Google Fingers Blame at Microsoft, Nokia for Rising Phone Prices


Google had filed a complaint with the European Commission accusing smartphone rivals Nokia and its partner Microsoft of colluding over patents and intellectual property, which in effect is creating rising smartphone costs for consumers. The complaint was filed by the Android operating system maker on Thursday. Google says that Windows Phone OS-creator Microsoft through its […]

Motorola Latest Android Manufacturer Facing Ban in U.S.


Following HTC’s import bans on high profile Android handsets such as the HTC One X and the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE as a result of HTC’s ongoing patent dispute with Apple, the latest Android manufacturer to face an import ban is Motorola Mobility as a result of disputes over intellectual property with Microsoft. According […]

Apple Culprit Behind HTC One X, Sprint EVO 4G LTE Delays at Customs


Two of HTC’s flagship and most popular phones in its lineup will be delayed as they head into the U.S. at the U.S. Customs office due to concerns that those models may infringe on Apple’s designs and patents. As a result of Apple’s ongoing lawsuits against Android manufacturers, HTC’s One X for AT&T and the […]

Google Patent Application Hints at Nexus Slider


Though manufacturers like HTC may be giving up on physical keyboards on smartphones in favor of thin and light designs, Google’s recent patent application may suggest that the Android OS-maker is still not giving up in that form factor and we may potentially see a Nexus smartphone in the future with a physical sliding keyboard. […]

Sony Patent Reveals One Xperia Smartphone Housing Multiple Keypads


A recently unearthed patent filed by Sony in late 2010 reveals that the company had been considering an Xperia smartphone design with multiple slide-out keyboards–similar to the idea of a Swiss Army knife–so that users can slide up the keypads that they don’t need to reveal a keypad that they do like. The versatility of […]

Nokia Automatic Uploads Patent Makes It Easy to Get Social


Nokia was just awarded a patent for automatic uploads to social networks, making it easy for users to share their life events with others on various sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Microsoft Live, and others. As it stands, for example, in order for a user to share a photo with others, they must […]

Apple, Google, HTC to Face Off With Dualing Face Unlock Patents


We had reported earlier that HTC had filed for a face unlock and biometric security for Android, features that Google had introduced to market on the Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Motorola debuted with the fingerprint reader on the Atrix 4G early last year, and now it seems that Apple is […]

HTC Granted Patent on Face Unlock, Is Android in Jeopardy?


It appears that HTC has been granted a patent on face to unlock on a mobile device with a front-facing camera. The feature, which had debuted first on Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and is available on any number of Android smartphones and tablets running the software, including the Samsung Galaxy Nexus […]

Samsung Registers 3 New Galaxy Trademarks


A recent filing with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) reveals that Samsung has registered three new marks associated with its Galaxy smartphone branding. It’s unclear if any–or all–of these new trademarks registered will be used to launch the flagship Galaxy S III smartphone, which is promised by Samsung to be unveiled in […]

HTC Patent Reveals Competitor to iPod Touch, Galaxy Player


After having been in the smartphone business for over a decade, HTC may be looking to expand its product portfolio. A recent patent application filed in early 2011 reveals that HTC may be looking to expand its ecosystem and create a media player, or phone-less handheld device that connects to the Internet only via WiFi, […]

Samsung’s New Trademarks Could Reveal U.S. Galaxy S III Branding


Samsung has filed for trademarks for a series of names in the U.S., and some of those names could arrive as branded devices for the company’s highly anticipated Galaxy S III flagship smartphone. Samsung had filed trademarks for Thunder, Express, and Accelerate in addition to the Emerge, Stellar, and Halo marks that the company had […]

Microsoft Patents Tablet That Converts Into Laptop, Desktop


In a bid to compete against consumer tablets that offer all-day mobility thanks to low-power consumption while at the same time delivering the full performance of Windows, Microsoft is looking to patent a hybrid system where the tablet, which will also serve as a display, can be used on its own with low-powered system requirements […]

Google Patents Application to ID Location Using a Photo of a Landmark


Standing somewhat close to a major landmark but don’t know where you are? Hopefully, with Google’s patent application, there will be an app for that soon as the software giant has created a system where a user can snap a picture of a nearby landmark, upload it to Google’s servers, and Google will do the […]

Apple Could Profit When More Android Devices Are Sold


Under new CEO Tim Cook, it appears that Apple is softening Steve Jobs’ declaration of thermonuclear war against Google’s rival Android operating system. The company is now no longer seeking the destruction and demise of the Android ecosystem, but rather, like Microsoft, is looking from the follies of Android as Google lacks strength in patents […]

Google Trackpad Patent Hints at Lapdock Accessory for Android 5.0 Jelly Bean?


Google had recently filed a patent for multitouch trackpad gestures, potentially bringing new functionality to Chrome OS and the company’s Android OS. However, another potential, rather than the merely using Android on a laptop or desktop system, would be the trackpad as an application for Google’s scalability feature that comes with the next-generation Android 5.0 […]

Sony Files for XPERIA Sola Trademark in U.S.


A recent filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reveals that Sony is applying for a trademark on the XPERIA Sola name. Sola, which means solo or alone, could indicate an entirely new smartphone for the Japanese electronics giant, which had gained custody of the XPERIA phone line after a divorce with Ericsson, or […]