There was more than the Black Friday frivolity in the world of Android this week. We heard some juicy rumors about the upcoming Galaxy S5, Microsoft caused an uproar with the Scroogled campaign, and the removal of CM Installer from the Play Store raised questions.
A new ad compares a Surface RT with a Galaxy Tab 3 in a very specific area: connectivity. The ad explains how the Galaxy Tab 3 can only connect to external displays and other devices through additional connectors.
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte has created an amendment for his very own bill that removes a provision which allowed those being sued by patent trolls to challenge the validity of software patents at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. His change of heart came after a big lobbying effort from certain parts of the tech industry.
It looks like Microsoft has hit a new low with their Scroogled campaign: they have now introduced official Scroogled merchandise.
Microsoft might still be struggling to make a major dent with its own mobile platform, but they do have at least one major mobile cash cow: Android. Reportedly Microsoft now makes roughly $2 billion per year from Android patent fees.
The intensity and scale of the global patent war just went up a notch. Yesterday, a company that is co-owned, among others, by Apple and Microsoft filed lawsuits against Google and seven of the largest Android manufacturers.
Last week we reported that Microsoft was attempting to convince HTC to put Windows Phone on its Android devices. Apparently a similar deal has also been offered to Huawei and Samsung. Keep reading for more details!
In a surprising development, Microsoft is reportedly coaxing HTC to offer Windows Phone “as a second option” on Android devices.
In BCG’s 2013 “Most innovative companies” list, Samsung took the second place from Google, with Apple still ranked first.
One of the reported new features for Windows Phone 8.1 is Cortana, a virtual assistant to rival Siri and Google Now. Microsoft says she is based on the most advanced, almost magical, intelligence in their cloud.