Microsoft Details a Bit of Windows Phone 8.1, Will Run on Existing Snapdragon-powered Android Hardware

While we may not be the biggest fans of Windows Phone at DL, this news affects many folks who like to enjoy a taste of everything from different companies. This week at MWC, Microsoft listed out a few details for the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 release, stating that the OS could be flashed to any existing Android hardware, as long as it was powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, 400, or 400 LTE chipset.  (more…)

Google Goes on the Attack Against Patent Troll Rockstar Consortium

The battle between Google and Rockstar Consortium – a patent troll group backed by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, and others that owns $4.5 billion in Nortel patents – heated up over the holidays, with Google filing a lawsuit to try and protect Android and its partners. Back at the end of October, Rockstar filed a suit against Google, Samsung, HTC, Asus, LG, and others over alleged patent infringements on items like mobile hotspot, notifications and messaging, and location services. Some in the industry have called it the beginning of “patent hell” for Google and its Android partners.  (more…)

Nokia “Normandy” Reportedly the Company’s Budget-minded Android Device

An image posted back in November by @evleaks, which showed a red Nokia device, is now being reported as the company’s first step into the Android realm. As reported by The Verge, the device, which is codenamed Normandy internally, is supposedly set to launch in 2014 running a forked version of Android – much like Amazon does with its Kindle line of tablets. According to one source inside Nokia, Normandy is “full steam ahead.”  (more…)

Proposed Bill to Fight Patent Trolls Overwhelmingly Passed by the House of Representatives

You might not  be familiar with the Innovation Act that is currently making the rounds in Washington D.C., but you might want to keep an eye on it now. Today, the bill brought to the floor by Rep. Bob Goodlatte from Virginia was passed by a wide margin of 325 to 91. This bill is aimed squarely at keeping the “patent trolls” from bringing frivolous suits against big tech companies, and it seems to have a lot of support.  (more…)