April Fools Day is once again upon us and as usual, tech companies everywhere have not failed to keep us entertained. With a trove of fantastic faux product launches and even some real product launches that were taken as April Fools jokes, people have been busy releasing their hilarious ideas. With many of these jokes being nostalgic and some even being functional it's easy to appreciate the spirit behind them. Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge In a reference to the Galaxy...
Motorola Found To Be Infringing One Patent While HTC Workarounds Another
More patent goodness: The US International Trade Commission has issued an initial ruling on Tuesday that finds Motorola to be violating four claims of a Microsoft patent, with six other patents being dismissed. The patent in question relates to the scheduling of appointments using email addresses and other contact information.
In an interview, Motorola General Counsel Scott Offer told AllThingsD:
We view it as a huge win for us. They had, originally, nine patents in their first case. They are down to one patent, effectively.
Should the full comission, which usually issues its final ruling within two months, still find Motorola to be infringing Microsoft’s patent, it will have to pay licensing fees for every Android handset it sells, just like HTC, Samsung and many other Android OEMs, as noted by David Howard, Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, in a statement:
We are pleased with the ITC’s initial determination finding Motorola violated four claims of a Microsoft patent. As Samsung, HTC, Acer and other companies have recognized, respecting others’ intellectual property through licensing is the right path forward.
Meanwhile, HTC, which the ITC found to be violating an Apple patent on Monday, is already testing devices which workaround said patent, according to Reuters. This should avert any potential sales ban of HTC Android devices.
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
The beginning of April is dominated by April Fools. There are jokes and pranks everywhere, which are meant to fool people. This news is no joke though, as Google has pushed the shiny red button to send out over-the-air updates to supported devices. Well, sort of, as only a few of available Nexus devices got updates to Android 5.1. Here's a list of OTAs that can be downloaded and flashed by stock recoveries. You can find guides on how to revert...
Once again, we have arrived on the most magical of holidays - the annual unveiling of HalfLife 3, and day on which co-workers believe it is appropriate to duct tape air horns behind doors. I speak, of course, about April Fools Day. As has become their custom, Google launched lighthearted "pranks" for each of their various services (with other tech sites and vendors following suit), and we have done our best to round up the humorous products and tweaks surfacing thus far....