WSJ: Motorola wants 2.25-percent of iPhone sales, representing over $1B in 2011

Following a brief injunction in the Motorola patent case forcing Apple to remove products from its German online store, a judge shortly after suspended the injunction and Apple claimed it would appeal the court’s original decision “because Motorola repeatedly refuses to license this patent to Apple on reasonable terms.” So, what were the terms of Motorola’s license agreement that Apple considered unreasonable?

Foss Patents reported earlier that court documents revealed Motorola was requesting an approximate 2.25-percent royalty from Apple, and today The Wall Street Journal confirmed the number, which would represent over $1 billion in iPhone sales during 2011. The proof comes from a letter dated Oct.17 and filed with a California court, although it does not list specific devices that would be affected. WSJ reported lawyers see the high royalty request as a way to “force a settlement or disrupt business,” and Foss Patents said Motorola likely wants Apple to deny the request so it can seek injunctions. In comparison, Microsoft is now collecting an approximate $5 royalty on over 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the United States, accounting for 2 percent of a $250 device.

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IDC says Samsung was 2011’s top Smartphone vendor, here are the numbers

Analytics firm IDC just released a report covering the top five smartphone vendors by shipments and market share for Q4 2011. Apple not surprisingly takes the top position. According to IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone vendors shipped 157.8 million units in Q4 2011, and 37 million were from Apple— accounting for 23.5-percent market share in the quarter.

As for competitors, the report showed Samsung was not far behind Apple with 36 million units shipped and 22.8-percent of the market worldwide. However, while taking the top position in the market thanks to the iPhone 4S launch, Apple also set a new shipment volume record for the entire industry during the quarter. The report cited the initial delay bringing the launch closer to the holiday season and the addition of new carriers as reasons for the device’s strong demand. Despite that, Samsung was still able to come out on top for FY 2011, edging Apple out by under a million units…

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Google launches official page for Google+ developers

Just as the Android team launched an official Android Developers page on Google+ last week, the Internet giant today announced a similar page for developers writing add-ons for the Google+ social platform. The Google+ Developers page is now alive and kickin’, ready to spread the message and keep developers in the loop with everything related to the Google+ platform.

Chris Chabol, the lead of the Google+Developer Relations team, noted in a blog post that the team plans to host regular hangouts every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m to 12:15 p.m PDT to talk about the +Platform. This helpful web resource will also allow people to share tips and tricks with the community. The platform team will also share announcements pertaining to Google+ developer events, platform updates, conferences and hackathons, as well as photos and videos of the events.

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Gigabyte City back on track: Google ready to ‘lay fiber’ in KCK

Google announced last spring that Kansas City, K.S., landed the search engine’s super-speed Internet project, but disputed details within the original agreement created a troublesome 10-month delay. However, it now seems KCK is finally fiber-ready.

Google claimed it would begin KCK customer signups for the service in the fourth quarter of 2011, and the company planned to power-up the fiber optic network in the first quarter of 2012. For a while, it seemed those plans would not come to fruition, but Google announced in an official blog post today that it is ready to lay fiber now.

“We’ve measured utility poles; we’ve studied maps and surveyed neighborhoods; we’ve come up with a comprehensive set of detailed engineering plans; and we’ve eaten way too much barbecue. Now, starting today, we’re ready to lay fiber,” wrote Google Access General Manager Kevin Lo.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based Company said it plans to stretch thousands of miles of cables across Kansas City, K.S., and Kansas City, M.O…

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Microsoft says Dynamics CRM Android app is arriving in Q2

Software giant Microsoft will release in the second quarter a high-profile productivity tool for Android-toting business professionals. Accompanying Microsoft’s CRM Dynamics 2012 platform update is a preview guide that specifically mentions Android support, as noted by ZDnet. The document also includes a screenshot depicting Dynamics CRM mobile client for iPad (as seen on the right). In addition to native clients for Android devices and iPads/iPhones running iOS 5.x, Dynamics CRM will also be available on devices powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone software.

As opposed to a web client that comes with significant limitations, the mobile client comes with all the bells and whistles so it should be Godsend for road warriors. Many businesses rely upon Dynamics CRM to manage their interactions with customers, clients, and sales prospects. Dynamics CRM mobile client will be priced at $30 a month per seat versus rival Salesforce’s mobile client which starts at $65 a month per seat.

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HUD Google Glasses are real and they are coming soon

Terminator glasses

We detailed the first information about the Google [x] Glasses project in December.

They are in late prototype stages of wearable glasses that look similar to thick-rimmed glasses that “normal people” wear.  However, these provide a display with a heads up computer interface.  There are a few buttons on the arms of the glasses, but otherwise, they could be mistaken for normal glasses.  Additionally, we are not sure of the technology being employed here, but it is likely a transparent LCD or AMOLED display such as the one demonstrated below:

In addition, we have heard that this device is not an “Android peripheral” as the NYT stated.  According to our source, it communicates directly with the Cloud over IP. Although, the “Google Goggles”  could use a phone’s Internet connection, through Wi-Fi or a low power Bluetooth 4.0.

The use-case is augmented reality that would tie into Google’s location services.  A user can walk around with information popping up and into display -Terminator-style- based on preferences, location and Google’s information.

Therefore, these things likely connect to the Internet and have GPS.  They also likely run a version of Android.

