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.
Google Makes LTE Patents Available Through Via Licensing
Via Licensing today said that Google has added its LTE patents to its broader pool of LTE patents. Via Licensing collects wireless patents from a broad range of companies with the intent of licensing them at fair and reasonable rates.
ZTE to Focus On Fewer Phones for 2015
ZTE has decided to reduce the number of devices it will bring to market during 2015. Rather than flood the market with a range of handsets, ZTE will focus on just a few devices that offer its core experience.
LG to Enable FM Radio In All Phones Moving Forward
LG today said it will ensure that all its future smartphones ship with active FM radios. Sometimes LG and/or its carrier partners leave FM radios, included in nearly all phones, inert.
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.