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Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside Heading To Dropbox As COO

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Dennis Woodside, a ten-year Google veteran who most recently served as CEO of its Motorola Mobility unit, will be moving to cloud-storage service Dropbox as its first chief operating officer. Google recently announced plans to sell Motorola to Lenovo for almost $3 billion, roughly two years after it paid more than $12 billion for the unit.

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Appeals court rules Apple didn’t violate Motorola patent

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Summary:Motorola was hoping for a victory to block iPhone sales in the US.

It’s another legal victory for Apple after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday ruled that Apple didn’t infringe on Motorola’s patented technology, reports Reuters.

“We’re disappointed in this decision and are evaluating our options,” Motorola said in a statement.

The original case dates back to 2010, well before Google acquired Motorola and its patents. Motorola accused Apple of infringing on six patents, though in April 2013 the ITC ruled that Apple wasn’t in violation of any of them. Friday’s ruling was over just one of those patents.

This is a big loss for Motorola (and in turn, Google), which was hoping to get Apple’s iPhone blocked from selling in the U.S., as the iPhone is manufactured overseas and the ITC has the power to block the import of products that infringe on U.S. patents.

This isn’t the end of Apple’s legal battles, though, at the company is expected to face off against Samsung yet again in March.


Motorola’s Flagship Moto X Gets A Permanent Price Cut

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Let’s be real here: there’s a decent chance that you picked up a new smartphone at some point during the holidays, so you’re off the market for at least a little while longer. As it turns out though, you may have been better off waiting a bit.

In a show of New Years magnanimity (or, you know, a ploy to push more units) Motorola has slashed the prices of its sans-contract Moto X — a fully-customized 16GB model for any carrier will now only set you back $399 rather than the $499 it would’ve originally cost. Sadly, those of you with a woodgrain fetish will still have to pay a premium for those newly-available bamboo backs — $100 to be precise.

Does this ultimately mean you should pick up a Moto X over, say, a Nexus 5? Not necessarily — much as I love what the new Motorola is up to these days the Nexus is still my pick for Android device of the year — but it’s a little heartening to see a big name manufacturer is working to reduce the gap between on and off-contract device pricing for high-end smartphones. If anything, it’s that pricing precedent that seems most interesting here. Between this price cut and the introduction of the wallet-friendly Moto G back in late November, Motorola is positioning itself as a player that can deliver new remarkably solid (and in the X’s case, remarkably thoughtful) smartphone experiences at prices that can seem outlandishly low compared to most competitors.

But where does Motorola go from here? Will it be stuck playing the price game from here on out? It’s possible, but maybe that was the plan all along. CEO Dennis Woodside has mentioned multiple times in the past that he wanted Motorola to deliver cutting edge tech at reasonable prices, and I personally took the Moto G as an affirmation of desire. By slashing the price of its flagship device though, Motorola may be testing the waters to see if it can feasibly move its future products with similarly low price tags. If so, Samsung and rest of the low-cost smartphone leaders really need to keep on their toes.


iPhone 5S, 5C More Fragile Than iPhone 5, Tests Find

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NEW YORK — As Apple pitches its newest smartphones, users may find something lacking compared with last year’s model: They could break more easily.

SquareTrade, a provider of protection plans for gadgets, tested five smartphones, including Apple’s new iPhones, to see if they could withstand drops, dunks and other common hazards. Its finding: The latest models aren’t as durable as last year’s iPhone 5.

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The biggest loser, however, was Samsung’s Galaxy S4, which failed to work after being submerged in water and being dropped 5 feet off the ground, according to San Francisco-based SquareTrade.

The phone that withstood SquareTrade’s torture test best was Google Inc.‘s Moto X. The Moto X is the first phone designed with the Internet company as Motorola’s new owner. Released in August, the Moto X is also the first smartphone assembled in the U.S.

“We were expecting that at least one of the new iPhone models would up its game, but surprisingly, it was the Moto X that proved most forgiving of accidents,” said Ty Shay, chief marketing officer at SquareTrade.

Officials from Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. and Google Inc. didn’t immediately return email messages for comment.





Smartphones try fashion makeovers to stand out from pack !!! (QUICK READ)


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(Reuters) – Bright colors, funky textures and personalization are coming to a smartphone near you as mobile phone makers turn to fashion to buoy sales in a crowded market.

Apple Inc and Google Inc‘s Motorola are among those trying to score style points as game-changing technological innovation becomes harder to achieve in the maturing business.

Since the first touch-screen iPhone hit the market in 2007, software features have become easier to replicate and improvements in speed, weight, display size and resolution have become routine. The explosion of me-too products is already hurting profit margins and nibbling at Apple and Samsung Electronic Co Ltd’s market share.

Time to bring out the paintbrush.

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Apple has invited reporters to an event on Tuesday where it is expected to introduce new iPhones in a much broader palette of colors, perhaps even gold.

One-time leader Motorola, now owned by Google, is trying to win back consumers with the Moto X, relying partly on customized colors and, soon to come, engravings and unusual casing materials such as wood.

Google’s zany hardware projects may not be zany in year

Google's zany hardware projects may not be zany in year

SAN FRANCISCO — Halfway through Google’s quarterly conference call in late April, CEO Larry Page sounded a bit exasperated after a stock analyst asked him how much the company planned to invest in some of its more-speculative ideas.

