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.
Exactly forty years ago, former Motorola vice president and division manager Martin Cooper (pictured below) made the first cellphone call. The call in 1973 was made on Motorola’s DynaTAC phone while standing in front of the New York Hilton on Sixth Avenue. The first call he made was to the head of research at Bell Labs, whom was also working on building the first cellphone.
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A U.S. trade judge said that the Microsoft Xbox video game console is not violating patents belonging to Google through the acquisition of Motorola Mobility. U.S. International Trade Commission Judge David Shaw sided with Microsoft in this case, but his decision is subject to review by a six-member commission.
When Google acquired Motorola, it was apparent that there would be cuts. Google is going to be laying off another 10% of Motorola’s staff according to The Wall Street Journal. A Wall Street Journal reporter said that he saw an e-mail from a Google employee that says “costs are too high, we’re operating in markets where we’re not competitive, and we’re losing money.”
Motorola Mobility attempted to ban the Xbox 360 by claiming a patent violation. The International Trade Commission agreed that Microsoft was infringing on the patents, but Microsoft was claiming that Motorola wanted too much money to license the standards-essential patents so they fought the ban.
Samsung Electronics recently added the iPad Mini, fifth generation iPod Touch, and fourth-generation iPad to a list of devices that violate their patents in a lawsuit. Now Motorola Mobility is considering adding the same devices to their patent lawsuit in the Southern District of Miami, Florida.
U.S. Cellular has just announced that they will be adding the Motorola Electrify M to their line of handsets. The Electrify M has 4G LTE support, a 4.3-inch borderless display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 2,000 mAh battery, NFC, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Apple appeared in front of a U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. They told the judge that they would be willing to pay Motorola Mobility $1 per iPhone sold to continue to use Motorola’s patents. Apple wants the court to set several of Motorola’s patents to FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) licensing.