Patent disputes are unfortunately a common occurrence in the tech industry, but boy-oh-boy, the patent lawsuit filed by Rockstar may take the cake. In this case, Rockstar doesn't refer to Rockstar Games, makers of Grand Theft Auto V, but a consortium made up of Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony. At the heart of the dispute are thousands of former Nortel patents Rockstar purchased for $4.5 billion, and according to the lawsuit, several Android players infringe on these patents.
HTC has been in a bit of trouble after the launch of the HTC One, but things might be looking up for the Taiwanese phone manufacturer. According to a report by the Financial Times, Amazonis partnering with HTC to get into the smartphone market, but we probably won’t be seeing a completed phone for a while.
A report from GigaOm has revealed that Google is abandoning the Google TV brand for what the company is referring to as Android TV. Google has not yet made the official announcement regarding the upcoming living room service, but an anonymous source has confirmed via TechSpot that the rebranding is indeed set in stone.
Lenovo hadn't intended to reveal its upcoming IdeaPad A10 just yet, but after some user manuals leaked online, the world's No. 1 PC maker decided it would go ahead and confirm the device, since the cat was out of the bag anyway. What makes the IdeaPad A10 laptop unique is that it's running Android, a mobile operating system that's usually found on smartphone and tablet devices.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, or at least for some outside the box thinking. Microsoft, for example, is struggling to promote its Windows Phone platform as a viable alternative to Android and iOS, but so far its market share (3.7 percent) is barely a blip on the radar (though Windows Phone did surpass BlackBerry for third place). Meanwhile, HTC just posted its first quarterly loss and there's little reason to think it will reverse course. Maybe the two can help each other out.
While Michael Dell is celebrating the impending acquisition of the company he co-founded, which he'll take private once the deal is complete, it's still business as usual for Dell, the world's third largest PC maker. On tap from Dell are more than half a dozen portables designed for Android or Windows 8.1, including four Venue tablet products and three XPS laptops of various sizes and configurations.
All things considered, Google's Nexus 4 turned out to be a winning product for the Mountainview company. There were hiccups along the along way, many of them associated with LG's inability to manufacture Nexus 4 devices at a fast enough clip to satisfy demand, and during the time, both companies were pointing the finger at one another. Nevertheless, it worked out in the end, and it appears LG will be the one building the Nexus 5.
“We don’t have our heads in the sand,” outgoing CEO tells the financial community
As we reported earlier today, outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Thursday accused Google of being a monopoly and even admitted to having “discussed” the matter with competition authorities. But that wasn’t the only newsworthy bit to come out of Thursday’s event — Microsoft’s annual meeting with the financial community.
Nvidia designs GPUs and launches reference graphics cards around its new silicon, which its hardware partners then take and either customize to their own liking -- beefed up cooling solutions, for example -- or simply replicate and slap their own logo on the box. In a somewhat similar fashion, Nvidia just announced Tegra Note, a full-fledged tablet platform running its Tegra 4 System-on-Chip (SoC).