Chromebooks Overtake MacBooks and Android Tablets in Sales to US Businesses

 

Chromebooks are the new MacBook. At least, that’s the takeaway from the NDP’s new data on technology purchases made by US businesses: of the 14.4 million computers sold to workplaces, 9.6 percent – around 1.3 million – were Chromebooks. That’s meteoric growth for Google-branded alternative laptops that, in 2012, represented as little as 0.2 percent of sales. This year’s share easily trounced Apple MacBook sales (1.8 percent), and even Android tablet orders (8.7).

Unsurprisingly, Windows notebooks dominated with a nearly 34.1 percent share of sales. The iPad, too, remains the most popular tablet for business at 15.8 percent. However, those numbers represent a decrease in demand from 2012, when notebooks and iPads made up 42.9 percent and 17.1 percent of purchases, respectively. It’s conceivable that, as quality Chromebooks decrease in price, those shares will continue to trend downward.

What’s your workplace setup like? Does your company use iPads, Chromebooks, MacBooks, or anything like that?

 

 

Source: Droid Life

Patent war escalates: Apple and Microsoft-owned company sues Google and most big Android OEMs

 

The intensity and scale of the global patent war just went up a notch. Yesterday, a company that is co-owned, among others, by Apple and Microsoft filed lawsuits against Google and seven of the largest Android manufacturers.

Rockstar Bidco

The company is called Rockstar, and was established as a consortium in 2011, to bid on the trove of technology patents left behind by the bankrupt Canadian technology company Nortel.

Back then, Apple, Microsoft, RIM (now BlackBerry), Ericsson, and Sony teamed up to bid for almost 6,000 of Nortel’s patents, many covering mobile technology. The so-called Rockstar Bidco consortium eventually won the auction, with a bid of $4.5 billion. The other big competitor in the auction was Google, who bid $4.4 billion before giving up. Later, Google bought Motorola for $12.5 billion, and its own treasure trove of patents was reportedly one of the main reasons behind the acquisition.

Rockstar was widely expected to attempt to monetize the 6,000 patents it bought from Nortel, and this week the company made its first move by filing lawsuits against Google, Asustek, HTC, Huawei, LG Electronics, Pantech, Samsung, and ZTE. The suits were filed in the Eastern District of Texas, a district that is well known for favoring plaintiffs in patent cases.

Patent trolling through a proxy

The complaint against Google involves six patents related to serving ads in a search engine describing “an advertisement machine which provides advertisements to a user searching for desired information within a data network”. The technology isn’t related to mobile, but it’s a frontal attack to Google’s bread and butter business, AdWords. The oldest patent precedes Google’s founding, being awarded in 1997, while the newest was awarded in 2011.

Rockstar attacked the group of Android manufacturers with a batch of seven diverse patents, including ones that pertain to navigation through electronic interfaces or to an integrated message center.

The stakeholders of Rockstar claim that the consortium acts independently. And, because Rockstar doesn’t have any operations of its own, Google, and other companies in its sights, can’t retaliate with a countersuit, like Samsung did with Apple.

Because Rockstar is a distinct entity, it can even sue companies that its owners have patent agreements with – for instance, Apple and HTC signed a 10-year patent licensing deal, but that didn’t shelter the Taiwanese company from Rockstar’s suit. Sony, as a stakeholder in Rockstar and a major Google Android partner, is also in an interesting position.

Patent lawsuits can take years to finalize, and it’s not clear yet if the patents that Rockstar yields as a weapon against Google and Android OEMs are essential to their business. In other words, there’s a long way to go before these lawsuits have any tangible effects. However, the fact that Rockstar has finally commenced its attack should be worrying for consumers, who have absolutely nothing to gain from it.

 

 

Source: Android Authority

Apple’s Siri Patent Lawsuit Vs Samsung Not Suspended Rules Judge

Apple continues to fight Samsung even after being awarded $599 million, and U.S District Judge Lucy Koh has refused to suspend a lawsuit against Samsung involving several patents relating to Siri. The case is scheduled for March 2014 and both companies have declined to comment. To make matters worse, Apple has also appealed Judge Lucy Koh’s decision to not implement a permanent sales ban on infringing Samsung devices. A ruling for that is not expected to be reached until September at the earliest.

