HTC Sues Apple for Patent Infringement


Oh wow this came out of no-where. HTC has just issued a press release announcing that they are suing Apple for patent infringement! Here’s the full text:

HTC SUES APPLE for patent infringement

Complaint outlines five HTC patents infringed by Apple products

Seattle – May 12, 2010 – HTC Corporation today took legal action against Apple Inc., filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States.

“As the innovator of the original Windows Mobile PocketPC Phone Edition in 2002 and the first Android smartphone in 2008, HTC believes the industry should be driven by healthy competition and innovation that offer consumers the best, most accessible mobile experiences possible,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of North America, HTC Corporation. “We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones.”

HTC’s commitment to innovation has continued for more than a decade as it has focused on building a portfolio of the world’s most advanced smartphones that are inspired by consumers and provide them with a variety of choices in software, design, form-factor, price and wireless carrier. Today, consumers in the United States can choose between 12 HTC smartphones with the national wireless carriers. HTC has continuously strived to bring innovative smartphone choices to consumers, like the recently unveiled HTC EVO 4G with Sprint, DROID Incredible by HTC with Verizon Wireless and the HTC HD2 with T-Mobile. For more information on HTC’s long-standing commitment to consumers innovation and choice go to: www.htc.com/quietlybrilliant

About HTC

HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

I guess that this morning’s video was a sign of things to come…

Source: HTC

Office Mobile 2010 video walkthrough


Here’s a short video walkthrough (below) of the recently released Office Mobile 2010 productivity suite for Windows Mobile 6.5 (and 6.5.3) on my HTC HD2. Nearly all the features available in there were already available in the the Beta version that was on the Marketplace a little while ago. One of the nicest thing is the ability to snap a picture directly in One note to share with you work mates etc. The only thing missing is support for the accelerometer to switch from portrait to landscape (this can be fixed with a tweaked app like BSB Tweaks).

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Speech Recognition on Windows Phone 7


Clarity Consulting is on a roll… They’ve just posted a really intersting sample of a protoype speech recognition application for Windows Phone 7:

At some point in the future it will be awesome when you can just tell your computer what to do and it does it – without typing to help those of us with a blistering 11 WPM hunk and peck technique. Siri, a mobile digital assistant using speech recognition was voted best tech at SXSW. I don’t know about that one. Although, I’m sure it will get better when Apple rebuilds it and bundles on iPhone 5. So how would you do that on WP7? There have been some videos floating around showing Bing with some voice control so obviously the phone has speech recognition. So what options are there:

- System.Speech? Not included in WP7/SL
- Nuance software like Siri? No WP7/SL version yet.
- Invoking the SAPI dlls on the phone? No automation factory in WP7 SL.
- Web services using System.Speech and mic on the phone? YES!
The last one was my least favorite but that works for now.

There’s currently no speech client APIs in WP7 so the workaround is to access a thid-party web service to do it. You can read more at the source link and download the code samples to try it out yourself.

Source: Clarity Consulting

Office Mobile 2010 for Windows Mobile released


Today marks official launch of Microsoft’s Office 2010 and alongside this event comes the availability of Office Mobile 2010 for Windows Mobile 6.5 for free on the Windows MarketPlace for Mobile. If you are outside of the US just chose United States in the region selector of the Marketplace app and the application will show up in the What’s New section of the store. Here’s the full press release:

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Android 2.1 on the Nokia N900

 

After the proof of concept video of Android on the N900 we saw a couple months ago some folks decided to start the NITDroid project to get Android 2.1 fully functional on Nokia’s N900 and N800 Maemo5 devices. The video shows the device booting up the Android OS and general functionality currently up an running. Foo more info head over to the Nitdroid page here.

Source: NITDroid & MaemoTalk

HTC defends itself against Apple with a video

HTC has just uploaded a new video on YouTube titled “The Quietly Brilliant Story of HTC” giving a history lesson about the company. I can’t help but think that this is directly aimed at Apple. HTC is obviously trying make it clear that developing touchscreen based handsets and phones isn’t something they’ve started doing after the iPhone launch..

