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ITC rules Apple did not violate HTC’s patents

The USA’s International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that Apple did not violate rival vendor HTC’s patents for technology used in its mobile devices. HTC had filed the complaint with the ITC last year seeking a ban on the import of Apple devices into the USA as part of an ongoing patent dispute between Apple and Android device manufacturers.

HTC responds to tracking claims

HTC has become the latest mobile player to become embroiled in controversy over tracking users’ locations. The Taiwanese vendor faces allegations that two of its handsets, the Sensation and Evo 3D, track users’ locations without permission.

HTC spreads bets with WP7 Mango handsets

Taiwanese handset vendor HTC has previewed two Windows Phone 7 smartphones to consumers across Europe, ahead of the products’ commercial release in October. The Titan and Radar handsets are the first from HTC to run the latest version of WP7, dubbed Mango.

Beat goes on for HTC

Handset manufacturer HTC is upping its game in the youth market with the revelation this week that it will purchase a majority stake in high end headphone maker Beats Electronics, founded by rapper and producer Dr Dre.

HTC buys cloud firm Dashwire

Taiwanese handset developer HTC has made another acquisition to beef up its patent portfolio as technology companies around the globe prepare to fend off legal disputes. HTC is reported to have spent $18.5m on the purchase of Dashwire, a mobile cloud platform developer.

HTC to expand reach in Europe and China

Taiwan-based device manufacturer HTC is looking to broaden its reach in both China and Europe with announcements of expansions into both markets. In the case of China, the company has announced its plans to increase the number of retail outlets there from 630 to 2000 by the end of 2011. With a market 10 times bigger than Taiwan’s, where HTC is the dominant player, China could be a lucrative revenue stream for HTC if it can take on Huawei and ZTE, both of which have been paying increasing attention to western markets lately.

VoLTE levels the playing field for operators

Figures from industry body the GSMA reveal that 208 operators in 80 countries are now investing in LTE. But while rollouts aimed at consumers are gaining momentum, a study undertaken by research house mobileSquared indicates that one third of operators have no trials or network deployments underway at the moment.

HTC launches developer centre and SDK for Sense

As Android’s march towards mobile OS domination appears to continue unchecked, device manufacturers are joining the scrum to differentiate themselves from the competition. HTC has joined the ranks of manufacturers increasingly looking to pull in the developers to create device-specific apps, announcing a dev-friendly programme to be launched in parallel with an SDK for its Sense user interface.

HTC Thunderbolt is first Verizon LTE device

US carrier Verizon Wireless launched its first LTE device, the HTC Thunderbolt, on Thursday. The device runs the Android 2.2 operating system and will feature a suite of Google applications as well as some existing applications enhanced for LTE. It costs $249.99 with a new two-year contract.

LG to develop own smartphone chips

Embattled South Korean OEM LG has announced that it’s working on developing its own smartphone chips in a bid to boost its flagging handset business. Although LG is the world’s third-largest mobile phone manufacturer, the company has reported losses for three quarters in a row and is under increasing pressure from rivals HTC and Samsung.

KDDI to offer HTC WiMAX handset

HTC and Japanese carrier KDDI have announced that UQ Communications, KDDI’s WiMAX services subsidiary, will distribute HTC’s EVO WiMAX smartphone from April this year. It will be Japan’s first WiMAX smartphone.

China Unicom announces ‘Wophone’ OS

China Unicom has announced the development of its own smartphone operating system built on a Linux core. The ‘Wophone’ OS, which reports claim will not be based on Android, will run on a new brand of devices which, it is hoped, will help China Unicom expand its handset offering in order to grow demand for its 3G services.

HTC pitches tablet for movies and games

Disruptive device manufacturer HTC stepped into the limelight on Tuesday with the unveiling of a tablet running Android 2.4 and geared up for online gaming.

Android overtakes Symbian in smartphone OS rankings

The Google-backed Android operating system overtook Nokia’s Symbian during the fourth quarter of 2010 to become the leading platform in the smartphone segment according to market analyst firm Canalys. Shipments of Android devices reached 32.9 million by Canalys’ estimation, with Symbian trailing on 31.0 million. Symbian’s performance keeps Nokia in first position among the vendors, however, with 28 per cent market share in the top tier, the analyst said.

Windows Phone 7 devices available in October

So Windows Phone 7 is out there and pretty slick it looks too. Even Stephen Fry, a long time critic of Microsoft’s mobile strategy was present at the launch event in London to say, ”Microsoft finally gets it”.

Vodafone backs down on 360 Android update

Vodafone’s UK operation has been forced to re-issue a software update for Android phone users after a wave of complaints that the update they were expecting contained a range of Vodafone 360 applications that they neither wanted nor were told about.

Android gaining market share

Android’s open strategy seems to be working very well, winning the platform enough support to drive 886 per cent growth between the second quarter of 2010 and the same period in 2009.

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