AT&T Seeks to Block Google Motion in T-Mobile Suit
AT&T and the U.S. Department of Justice have asked the judge overseeing the lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against AT&T to prevent Google from wiggling its way into the case. Google filed a motion recently seeking to prevent the disclosure of "competitively sensitive" information that may come to light during the trial. AT&T claims Google's motion would add unnecessary complexity to the lawsuit proceedings. "This proposal would grant every non-party the effective ability to veto defendant’s choice of experts, by denying them access to confidential information that is necessary to their work as experts in this case," said AT&T in the filing. Google wants to be given several days' advance notice any time the documents need to be accessed for use during the trial. The Justice Department argued that "it is impractical to require by court order that the parties provide advance notice of every instance where a confidential document" might turn up in the proceedings. The trial is set to begin on February 13.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Alcatel A30 Reaches Amazon Prime for Just $60
Amazon recently added the Alcatel A30 to its roster of Prime Exclusives. This entry-level Android handset includes a 5-inch HD screen and a 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 210 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
Gov to Continue Fighting Apple Over iPhone in Drug Case
The U.S. Department of Justice says it has appealed a ruling that prevents it from forcing Apple to unlock an iPhone in a New York drug case.