UPDATE: HTC just counter-sued Apple

Source: YouTube thanks for the tip Josh

LG Panther Windows Phone 7 prototype is also out in the wild today

Microsoft France

Here’s a nice picture of the LG Panther Windows Phone 7 handset in the wild. Well, it’s not really in the wild but in Microsoft France’s office ;-) . The company is gearing up for the ReMIX event taking place on May 26th and Redmond is sending out proto units to the local teams. The screen looks really nice and bright, I wonder if it’s a regular TFT LCD or AMOLED. Anyway, I hope to get some hands-on action later this month during the event and hopefully post some videos.

Via: CLauer

Another next generation iPhone 4G in the wild!

Looks like Apple has some serious problems when it comes to iPhone leaks this year. A Vietnamese dude just posted a video and tear down pictures of a next generation iPhone 4G prototype today. He supposedly paid $4000 to acquire it. You notice the the screws that where present at the bottom of the handset on Gizmodo’s unit are no longer here which indicates that this one is probably a newer version and the chip inside is now labeled with Apple’s logo (unlike the black one in the earlier proto) andthe following “339S0084″ indicating that it’s based on the same A4 chipset found in the Apple iPad. Check out the video below:

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IE Mobile for Windows Phone 7 won’t include WebKit CSS prefix selector

The IE Mobile team announced yesterday that the latest version of the mobile browser included in Windows Phone 7  will support the  -webkit-text-size-adjustCSS selector to basically allow sites specifically designed for webkit browsers to render correctly on Windows Phone 7. Unfortunately for the boys in blue the vast majority of the feedback was negative (I suggest to read all the comments) and prompted the team to finally take this prefix out and post an explanation about the mistake today:

Yesterday, we posted a blog entry that detailed some upcoming JavaScript and CSS support enhancements that we are planning on making to the IE Mobile browser for Windows Phone 7. One of these changes, support for -webkit-text-size-adjust, stirred up a bit of controversy that caused us to stop and think further on the issue.

Our original intent in adding support for this WebKit-specific property was to make Web developers’ lives a bit easier by not having to add yet another vendor-prefixed CSS property to their pages to control how text was scaled. Even more specifically, we intuited that the most common use case for this property was to explicitly set it to “none” in order to tell the browser not to scale a particular section of text.

For example, if you have a picture in your page with an associated caption, you would use this property to prevent the browser from scaling the text, which would cause it to remain on a single line, reflecting the original intent of the designer, as in the following example:

After hearing the community’s feedback on this issue (and a couple of face-palms when we realized the broader implications of implementing other browser vendors’ CSS properties), we’ve decided that it’s best to only implement the -ms- prefixed version and not the -webkit- one.

We thank all of the passionate Web contributors who weighed in on the issue, and we’re looking forward to building a great mobile Web browser that all developers can develop for with clarity and certainty.

Best Regards,

Joe Marini
Principal Program Manager
Windows Phone

On the bright side; this shows that Microsoft is effectively listening to the developer community… :-/

Source: IE Mobile Blog here & here

LG Ally hands-on: Not so hot

Just like a speculated 2 days ago the LG Allyturns out to be a rather boring Android handset and definitely not the US version of SnapDragon powered LU2300. According to to the specification unveiled during today’s press conference the LG Ally features an MSM7627chipset like the HTC Legend and HTC HD Minia 3.2Mpx camera, sliding-qwerty keyboard and what looks like HVGA screen (not confirmed yet). Here are Engadget’s first impressions:

We’ll admit it, we really can’t find anything straight-out “wrong” with the LG Ally. Maybe we could muster up a few matters of taste to gripe about, but it really does seem to be a pretty solid QWERTY Android slider. But unfortunately for LG, Verizon, and the good people at Stark Industries, we’re having a lot of trouble stomaching this handset for the mere fact that we’re up to our eyeballs in Android these days; nobody here has bothered to do anything different. When your only claims to fame are a few pixel tweaks on the home screen, categories in the app drawer, and an augmented reality Iron Man app, you’re running the risk of… well, that’s just it, you aren’t running any risk at all. Sure, including a “limited edition” Iron Man comic with every phone sold is a nice touch, but it won’t help you much in two years (or two months) when everybody you know has better phone than you.

Source: Engadget