The Microsoft Xbox video game console is not being blocked from entering the U.S. after a trade panel decided that it does not violate a patent belonging to Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility. Earlier this week, the U.S. International Trade Commission decided that the Xbox does not infringe upon a patent that relates to two-way communication between the gaming system and related accessories such as controllers. This ends the case that was filed in November 2010.
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Apple is claiming that the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone is violating five of their patents. Apple is pushing to have the S4 added to an ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung. The lawsuit is being heard at the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, San Jose Division. The S4 was announced in March and went for sale in late April.
According to an annual study, consumer satisfaction for the Apple iPhone is dropping at the gain of Samsung and Google subsidiary Motorola. The Apple iPhone is seeing a slowdown in sales due to the constant release of new competitive products by Samsung and Motorola.
Finland based mobile company Jolla has announced their first smartphone. We first wrote about Jolla in July 2012 when a group of former Nokia engineers decided to develop MeeGo-based devices. The first smartphone made by Jolla was developed by Jolla and is based on the Sailfish OS. The device sports a 4.5-inch screen, a dual-core processor, 16GB of internal memory, and 4G LTE connectivity. It also has an 8-megapixel camera. The operating system has a home screen that shows notifications for application updates, calendars, call activity, Facebook photos, and more.
Google said today that there are now 900 million Android devices that have been activated. In 2011, there were 100 million activations and 400 million the year after. Hugo Barra said that the company paid out as much to developers in the first four months of 2013 as they did for all of 2012.
The Archos ChefPad is an Android-powered tablet that has a dual-core 1.6GHz processor, 9.7″ display with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, quad-core graphics, front and rear camera, 1080p video playback, and Google Play compatibility.
On Saturday, Android Police published details about a leaked document they received regarding Google Play Games. Google Play Games would make Android games more social. It will have functions that are similar to Apple’s Game Center.