Here goes another round in the never-ending saga of patents and judicial maneuvers. Presiding US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has just issued a ruling that denies Samsung a new trial for one of the patents used against it by Apple.
Lately there has been a lot of talk and discussion regarding mobile security, and privacy for that matter, and it looks like Google has a few tricks up their sleeve. New details provided by Engadget shows that Google recently filed for a patent that will allow for location-based security for mobile devices and our smartphones. This sure would make some businesses happy.
The IFA trade show is fast approaching and with it comes a list of the who's who of the Android smartphone world making announcements and unveiling their latest masterpieces. Among these is Samsung's next S Pen-enabled phablet, the Galaxy Note III. But before the device makes its expected debut on September 4, we may have gotten a glimpse of what could possibly be a different body design.
Android users already have several options when it comes to securing their lockscreen. Some of those include face unlock, pin codes and patterns. The catch is that you often have to give up on another convenience when you choose to go the secure lockscreen route. One of those conveniences is quick launching to an app. But with that in mind, judging from details found in a USPTO filing -- that may soon be changing.
A new chapter in the seemingly endless saga of lawsuits between Samsung and Apple might begin anew as the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) junked Apple's claim to the "pinch to zoom" patent. The patent is one of those brought by Apple in a lawsuit against Samsung last year, suggesting possible repercussions on the case.
Back in mid-May Apple was attempting to add the GALAXY S 4 to the ongoing patent suit with Samsung and it looks like a decision has recently been returned. In short, Apple is not permitted to add the GALAXY S 4 to the list of devices that are said to be infringing patents. The decision was returned by US Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal who happened to have some interesting comments on the topic.
The ongoing debate about how secure and realistic face unlock is on Android is still a hotly discussed topic. However, Google is exploring new and improved systems that could help improve the security as we unlock our smartphones and tablets. The easy to fool (with a picture) Face Unlock feature could soon be getting facial features and expressions to help bolster the security method.
Today we're learning that the folks up at Apple headquarters have just secured another patent that could be a huge deal in our mobile future. Apple has just patented some form of "curved battery" technology. With mobile devices growing to all shapes and sizes, and wearable computing (like Google Glass) taking off, this could be a big win for Apple in the courtroom.
Nokia appears to have stepped up in their patent dispute against HTC. This latest move involves an additional patent complaint that was filed with the International Trade Commission (ITC) on Thursday. The round involves the HTC One and it seems Nokia is seeking to ban US imports of the handset. Nokia has added six patent claims to the list of 44 and this all touches back to actions that began in 2012.
We had known Apple was looking to include the GALAXY S 4 in the patent suit with Samsung. As of today however, it looks like Apple has filed a motion with the courts to include both the GALAXY S 4 and Google Now. Specifically, Apple is claiming patent infringement for a total of seven patents -- five of which deal with the GALAXY S 4 and two of which deal with Google Now.