Once upon a time there were two processor manufactuers: Qualcomm and Broadcom. Qualcomm made some chips that looked a little too much like Broadcom's and the two stopped being BFFs, making everyone sad. In fact, Broadcom was so upset, it took Qualcomm to court and accused it of patent infringement.
This went on in and out of weeks and almost over three years. At one point, a mean ol' federal judge said Qualcomm couldn't sell its processors anymore, but the cagey lawyers found a way around that, and another judge said a ban just wasn't fair, and some of your favorite smartphones continue to be powered by Qualcomm.
Fast forward to today, and everyone's kissed and made up. OK, being paid $891 million would make me kiss and make up with just about anyone, too. And that's just what's been done, with the two manufacturers finally reaching an agreement in the case and agreeing to put down their swords, says Engadget. Full deets after the jump, but we're going to spend the rest of the afternoon coming to terms with the fact that it's over. It's really over.
OK, so the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 didn't exactly sell like hotcakes, at least in the U.S. Lack of carrier support (and a high unlocked price) will do that to a phone. And while there have been grumblings that SE was getting out of the Windows Mobile game, we're now getting a brief mention that an X2 is in the works from GigaOm [via] in a piece about Skyhook, a Boston wireless company. Emphasis ours
Once Skyhook was designed into the iPhone, Google folks took notice of Skyhook and started to develop their own competitive offering, which is being offered for free, while Skyhook charges for its offering. Morgan admits that the company has lost a couple of deals because of free offerings. For instance, the X2 edition of Sony Xperia phone (Windows Mobile-based) uses geolocation data from Google.
That's all we get. Assuming this isn't just a typo, it lends a little more credence to an early rumor that SE planned to continue the Xperia line with Windows Mobile. If it is a typo, then a whole lotta people are getting excited over nothing.
While window shopping online last night, we stumbled upon a new phone over at BestBuy.com. The HTC Touch Cruise is now being offered in the "unlocked" variety on the store's for $549.99. We liked this phone at the 2009 Mobile World Congress and it's nice to see it start to trickle into the U.S. Market. Best Buy is listing the Touch Cruise as back-ordered with expected shipping in 1 to 2 weeks. Could this be the start of the HTC summer invasion? Is the Touch Diamond 2 next?
With all the new phones expected to hit the shelves in the coming months, when you look back at wireless communications the industry has come a long way. MobileSyrup.com has stumbled upon some old cell phone commercials over at YouTube.
For those who are too young to remember the days of bag phones and flip phones, these commercials will give you a glimpse of what the "old timers" had to deal with. While it may be hard to see, these products were actually innovative and "high tech" for their time.
We're also pretty sure you like free stuff. So you'll want to check out the What Would You Do for a Palm Pre Giveaway. We're also incredibly proud that CrackBerry.com reached - wait for it - One Million Members! They'll be tossing out celebratory gifts to them this week. WMExperts will be giving away a phone (check there on Monday). Also, did you know that The iPhone Blog is approaching their 1 year anniversary in a couple weeks? Expect some fun to happen there soon, too!
Much more more happened in the smartphone world, so as usual, we bring you our "Best of SPE roundup." Come take a look at what's news!
It's the Sunday rumor mill here in Windows Mobile land, and on today's plate is the Samsung Omnia Pro (cue HTC's lawyers), brought to us by hdblog.it. [via coolsmartphone]
While highly unofficial – and the rendering you see above is of hdblog's "own creation and does not reflect the real shape" (and putting your blog on the phone's shell kinda gives that away) – the rumor surrounds an 800x480 AMOLED touchscreen, 5MP camera with stabilizer and flash, and a 624MHz processor. No word on RAM and ROM sizes.
Supposedly the Ominia Pro will become more official this summer and cost about 500 Euros. A launch with Windows Mobile 6.1 is mentioned, with an upgrade to WM6.5 to come.
That said, folks, here's a little tip from your friends at WMExperts: When you're sitting in your basement Photoshoping together a Frankenphone for the Internets, remember to slap on the Windows flag button if you're going to even mention Windows Mobile 6.5, m'kay?
With the prospect of Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Mobile 7 on the horizon, we certainly can sympathize with all the Palm fans out there who are chomping at the bit to finally get their hands on the Palm Pre. If you've hung in there this long, you definitely deserve a reward.
And our cousins at PreCentral.net are delivering, literally, with a massive giveaway:
Think you have what it takes to win a FREE Palm Pre? Time to put up or shut up! PreCentral.net is giving away FIVE Palm Pre Phones the day that the Palm Pre is released. In addition, we’re sweetening the deal by making them into full-on Palm Pre Packs, including:
A Palm Pre Smartphone on Sprint
A $100 Amazon Gift Card to fill your Pre up with music
Microsoft has reported it's Third Quarter results for the period ending March 31, 2009. The report shows a 6% decline in revenue from the same period last year. While a reported revenue of $13.65 billion isn't too shabby, it's the first year to year loss decline in Microsoft's 34 year history. The report included a $290 million cost for severance charges related to the plan to reduce up to 5,000 positions at Microsoft and $420 million needed to offset impairments to investments.
