A federal judge has rejected a request for a patent consortium called Rockstar to transfer patent litigation from California to Texas. Rockstar is backed by Microsoft, Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson and Sony. These companies purchased patents from Nortel Networks for $4.5 billion after outbidding Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) in 2011.
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Google is taking additional steps to make sure that Android users are protected from malware within its apps. Google announced on Thursday that it is expanding its app verification service to monitor apps on all devices, including apps downloaded from the Google Play Store.
Google has released some new stats today regarding Android KitKat. Since Google made its last announcement, Android KitKat’s marketshare doubled from 2.5% to 5.3%.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Dell has signed a patent-licensing agreement to cover Android and Chrome OS devices. The deal was signed on March 26th and it is a continuation of a nearly 30-year business relationship between Microsoft and Dell to deliver world-class technologies to consumers.”
Nicholas Anthony Narbone and Thomas Allen Dye have pleaded guilty to distributing counterfeit Android apps. This is the first ever conviction that involves pirated mobile app copyright infringement. Narbone and Dye pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. These two men were accused of distributing over a million copies of copyrighted apps with a value of over $700,000.
Fitbit will be preloaded on the new HTC One (M8) in select markets. Fitbit has hit one million downloads total on Android. Fitbit launched on Android in March 2012. Fitbit is now supported on 44 Android devices. According to Distimo, Fitbit is also the most popular fitness tracking app on Google Play. Fitbit accounted for 83% of installs among the top apps in that category.
The Google Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 7 tablet are going to start selling in more countries across Europe from the Google Play Store. Around eight more countries will be selling the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 on the Google Play Store. The other countries include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden. Google currently sells the devices in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, and Japan. This news comes on the heels of Google Chromecast expanding to other countries.
[Source: Google Play/Engadget]