Motorola Mobility’s winning streak ended today when they failed to secure another win against Apple for a patent case involving the use of mathematical sequences in mobile telecommunications.
The Regional Court in Mannheim rejected the suit, as presiding Judge Andreas Voss stated that Motorola failed to show how Apple violated the said patent.
Motorola won a preliminary injunction against Ireland-based Apple Sales International for the following products: iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 3G and iPad2 3G, last December. And last week, MoMo won a second German patent ruling against Apple over their iCloud service, allowing them to block the sales of devices with access to the iCloud, as well as ask Apple for information about past sales and holds Apple liable for damages.
Yesterday, reports stated that Motorola is asking Apple to pay a royalty of 2.25% on iPhone sales. To update on that matter, Google Inc., whose acquisition of Motorola may be approved by next week, sent letters to standards organizations such as the European Telecommunications Standards Institute pledging to uphold Motorola’s existing practice to license patents under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms or FRAND. That pledge includes support for the 2.25% net-selling price for each device royalties Motorola is asking from Apple as well as other companies using their technology.
Net-selling price is the selling price of a handset, tablet, or other consumer device before application of any discounts or subsidies provided to consumers by carriers.
Though the Google-Motorola deal may soon be approved, Motorola execs say consumers shouldn’t blame them for the fragmented rollout of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates because Google’s released version of ICS is designed for the Galaxy Nexus, giving other handset makers quite a time in tweaking it for retro-fit.
“When Google does a release of the software … they do a version of the software for whatever phone they just shipped,” Christy Wyatt, senior vice president and general manager of Motorola’s Enterprise Business Unit, said. “The rest of the ecosystem doesn’t see it until you see it. Hardware is by far the long pole in the tent, with multiple chipsets and multiple radio bands for multiple countries. It’s a big machine to churn.”
Apple In “Crunch Mode”
As Apple readies for the iPad 3 release in March, they’re also scrambling to figure out which apps to feature during the event that would really show what the new iPad is offering.
According to a report from TheNextWeb, Apple is soliciting demonstrations from many app developers and preparing demonstrations of those apps for the live event. And as the event draws near, this process continues at an increased rate. After selecting which apps they would feature in the live event, they would select the best apps that impressed them and send them to their long-time advertising partner TWBA/Chiat/Day for possible inclusion in the iPad 3 commercial.
Concept: Nokia Lumia Coffee Tablet
Nokia fans are still waiting for the company to announce whether they would be launching a Windows 8-based tablet. While waiting, fans are submitting their ideas as to what they think the tablet should look like and feature if ever Nokia decides to launch one.
At My Nokia Blog, people can submit ideas for the next Nokia device under the category Dream Nokia. Tristan, one of the many dreamers, submitted the Lumia “coffee” tab which features 1.4GHz cpu, 512Mb ram, 16/32/64Gb storage, 9.7″ AMOLED “clearblack” display (1280×800), 8Mp Rear camera, 2Mp front facing camera, Windows 8 tablet edition and Wifi/3G connectivity. There are other cool ideas for the Nokia tablet on the site, like ScChow’s Nokia Lumia 90 – a dual screen tablet, phone and the Lumia Tablet by Beytullah Kuşcu, which looks like the iPad.
Windows 8 On ARM
Speaking of Windows 8, aside from hinting that it would be running on ARM processors, making people think that Microsoft is really launching a Windows 8 tablet, the OS is rumored to have built-in “Office 15” apps when it launches.
Microsoft’s president of the Windows division Steven Sinofsky published a blog post that tells the tale of why they chose ARM but still supports Intel and AMD and how it works for desktops and PCs but still open to the possibility of using WOA to create tablets.
“Windows on ARM, or WOA, is a new member of the Windows family, much like Windows Server, Windows Embedded, or Windows Phone,” wrote Sinofsky. “As with those products, WOA builds on the foundation of Windows, has a very high degree of commonality and very significant shared code with Windows 8, and will be developed for, sold, and supported as part of the largest computing ecosystem in the world.”
Also, Microsoft is officially launching the Windows 8 Consumer Preview in Barcelona, Spain, on February 29th. The preview will allow everyday consumers to download and use a pre-release version of Windows 8. But because it’s a pre-release, expect that it would be oozing with bugs and unfinished features.
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