In another sign of the continuing end of hostilities between the world’s smartphone manufacturers, Rockstar Consortium, Inc. has announced the sale of 4,000 patents to RPX Corp. The portfolio was originally obtained by Rockstar in a bidding war that took place during 2011 between Rockstar and Google to obtain the intellectual property from Nortel Networks. Rockstar is a consortium made up of Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony. RPX licenses patents to companies that join their syndicate, including Google and Cisco Systems.
First it was Samsung that signed a cross-licensing patent deal with Google. Then it was Cisco. Now, Samsung and Cisco have paired up. The deal gives the companies access to their patent portfolios for the next decade, avoiding as much patent infringement as possible. With all three now having deals with one another, it shows how companies want to innovate while avoiding any sort of lawsuit.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow
Google has made another cross-licensing patent deal. Last month, Google and Samsung made an agreement for the next ten years. This time around, Cisco and Google have formed a partnership to share patents in order to avoid potential patent lawsuits in the future. Dan Lang, Cisco’s Vice President of Intellectual Property, said “In today’s overly-litigious environment, cross-licensing is an effective way for technology companies to work together and help prevent unnecessary patent lawsuits.” As of late, many companies have been embroiled in patent lawsuits and some have taken the easy way out. This deal shows Google and Cisco want to put up a good fight.
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A new security report published by Cisco has found that 99% of all mobile malware attacks are targeted at Android devices. On top of that, the report says Android suffered 91% of all Java-based web exploits and 71% of all overall web-based exploits. Ouch. This is compared to Cisco finding that Apple’s iOS only encountered 17% of web exploits.
Eric Schmidt has publicly claimed that Android is more secure than iOS, but despite all of Android’s jumps in security and privacy over the past few years, that’s still not quite true. Obviously this doesn’t mean all Android devices are infested pits of malware, but just that you’re more likely to encounter malware attacks on an Android device.
You can check out the full security report below.
According to Reuters, BlackBerry could be selling off either parts of itself or the company as a whole to another tech giant. Among the known companies discussing bids are Google, Cisco, and SAP. Intentions from the three are quite clear. Cisco and SAP would want to absorb BlackBerry for its enterprise assets. With BlackBerry’s market share is shrinking quickly, it would be wise for them to sell before things get worse.
Google could be looking toward making Android more business-friendly. After turning Motorola into a manufacturer for a more general audience, Google may want to absorb another company to lean into the enterprise crowd. BlackBerry has just as much brand recognition as Motorola; therefore, Google’s strategy could be converting struggling, already known brands into one that slows down its production to focus on core products.
We live in a very different world than our parents and grandparents did. We live in a world where the possibility of a person from California is able to see and communicate with a person in Beirut within a matter of seconds, sometimes even microseconds. The sobering news, however, is while we live in a connected world, that connectivity requires a ton of data to make it possible.
Productivity in the work place is about to reach a whole new level when ICS rolls around. “Issue 3902″ has recently been closed over at Google Code and according to some of the comments from a Google employee it looks like support for Cisco’s AnyConnect VPN client will be added in the new OS version. This will be a welcomed addition to IT departments and users alike. Support for AnyConnect supposedly can be found on several of the major platforms and until now lacked a healthy presence on Android devices. Hopefully all of that is about to change. As further versions continue to come about, it’s obvious that Enterprise users are going to benefit from new features greatly, making them more and more productive in the work place and on the go. Any thoughts?
[via Google Code]
Net neutrality has been an ongoing hot debate in the mobile industry. One such case that has added fuel to the topic involves a case filed way back in January 2010 by T-Mobile who claims that their network was overloaded by an Android IM app. The unknown app essentially brought their network to a crawl after it started gaining popularity with users.
T-Mobile does not specify which Android app, vendor, or developer was involved in the network issues, but it has sparked arguments on how carriers will handle the ever-increasing network traffic, and how they should handle the bandwidth. Should it be monitored, throttled with different data packages available or channeled depending on the type of app and how it connects to the networks?
Cisco is best known for their high end network devices used in the backbones of large and small businesses, so it’s no surprise that their upcoming Android-based tablet called the Cius will be targeted towards business and not the consumer. In a recent Q&A with Cisco, they stated its Android tablet will have limited availability in Q4 of 2010 and should be under the $1,000 price point.
It also appears to be highly integrated with Cisco’s other remote communication solutions such as TelePresense, Cisco Webex, and Cisco Unified Presence. Interested to know if the Cisco Cius is suited for your work environment? Read on for the full question and answer.
Many of you might be wondering why Android tablets haven’t been flooding the market like some had predicted. The reason for this particular case of cold feet is Android’s inability to scale well on screens bigger than 5 inches. Android 2.2 (Froyo) currently supports screen resolutions of up to 854×480 pixels, but this is expected to increase in future updates. Many are speculating that Android 3.0, codename Gingerbread, will support screen resolutions upwards of 1280×760, although there is nothing official on record thus far.
Peter Borup Jakobsen, director of collaboration architecture marketing at Cisco Systems Asia-Pacific, feels that Google could benefit from a partnership with the Open Handset Alliance, a conglomerate of 76 technology and mobile companies who seek to advance mobile innovation. Google can also optimize the software internally, which would prevent companies like Cisco from having to engineer their own SDKs (software development kit) for devices like the Cius, an enterprise level Android tablet currently slated for a Fall release.
There have also been fears that Android tablets will be unable to compete with the behemoth that is Apple’s iPad, but not according to Bo H. Choi, vice president and head of mobile communications marketing at LG Electronics Asia. Choi argues that different users have different requirements, and that an Android tablet has the potential to offer a more cost-effective solution, especially for those in education. He also adds that the open source platform will attract many who currently shy away from proprietary devices like the iPad, and encourage more innovation among developers.
Ultimately, we have only begun to see the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Android based tablets. With the recent announcement of devices from both Motorola and Samsung, more developers are sure to follow suit. Also, as previously mentioned, updates and improvements to the Android OS is sure to spark additional interest among manufacturers. Google will hopefully work with tablet makers to ensure they have the tools they need to take Android tablets to the next level.