Samsung may be the current leader in global phone sales but both Microsoft and Huawei are gunning for a leading spot and both companies spent yesterday trying to get big in phones - Microsoft with fun and Huawei by hinting it could pledge patents to Android.Microsoft went big with Mango - literally, and with the charm and whimsy that's fast becoming the hallmark of Windows Phone; by building a giant phone in a New York park with large video screens for the Start screen tiles.
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Lodsys has not gone after Windows developers with claims that they're violating the company's in-app purchasing patents. But could this happen with Windows 8?
Mobile communications company has accused Microsoft of violating 16 of its patents relating to Xbox and to Windows on computers and mobile devices.
The company claims that several Microsoft products, including technology found in Windows OS, Windows Mobile and the Xbox, infringe on 16 of its patents
Ahead of the release of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has signed up as a licensee of dozens of patents that originated with PalmSource, Palm, Bell Communications Research and Geoworks
Just days after winning Round 1 of its patent-infringement case against Microsoft, VirnetX has filed another patent-infringement case against the Redmondians. This time, VirnetX is taking aim at Windows 7.
On March 8, Microsoft will be back in U.S. District Court in East Texas to defend itself against another patent-infringement case. The new case is being brought by real-time communications vendor VirnetX Inc. and involves two VirnetX patents which that company claims Microsoft is using improperly in Windows XP, Vista and Windows Server, among other products.
Apple claims Android and Windows Mobile handsets made by HTC violate patents used in the iPhone
We see details from lots of Apple patents on new technology posted on the Internet and there are some that show cool technology while others are way out ideas that we will probably never see implemented. HTC is the leader in Windows Mobile and Google Android development and has come out with some very innovative technologies. MoDaCo posted on two HTC patents that we may see on future devices. One is for a stylus and the other for display technology.
With the announcement of the Palm WebOS in January we knew this day was coming and according to PreCentral Ed Colligan confirmed that the only Palm OS devices coming in the future may be Centro devices from other carriers. Palm ended dedicated PDA/non-phone devices a couple of years ago and now confirms that they will focus on WebOS and Windows Mobile Palm devices moving forward. I am sure there will be many fans of the current Palm OS who are disappointed, but the OS has been around for 12 years and will continue to live for a few more as people still use their PDAs, Treo, and Centro devices.
Here are today’s notable headlines. You can get News To Know via email alert and RSS daily:Mary Jo Foley: Windows 7 to scale to 256 processors Add Windows Mobile 6.
Several student information system (SIS) vendors offer to sync data with a Palm Pilot or Windows Mobile PDA. This is a handy feature for teachers on field trips, assistant principals stalking the halls, etc.
I have been using converged (mobile phone and PDA functionality in one) devices for a few years now and most of the Windows Mobile devices that I have preferred have been ones with QWERTY keyboards (either slide-out or always available). I only had one type of S60 device (E61 and E61i) that had a QWERTY keyboard with all of the others having a standard phone keypad. I think my thumbs have grown accustomed to QWERTY keyboards and I have always kind of looked for them over other devices. I recently read an article written by Rita El Khoury (aka Dotsisx) on Symbian-Guru.com titled, "I Like T9, How About You? that really prompted me to take an honest look at how much text I really enter right on my mobile phones and whether or not a QWERTY device is really required to enter this text.
It has been rumored off and on through the last few years that Dell was going to launch a Windows Mobile Smartphone as a natural evolution of its foray into the PDA market with the popular Dell Axim devices. Needless to say, those Dell smartphones never arrived and the rumors just remained rumors. Well, the rumor now is that Dell may launch an Android device in partnership with Google. We already know that HTC, Motorola, and other manufacturers are onboard with the Open Handset Alliance and it is big news to hear that Dell may be joining them.
Klausner Technologies, a company founded by Judah Klausner who invented the PDA, is suing Apple, AT&T over iPhone's visual voicemail patents. For good measure Klausner is suing Comcast, Cablevision and eBay's Skype.
Here at CTIA I've just seen a demo of the i-Mate Ultimate 9502, a forthcoming (think by end of this year) high-end Windows Mobile-powered device.Looks like a PDA but that's like saying that the Rolex tells time.
In less than three hours from now, I will be live-blogging Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's keynoter from the CTIA show in San Francisco.It appears so much more than likely that Ballmer will talk about new functionality that will enable users to sign up for a Live ID from their Windows Mobile-running Nokia PDA or mobile phone.
It seems the rumors of HP's full re-entry into the Windows Mobile and Windows CE market were spot on. There have been a couple of HP iPAQ Communicators released since the last incredible HP x4700 PDA, but they didn't seem to do very well and never lasted that long in the market. I recommend you check out MobilitySite's post that links to all of the specs and a photo of each of the new 5 series announced last night in New York.
An HP Jornada 548 was my first Pocket PC back in 2001 and then for the next couple of years I primarily stuck with the HP line (568, 4340, 1940, etc) and was very happy with the HP Jornada and iPAQ models. HP has been quite silent in the Windows Mobile world for a couple of years, but a new post at Unwired View reveals rumors of 5 new Windows Mobile devices from HP. There are Phone Edition, Smartphone, and standalone PDA models in the collection. I was really surprised to see a non-phone model since it has been quite some time since we have seen a non-Palm PDA.
Equally hilarious in the mouth meets foot category were Torvald's comments as reported by information week in which he first asserts that all the fundamental OS design work was done well before both Linux and Windows, and then contradicts his own logic by asserting that any Microsoft patents revealed by Microsoft could be worked around in the code.
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