LiMo Foundation Adds Members, Intros New Handsets
Today the LiMo Foundation announced that two more companies have joined its ranks. Japanese mobile network operator KDDI has signed up, joining its rivals NTT DoCoMo and Softback. Also joining is Immersion Corporation, which makes touchscreen technology. In addition to the new members, the LiMo Foundation also noted that members NEC and Panasonic have introduced new LiMo-compliant handsets for the Japanese market. The new phones, all of which will be sold by NTT DoCoMo, bump the number of LiMo handsets in the market up to a total of 42.
Freetel Sets Sites On US Market with Japanese Handsets
Freetel today announced plans to sell its smartphones in the U.S. Freetel is one of the larger wireless network operators in Japan and also makes its own smartphones.
BlackBerry Debuts ‘Fan League’ for Enthusiasts
BlackBerry Mobile today kicked off the BlackBerry Fan League, a way for BlackBerry smartphone enthusiasts to connect with the brand. BlackBerry says participants will have the opportunity to win prizes, including smartphones, as well as participate in surveys and beta programs, and interface directly with the BlackBerry Mobile team.
LG Settles Bootloop Lawsuit, Offers Class Members Cash
LG has reached an agreement with lawyers representing owners of select smartphones and will offer impacted class members cash. The settlement puts to rest the bootloop problem that plagued a number of LG smartphones, including the G4, G5, V10, V20, and Nexus 5X.
Google, Seeking Patent Peace, Debuts PAX Licensing Network
Google today announced PAX, a patent-licensing initiative for Android that the company hopes will help resolve and/or prevent patent-related threats. Companies that join PAX give each other royalty-free patent licenses that cover Android and Google applications on compatible devices.
SoftBank Looking to Raise $18B with Wireless Unit IPO
SoftBank Group, the parent company of Sprint, is weighing whether or not to offer shares in its own Japan-based wireless company. Under the direction of CEO Masayoshi Sun, SoftBank has transformed itself in recent years into an investor in technology companies.