As the under-the-radar popularity of Amazon’s Prime Music service has become clearer, so the music industry’s interest in how other parts of Amazon’s business interact with it has increased.
All change at Motorola, once one of the biggest mobile phone makers in the world. Again.
Motorola is up to something interesting in the smartphone world: it wants to make handsets modular, hackable devices under a new initiative.
Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt revealed a new milestone for Android yesterday, during an appearance at a New York launch for new Motorola smartphones.
It was a big day for the smartphone space yesterday, with Apple’s financials, BlackBerry’s next-gen OS and Google’s Android update. The next version of Android – 4.0 – is codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, and will run across smartphones and tablets alike.
This might not be a direct music industry story, but it’s very relevant. Google announced yesterday that it is planning to buy mobile handset maker Motorola for $12.5 billion. Why? Patents. Specifically the more than 17,000 mobile patents held by Motorola, which will help Google defend Android (including other handset manufacturers) from lawsuits from Apple and Microsoft.
Apple’s ambition to defend its iPad tablet against Android competitors isn’t stopping with this week’s preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. That device is now being removed from sale across the EU after a German court ruled in Apple’s favour, as we reported yesterday.
The web is abuzz with speculation about Motorola’s Xoom, one of the first Android tablets to go head to head with Apple’s iPad. Deutsche Bank has published a research note claiming that Motorola has sold 100,000 Xooms since it launched in March.
Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha may have let slip last night at Mobile World Congress last night that Google will launch a music service with its forthcoming Android upgrade to Honeycomb.
The Droid is the most-hyped Android phone yet – it’s made by Motorola, will be sold by Verizon Wireless in the US, and is the first handset to run Google’s new Android 2.0 software.
It’s taken a while, but Google’s Android mobile platform is finally getting up a head of steam, with new handset announcements.
It’s taken a while, but Motorola has taken the wrappers off its Evoke QA4, a touchscreen handset bearing more than a little resemblance to the iPhone.