Pantech today said that it is holding discussions with Microsoft about licensing certain smartphone patents. "We are in talks with Microsoft over the patent use, but specific details have not yet been decided," a company spokesman said. A number of Android device makers, such as LG and Samsung, have licensed smartphone patents from Microsoft. Pantech sells several Android-based devices, including the Pocket and Crossover.
AT&T and Pantech today announced the Crossover, Pantech's first Android smartphone for the U.S. Targeted at people with an active lifestyle, the Crossover features a "durable" (but not fully military-spec, ruggedized) design, and the "AllSport GPS" app, offering workout tracking and a calorie counter. It also sports a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. With a 3.1-inch display, 3-megapixel camera, and 600 MHz processor, the Crossover is otherwise an entry-level Android phone; a key selling point being its $70 price (with two-year contract.) Other features include version 2.2 of Android and a 2 GB memory card, upgradeable to 32 GB. The Crossover goes on sale this coming Sunday, June 5.