Google late Wednesday made an unexpected announcement that it's selling Motorola Mobility to Chinese PC giant Lenovo for $2.91 billion, or less than a quarter of what it paid for the handset vendor just a couple of years ago. During the years Google owned it, Motorola lost money and market share, and the relationship caused tension between Google and the other Android vendors, particularly Samsung. It also led those other phone makers to develop their own software and services, rather than push those from Google. That amplified Android's fragmentation … Read more
Mobile devices don't always interpret touch gestures correctly. A new patent application from Apple, which CNET also reported about here, suggests one way to improve their accuracy.
Published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent dubbed "Gesture and Touch Input Detection Through Force Sensing" explains a way of adding force sensors to a touch screen. Such sensors would recognize certain types of swipes and better distinguish accidental gestures from the real thing.
As envisioned by Apple, three or four force sensors would be outfitted with a device's touch screen. But the sensors would … Read more
Apple has plans in mind for its new sapphire crystal plant that promise to "enhance and improve" its consumer devices.
E-mails from Apple to U.S. Foreign Trade Zone officials point to a manufacturing process called "Project Cascade." Uncovered by 9to5Mac with help from analyst/investor Matt Margolis, the e-mails give some clues as to the work that will be done at the Arizona-based plant.This high-tech manufacturing process will create a critical new sub-component of Apple Products to be used in the manufacture of the consumer electronics that will be imported and then sold globally. … Read more
Lenovo's decision to buy Motorola's handset division will shake up other smartphone vendors. And Apple could be among those shaken the hardest, says JP Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz.
Announced Wednesday, the $2.91 billion agreement will see Motorola's mobile phone business and associated patents switch parent from Google to Lenovo. The deal will boost Lenovo's smartphone presence from its home base of China to other major markets around the world. So how might such a force affect Apple?
In an investors note published Thursday, Moskowitz said that the move will futher consolidate the fragmented Android smartphone … Read more
Hair, makeup, and gender-bending fashions aside, what singer/songwriter Boy George does best is write a prime pop tune. I'm thinking about chart-topping '80s singles like "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," "Time (Clock of the Heart)," "I'll Tumble 4 Ya," "Church of the Poison Mind," "Karma Chameleon," "Miss Me Blind," "It's a Miracle," and "The War Song." His later, more dance-oriented solo material and DJ gigs won a club following.
With the March 25 release of "This Is … Read more
You don't have to look far to see evidence that the world of successful, high-end smartphone makers is shrinking to two major contenders -- Apple and Samsung -- while other important brands, like BlackBerry, HTC, and Nokia, have faded in prominence or struggle to compete.
Still, like ground cover beneath a canopy of trees, smaller or less well-known brands have a chance to grow, even thrive, in emerging markets.
Lenovo is picking up steam in China, the most important growth market there is; and even on the brink of extinction, BlackBerry phones are still selling throughout Africa, South America, … Read more
iPhone owners who want to take better pictures with their phones may be interested in a new patent filing.
Published Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, an Apple patent called "Magnetic add-on lenses with alignment ridge" describes how a camera lens would be attached to the iPhone and aligned with its camera.
An entire camera module would come with magnets to lock securely onto the iPhone at various points. The module would align with the iPhone's camera, allowing it to extend the lens and tap into the phone's on-board optics and sensors. A voice … Read more
But that's exactly what happened late Monday, when the Cupertino, Calif., company reported selling 51 million iPhones and 26 million iPads. Champagne time, right? Well, Wall Street wasn't in the mood, as it was looking for sales of 55 million iPhones and a rosier revenue forecast for the current quarter.
Shares dropped 7.6 percent to $508.60 in recent trading Tuesday, after falling as much as 8 percent late Monday.
Call it a consequence of the Apple halo effect, expectations that are set … Read more
Apple has won another patent related to a so-called "iPen" stylus that goes beyond simply drawing on a touch display.
The US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday awarded Apple a patent dubbed "Stylus orientation detection," which centers around the "orientation of a stylus relative to a contacting surface."
The patent, which was earlier discovered by Patently Apple, envisions a device that comes with an orientation sensor that can determine the direction and type of scribble on a screen. Based on that, the device produces a line design that would mimic such an orientation … Read more
Apple's "disappointing" iPhone sales growth could continue this quarter and over the foreseeable future.
Yesterday Apple reported sales of 51 million iPhones for the December quarter. Though that number hit a record, Wall Street analysts had anticipated 55 million in sales, triggering renewed questions about the company's future iPhone growth.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster now predicts Apple will sell around 37.5 million iPhones this quarter, down from his prior forecast of 42 million. In the year-ago quarter, Apple sold 37.4 million iPhones, which would mean little or no growth for the current quarter … Read more