We’re just a few days away from Black Friday 2012 (November 23) and while we have covered the most important Android offers as mentioned in the leaked Black Friday ads originating from the most important retailers out there, we’re going to do a major recap just so you know what stores to visit next week in search for sweeter smartphone and tablet deals.
Looking for a reasonably decent smartphone without paying a cent? Best Buy is now offering the Motorola Droid RAZR for free with a two year contract.
Rogers Canada just updated its “OS upgrades” schedule, and what do you know, the Razr HD is slated to get Jelly Bean 4.1 in “late December”.
The legal battle between Microsoft and Motorola just had some gasoline added to it after Motorola requested Microsoft give them a share of their new Surface’s profits. Today, in the opening salvo of Motorola’s suit against Microsoft, the phone maker’s lawyers brought up the Microsoft Surface and claimed that the device’s Wi-Fi technology infringes Motorola’s patents.
The latest news on the wire is that only three smartphone manufacturers in the entire industry were profitable in the third quarter of the year. According to a recent tweet by market analyst Horace Dediu, the smartphone market is largely dominated by Apple and Samsung with HTC being a distant third, when it comes to smartphone profits.
Motorola is owned by Google, yet they can’t seem to figure out how to update their phones to the latest version of Android. To make people happy, they said they’ll give them $100, but there are some serious strings attached. You need to buy a new phone, and the money you get isn’t actually money, it’s more like store credit. Seriously, this is incredibly uncool.
Last week we reported that Motorola had officially approved build 98.12.4 for the Motorola Droid RAZR M, which would bring Jelly Bean to the handset. At the time, soak tests had already begun. Now reports are coming in suggesting that the update is starting to roll out to more RAZR M owners.
The dispute between Motorola and Microsoft about fair rates for essential patents reaches a Seattle courtroom today and we can expect the trial to reveal some juicy financial information about both companies after the judge rejected a request to keep evidence relating to licensing deals and sales projections under wraps.
Here we go once again. Motorola and Microsoft have squared off over what can be defined as reasonable royalty payments for essential patents. The battle has gone on for two long, tiring years, but this may be the last one to determine how much is considered reasonable for Motorola’s essential patents.
Test Drive is a program that will allow regular Motorola users to try out various Android updates before they are rolled out to the public. Test Drive will be made available to all those interested, but only “a few hundred customers” will receive the preview build for each update.