With just a few days away from the Google I/O 2013 event, rumors abound that Google, and recently acquired mobile company Motorola, will unveil a Jelly Bean handset.
The recent FCC filing might be the key to all scuttlebutts going around. While we are not certain whether it is the elusive Google “X Phone”, the AT&T-bound handset with model number XT1058 seems to fit the bill. It is also being speculated as related to the earlier leaked AT&T device labeled “XFON” and the XT912A (codenamed “Ghost”). Technical specs discovered for the XT1058 were scarce including NFC and LTE radio.
If you’re confused with the recent Motorola codenames leaked, check this out. First on the list is “Ghost”. This Motorola device also goes by the model number XT912A and discovered online via GLBenchmark. It isn’t the rumored Google X Phone but will be offered at an affordable price tag, and possibly on all US carriers. According to the benchmark result, it has a 720p display, quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU and the latest Android 4.2.2 OS.
Next is the “Yeti”, which is said to be an exclusive AT&T offering. Only known specification for this Motorola device is that it runs on Android 4.2 OS. Last is the “Sasquatch”, a motorola device seen on 0xbenchmark that is said to run the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean; and AT&T-bound as well. Any of these Motorola devices could be the X Phone we’ve been looking for.
The identity of Google X Phone remains a mystery until official announcements are made; probably on the upcoming Google developers conference. Will Ma Bell be the one to represent the X Phone? Perhaps. Only time will tell.
The European Commission, in a preliminary ruling, calls Motorola’s enforcement of an injunction against Apple via mobile standard essential patents “abuse of a dominant position prohibited by EU antitrust rules.”
The EU’s ruling made on Monday could set the stage for antitrust charges to be filed against Google, according to The New York Times. Motorola had initially sought a legal injunction against Apple’s iPhone over a standard-essential patent related to GSM technology.
Motorola had committed the patent at first to be subject to Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory licensing, (FRAND). Under FRAND, the company must offer a licensing agreement to competitors asking for it.
Apple has argued that Motorola’s injunction efforts were leveraging the very patents it was obligated to license to others. Microsoft joined rival Apple in the case against Motorola.
On Monday, the European Union’s executive body declared Motorola’s injunction was “an abuse of a dominant position prohibited by E.U. antitrust rules.”
“I think that companies should spend their time innovating and competing on the merits of the products they offer — not misusing their intellectual property rights to hold up competitors to the detriment of innovation and consumer choice,” Joaquin Almunia, the E.U. competition commissioner, said in a statement on the matter on Monday.
The Commission will not make a final decision in the matter, the investigation of which was originally opened in April of 2012, until both parties have had an opportunity to enter their defense. It could then possibly “issue a decision prohibiting the conduct and impose a fine of up to 10% of a company’s annual worldwide turnover.”
German appeals court Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court has announced its decision to stay an appeal in the Apple v. Google’s Motorola Mobility case over a push notification patent. This development could allow iCloud push functionality to return for German users.
Back in February 2012, Apple suspended iCloud/MobileMe push functionality in Germany due to successful patent litigation from Motorola Mobility for a push notification patent. FOSS Patents reports that the patent is likely invalid.
The Mannheim Regional Court on Friday announced its finding that Microsoft, which also faces an assertion of this patent, is licensed, ruling out injunctive relief and staying the damages-related part of the case due to doubts as to the validity of the patent.
Motorola’s push notification patent comes under an ActiveSync licensing agreement with Microsoft, which allows both Microsoft and Apple to challenge the patent.
FOSS Patents notes that the development could allow iCloud push functionality to return for German users.
By now the appeals court has fully evaluated Apple’s invalidity contentions, and on this basis I believe a renewed motion on Apple’s part to seek a stay of Google’s enforcement of what appears to be a highly dubious patent will succeed shortly, giving German iCloud users their push notifications of new email messages back.
The German push notification dispute is just one small part of a larger legal battle between Apple and Google’s Motorola subsidiary. Earlier this week, the International Trade Commission found a Motorola sensor patent invalid. The patent threatened imports of the iPhone 4 into the U.S. Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Scola had harsh words for both Apple and Google for their patent disagreements, and has given them four months to streamline that particular case.
The US International Trade Commission has sided with Apple in a patent lawsuit brought by Google and its Motorola Mobility subsidiary. The lawsuit was brought against the proximity sensor feature on Apple’s iPhone 4. Motorola had sued Apple three years ago, charging it with violating six of its patents, and today’s patent was the last of six patents to be tossed out of court.
The commission issued a finding of no violation on Monday and terminated the investigation.
Motorola originally filed the complaint in 2010. A judge had found Apple in violation of one of Motorola’s patents in an initial ruling, but the commission overruled the finding and cleared Apple.
The patent in question related to the “sensor controlled user interface” for a “portable communication device.” reports FOSS Patents, “The patent relates to the feature that a touch screen ignores touches if the user is on a phone call and holds the device close to his head. Google wanted the ITC to ban the importation of any iPhones with that feature into the U.S. market.”
The dispute between Apple and Motorola has dragged on for three years, but has mostly flown under the radar due to Apple’s high-profile legal disputes with Samsung over various patents. Google purchased Motorola smack in the middle of the lawsuit, which brought the Android OS maker in direct dispute with the iOS device maker.
Google can still appeal the decision, and most likely will.
Motorola issued a brief statement after the ruling, saying: “ We’re disappointed with this outcome and are evaluating our options.”
Apple has not issued a statement at the time of this article.
Google has been growing exponentially this year. It has registered breath-taking profit of 3.9 Billion USD for the first quarter of the year. This is higher than the profits it registered for the same segment of year in 2012. Though, its mobile concern Motorola is struggling with the sales from the last few months. This [...]