HTC’s S3 acquisition: it’s all about the patents

Looks like my last guess was close to the mark yesterday. HTC has admitted today that the company’s acquisition of S3 Graphics was mainly for the patents. According to HTC’s CFO, Winston Yung, yesterday(s acquisition was done to help HTC in it’s ongoing battle against Apple (an US ITC judge ruled that Apple infringed on two of S3′s patents earlier this month) and to secure some valuable patents that could come in handy in case other companies decide to sue the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer:

“In patent negotiations, it is difficult if the other company has patents and you don’t. If you have patents too, perhaps you can arrive at a cross-licensing agreement,”
“We’re not talking about five years before we will see financial benefits and returns, we’re talking about using these patents to start generating revenue now,”

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Garmin StreetPilot GPS navigation for Windows Phone 7 released

Garmin has just released the StreePilot GPS navigation application for Windows Phone 7 today but unfortunately only for US and Canadian users. There are already several full-blown GPS navigation application already available on Windows Phone 7 since launch like Navigon GPS which is pre-loaded for free on T-Mobile’s handsets in Germany and Telemap5 in Asia. Unlike Navigon though, Garmin Streetpilot doesn’t seem to require to have the whole country map loaded on the handset but instead allows users to plan a route and the pre-load only the needed mapping data on the device in case there’s no network connection doing the trip. Check out the full feature list after the break:

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