Motorola has been found guilty of infringing a patent related to MMS technology by a jury in Delaware. The technology is used for multimedia texting on mobile products and the patent in question was owned by Intellectual Ventures, a company that is unsurprisingly known for patents it holds on intellectual properties.
It is public knowledge that Apple dominated the fourth quarter of last year, the all-important Holiday Season. However, the extent of Cupertino's success is still providing stunning statistics, with the latest numbers coming from Good Technology. The company?s Mobility Index Report for the fourth quarter of 2014 shows that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were the runaway smartphone leaders throughout the period.
While Apple uses a relatively small 8 megapixel camera on its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but the shooter is among the best smartphone snappers on the market. The company takes the photography side of its handset seriously and is taking things a step further with a new patent. Apple applied for and was awarded a patent for a new type of mobile camera technology that would add a zoom lens to the module.
Microsoft makes a lot of money from Android, and the company is certainly going to be looking for ways to cross platforms more often in the future. Teaming up with the biggest Android name, Samsung, is certainly one way to go about it. When Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 earlier this month, one of the big surprises was the inclusion of several Microsoft apps and services pre-installed on the Android running flagship.
The argument about Apple's innovation (or lack of) in recent years will rage on; some think introducing 64-bit processing to smartphones, or adding a fingerprint scanner are signs of innovation, while others are looking for something more substantial. If you are in that latter group, you may be more convinced by Apple working on augmented reality, that's according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.
Apple has long been reported to be serious about getting into the TV business. This goes beyond the company's Apple TV streaming box and will eventually lead to a full blown TV set from Cupertino. While that oft reported product is still firmly in the rumor bin, Apple has increased its TV aspirations today with its own TV streaming service.
There have been plenty of rumors that Meizu and Nokia are working together. It was initially thought that the companies are making a smartphone, both denied it and confirmed that Nokia could be involved in Meizu's future smartphone cameras. However, the rumor that the brands are collaborating on a smartphone has returned, with a bit more information in tow.
While smartphone specs get increasingly better, they draw more power, and battery life is not moving at the same pace as processors or screen technology. As a consequence, a juicer in a handset is now a very important factor for many people, but yet no company has managed to make a significant breakthrough aside from bumping battery time by hours.
A report out of Taipei is suggesting that some of the most renowned names in the smartphone world will begin focusing on lower end devices as opposed to flagship handsets. The companies mentioned are Sony, Acer, and LG, with the report saying that declining sales in the high end market will force these companies to focus their attention on other price points.
While the wearable smartwatch market is still in its infancy, it seems the same two companies that dominate smartphones will fight once more. They are of course Samsung and Apple. Smartwatch sales figures for the fourth quarter of 2014 showed that Samsung is the comfortable market leader, selling more than double the number of devices of the nearest rivals. Of course, the Apple Watch is launching next month and is expected to outsell even Samsung by possibly millions, but the interesting thing about the following list is how it mirrors the smartphone market.