Microsoft signs Patent agreement with LG covering Android and Chrome OS devices

Another bites the dust. Microsoft has added LG Electronics to its long list of Android manufacturers who are now paying the Redmond software giant every time the build a Google powered device. Samsung, HTC, Acer, Viewsonic, Compal etc the list goes on and Microsoft is most probably making more money through Android than windows Phone right now. As usual terms of the agreement were not disclosed but Microsoft is happy to announce that “more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio”. Full press release after the break:
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N-trig to provide Capacitive Touchscreen panels for the rumored HTC Chrome OS / Android tablet

It looks like the HTC Google Chrome OS / Android tablet rumors just won’t die. The latest we heard is that this mysterious slate will launch this november in the US (on Verizon?) and comes news that Israeli touchscreen maker N-trig is supplying the capacitive digitizers to HTC. What is interesting here is that N-trig is close Microsoft partner (Microsoft has also invested in the company last year) and their claim of fame is the fact that they were the first company to have a shipping capacitive screen that worked alongside a pressure sensitive pen/stylus. Pen and inkingĀ  isn’t really something Google’s products are know to do well (Android or Chrome OS) so one has to wonder why HTC will go for the more expensive N-trig panels instead of “regular” capacitive panels from companies like Cypress, Sharp etc. This is all rumors though and nobody know for sure if this so-called tablet is really based on and Google OS and not Windows.

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Steve Ballmer talks about mobile, Google, Android, the iPad and the future of PCs


Steve Ballmerand Ray Ozzie were interviewed today at the D8 conference in Los Angeles. Unfortunately there wasn’t anything new to learn at all but Ballmer had a couple of things to say about Microsoft‘s current situation in the Mobile space and openly admitted that the company fell behind and has to play catch up now. Check out the videos after the break:

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Google Chrome OS set to launch this fall

According to Google VP of product management, Sundar Pichai who was talking at the Computex trade-show in Taiwan today, Chromes OS is now set to launch this fall:

“We are working on bringing the device later this fall,” said Google vice president of product management Sundar Pichai at CompuTex Taipei, Asia’s biggest IT trade show.

“It’s something which we are very excited by … We expect it to reach millions of users on day one,” he said.

Now let’s see if this is another Google Wave type of thing (failure)…

Source: Yahoo News

Google Chrome OS Shown on video, Source Code available

Chrome OS
The Chrome OS keynote is currently underway but Google already posted a couple of videos of the Linux-distro on YouTube. From the looks of it Chrome OS looks exactly like the Chrome web browser. You access different parts of the “OS” through tabs at the top of the screen. There will only web-apps and no native apps which in my opnion sucks quite a bit. Google is said to be working on making web-apps access the GPU for faster performances. Google also only want’s to support SSD drives (WTF?) and certain Wifi cards. So far it doesn’t really impress me at all.

Chrome OS Overview:

Chrome OS UI:

Chrome OS Fast Boot:

Chrome OS Security:

Chrome OS Open Source:

There’s no Beta released today, but the Source Code has been made available here