EU Targets Motorola's Use of Essential Patents
The European Commission has opened an investigation into Motorola's patent-licensing practices after receiving complaints from both Apple and Microsoft. Apple and Microsoft allege that Motorola is not adhering to the fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) principle for licensing its standards essential patents. European law says that holders of essential patents have to license them at reasonable rates. The Commission will "assess whether Motorola has abusively, and in contravention of commitments it gave to standard setting organizations, used certain of its standard essential patents to distort competition." If Motorola is found guilty by the EU, it could face fines ranging up to 10% of its annual revenue. The EU said it is looking at Motorola's present and past behavior, and for the moment Google, which is in the process of acquiring Motorola, won't be affected.
Siri Switches From Bing to Google
Apple today changed its Siri voice assistant to use Google for web searches instead of Microsoft's Bing. The change affects direct requests to search the web, as well as default results when Siri cannot return a more specific, intelligent answer or action.
Microsoft Brings Adds-Ins to Outlook for Android
Microsoft today updated its Outlook email application for Android devices and gave the app the ability to support add-ins. Microsoft says add-ins let Outlook users do more with their email thanks to powers enabled by third-party applications.
Google Brings the Moto X4 with Android One to Project Fi
Google's Project Fi just scored its first non-Nexus / Pixel handset. The company added the Motorola Moto X4 to the selection of devices compatible with Project Fi, which is Google's low-cost MVNO.
Apple Music for Android Updated to Match iOS 11
Apple today updated its Apple Music application for the Android platform in order to ensure the experience is similar to that of the revised iOS version. Android device owners have access to the same iOS 11 Apple Music discovery feature that allows people to create public profiles and share playlists.
Motorola Owes Microsoft $14.5 Million Over Patent Spat
An appeals court has sided with Microsoft and upheld a 2013 verdict that says Motorola has to pay Microsoft for refusing to license standard-essential patents at fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory rates. This particular case began in 2010, when Microsoft sued Motorola for failing to pay it patent-licensing fees for technology found in Motorola's Android smartphones.