Microsoft Signs Two More Android Patent Licensees
Microsoft today said that it has struck agreements with Coby Electronics and Aluratek, which will license smartphone-related patents from Microsoft for their own Android-based devices. Coby Electronics is based in Lake Success, N.Y., and Aluratek is based in Austin, Texas. "The licensing agreements with Aluratek and Coby Electronics demonstrate yet again that licensing is the path forward to resolving intellectual property disputes within the industry, and can be effective for companies of all sizes," said Microsoft Deputy General Counsel Horacio Gutierrez in a statement. Microsoft didn't say to what technologies the patents are related. Microsoft has reached similar licensing agreements with a number of other smartphone makers, including HTC, LG, Samsung, and others.
FTC Wants Mobile Industry to Be Better At Security Updates
The current state of mobile device security patches is lacking, according to a new report issued today by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC studied how Apple, BlackBerry, Google, HTC, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, and Samsung support their devices over time.
Cricket Promo Includes $19 Phones from HTC, LG, Samsung
Cricket Wireless today kicked off a new promotion that drops the price of some smartphones to $19. Customers who switch to Cricket between March 9 and March 16 can buy the Samsung Galaxy Halo 16GB or 32GB, Samsung Amp Prime 2, LG X Charge, LG Stylo 3, or the HTC Desire 555 for $19.
Researchers Suggest Phone Makers Mislead Consumers About Security Patches
Security Research Labs says Android phone makers often miss security patches but still tell owners the phones are up-to-date. Researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell examined the code of some 1,200 phones from more than a dozen phone makers for every security patch released during 2017.
Microsoft Selling Customized Variants of Samsung Galaxy S9
Microsoft has added the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ to its online store. The devices are pre-configured with Microsoft apps and services.