According to engadget (citing TouchPal as well as an internal source), HTC aims to replace Swype with TouchPal as the default input method in upcoming devices, including the new HTC One M9. The official TouchPal Twitter account also tweeted the engadget article about this, further confirming the move. What prompted this move? The CEO of CooTek, the company behind TouchPal, says it's because of their better contextual prediction and language support. If you actually look at the supported languages, you'll...
Microsoft Wins Import Ban on 18 Motorola Android Devices
Recently, we voiced our opinion lambasting Apple and their substitution of litigation in place of innovation. However, it appears as if Apple isn’t the only company trying to prevent others from releasing their products to the public. Motorola was dealt a decisive blow by the International Trade Commission on Friday. The Commission banned the import into the U.S. of 18 Motorola devices running Android. This ban includes Motoblur and Google Experience devices.
This decision comes via a 2010 complaint filed by Microsoft claiming that Motorola was in violation of nine of it’s patents. Of Course, Motorola was quick to comment that they would not be immediately affected by the decision due to a 60-day presidential review period. During this period, Motorola can continue imports albeit with a 33 cent fee per unit. The company was quoted as saying in a public statement they were “disappointed,” and that they “will explore all options including appeal.” At this point, Motorola will either have to alter it’s software or come to a licensing agreement with Microsoft in compliance with this ban. The latter seems more likely, given that a majority of manufacturers of Android devices already have licensing contracts with Microsoft.
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