Motorola Mobility Buys Security Firm 3LM
Motorola has signaled its intent to purchase a small software start-up called 3LM. 3LM develops security software for Android smartphones. It was founded by two former Google employees who worked on Android at Google. Motorola hopes the acquisition will allow it to offer better security options for its smartphones and add some appeal to businesses looking at smartphone platforms. Motorola said it will also license out 3LM's technology to other interested handset vendors. The value of the acquisition has yet to be disclosed.
Motorola to Issue Stagefright Fix to Most Phones
Motorola has said it, too, will push a security patch to resolve the Stagefright vulnerability found on its Android smartphones. Motorola's newest phones, the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and Moto G (3rd Gen) will have the patches installed in the factory.
Android October Security Patch Here for Nexus/Pixel Phones
Google today made its monthly security patches available to select Android devices. October's patches plug a handful of security holes that threaten Android devices.
Google to Do More to Push Security Patches to Android Phones
Google today said it plans to give phone makers and network operators more options for pushing security updates to smartphones. In an annual report published today, Google says some 735 million devices received at least one security update during 2016.
Motorola Solutions Acquires PTT Provider Kodiak Networks
Motorola Solutions today said it has agreed to acquire Kodiak Networks for an undisclosed sum. Motorola Solutions is the not the Lenovo-owned company behind Motorola smartphones; rather, Motorola Solutions is a separate corporation that handles first-responder and push-to-talk hardware, and wireless networking equipment.
Motorola Owes Microsoft $14.5 Million Over Patent Spat
An appeals court has sided with Microsoft and upheld a 2013 verdict that says Motorola has to pay Microsoft for refusing to license standard-essential patents at fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory rates. This particular case began in 2010, when Microsoft sued Motorola for failing to pay it patent-licensing fees for technology found in Motorola's Android smartphones.