Grooveshark has been battling major record labels in recent years, losing a major ruling earlier this fall, over licensing issues related to its existing music service. Perhaps in an effort to mitigate damages in that case or to be prepared for a significant damages ruling, Grooveshark is launching a new online radio service that complies with record company licensing requirements. The new service, slated to launch in January, will run 99 cents per month and offer a no commercial experience. Read more
NVIDIA announced via their blog today that they are preparing to take things in a new direction by licensing their GPU cores and visual computing patent portfolio to other manufacturers. NVIDIA notes that during recent years, as PC sales have been in a decline, sales of other computing devices have been increasing. Going along with this changing landscape, consumers are demanding faster, crisper, high definition displays that produce vivid images no matter what device is currently in use. Driving those displays are the GPUs and NVIDIA is in a good position to capitalize as they have been a long time leader in the GPU market for PCs and more recently, they have been successful in the Android device market with their Tegra line of chips. Read more
I think we can all agree the endless patent lawsuits aren’t good for consumers. Well, hopefully Apple and HTC have seen this light, as they confirmed they’ve settled their patent disputes and have entered a 10-year licensing deal to avoid more lawsuits. The CEOs of both companies made statements that they are pleased to have reached an agreement and are ready to continue innovation, not litigation.
Apple has certainly abused the patent system lately, but this is a step in the right direction. No amount of patents and lawsuits are going to force consumers to buy your products, and I’m sure Apple knows that. Now we should all just hope for this kind of agreement to happen with some other Android OEMs as well. Hit the press release after the break for more about the licensing deal. Read more
Looks like Motorola Mobility has recently been proactive in avoiding a ban of the imports of its various devices. According to reports, there was a recent International Trade Commission ruling that specified certain MOTO devices infringed on technology that makes it possible for MOTO device users to use the devices in order to generate meeting requests and schedule gatherings. The devices named are: the Atrix, Backflip, Bravo, Charm, Cliq, Cliq 2, Cliq XT, Defy, Devour, Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, Droid Pro, Droid X, Droid X2, Flipout, Flipside, Spice and the Xoom tablet. While Apple immediately comes to mind for most Android users, it’s actually Microsoft who believes MOTO infringed on certain patents, as highlighted by spokeswoman Becki Leonard:
“While we can’t share specific details, we have employed a range of proactive measures to ensure there is no continuing infringement under the ITC’s interpretation of this single Microsoft patent”.
For those of you unfamiliar, here’s a quick rundown to help refresh your memory: Microsoft accused Motorola Mobility of infringing nine patents in a complaint filed in October 2010. Both companies ended up in a quiet, but significant legal battle in which MOTO was found not guilty on infringement of all but one of the patents. Fast-forward to May and we find the ITC ruled that Motorola Mobility infringed on the one patent, which leads us to MOTO now trying to avoid a ban of imports for its different devices.
The infringement claim is indeed a serious one, MOTO at least knew there was an easy workaround in order to keep its devices on retailers’ shelves. The main option is simply removing the meeting-scheduling technology from its smartphones and tablets since Microsoft originally believed MOTO should have licensed the technology.
source: Latinos Post
You have to hand it to Microsoft, they might not be able to sell phones, but they are going to make a lot of money off of Android. They have already inked deals with the likes of HTC, Samsung, Acer, Quanta, Wistron, General Dynamics Itronix, ViewSonic, Onkyo and Velocity Micro.
The list continues to grow as they just added original design manufacturer (ODM), Compal Electronics. This is the tenth deal for Microsoft. The deal remains unknown, but it will cover products ranging from tablets, mobile phones, e-readers, and other consumer devices running Android or Google’s Chrome platform.
It should be a nice chunk of change for Microsoft because Compal earns over $28 billion annually.
A few months ago, Microsoft was able to cut a deal with HTC grabbing $5 per device sold. We know Microsoft can’t make any money selling their own devices so they figured they would steal it from others. It’s kind of like taxing the rich and giving it to the poor. Microsoft is far from poor, but their sales of Windows phone is.
Microsoft just announced they now have licensing deals in place with Acer and Viewsonic. We do not know the terms, but much like the HTC deal, it will continue the trend that Microsoft will earn more money through licensing deals than sales of their own devices.
The major quote in both press releases is the following:
“We are pleased that [Acer/Viewsonic] is taking advantage of our industrywide licensing program established to help companies address Android’s IP issues,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft. “This agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercially reasonable arrangements that address intellectual property.”
We can expect that as part of these deals, and future deals, that manufacturers will be forced to produce Windows devices. This is why Google bought Motorola. They needed to get control of the manufacturing process because it is unknown how any of these lawsuits will end.
Think you’re pretty slick by just finding the stand-alone APK’s for apps that you should’ve paid for? Obviously the developers of those apps are sick of their hardwork being distributed for free, but Google has just implemented a service to help them out.
Android’s new licensing service allows the individual app to call Google’s server to check the app against purchase records vs the credentials of the purchase. So if the credentials don’t match, the app won’t have full (if any) functionality on your device.
This will be great for dev’s and consumers alike as long as it verifies the credentials on a per-Google account basis and not on a per-phone basis, which would make getting a new phone quite the frustrating process.
[via android dev blog]