It’s been a promising year for Lenovo, completing a full quarter of business with Motorola under its wing. The Chinese manufacturer shipped a record 18.7 million smartphones in its most recent Q4 2014 report, making the company the third largest smartphone vendor in the world.
Motorola has just announced a new software update for the Moto E (2nd gen), which brings the device’s software up to the latest version, Android 5.1 Lollipop.
A U.S. jury has ordered Motorola Mobility to pay a total of $10 million due to the Fujifilm patent lawsuit where Motorola used their patented technology without permission. Fujifilm sued Motorola in 2012 accusing the company of infringing three of its patents on digital camera functions and a fourth patent relating to transmitting data over a wireless connection such as Bluetooth.
While Motorola is ultimately forced to pay up, it is significantly less than the $40 million that Fujifilm initially asked for.
With the second generation Moto X and Moto G out in the world, there are some who are wondering when the even-cheaper-than-the-Moto-G smartphone, the Moto E, will see a second model. Those who have lost faith will be happy to know that rumors coming out of Greece has the new Moto E coming “soon enough.”
Motorola Mobility recently posted a job listing for a senior director of industrial design for wearables, indicating the Google-owned unit is looking to ramp up their efforts in the wearable device market space. This should not be that big a surprise when one considers Google’s efforts with their Glass project and all of the smartwatch devices coming out from several vendors. The position listing indicates the person will “provide strategic leadership, champion innovation and institute best practices to create a new world class wearable’s (sic) design group within Motorola.” Read more
With Motorola Mobility apparently on the path to releasing the Motorola X phone sometime this year, the company appears to have decided now is the time to reveal a new logo. The company has kept the unique “M” badge as part of the logo. The image above shows a circle of colors around the “M” badge. This appears to represent the possible colors that can be used to surround the badge. Hit the break and you can see an example of the logo in the purple color as used on the Techweek web site. The new logo also includes the Motorola name beneath the graphic portion, but the typeface has been modified to a lowercase, thinner font. Text indicating Motorola is “a Google company” is also included. The new logo was discovered on the web site for Techweek, a technology conference site. The next scheduled event is the Chicago conference on June 27th – 29th. Read more
We knew Google was quietly on its way to making facial recognition just a little bit better, but now it has finally confirmed what the world already knew. A Motorola Mobility spokesman states:
“Motorola Mobility today announced that it has acquired Viewdle, a leading imaging & gesture recognition company. Motorola and Viewdle have an existing commercial agreement and have been collaborating for some time. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.”
Now that the cat is out of the bag, the formal acquisition will mean a few things. The first thing is Viewdle’s technology will allow it to allow Google users to easily tag photos of friends and family across Google+, Picasa and of course, Android. And hey, we can’t have too many means to tag and identify our favorite contacts on the web, right?
On Monday, a filing was made with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in which Motorola Mobility (Google) and Apple entered into a standard-essential (FRAND) patent license agreement. The agreement states that Apple is now licensed to use Motorola’s FRAND patents in Germany. The royalty rate has yet to be set.
Now you have to understand, when it comes to standard-essential patents, the patent owner (Moto) must agree to a licensing deal with a competitor (Apple) if that competitor makes an offer to accept a licensing arrangement. The patent holder cannot refuse without blatantly violating antitrust law. That also means that Apple is essentially admitting to infringing the patents and is liable for past damages.
The filing only covers “cellular standard-essential” patents, leaving Wi-Fi and video codecs open for a later fight. Or separate licensing deals could be struck for those if both parties are tired of fighting.
Hmm, perhaps Microsoft had the right idea all along avoiding the courts and sleeping with its enemies instead. It sure is much less expensive.
source: foss patents
Folks in Cupertino and Apple fans around the world are surely in a good mood going into this weekend with the recently announced results of the Apple v Samsung trial in which Apple has prevailed (at least for now). More good news for Apple came out of the ITC today in determining that Apple had not violated a Motorola patent on some wifi technology. The ITC commission also exonerated Apple with regard to two other patents.
An ITC judge had originally ruled in Motorola’s favor and Apple was facing a ban of their devices had the commission’s review not gone in their favor. The possibility of a ban still exists as the case has been sent back to the original judge for a new review regarding the possibility that Apple violated a non-standards-based patent. This will effectively “reset” the case, so it will likely drag on for at least another year. In the meantime, Motorola has started a new action against Apple alleging more patent violations.
Last Friday Google’s Motorola Mobility unit filed a new lawsuit against Apple alleging a variety of patent infringements. Filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), Motorola is seeking a ban on imports of most of Apple’s product portfolio. Any device that “utilize(s) wireless communication technologies to manage various messages and content” is covered by the lawsuit. This covers not just mobile devices like iPads and iPhones, but computer devices like the iMac or MacBook Pro as well.
The ITC made the full complaint available on-line so we are now able to review which seven patents Motorola is claiming Apple has infringed upon: Read more