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: Bullitt's Kodak Phone
Bullitt made an Android smartphone with Kodak's name on it. That's almost all there is to say about this handset, but we'll squeeze out a few more words for you in this hands-on report.
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 Says More Daydream VR Phones Are On the Way
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company's handset partners have new Daydream-compatible devices in the pipeline and there should be a total of 11 such phones available by the end of the year. At the moment, only four phones are able to use Google's virtual reality headsets, including the Pixel and Pixel XL, ZTE Axon 7, Motorola Z, and Huawei Mate 9.
Google Play Music Searches Reveal Playable Results
Google has updated its Play Music app for Android devices and made it possible to play songs directly from search results. Now, when users search for a song, album, or artist, the top three results include a "play" button that lets them jump immediately to those songs.