Google Says It Will License Motorola's Patents at Fair Rates
Google today moved to reassure the IEEE and government regulators that it will be reasonable when it comes to licensing Motorola's standard essential patents once Google owns Motorola. When the acquisition is finalized, Google will own some 17,000 patents, many of them centering on wireless technologies such as 3G and H.264. Google said that it "understands that, pursuant to IEEE rules, [Motorola Mobility] is prepared to grant licenses for Essential Patent Claims with a maximum per-unit royalty of 2.25%." Apple has called into question Motorola's patent licensing terms, and believes that the company is not following the fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) policy. It has asked the European Telecommunications Standards Institute to set guidelines that determine how companies license patents that are considered "essential" for certain products, including smartphones. This is the same issue that has caused the European Commission to examine how Samsung is using its own patents to fire off litigation at competitors.
Review: Motorola Moto E5 Play
Motorola is selling its able-bodied, entry-level Moto E5 Play from Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless, and Verizon Prepaid. If you're in the market for a solid, low-cost phone, the Moto E5 Play plays well thanks to its simple hardware, easy software, and capable performance.
AT&T-Run FirstNet More Generally Available to First Responders
AT&T today said fire, medical, police, and other first responders now have more access to its FirstNet network. FirstNet has been available for purchase by agencies, but hasn't been directly sold in stores.
Unicode 11 with Dozens of New Emoji Arrives June 5
New emoji are coming to a phone near you, eventually. Unicode 11.0, which was finalized in February, will be released on June 5, according to Emojipedia.
Memoji Lets iPhone Users Make their Own, Self-Styled Animoji
iOS 12 will make iMessage more fun, says Apple, thanks to the addition of Memoji. Similar to the way Samsung's AR Emoji work, the iOS 12 Memoji will let people customize an animated emoji sticker that resembles their face.
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.