If you’re travelling in Europe this holiday season, you may be glad to hear that Google Maps recently received an update that now offers voice-guided lane navigation for highways located in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK and Ireland.
Samsung is pushing out an update to all unlocked and carrier-branded variants of its current flagship smartphone, the Note 4, located in Germany and Greece. Weighing in at 137MB, this upgrade doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of added functionality, but it does include a handful of performance and stability improvements.
The US has had their fill of Amazon Fire TV for a while now, but Europe’s getting their first experience with the set-top box. Amazon’s launching Fire TV first in Germany, and then the UK. In Germany, it’ll begin shipping September 25 for €99, or €49 with Amazon Prime, while in the UK, it’ll be £79, or £49 with Prime.
This deal’s only valid for the next five days, so if you’re across the ocean and interested, act fast.
Moto Maker will be made available to customers in Mexico this week, according to Motorola.
The news follows the service’s expansion to Germany last week.
The Mexican site will have the same customization options. It’s live now, but the check out service doesn’t work yet. Pricing isn’t known but we do know it will depend on the customer’s service plan through Telcel.
Some bad news for Motorola today, as the regional court in Mannheim, Germany has ruled that Motorola has infringed on an antenna patent owned by LPKF Laser & Electronics AG.
Because of the infringement, Motorola has been ordered to stop selling mobile phones in Germany which infringe on the patent. To get things going again, Motorola will have to adjust its devices to steer clear of the infringement.
Although the Motorola Moto X has been out for a while and the Moto X+1 appears to be only a few months away, European consumers may be on the verge of getting some good news if they are still interested in the Moto X. German retailer Phone House has put up a product page for customizable Moto X devices via Moto Maker. To get started, potential buyers will need a code that Phone House indicates will be available starting July 1st. Apparently the codes can be obtained from a Phone House physical retail location.
In a statement released this morning, Netflix announced that it will be expanding to a number of European countries in late 2014, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg.
This is great news for those of you overseas who have been wanting to take advantage of Netflix’s services since its popularity has grown here in the U.S.
The OnePlus One has garnered quite a lot of attentions in the past few weeks. Just two weeks left to its announcement, the company has now posted a teaser image on its official Facebook account hinting that the device will be released in Austria and Germany along with 14 other unnamed countries.
According to the image posted, the device will be released in a total of 16 countries, two of which have been already mentioned. We expect more countries to be announced before the launch and undoubtedly, China will make it to the list. The company previously hinted on the “Ask Me Anything” Reddit session that it will launch the device in the US as well and will start selling the smartphone in the second quarter of 2014 in more than 10 countries.
Since its release last year, Chromecast had been available only in the United States. Until now that is. We heard murmurs that the Chromecast was making its way to the UK, and it is, along with 10 additional countries. According to Google, Chromecast will be rolling out in Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the U.K.
Some countries will receive region-specific apps, like BBC iPlayer for the UK, France TV Pluzz and SFR TV for France, and Watchever in Germany. If you’re in one of these 11 countries, look out for the dongle to be available for purchase on Amazon, Google Play, Currys PC World, Elkjøp, FNAC, Saturn, Media Markt and other retailers.
HTC finally caught a break! One of Nokia’s patent lawsuits against HTC in Germany has been dismissed. Wondering what the lawsuit was about? Apparently Nokia owns a patent on receiving phone calls on a device while it’s updating. We’ll argue about how silly that patent is later.
HTC was clearly thrilled about the news, and they believe that it may eventually lead to Nokia’s patent being invalidated. Nokia, on the other hand, may try to appeal the case, but I can’t imagine they’d have much more luck a second time around.
We finally have some good patent lawsuit news. Hopefully we’ll see more of that in 2014.
source: FOSS Patents
via: Android Authority