Apple and Google Place Rival Bids for Kodak Patents
The initial bids placed for some 1,100 patents being auctioned off by Eastman Kodak came from Apple and a consortium led by Google. The groups bid between $150 and $250 million, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited sources familiar with the proceedings. Kodak is auctioning off digital imaging patents in two lots as part of its bankruptcy restructuring. The first lot includes patents pertaining to capturing and processing images on smartphones, tablets, and cameras; and the second relates to storing and analyzing images. These opening bids are much lower than the final amount Kodak is seeking. Earlier this year, Kodak's patents were valued at more than $2 billion. The proceeds of the patent auction will go to repay Kodak's creditors and to help Kodak rebuild its business if there are any proceeds left over. Some of the companies that belong to the Google-led consortium include Samsung, LG, and HTC, all of which use Google's Android platform in their smartphones. The auction officially begins August 8 and a winner will be picked August 13.
Hands On with the Kodak Ektra
Bullitt Group is back with another Kodak-branded smartphone and believes it has a better combination of form, features, and functionality in the Ektra. The Ektra clearly taps into the nostalgia factor thanks to its resemblance to older cameras.
Google's ARCore 1.0 Released to Public, Google Lens Hits More Handsets
Google today made ARCore 1.0 available to developers and the public, bringing augmented reality to some 100 million smartphones around the world. Handsets compatible with ARCore include Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL; Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8+, Note8, S7, and S7 edge; LGE’s V30 and V30+; Asus’s Zenfone AR; and OnePlus’s OnePlus 5.
Kodak Ektra Improves Camera and Lowers Price As It Makes US Debut
Eastman Kodak and Bullitt Group this week launched the Ektra smartphone in the U.S. The handset was first announced in October 2016.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.