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.
There is much excitement about SwiftKey’s new “Flow” keyboard that will be released in the very near future. However, equal to the amount of excitement is the amount of confusion: Is this a separate app? Or an update with an added feature? SwiftKey only added to the confusion when it released a Beta Version of a “SwiftKey Flow” app for beta testers to download. Even in its marketing strategy, SwiftKey seems to be promoting Flow not as a feature, but as a full-fledged application. Well, thankfully for us all, one confused customer used Twitter to ask SwiftKey for some clarification…and here was SwiftKey’s response:
You remember how Sony and Box came together to offer Xperia owners a cloud storage deal they couldn’t refuse? Well both are back and set to offer the same free 50GB of cloud storage for life promotion— this time running until the end of 2013. You read that right folks: if you happen to own a Sony Xperia variant, Sony and Box are offering 50GB of free cloud storage all for the price of gratis. The promotion applies to most of the various Xperia-esque models—- though the deal doesn’t apply to the Xperia X10 mini, X10 mini pro or any device that runs on Android 2.1 or older. Nevertheless, those of you who do own a fairly recent Xperia smartphone have no excuse not to take advantage of this awesome promotion. After all— how else will you store those vast amounts of Frank Zappa albums?
You can find full details of the promotion in the presser after the break.
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
The LG Nexus 4 is either a great new flagship, or a half-baked device missing several important features, depending on who you ask. Unfortunately it looks like the latter is getting a little more ammunition as it’s recently surfaced that the Nexus 4 has no USB OTG (on-the-go) support. USB OTG cables allow users to connect a mouse, keyboard, flash drive, etc. to the phone to set it up as a more powerful workstation or add more memory to a phone that, like the Nexus 4, has no other expandable storage.
Developer Chris Lacy, who brought us the Tweet Lanes Twitter client, is taking a crack at the market for launchers on Android devices. The new app is called Action Launcher Pro and is now available in the Google Play Store for $3.99.
Apple has always been a little over possessive of “multitouch,” but today it appears the USPTO has put an end to that unhealthy affair. In a preliminary ruling, the multitouch patent was found invalid on all 20 points. This is unfortunate for Apple as that patent was the basis of nearly all of their multitouch patent lawsuits, including the lawsuit against Motorola that was tossed out of court earlier in June.
Although this could be overturned in higher courts, I’m hopeful that the USPTO will understand that these incredibly broad and vague patents are stifling to innovation and hopefully keep this one invalidated.
source: FOSS Patents
Just one week ago we caught a glimpse of the Galaxy Camera with 4G LTE skating past the FCC. Now we can all but make it official thanks to a Samsung product page (which has since been taken down). The addition of LTE should make using the camera blazing fast, but the price is a little difficult to justify. No official pricing was mentioned on the product page, but it shouldn’t be too much different than AT&T’s version, if at all. I’m looking forward to more of these things getting out in the wild so we can get a better feel for it. What are your thoughts on the Galaxy Camera?
source: The Verge
Good news for Gameloft fans or gaming fans in general. Gameloft, one of the most well-known game developer/publishers, had its 2013 game lineup leaked last night. While we can get a pretty good idea without the list of what to expect based on their history, this leak seems all but definitive. Among the games slated for a 2013 release are: A new Asphalt game, a new Dungeon Hunter title, a new Gangstar title, and a new Order & Chaos game. Additionally we’ll see another Brothers in Arms game, Modern Combat 5, and a totally different FPS game will be introduced. Interestingly, a N.O.V.A. title wasn’t listed but perhaps the ‘new’ FPS mentioned will take its place, or will it possibly be a spin-off? Regardless, the gaming front looks nice for 2013 from Gameloft. Now, if we can only get an update on the availability of Modern Combat 4 on the Play Store…
A quick look at HTC’s latest ad for their Butterfly reveals multiple color options for the device. The 2 minute video shows red, white and black colors for the phone in all its elegance. Sadly, the device is still available only in Asia, but we get the DROID DNA in the United States minus the microSD slot.
If HTC wants to gain more ground, they should really push for devices such as these to be available world wide, don’t you think? Either way, check out the video after the break!