In a joint statement this afternoon, Motorola Mobility, which is still owned by Google, and Apple have asked the federal appeals court in Washington to dismiss open patent lawsuits against each other. This puts an end to disputes that go back as far as 2010, but does not include any cross licensing deals.
Cider, an operating system compatibility layer, allows iOS applications to run natively on Android devices. Developed by computer science students from Columbia University, Cider effectively tricks iOS apps into running on the Android kernel just as they would on Apple’s XNU kernel
Android users are promiscuous hillbillies, iPhones are for the rich and hip — so suggests two new surveys
A set of new surveys both seem to reach a similar conclusion about Android: it’s for those that can’t afford Apple. Of course, we all know this is a bunch of BS.
On Friday, Apple won a $119 million jury verdict against Samsung for infringing on three of its patents. A U.S. District Court jury in San Jose, Calif., found that some Samsung devices had infringed on Apple’s patent for “quick links,” a feature that dials a phone number included in an email, and Apple’s “slide to unlock” patent, for gaining access to a device.
This week in your world of Android: the LG G3 leaked, the Galaxy S5 Prime’s release was pegged for June, Android Silver news broke, Google released new productivity apps, the first image of Amazon’s smartphone leaked, and the verdict in the Apple vs Samsung trial was announced.
These are the essential stories, the summary of an entire week in just a few words. It’s Android Weekly.
The courts have ruled on the latest Apple v Samsung case, awarding Apple over $100 million and Samsung $158,400 for various patent infringements.
What makes the perfect tablet? We take a look at the best devices and market trends to try and narrow down what consumers really want from their tablets.
On Tuesday, Samsung said its profit margin on smartphones was unchanged from 2013 at 19.8%. Apple also saw its market share slip to 15.3% from 17.5% a year earlier in the same period. Strategy Analytics said Samsung shipped 89 million units in the first quarter, compared to Apple’s 43.7 million units.
While the iTunes App Store and Google Play are almost at par in terms of app availability and quality, there are still some gaps. What are your thoughts? Which apps are better on iOS, and which iOS-only apps do you want to see on Android, too?
With the release of some smartphone OS market share numbers to the end of March this year, Android is up more than 8 percentage points from 2013 in the US. This brings Android to almost 60% US market share.