Android this week: Google’s Motorola sues Apple; U.S. gets Note tablet; Google Play improves


Another week, another patent dispute: Google’s(s goog) Motorola unit has filed a new suit against Apple(s aapl) this week. Bloomberg reports that Motorola filed the complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission, claiming Apple has infringed Motorola patents with its Siri product, in addition to other features. Motorola, now owned by Google, is looking for the ITC to ban the imports of Apple products from Asia, where they are produced.

Details of the complaint are still developing, but Bloomberg notes these features as part of the suit: location reminders, e-mail notification and phone/video players. As Motorola is now a business unit of Google, this situation becomes even more interesting as Google hasn’t directly been involved with the growing number of smartphone patent battles between its Android hardware partners and Apple.

Previously, Apple had won an injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, but that didn’t stop Samsung from revising the product. The company introduced the new Galaxy Note 10.1 to the U.S. market this week, with prices to start at $499 for the 16 GB model. Unique to this large Android slate are two features: Samsung’s S-Pen stylus that supports pressure sensitivity and a multitasking view that can run two Android apps side-by-side on the 10.1-inch display.

Samsung is taking smart steps with its new Android tablet. Instead of being another “me too” product that competes on hardware specifications and price, Samsung is taking advantage of the momentum it has with the Galaxy Note phone. That handset raised awareness of a stylus with 10 million sales so far of the phone. And the stylus isn’t just a gimmicky add-on: Samsung continues to improve the software features that add value to the S-Pen.

Also improving this week is the Google Play store; something that’s long overdue considering a million new Android devices are activated daily. There’s nothing worse than a new customer using their smartphone or tablet only to have a poor experience buying apps or digital media.

Google added support for application updates to only download the app changes, saving time and bandwidth. And code in the new Google Play app shows upcoming support for gift card redemption and wishlists where consumers can add their favorite apps, books, magazines, movies and TV shows for later purchase.


Sasha Coppess

@stranger. What goes around comes back around.
Apple tries to stop S3 from coming to america now we get to TRY to have our turn at bat.


Lots of people want the iphone 5 production to be cancelled in act of revenge don’t they understand that this will affect millions of people who use iphone and love iphone this makes no sense because it contradicts androids argument in the first place so good luck stopping a phone thats going to be released in 3 weeks peace !

Barrie Etherington

I’ve seen all of the Apple v. the World battleground … since they first broadcast the ‘hammer throwing Amazon (sic!) advert way way back.

So I don’t care to join in thanks! I’m well past that sort of nonsense.

I’m much more interested in the ‘Seniors and all their families’ marketplace – and how to fit a 6 inch mobile into that market.

Anyone care to join me ?

Bryce Bolling

I guess Google isn’t the saint they have been bending over backwards to convince us they are. They can sue everyone as far as I am concerned. I couldn’t care less. Don’t blow sunshine up my backside while doing it though.

Alex Rubio

Please, apple had this coming. And its payback. This way apple won’t go around pretending to be king of the hill. Good riddance.

Bryce Bolling

What does that have to do with Google continually telling EVERYONE that they never sue offensively?

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