“I feel that when I say anything, I always get asked that question,” Page answered, just after he’d spent several minutes talking enthusiastically about self-driving cars, Google glasses and other projects that as yet contribute nothing to the company’s bottom line.

Wall Street concerns over such spending are understandable after Google reported that Motorola Mobility, the phone maker acquired by the search giant one year ago for $12.5 billion, had an operating margin of -18% in the first quarter. And that figure excluded stock compensation charges.

In fact, Motorola’s results, charges related to its acquisition, and Page’s rapid pace of investment all helped to push down Google’s overall operating margin significantly during the quarter, to 25% of revenue from 32% a year ago, when all expenses are included.

It’s enough to make an investor wonder why Google — whose $50 billion in revenue and eye-popping $32 a share in net income last year were due wholly to its online ad business — would want to be in any hardware business at all.

Yet as the company gets set to host its annual development conference this week, the thousands of eager software developers who will gather in San Francisco for Google I/O offer proof that what seems zany one year can become a highly profitable business just a few years later.

That’s because every good piece of software needs a hardware platform to run on, and Google is continually pushing for a world where online advertisers can find consumers no matter where or how they access the Internet.

Google’s ability to maintain its sales and profit growth as the online world goes mobile is proof of the success of what it calls its “multiscreen” strategy.

When Google acquired a small company called Android in 2005, few outside of Silicon Valley even knew what a smartphone operating system was.

Eight years later, Google’s mobile OS is the most popular around the globe, and millions of consumers have smartphones optimized to show Google ads.

As Page said on the conference call three weeks ago, in explaining Google’s investments in speculative projects, “there’s not much competition, because no one else is crazy enough to try.”

This year, the newest and most speculative hardware platform at Google’s I/O conference will be a computer for your face, which the company calls Google Glass.

Page couldn’t hide his excitement when he talked about the project on the April call.

“I get chills when I use a product that is the future, and that happens when I use Glass,” he said then.

Within months of its public debut, the Internet-ready, half-pair of glasses that makes a wearer look like a Borg character extra in a Star Trek movie already has inspired strong reactions — both pro and con.

In early April, two of Silicon Valley’s most prominent venture capital firms agreed to share with Google’s own venture unit all funding proposals from startups that use Google Glass in their business plan.

(While the partnership, called the Glass Collective, garnered headlines, it also raised the question of why entrepreneurs would want to let three different VC partnerships compare notes on their startups, rather than force the firms to compete for an equity stake, as is common practice among VCs.)

On the downside for Google Glass, one Seattle bar made a bold statement — and acquired a lot of publicity — when it banned the device over concerns for the privacy of its patrons.

Raising privacy concerns is nothing new for Google, of course, something understood by those who had their home wireless networks invaded without their knowledge by Google’s Street View project in 2010.

The company has paid fines both in Europe and the U.S. over Street View, but the fine amounts were mere rounding errors for Google, which is still making money hand-over-fist selling ads alongside Street View results — and all of its other services.

While Google’s strange glasses are creating a lot of buzz, it’s another new product, called Google Now, which may prompt developers who attend this year’s I/O show to write apps that will help boost Google’s bottom line sooner, rather than later.

As a voice-based digital assistant that’s a rival to Apple’s Siri, Google Now is an advance in a technology that’s at the heart of Google’s success: Internet search.

Now that the company has released tools for developers of its Chrome mobile Web browser that take advantage of voice capabilities, Page says “we’ll be amazed” in the future to find that Internet computing once required cumbersome human actions such as typing on a keyboard or clicking a mouse.

Then again, we may all someday marvel that anyone ever had a problem with the Borg.


New Google Nexus phone to replace de-stocked Nexus 4?

Some retailers are taking the Nexus 4 off shelves, leading to speculation that there could be a smartphone surprise scheduled for Google I/O.


The Android faithful are getting giddy over what Google goodies could be revealed at next week’s Google I/O developers’ conference, and the de-shelving of the Nexus 4 at retailers has some wondering if a new pure Android phone is about to replace it.

Two U.K. retailers, Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U, have discontinued sales of the Nexus 4 this week, and the number of U.S. retailers still offering the phone online also seems to be shrinking. Check Google’s official retail locator for the latest pure Google phone and the only outlets that pop up in most places (I checked New York, San Francisco, and Denver) are all T-Mobile stores.

Yet, when I checked Best Buy’s Web site and clicked on the only Nexus 4 on offer (the T-Mobile version), I got a mysterious “Page Not Found” error. It certainly appears someone thinks the Nexus 4 has run its course and is looking to make room for something new.

The mind automatically jumps to fancy-free dreams of a Nexus 5, Motorola “X Phone,” or perhaps the mighty LG “Megalodon” rumored to be the next Nexus. Few of the rumors surrounding such mythic devices actually line up with a reveal at Google I/O. The smart money for next week’s event in terms of smartphone releases is on something far more modest, like a 4G version of the Nexus 4.

Nonetheless, I’ll spend part of this weekend slumbering with visions of terrifying Megalodons and cute little Androids dancing in my head.
What do you expect to see at I/O? Take our poll here and let us know in the comments what you want in a new Nexus.

(Hat tilt to Android Headlines for the U.K retailer tip.)

(VIA. Eric Mack – CNET)