At the CES event, Kodak has just unveiled a new camera/smartphone based on Android. Known as the IM5, the smartphone features a 13-megapixel camera on the back, but that’s not all the device can do.
Kodak is a renowned name in the image sensor industry owing to its years of experience in the field. The company has now teamed up with the Bullitt Group to bring a new range of Android devices at the upcoming CES 2015 event.
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.
If you’re like any of us here at TalkAndroid you’re probably a little confused about who’s suing who. Nokia’s suing Apple, who’s being sued by Kodak, who also sued LG, who was also sued by Nokia, and it’s just a giant mess. Well, if you’re one of those visual learner types have we got the news for you. Matt Brian decided a little while ago that he would make a chart to show you who is suing who. It’s not as messy as you think (he’s pretty good). It’s great if you want a better understanding on what is exactly going on in the Judicial World of Android. Hit the break to see it.