Monthly Archives: October 2010
We knew this was coming. Weeks after Motorola sued Apple for a host of patent infringements including technologies related to 3G, GPRS, 802.11 wireless, and antenna design, Apple has responded in its own manner by accusing Motorola of infringing six of their patents used in the iPhone.In two separet suites filed at a local court in the US, Apple alleges that Motorola infringed upon the following patents:
Motorola also alleges that it had asked Apple to license these patented technologies in the midst of "lengthy negotiations" with the iPhone maker without reaching a deal. The company has claimed that Apple "refused" to pay for a license and then used these technologies without the permission of Motorola.Lets wait and watch how this battle ends up!
- U.S. Patent No. 7,812,828 - "Elipse fitting for multi-touch surfaces"
- U.S. Patent No. 7,663,607 - "Multipoint touchscreen"
- U.S. Patent No. 5,379,430 - "Object-oriented system locator system"
- U.S. Patent No. 7,479,949 - "Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics"
- U.S. Patent No. 6,493,002 - "Method and apparatus for displaying and accessing control and status information in a computer system"
- U.S. Patent No. 5,838,315 - "Support for custom user-interaction elements in a graphical, event-driven computer system"
At a time when countries like India is yet to receive 3G coverage fully, one of the worlds remotest places would already has full 3G coverage. We're talking about Mount Everest in Nepal - which now has been connected with a 3G network.
NCell, the Nepalese mobile service provider owned by TeliaSonera has successfully launched 3G services in the Mount Everest area. By the end of 2011, the entire country of Nepal would be covered with 3G services. Nepal had until now only 15% mobile subscriber penetration till 2008. It has now risen quickly to 30% .
As for the service near Mount Everest, it will have a base station located at 17,000 feet making it the highest mobile base station on the planet. The arrival of 3G would enable mountaineers to stop the usage of expensive satellite phones for their communication needs.
This in one of those times when you really think it would be great to work for Microsoft. Why? Because had you been working there, you;d be entitled to receive a Windows Phone 7 powered device for yourself as a gift.Thats right. All of the 89,000 people that work for Microsoft? Each one of them would be getting a Windows Phone 7 powered device - in the near future if we are to believe a recent report by Network World.Microsoft's outgoing smartphone OS, the Windows Mobile 6.5 wasn't a hot favorite even with its employees and it seems the company is all set to change that by giving all of its employees a Microsoft powered device.Hopefully, Microsoft won't add this number to the figure of Windows Phone 7 handsets shipped in its first ever quarter to make the numbers look better than it actually is!
A few days after the first set of pictures and leaked information about Sony Ericsson branded PlayStation phones arrived, Engadget has managed to dig up quite a few more images (and specs) of what is said to be the PSP Phone. Set to make an official landfall later in 2011, this phone has of late evicted huge interest amongst a large number of people.The latest image shows the phone from the front. The phone is visually similar to the existing Vivaz - albeit looking quite a bit taller and bigger. The display looks large too. The handset (in other pics) is shown running Android 2.2. This however is not likely to be the final OS version on this phone.[Via]The device in the image has an 8GB microSD card slot and has at least 512MB of internal storage. Rest of the specs are yet to be known. What do you think about this one, folks?
Phew! This was long overdue. All Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 users can now heave a sigh of relief. The official update to Android 2.1 would start trickling in for your phones starting Sunday! (Yeah just a day from now!). The update will graduate your phones from its current 1.6 version to a fairly modern - version 2.1. But then with Froyo (Android 2.2) already around, we wonder if this update actually made sense. But then, anything over Android 1.6 is acceptable - at this juncture!
Note that all three Xperia X10 handsets (Xperia x10 Mini and Mini Pro) would be receiving this update treatment - and not just the flagship. The updates will start arrive on unlocked, unbranded phones, starting off with the Nordic region and then trickle in to other areas. In all, the procedure is expected to last a month.You might want to constantly check for updates for your phone starting Sunday![Via]
All you happy go lucky push to talk fans, your days of enjoyment are numbered. Well, sort of. Sprint, one of the very few networks on the planet to have an iDen mobile network will soon put an end to the platform with the number of users on it constantly dwindling.With most people migrating to Sprints own faster CDMA network, it doest make sense for Sprint to waste resources on dying technology. Dan Hesse, Sprint’s CEO has in a recent interview confirmed that the iDen network is on its last legs. Of course they won't pull the plug right away. But you'd be given enough time to migrate we believe.While you might want to stick to it for sheer nostalgic value, there is little doubt that this has had to happen - wspecially when the world is moving towards LTE and other 4G wireless technology. So long, old friend!
If you thought that Android, Google's own smartphone platform was their idea - right from the start, well be prepared to be surprised! Thats because Android wasn't a part of Google until 2005 when they bought Android for a "paltry" $50 million.After acquiring it, Android has went on to become one of the most talked about and profitable ventures ever by Google and is fast becoming the smartphone OS of choice for millions of users around the world.Soon after the acquisition, things have worked so well for Google with Android that their executives now have no qulams in saying that the acquisition of Android is indeed Google's best deal ever.Google's vice president of corporate development, David Lawee, told attendees at the Stanford Accel Symposium that when he first saw Andy Rubin, the chief of Android project, he thought "I hope this guy does something"Looking at the way things are moving, Andy Rubin did quite well, right?
Well, well.. what do we have here! It was yesterday that the news regarding the delay of the iPhone 4 was made official by Apple. In a span of just one day, we have another rumor coming our way - albeit this one is a tad drastic.This time folks over at Boy Genius Report are saying that a source has divulged to them about the fact that the White iPhone 4 would never see the light of the day. Apparently, the issues surrounding the white iPhone are not simple in nature and the product would need a redesign of sorts to be made completely marketable. For the same reason, instead of redesigning it, why not cancel it al together and work on the white version of iPhone 5 which might be announced sometime in June 2011?Apparently, a new rumor suggests that the iPhone 4 in white has a design flaw whereby the translucent glass cover of the phone allows light to enter the camera module and affects the pictures adversely.Lets see how much element of truth this latest rumor has?
If you thought you would wait a bit longer for that white iPhone 4 to arrive, here's some news for you. According to Reuters, the white iPhone has been now delayed to "early next year"."We're sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone again," Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller. She declined to explain the delay.While Apple has never revealed the exact reasons for the delay, it is believed that the issue is basically a color matching problem between the home button and the rest of the fascia. Apple has only said that the white model was "more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected."So, there we have it. You might want to stop waiting for the white version now and indulge yourselves in the black version - now that it's been delayed. Hats off to you though if you're planning to wait further!
In what has to be one of the most significant news for all you gamers out there, Engadget has posted images of what it says are the confirmed images of the upcoming Playstation phone that Sony is planning to bring to you very soon.Identical to the existing PSP in design, the device has large display and runs Android. It is expected to run Gingerbread at the time of release and would come with a 1Ghz snapdragon processor and 512 MB of RAM. It comes with a microSD slot instead of a memory stick duo slot and is shown here running a plain jane version of Android. It is not confirmed if Sony Ericsson's Timescape interface would make an appearance here.The images seen here are believed to be of an early prototype and would be mostly likely be made available by mid 2011 in which case, these images will be somewhat old. Wouldn't we love a December 2010 launch?