests T-Mobile is gearing up to increase smartphone insurance rates next year. Additionally, it seems as though ole’ Magenta is prepping an entirely new tier for its incredibly overpriced $370 Galaxy Note II.

Beginning March 17th, T-Mobile will be raising the monthly insurance payments through its partner, Asurion. Replacing phones will become much more expensive, with the Galaxy Note II costing a full $175 to replace, including the usual monthly payments that run between $6 and $12. Regular smartphone deductibles will also be increased, with all other devices on the carrier costing an extra $20 to replace, effectively raising the price from $130 to $150. If there’s a bright side to this whole fiasco, monthly payments are slated to remain the same.

Source: Phandroid