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Samsung owes Apple $539M for infringing iPhone patents, jury finds

Samsung must pay Apple $539 million for infringing five patents with Android phones it sold in 2010 and 2011, a jury decided Thursday in a legal fight that dates back seven years.<p>The unanimous decision, in the US District Court in San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, is just about halfway …

Google loses Android battle and could owe Oracle billions of dollars

Google just lost a major copyright case that could cost it billions of dollars and change how tech companies approach software development.<p>An appeals court said on Tuesday that Google violated copyright laws when it used Oracle's open-source Java software to build the Android platform in …

Open Source Software

Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones [Updated]

Maybe check your data archive to see if Facebook’s algorithms know who you called.<p><b>[Update, March 25, 2018, 20:24 Eastern Time]: Facebook has</b> …

Google sold 3.9 million Pixel phones in 2017

Less than a week’s worth of iPhone sales<p>In the 16 months since its initial release in October 2016, Google’s Pixel family of phones has earned plenty of acclaim and scrutiny, but not very many sales. The latest update on Pixel sales comes from IDC’s Francisco Jeronimo, who notes that Google shipped …

Android Bug Lets Attackers Record Audio & Screen Activity on 3 of 4 Smartphones

Android smartphones running Lolipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat, are vulnerable to an attack that exploits the MediaProjection service to capture the …

Pixel Buds review: OK Google, go back to the earbud drawing board

Nobody should pay $159 for a product that still feels like it’s in beta testing.<p>Find me a critic who would recommend any company's first-ever earbuds …

Microsoft exec says Windows 10 Mobile is no longer a 'focus'

It's no secret that work on Windows 10 Mobile has wound down given the lack of new devices and software features (talk of mobile Windows updates was virtually absent at Build, for example), but what's happening with it, exactly? Well, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has just settled the matter. The …

Windows 10

Last year, Google mocked Apple's removal of the headphone jack on iPhone. Today, it removed the jack from its new Pixel phones #madebygoogle https://t.co/VH8FiR5h3a

Android Oreo hits 0.2% adoption after 1 month

A new Android version arrived recently, and that means we’re back to watching paint dry. Per Google’s Platform Versions page, the latest and greatest version of the company’s mobile operating system took more than a month to hit a whopping 0.2 percent adoption.<p>Google started rolling out Android 8.0 …

Google Looks Set To Buy HTC As Memo Leaks And Trading Suspension Is Announced

Noted phone leaker Evan Blass has been sent a memo from within HTC calling an all-hands meeting tomorrow (Thursday 20th September) and the Taiwan Stock Exchange has issued a statement saying trading of HTC stock will be suspended from tomorrow. The subject of the meeting will be, according to …

Yet Another Android Malware Infects Over 4.2 Million Google Play Store Users

Even after so many efforts by Google, malicious apps somehow managed to fool its Play Store's anti-malware protections and infect people with …

CVE-2017-0780: Denial-of-Service Vulnerability can Crash Android Messages App

<b>by Jason Gu and Seven Shen</b>Just about anyone can appreciate a good old meme GIF every now and then, but what if one caused your Android Messages to …

RIP Windows Phone: Microsoft finally rings the death knell for its failing mobile OS

Over the weekend, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore openly admitted it was drawing a line through Windows 10 Mobile<p>Windows Phones are dead. Kaput. Finito. …

Windows 10

How the CopyCat malware infected Android devices around the world

Check Point researchers identified a mobile malware that infected 14 million Android devices, rooting approximately 8 million of them, and earning …

Apple iPhone Ban Being Sought By Qualcomm

Qualcomm is seeking a block on the sales of iPhones which use chips from rival chip firms like Intel. The company says that these specific devices infringe six of its patents. There are two kinds of iPhone on sale, those which use Qualcomm chips and those which instead have Intel SoCs.<p>As a general …

Survey: Apple iPhone demand improves as competition fades

From a note to investors by Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley that landed in my inbox Friday:<p><b>Surveys indicate steady demand in seasonally</b> …

IPhone 8

Malware Reaches Play Store as Google Wages War Against BankBot Trojan

The BankBot Android banking trojan is giving Google engineers headaches, as this particular piece of malware has a knack for avoiding Google's …

The 'open and free' Android is no longer what anyone wants to buy (or sell)

Android is one of the largest and most popular collections of open source software that has even seen the light of day. But the Android you're …

Firefox OS now completely dead as Mozilla lays off entire connected devices team

Mozilla isn’t having much success when it comes to expanding the reach of its most famous product. The company ceased development and sales of …

There's almost no money in making Android smartphones

Apple captured an estimated 104 percent of total smartphone industry profits during Q3. How is this possible? Because the Android vendors were busy …

Mobile

Google shows that at least 10 million users ditched Android for iPhone

We may never find out exactly how many Android users switched to the iPhone 7. Apple keeps telling us that many iPhone buyers come from the dark …

This iPhone 7 video review from a hardcore Android fan is making Android users want to switch

We recently discussed how trivial and ridiculous it is to judge a person by what type of smartphone he or she uses. In fact, it’s absolutely …

Why Google’s New Phone Will Soon Be Irrelevant

Entering the hardware business is nothing unusual for an Internet giant like Google. But in launching its Pixel phone last week, Google (GOOG) is …

Supreme Court hears Samsung v. Apple oral arguments

Case addresses design patent damage awards<p>Samsung and Apple argued in America’s highest court today, capping off years of patent lawsuits with a debate over a tiny piece of the overall case. The arguments the Supreme Court heard today address how much of the profits from a product — in this case, a …

The mobile wars are over

It’s time to call it: The mobile wars are over. The mobile market was once vibrant and variegated, a virtual coral reef of odd devices aimed at specific users. There was a phone with a 3D camera! There was one with a weird version of Android that catered to the security-conscious! There was one …

Mobile

Apple iPhone 6s Crowned World's Best-Selling Smartphone

Despite Android’s ultra dominance of the smartphone market, with over 80% market share versus 14.6% for Apple, according to the latest data from Gartner, Apple currently accounts for two of the three top-selling smartphone models shipped worldwide.<p><b>Apple’s iPhone 6s is currently the world’s most</b> …

Mobile

Platform wars: the final score

The smartphone platform wars are pretty much over, and Apple and Google won. But it's interesting, in passing, to note the final score, and think …

Tim Cook

App Store nets devs twice as much money as Google Play

Android might have more apps and a lot more users than iOS these days, but it’s still trailing far behind when it comes to making money for developers. Last quarter, the App Store made twice as much money than Google Play for app makers.<p>Android has long had a problem generating good money for app …

Android is imploding, and there's nothing that can be done to stop it

There are more OEMs scrambling over one another for attention than there are customers to go around.<p>Things are not good in Androidland.<p>In the space …