In today’s mobile news roundup: HP said to be re-adopting Android for mobile devices; Apple challenges iPhone trademark loss in Brazil; Bug fix for iOS 6.1 on its way; Apple Maps still causing trouble in Australia; Nexus 4 gets Android 4.2.2 update; and Adobe takes 10 percent from app developers who use Director 12.
HP adopting Android for mobile devices
Sources familiar with the matter claims that Hewlett-Packard will be adopting the Android platform for use in its mobile devices. HP is said to be releasing a high-end Android tablet powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 chip. The sources claimed that HP has been working on the tablet since last year. No news yet if an Android-powered HP smartphone is in the works.
Apple challenges trademark ruling in Brazil
Earlier this month, it was reported that Apple could potentially lose the iPhone trademark in Brazil to Gradient Eletronica SA, who filed for the trademark years before Apple launched its first iPhone.
On Wednesday, the Brazilian Institute of Intellectual Property granted trademark rights to Gradient, but Apple was quick to challenge the ruling. Apple requested that the decision be reviewed in Latin America’s largest market.
As for Gradient, though it filed for the trademark in 2000, in order to keep the trademark, it has to prove that the company used the “iPhone” brand between January 2008 and January 2013. Gradient has 60 days to prove this.
Bug fix for iOS 6.1 on its way
IT administrators warned BYOD employees to not update their iPhones to the latest version of iOS after a bug was found that caused excessive transaction log generation on Microsoft Exchange servers.
Microsoft offered workarounds for those who have already updated their devices, such as not processing Calendar items like meeting requests on iOS 6.1 devices.
Apple has now addressed the issue and stated that a fix is on its way, but for now, iOS 6.1 users can perform a temporary workaround to solve the problem. Simply go to Settings, click on the Mail, Contacts, Calendars option and select the Exchange account from your Accounts list. Turn the switch for Calendars to OFF, wait ten seconds then turn the switch for Calendars back to ON.
Apple Maps still causing trouble in Australia
Australia’s Country Fire Authority released the CFA FireReady app that informs people wildfire locations. It seems the CFA was not aware of the Apple Maps weaknesses, as it used Apple Maps in the app even though Google offers an SDK to integrate Google maps within iOS apps.
The problem with Apple Maps in the CFA app is that instead of putting the town labels directly on the actual towns, the labels are placed in the center of district. This make it difficult to determine the exact location of the fire.
“CFA will continue to raise its concerns with Apple Australia, and so should users experiencing this issue,” the CFA spokesman said. “We would advise FireReady app users with iOS6 installed on their devices to disregard Apple Maps township locations and instead focus on street names and the location of incidents & warnings in relation to their GPS location.”
Nexus 4 gets Android 4.2.2 update
Android 4.2.2 or the latest version of Jelly Bean is rolling out to Nexus 4 users. The update delivers enhanced security, quick settings, app download notifications, new sounds for wireless charging initiation and low battery alerts, longer duration for vibration notifications, faster loading of New Gallery app animation, the option to show all calls in the phone app’s call list has been removed, and the LTE Band 4 has been removed.
Adobe takes 10 percent from app developers who use Director 12
App development is time consuming but Adobe offers a quick solution to aid developers. The Adobe Director 12 allows developers to create games and publish them directly to iOS. But there’s a catch: Adobe takes 10 percent from iOS apps published to the App Store.
Developers aren’t too happy about this but Adobe clearly stated the fee on its terms and conditions. It was stated that developers who published paid apps in the App Store are required to inform Adobe and pay 10 percent of revenue paid by Apple above and beyond the first $20,000 USD in earnings.
Adobe is also facing scrutiny in Australia where it, along with Apple and Microsoft, has been summonsed by the Australian Parliament to speak at a public hearing on March 22 in Canberra, Australia, to answer questions regarding price fixing.
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