Source: Reuters

Apple seek to ban the Galaxy Tab in the US (again)

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This invaluable proverb has been motivating children in the UK for over 200 years now and I was fairly certain that I’d never find a scenario where it doesn’t fit… until now.

In its eternal battle to ban pretty much everything ever invented that doesn’t have an Apple logo on it, Apple hauled Samsung through the US courts last summer with a view to banning the original Galaxy Tab 10.1. Apple’s bid didn’t prove fruitful on that occasion however news from Foss Patents surfaced today suggesting that Apple is back in for a second bite at the cherry and that perhaps this time it might just succeed.

Florian Muller from Foss Patents had the following to say on their website: “Apple’s motion is fairly likely to succeed. If and when it does, there will be formal U.S. bans in place against all three of the leading Android device makers. Also on Friday, the ITC ordered a U.S. import ban against Motorola’s Android-based devices (to the extent those infringe a particular Microsoft patent), and in December, the U.S. trade agency also banned HTC’s products that infringe a particular Apple patent — as a result, two HTC product rollouts just got delayed.”

With Apple and Samsung due in court later in the week with a view to attempting to put an end to this nonsense, this writer will certainly be hoping not to write another article on litigation any time soon. Seriously Apple; save the money for your R&D department, it needs it way more.

Source: Foss Patents

Apple and Samsung trim down their lawsuits

Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop some of their current claims in the California courts. Apple has dropped half of their patent-infringement claims without prejudice, meaning they can refile those claims at a later time. Samsung even dropped five of their claims bringing their total down to just seven. No word on whether Samsung is holding on to their five claims for a later trial but one would think they probably will. Both companies are doing this in compliance with the judge’s orders in hope to make a July 30th trial date. It is believed that reducing the number of claims will make it easier for judge and jury to hear the case.

This has been an ongoing process for Apple, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and almost everyone associated with Android. I could list more links for you but I’m sure you get the picture. These lawsuits aren’t going away anytime soon folks, but rest assured knowing that Talk Android will be here to keep you up to speed as the details unfold.

Source: All Things D

Apple Loses Another Patent Infringement Claim, This Time Surrendering Victory To Motorola

Apple has taken yet another major blow in its neverending war against competitionAndroid, this time seeing Motorola see sweet victory. Apparently federal judge Richard A. Posner has ruled that Apple’s “finger-swipe” patent infringement claim against MOTO was not the same as tapping an item on screen. His decision addresses Apple’s claim that six applications available on Motorola Mobility-made devices, including those used for browsing photographs, musical album covers and YouTube Inc. videos, infringe its touch-screen finger-tap functionality patent. Apparently, Posner didn’t want to hear any of it and shared the following:

“Apple contends that the finger swipe is equivalent to a finger tap because the two gestures are interchangeable. If consumers distinguish between the two, they are not interchangeable”.

Another day, another frivolous claim tossed out the door. Here’s hoping this is another step towards seeing the end of ridiculous lawsuits from Apple.

Source: Bloomberg

Ding Ding Ding, Survey Says – Google Is More Popular Than Facebook, Apple And Twitter As A Tech Brand

 

These are the days when a giant company who’s bread and butter is “search” has enough backing in both monetary and production as a brand to become more popular than tech companies like Apple and social media giants like Facebook and Twitter. It’s anyone’s game these days and it certainly seems like a cutthroat business to stay one step ahead of the competition. But Google, a company most noted for reinventing the wheel and actually making it better takes the polls. In a survey conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post, staggering results revealed that Google beat out Facebook, Apple and the Big Tweet for most popular tech brand. The results show that 82% of Americans held a good and favorable opinion of the search giant with 53% of them holding “strongly” favorable opinions. There were only 9% of individuals who held an unfavorable opinion about the company. Apple came in at a close second with 74% of which 13% had an unfavorable view of the fruity company and only 37% expressed a “strongly” favorable word. Facebook came in at 58% and Twitter came in at a low 34% for favorable opinions. FB had a whopping 28% rating for unfavorable opinions and Twitter had 36% in the unfavorable dept. The survey ran from March 28th through the 1st of April and 1,007 adults took part in the study. What would you’re numbers look like if you were given the opportunity to rate these companies?

Source: Langer Research