Samsung Says Galaxy S II Successor Planned for First Half

Samsung today issued a statement indicating that it plans to announce a successor to the Galaxy S II smartphone at some point later this year. “The successor to the Galaxy S II smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product,” said Samsung. The statement was issued in response to speculation that the device would be announced at the Mobile World Congress event, which is taking place in Barcelona later this ...

RIM Accepting Android Apps for Playbook OS 2.0

Research In Motion today indicated that developers who want their Android applications to be available for the BlackBerry Runtime for Android in PlayBook OS 2.0 when it launches next month need to submit them no later than Monday, February 6. The Android Player is a key addition to PlayBook OS, which will be able to run Android applications in an emulator environment. Android apps that can run within PlayBook OS 2.0 will also be compatible with BlackBerry 10 when it launches later this year. ...

Droid RAZR MAXX Streets Jan. 26 for $299

Verizon Wireless today announced that the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX will be available starting January 26. It will cost $299.99 with a new two-year contract. The RAZR MAXX is nearly identical to the RAZR, but packs a 3300mAh battery and boasts 21 hours of talk time. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has a dual-core 1.2Ghz processor. Tweet Vote on HN ...

Motorola Hits Apple with New Patent Lawsuit

Motorola has filed a new lawsuit against Apple regarding smartphone patents, this time in Florida. Motorola has identified six patents related to wireless antennae, software, data filtering, and messaging that it believes Apple is violating in the iPhone 4S and iCloud. Earlier this month, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that Motorola did not violate certain Apple patents, and in December Apple was found guilty in a German court of violating one of Motorola’s patents. Apple is battling its smartphone competitors in courts around the ...

Microsoft Made $250M in ‘Platform Support Payments’ to Nokia

Nokia’s most recent quarterly results show that Microsoft paid the company $250 million for adopting Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform. “Our broad strategic agreement with Microsoft includes platform support payments from Microsoft to us as well as software royalty payments from us to Microsoft,” said Nokia. “We have a competitive software royalty structure, which includes minimum software royalty commitments. Over the life of the agreement, both the platform support payments and the minimum software royalty commitments are expected to measure in the ...

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