After announcing back in September that it’s readying a dual-band variant of the Motorola Defy XT that’s compatible to run on both 800 MHz and 1900 MHz frequencies, the rugged phone is finally shipping out to customers.
Qualcomm is not pulling its punches over the FRAND argument that Apple is currently engaged in with Samsung and Motorola. When it comes to standard-essential patents Qualcomm stated that “Apple should be embarrassed” and that its anti-injunction argument is “a total sham”.
Sometimes, OEMs go after one another to help boost sales. Usually, it’s Samsung and Apple going after each other in advertisements but this time, Motorola pokes at the Galaxy S III in a recent Facebook advertisement.
According to the data gathered by Strategy Analytics, Samsung took the biggest chunk of the LTE smartphone market, with its LTE-enabled devices accounting for 40% of total unit sales. This number is actually lower than its record last quarter, which reached 50.9% at its peak. But it’s still a good deal greater than the share of other phone makers like LG, Motorola, and Apple.
Google, which officially acquired Motorola Mobility in May of this year, has just announced that Flextronics will acquire Motorola’s factory Tianjin, China. Flextronics will also “assume the management and operation” of Motorola’s factory in Jaguariuna, Brazil.
After recently invalidating Apple’s “rubber-banding” patent, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is back at it with another similar ruling. While not final, the new USPTO verdict says that Apple’s “Steve Jobs” multi-touch patent (U.S. Patent No. 7,479,949) has also been invalidated.
Earlier today we showed you an interesting deal on an unlocked Galaxy S3 version (the GSM GT-I9300 model that doesn’t have LTE support) that sells for $499.99 on eBay, but not every Android buyer out there is looking to purchase a flagship handset at full price.
FTC says that the ban the Google requested would be harmful to consumers, and it would also damage innovation and result in increased costs and uncertainty for other companies. In a statement, the Commission said that using SEP-based injunctions against competitors is equivalent to a ‘patent hold up’.
In case you’ve been keeping a watch on Motorola’s Android software upgrade timeline, you might be interested to know that the list has just been updated. What’s changed?
You can now own the Droid Razr Maxx, which is usually worth $149.99 on the Verizon network, for free. Best Buy has decided to bring back this Sunday its most popular Black Friday deal, which offers the Droid Razr Maxx for free to new Verizon customers.