According to the release from Microsoft, Revenue in Client, Microsoft Business Division, and Server & Tools was negatively impacted by weakness in the global PC and Server markets. Revenue from enterprise customers remained stable during the quarter. Despite the loss, Microsoft didn't seem too concerned. “With our continued R&D investment and our broad suite of products and services, we remain in a great position to compete and gain share in the marketplace,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft.
While the Global Economy had it's hand in why the declined occurred, lagging sales in laptops, the rise in popularity of "netbooks" and the investment losses helped as well. The Server and Tools Division was the only group to show growth in the report (about $230 million) and XBox 360 sales increased about 30%, putting the gaming system well ahead of last years total sales figures. So it's not all bad news.
Microsoft is still on track to release Windows Mobile 6.5 later this year and Windows 7 during fiscal year 2010 and those releases might be the boost Microsoft is hoping for. Microsoft's full release and report can be found here.
A reader asked over at the report of Microsoft's Quarterly Report what number of phones worldwide use the various mobile operating systems. Well as fate may have it, the answer fell in out laps this morning.
According to the report, in the U.S. Apple has approximately 50 percent of traffic where RIM gets 22 percent. Windows Mobile has 11 percent in its home arena, and both Android and Palm lay claim to 6 percent. Hiptop represents 4 percent while Symbian earns just a single percentage point. Worldwide, Apple drops to 38 percent, RIM is at 11 percent, Symbian 37 percent, Palm and Android are at 3 percent, Hiptop at 2 percent and Windows Mobile comes in with 6 percent.
The one caveat on these reports, they are based on AdMob's advertising requests and not necessarily sales figures. AdMob is a mobile advertising marketplace, offering solutions for discovery, branding and monetization on the mobile web. So while this bodes well for Apple in the U.S., the report is based on ad sales as opposed to unit sales.
I am sure that the sales figures will be slightly different. Microsoft reportedly selling 20 million units worldwide in 2008 and Apple claims 37 million units sold. The one problem with Apples sales figures is that it combines the iPhone and iTouch; a trend that is becoming more popular with Apple. I wonder if Microsoft includes PDA's that run Windows Mobile in their stats?
Believe it or not, we've been working all this time without a firm date of when we'll start seeing the official release of Windows Mobile 6.5. (Yes, we're fully aware of more nefarious ways of getting it right now.)
One obvious and welcome change is program compatibility – finally – with 320x320 devices (before it would rotate and crash on Treos), so that's pretty cool. We also imagine they've improved their streaming codecs and optimized the app a little.
So if you had some problems back when it debuted, you may want to take another chance: http://m.youtube.com
Let's face it: Our attention spans are short. The HTC Touch Diamond 2 has been out overseas for, what, a week now? Been there, read that. (But we're also still pretty darn impressed and can't wait to get one here.)
So let's turn our attention to an excellent and very in-depth review of the Touch Pro 2 from Russian site Mobile-Review. [via] Their conclusion of the 3.6 inches of high-res goodness? Pricey, pretty, but the build quality seemed a little suspect. But overall a very solid phone.
While a number of you probably celebrated Earth Day yesterday by driving to work in second gear (or was that just us?), the folks at CTIA made themselves a little more useful and released a statement supporting micro-USB as the standard for the "Universal Charging Standard" initiative.
Developed by the Open Mobile Terminal Platform industry standards group and recently adopted by the GSMA, the UCS aims to reduce energy consumption and enhance the customer experience through the adoption of a single “one-charger-fits-all” solution for new wireless devices by January 1, 2012. The UCS will use the Micro-USB format as the common universal charging interface, and use energy efficient chargers in compliance with U.S. “Energy Star” requirements for external power adapters that will provide an estimated 50% reduction in standby energy consumption.
Sounds good to us. But another 2½ years before any standard would go into effect? Sigh.
Motorola has been maligned on this and other blogs due to some of their odd business choices over the last couple of years, in particular in regards to their Windows Mobile handhelds such as the Q series and the ever-unpopular Motosurf. Despite the apparent downturn of the Motorola monster, their other business aspects appear to be churning along nicely.
Motorola’s H780 Bluetooth Headset is one in a long and diverse line of Bluetooth headsets coming from Motorola. We’ve reviewed everything from the diminutive Mini H9 to the stylistically aggressive RAZRWIRE; and for the most part, we’ve been fairly happy with what we’ve found.
For the full review of the H780, you’ve come to the right place.