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Samsung sends out invites for press event on Mar. 22 in France

While it’s likely not for the delayed Samsung Galaxy S III, that we now know won’t debut at the Mobile World Congress later this month, Samsung has sent out invites to several French Android blogs for an event scheduled for Mar. 22, 2012. The event will take place just weeks after MWC wraps up on March 1.

Earlier this month a leaked press shot of a mystery device surfaced pointing to an unveiling in Barcelona, where MWC will be held this year. The announcement on March 22 being held in France could point to a regional announcement, but we’ll have to wait until next month to find out for sure.
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Google and the Super Bowl: Mobile browsing, YouTube uploads skyrocket

Americans were busy consuming record amounts of chicken wings and dip during yesterday’s big game, but they were also mobile web browsing more than ever before.

According to an official Google blog post, United States viewers used their tablets and smartphones to Google the Giants and Patriots, halftime acts and the best Super Bowl advertisements.

“In fact, around 41 percent of searches related to [Super Bowl ads] that were made during the game came from mobile devices, up from 25 percent for the same time the day prior,” wrote software engineer Jeffrey Oldham.

The Super Bowl XLVI streamed live for the first time this year, and a soaring spike in related searches came with the flagship circumstance. Predominate searches initially came from desktop devices, but mobile devices leaped forward as the four-hour game launched into full swing.

Read below for more details on Google and the Super Bowl.

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Google adheres to censorship in India

The world’s largest democracy is asking Google and 20 other companies to respect a law passed last year and bar offensive material online after a private petitioner decided to sue them over potentially insulting images to Hindus, Christians and Muslims.

Google, YouTube and Blogspot removed some content from India-based websites Monday to adhere to a court directive that cautioned a China-like crackdown, according to Reuters (via The Globe and Mail). Google has not name the blocked websites.

“(Our) review team has looked at the content and disabled this content from the local domains of search, YouTube and Blogger,” said Google spokesperson Paroma Roy Chowdhury to Reuters.

The Indian law passed last year makes Internet companies responsible for user content posted online and allots 36 hours to remove any offensive content…

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As Q4 2011 profits drop 26 percent, HTC blames fierce competition from Samsung, Apple

In line with the previous unaudited earnings release, Taiwanese handset maker HTC just posted fourth-quarter results. The big news: A substantial 26 percent drop in profits on sales of NT$101.42 billion ($3.5 billion), which is a 2.5-percent decline versus the year-ago quarter. The stock also tanked 5 percent in Asian trading. Following in Samsung’s footsteps, HTC did not divulge unit sales. Speaking to analysts on an earnings call, HTC CFO Winston Yung blamed Samsung and Apple for the shrinking business:

Our weakness in first-quarter guidance comes from facing competition in the U.S. from iPhone and Samsung.

No matter how you spin it, the results mark HTC’s fall from grace. According to the latest NPD data, Android and iPhone together accounted for over 90 percent of smartphone sales in the United States. HTC devices are nowhere to be seen on the top five best-selling devices in the United States. The company previously said it would “rationalize” its 2012 smartphone portfolio to a handful of so-called “hero” devices with better 4G LTE features, such as the HTC Zeta that is believed to run a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core chip. From the company’s annual 2012 statement:

To expand its brand preference and value, HTC will work at a global level to build emotional connections with consumers, putting more of its marketing resources behind fewer products and driving value in those product brands.

Looking forward, HTC will also focus on further driving down operating costs and “enhance the efficiency of marketing campaigns,” such as its Beats partnership with Dr. Dre. More tidbits are after the break.

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Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S III will be 7mm thick, arriving in May

Pictured above: The Samsung Galaxy S II profile

Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone will be 1.49mm slimmer than its predecessor the highly successful Galaxy S II will, a new rumor has it. According to industry sources who spoke to (via BGR), the new flagship phone by Samsung will be just 7mm thick versus the previous model’s 8.49mm profile.

Confirming Samsung’s plans to postpone the expected MWC introduction, the publication is claiming the Galaxy S III will arrive in May, sporting an 8-megapixel back camera and a two-megapixel camera on the front. Other features mentioned in the article include Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Samsung’s trademark Super AMOLED Plus display…

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Google X is actually Google [x] (as in “solve for X”) and there is a We Solve for [x] Conference happening now #solveforx


Google will set up a YouTube channel tomorrow officially revealing a “Solve for [x]” conference, according to the Google+ page of one of Google [x] chief scientists Richard DeVaul (from his bio page, right).

At first glance, it appears that the “Solve for [x]” private conference is part of the Google [x] secret labs.

It is not clear if the YouTube page of the conference and the talks will be made public but there is already a website called “We Solve for [x],” the show, and YouTube introduction:

Solve for X is a place where the curious can go to hear and discuss radical technology ideas for solving global problems. Radical in the sense that the solutions could help billions of people. Radical in the sense that the audaciousness of the proposals makes them sound like science fiction. And radical in the sense that there is some real technology breakthrough on the horizon to give us all hope that these ideas could really be brought to life.

This combination of things – a huge problem to solve, a radical solution for solving it, and the breakthrough technology to make it happen – is the essence of a moonshot.

Solve for X is intended to be a forum to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and teamwork.

We can’t wait to share what we discover.

We heard the Google [x] secret project is tied to heads up display glasses and camera, among other things.

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