Uh oh Motorola

In June of 2013, I made an interesting discovery about the Android phone (a Motorola Droid X2) which I was using at the time: it was silently sending a considerable amount of sensitive information to Motorola, and to compound the problem, a great deal of it was over an unencrypted HTTP channel.

Scroll down and take a look at the information Motorola is gathering about its users.

[Via Ben Brooks]

Google says court dismisses Apple’s patent lawsuit

“We’re pleased that the court has dismissed Apple’s lawsuit with prejudice,” a Google spokeswoman said in an emailed statement on Monday.Dismissal of a case with prejudice means the case is over at the trial court level, though it can be appealed.

Import ban on Motorola Android devices

An import ban on Motorola Android devices ordered by the US International Trade Commission is scheduled to take effect tomorrow. Motorola Mobility says it has a plan to make sure its Android phones and tablets remain available to US consumers—but the company isn’t revealing just what that plan is.

I wonder what they have up their sleeve?

Motorola can’t enforce patents in Germany while Apple appeals

Florian Mueller:

Apple scored a breakthrough court victory today against Motorola. Its important can hardly be overstated. This is so huge that it even begs the question of whether Google’s strategy for its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility has failed before the deal is even formally closed (they’re still waiting for some regulatory approvals).

Motorola is in the shitter

MG Siegler gives us a rundown of Motorola’s quarterly earnings. Hint: It’s not good — Motorola couldn’t ship as much as Apple sold.

Six major Android problems

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes takes a look at six glaring problems with the Andorid ecosystem in a new ZDNet article entitled Six Android issues that Google doesn’t want to address. Among the problems he lists are how most Android handsets now in … Continued

∞ J.P. Morgan: iPad competitors failing

After the release of the original iPad, companies crawled out of the woodwork to announce a tablet of their own. However, those companies are finding that consumers don’t just want a tablet, they want an iPad.

A report released on Thursday by J.P. Morgan Chase says that demand is not what Apple’s competitors had hoped for. In fact, production of tablets has dropped by about 10 percent, according to NYTimes.

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∞ Analysts estimate Moto ships 100K Xooms

Analysts with Deutsche Bank estimate that Motorola has shipped about 100,000 Xoom tablets since the device went on sale in February. If so, that would certainly be a fraction of the number of original iPads that Apple sold its first weekend when they went on sale in April, 2010 (Apple has not revealed iPad 2 sales numbers yet).

The Xoom is the first Android-based tablet to feature the Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” operating system, the first Android OS optimized specifically as a tablet OS.

The Xoom went on sale in late February for $800 (less if you agreed to a two-year data contract with Verizon Wireless).

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∞ iPad 2 tops Consumer Reports tablet ratings

Consumer Reports on Tuesday said that Apple’s iPad topped its ratings of 10 tablets.

“So far, Apple is leading the tablet market in both quality and price, which is unusual for a company whose products are usually premium priced,” said Paul Reynolds, Electronics Editor at Consumer Reports. “However, it’s likely we’ll see more competitive pricing in tablets as other models begin to hit the market.”

The consumer watch-dog said the iPad’s closest competitor is the Motorola Xoom. Consumer Reports tested tablets from Archos, Dell, Motorola, Samsung, and ViewSonic, as well as a number of models from Apple.

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∞ Motorola iPad competitor Xoom ships Feb. 24

Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility announced Tuesday that Motorola’s Xoom tablet will ship through Verizon Wireless beginning Feb. 24, 2011. The device will cost $800 unsubsidized, though Verizon Wireless customers can get the tablet for $600 if they agree to … Continued