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Android expected to cut into Apple’s tablet market share moving forward

There isn't any question that Apple's iPad line has been a major hit, but the time it's enjoying on top may not last much longer. Android has been slowly taking away Apple's market share with a number of excellent tablets (the Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 immediately come to mind), and that looks like it'll continue as we crawl toward 2016. IDC has released new predictions for the tablet market, and unsurprisingly, the predictions have Apple's share falling year after year moving forward.

No injunction for Motorola in Microsoft case, Judge says

The US patent suit between Motorola and Microsoft wrapped up last month, but today Motorola was dealt a pretty serious blow by federal Judge James Robart. Robart denied Motorola's request for an injunction on Microsoft products today, which of course means that Microsoft can continue selling the allegedly infringing products here in the US. That isn't the best sign for Google, which shelled out billions of dollars to buy Motorola, partly so it could have access to the company's massive patent portfolio.

Google vs. Microsoft patent trial wraps up with big claims

Hearings in the patent lawsuit between Google and Microsoft are winding down, and with the final day of testimony came one whopper of a claim from Motorola. Yesterday, Motorola sent expert Michael Dansky to the stand, who testified that Microsoft stands to make as much as $94 billion through 2017 with the allegedly illegal use of Motorola patents. His estimate includes products like the Xbox 360 and Microsoft Surface, but Reuters points out that Dansky didn't say how far back he was going to arrive at his estimate.

Skype 3.0 gets an improved UI for Android tablets

Today Skype version 3.0 for Android tablets has arrived. The folks from Skype, now owned by Microsoft, have issued a rather large update to the service bringing tons of new features and enhanced Android tablet support. Until now Skype on tablets wasn't too pleasing, but now they'll fully be supporting that 7 and 10-inch real estate, as well as enhanced the user interface. Read on for more details.

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer calls Android “uncontrolled” and Apple “high priced”

Microsoft’s loud and in your face CEO Steve Ballmer obviously has his own views and opinions on competing platforms, but comments made lately sure were interesting. During a recent interview Ballmer was asked about the competition in Android and Apple and he wasted no time diving in head first. A few of his comments were quite surprising so head down past the break for more details.

comScore delivers mobile market share report for September 2012

For many companies, Q3 2012 wrapped up at the end of September, so you know what that means: more financial and analytics reports than you know what to do with. comScore delivered its report on US mobile subscriber market share as of the end of September 2012 today, and there are a few surprises to be found within the write-up. Read on to find out more.

Xbox Smartglass lands on Android

Today may be mostly about the launch of Windows 8 for Microsoft, but there's also some big news for Android users to be found hiding within all the hullabaloo. Microsoft has launched Xbox Smartglass for Android phones, meaning that today you can use your Android handset as something of a second controller for your console. Before you can experience all of the features of Xbox Smartglass though, you'll need to connect your device to your console, which is done over your home Wi-Fi connection.

Microsoft’s Xbox Music service launching Tuesday and coming soon to Android

Microsoft has announced that its new music service is launching on Tuesday for a slew of devices. Sadly, Android is not among the initial device offerings, but Microsoft has confirmed that the Spotify competitor is coming to Android (and iOS) shortly after the initial launch. This means that Android owners can take advantage of the cool stuff Microsoft's Xbox music service offers very soon.

Microsoft Office for Android reportedly coming in March [Update]

Microsoft is hard at work with their Windows 8 system at the moment, but that also includes Microsoft Office for all their devices. We've been hearing leaks and rumors regarding Microsoft's popular Office suite of apps also coming to Android for months now, but today their product manager confirmed we won't see it until early next year.

Motorola thwarts Microsoft in latest Android ban attempt

Microsoft had a claim in German courts that Google-owned Motorola infringed on its patents, but German counts ruled its claim invalid. Microsoft claimed that the way Motorola's devices used radio and apps infringed on its IP. Specifically, Microsoft was claiming that the way Motorola's Android devices accessed contacts and other elements was a direct infringement on their patent. The lower regional court of Mannheim ruled in favor of Motorola and decided not to go forward with banning its devices or forcing Motorola to pay Microsoft licensing fees. Many other Android OEMs have been forced to go into licensing agreements with Microsoft, but Motorola is not giving in so easily. Motorola and Google, who have yet to comment on the ruling, are one of the few who continue to fight Microsoft. Microsoft intends to make this an uphill battle for Motorola. According to David Howard, associate general counsel at Microsoft, "This decision does not impact multiple injunctions Microsoft has already been awarded and has enforced against Motorola products in Germany." Microsoft has already won some legal battles against Android, and if this quote is accurate, this ruling has no effect on those previous rulings. “It remains that Motorola is broadly infringing Microsoft’s intellectual property,” Howard says, “and we hope it will join the vast majority of Android device makers by licensing Microsoft’s patents.” It appears as though Microsoft is not going to let this defeat stop their attempts to collect licensing fees Motorola, and we can only assume they will keep coming for more. [via SlashGear]