FOSS Patents blog, CEOs from Apple and Samsung are set to meet in a San Francisco court starting on May 21st, for federally mandated mediation and (hopefully) some settlement talks. If the two technology giants could hammer it out, it would be the end of a litigious dispute that's been raging for the better part of a year.
Xperia Play is at doing its assigned task, the hardware is looking a little long in the tooth 14 months after its initial release. So what could be in store for the next Sony gaming/smartphone hybrid? How about a keyboard mechanism that featured both a slide-out gamepad and the more conventional QWERTY keyboard? If an entry in the US Patent and Trademark office can be believed, that's what could be in store.
Apple and Samsung have been at battle for what seems like years now. With lawsuits all over the globe stacked full of litigation from patent infringement to design copying and more. This hard fought boxing match might soon be coming to its final round as we are now hearing the two are looking to at least attempt to be nice, even if they still don't play nice together.
Google's acquisition of American handset manufacturer Motorola, now in its final stages. While most business pundits speculated that the purchase was primarily for Motorola's extensive patent portfolio (the company was one of the first large-scale manufacturers of cell phones and pagers) Android fans held out hope that Moto would become Google's unofficial hardware supplier, despite the latter's claim that no preferential treatment would be given. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, it really was all for the patents - Google was apparently so disinterested in Moto's handset division that they offered to sell it to Chinese manufacturer Huawei.
a series of finger motions above a smartphone, using the front-facing camera to interpret the user's intent. So, yeah, it's basically just like Microsoft's Kinect technology on a tiny scale. The patent is oh-so-creatively titled "Use camera to augment input for portable electronic device".
BGR caught an early glance at the new lockscreen for the March update, which has an "innovative" feature added: users can either swipe right to unlock the phone, or swipe up to go straight to the camera app.