In a somewhat ironic twist, Microsoft seems to profit much more from Android royalty deals than it ever has with its own mobile platform. During the second quarter of 2012 alone, Microsoft earned a staggering $800 million from Android royalties. Adding to the Android royalty dollars, Sharp has just agreed to a pay an undisclosed sum to Microsoft in order to license the use of the exFat file system, in which MS holds the patent rights.
Why is exFat so crucial that companies like Sharp are willing to pay for the right to use it? Without the extended file allocation table format, the largest file size you could have would be 4GB while using FAT [...]
Sharp is a brand that we associate more with television sets rather than its line of Android phones, but the company is determined to capture a slice of the ever expanding smartphone market. The first step towards that goal is to create a unique Android experience that looks and feels different from what the competitors are offering. Taking inspiration of HTC’s Sense and Samsung’s TouchWiz UIs, Sharp is introducing, the Feel UX, a new user interface for its Android-powered Aquos series smartphones.
Developed together with Frog, a software design company based in San Francisco, the Feel UX was built with a simplified interaction model in mind. Their vision was to create [...]