Acer and ViewSonic sign Android patent licensing deal with Microsoft

The ongoing Android Patent war/trolling ain’t going to finish anytime soon. Especially when Microsoft continues to get small and big ODMs/OEMs to sign a licensing agreement with them. Today is Acer and ViewSonic’s turn to get under Redmond’s wing. It should also be noted that Acer is now also a Windows Phone 7 OEM with one Mango device, the Acer W4, which is soon to be released. Anyway, just check out the press releases after the break:

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SGH-i708: modified Samsung Omnia 7 with front facing camera and added hardware button

What appears like a modified version of the current Samsung Omnia 7 was submitted to the FCC back in March 8 2011. The SGH-708 looks for the most part identical to the original GT-I8700 but sport what looks like a front facing camera and an added hardware button on the left side. Internally the device looks identical to the Omnia 7 and the battery cover notes that it is an i8700. The battery is also exactly the same 1500mAh model (SN :  GB/TI82787-2000). From the looks of it this could either be the US version of the Omnia 7 (which was only released in Europe and Asia) because this deice supports WCDAM and CDMA bands….or it could simply be a development handset/prototype handset like the LG Panther, HTC Mazaa, Asus E600, Samsung Taylor (all were certified by the FCC..). Check out more picture after the break:

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