android surprises

Every year in the world of mobile tech there are a few eyebrow-raising moments. So what were the big shocks this year? Join us as we remember the unexpected twists and turns of 2012.

apple-htc-settlement

In case you forgot, Apple and Samsung are about to face each other in U.S. courts again in a new episode of the first lawsuit between the two companies in the country. Earlier this summer Apple was awarded a favorable verdict, with the jury saying that Samsung has to pay $1.05 billion in damages to the iPhone maker.

Ericsson-Samsung

One – Ericsson — is the market leader in telecom equipment, while the other – Samsung – is the world’s biggest phone maker. When the two giants collide and can’t see eye to eye on licensing agreement, as is customary now in the increasingly litigious world of mobile technology, the way to the inevitable settlement is to first take the banning request route.

haptic-immersion

Some people love it on their gadgets, some inexplicably don’t. Whether or not you’re a fan of the good vibration sensation that you get when turning on haptic feedback, at least you know the feature won’t cease to exist on future Android devices due to patent infringement lawsuits.

Ericsson-Samsung

Ericsson is suing Samsung for alleged patent infringement after two years of negotiations that haven’t led to an amicable agreement. The subject of dispute is still somewhat unclear, but, according to Sony’s former partner, everything revolves around a patented technology that is “essential to several telecommunications and networking standards used by Samsung’s products”.