Fosspatents reports that after Nokia has succeeded in obtaining an injunction against HTC’s smartphones in UK (which was largely stayed pending an appeal) Nokia was bringing the same case with the same patent library to court in France.
In a statement Nokia said:
"Nokia was pleased that the UK High Court imposed an injunction on certain HTC products which it found in October to infringe a Nokia patent. The UK Court of Appeal has stayed the injunction until a full appeal hearing next year and Nokia welcomes the Court’s invitation for the parties to expedite this. It is unfortunate that the stay means that HTC can continue to benefit from its unauthorized and uncompensated use of Nokia innovations. We look forward to the Court of Appeal confirming that the patent is valid and infringed, lifting the stay on the injunction and awarding Nokia financial compensation for HTC’s infringement.
The same patent comes to trial in Dusseldorf, Germany next month and is also in suit in Paris, France; Rome, Italy[;] and its US counterpart is in Nokia’s second complaint against HTC at the US International Trade Commission. Nokia began its actions against HTC in 2012, with the aim of ending HTC’s unauthorised use of Nokia’s proprietary innovations and has asserted more than 50 patents against HTC in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, UK and US. During 2013, HTC has been found to infringe Nokia patents in venues including the Regional Court in Mannheim, Germany, the UK High Court and the US International Trade Commission."
Nokia is currently suing HTC in 7 countries, as the Taiwanese company continues to refuse to take out a royalty-bearing license for Nokia’s non-standard-essential patents.
I don’t personally hold the Windows Phone App Studio in high regard, finding it both too complicated and not powerful enough at the same time.
In the above video however Microsoft shows that for some people the service may be just the answer to the question of how to quickly, easily and cheaply create a custom Windows Phone app for their home or business.
In the video they have Holly Shore, a former fashion model turned entrepreneur, looking to create an app for her fashion business.
“I just thought it was inaccessible for me to create my own app,” she says. “I hadn’t even considered doing it.”
Microsoft reports more than 200,000 people have used App Studio to create over 85,000 apps, presumably most not published to the Windows Phone Store.
Have our readers given the Windows Phone App Studio a try, and what have your results been? Let us know below.
Today’s Microsoft 12 days of Deals offer is a great deal on a no-contract Nokia Lumia 1520, ideal for a Nokia Lumia 920 owner itching to upgrade early.
The Microsoft Store is offering the handset for $449, $100 off the usual $549 price.
The handset is the AT&T version, meaning it is only 16 GB and lacks Qi charging, but it is still a stonking price on the very high end handset.
The handset comes with free next-day delivery, to make sure it gets to you before Christmas and Includes $50 app card and free Halo Spartan Assault download.
See the deal, which has less than 5 hours to run, at Microsoft here.
The official Sky Go app for Windows Phone is now available in Italy.
The app is available free for Sky customers and will stream up to 30 channels to subscribers.
The app works over both WIFI and 3G and includes channels like Football with the Series A, UEFA Champions League, the Europa League and the best of international soccer, the great sport of Sky with all the Formula 1, Tennis, Rugby, Golf, Cycling and much more 24 hours 24 news and insights Sky TG24 the FOX TV series, and FoxLife FoxCrime and entertainment for Sky One, children’s programming from Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Kids Goddess documentaries for the History Channel and National Geographic Channel
The app also allows users to switch languages in supported programming, select different camera angles in UEFA Champions League and Europa League, and set reminders and also supports Parental Ratings.
It also allows users to share the program they are watching on Facebook and Twitter and engage in polls on the news and sports programs.
Lastly the app lets you set programs to record on your Sky HD box.
Nokia has said they are working to bring the app to Windows Phone users in other Sky markets also.
The app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
The official Vine app for Windows Phone devices just got updated to v1.1 with few new features. The most important addition in this update is the drafts support. Apart from usual performance improvements and bug fixes, it also has a new filter sensitive content option in the settings. If you notice any other change in this update, let us know.
• Unlimited uploads and free
• Instantly post videos on Vine, then share to Twitter and Facebook!
• Find, follow, and interact with people close to you
• Explore trending posts, featured hashtags and editor’s picks
• Pin search tags to your home screen
• Turn camera flash on and off
• Drafts mode
• Filter sensitive content in settings
• App Localized in 17 languages
• Vine tutorial
• Performance improvements and bug fixes
The updated app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Along with the Xbox Video app, Microsoft also released a new Xbox Music app for Windows Phone 8 devices. The new Xbox Music app allows you to stream Xbox Music content to your Windows Phone device and you can download it for offline playback as well. Xbox team noted that this is a preview version of Xbox Music app and the full version will be released in 2014. And the app is only available in 22 markets where Xbox Music service is currently available.
Want the latest and greatest Xbox Music features on your phone? With the Xbox Music app and your Xbox Music Pass you can explore, stream and download millions of songs on your device. It’s the best way to get all the music you love on your Windows Phone.
- See artist details with pictures, bios, album lists, and related artists
- Manage your personal music collection, shared across all of your devices
- Explore top songs, featured artists, and recommended albums to easily discover new music
- Download songs for offline playback
- Create and manage playlists that automatically sync across your pc, tablet, Xbox, and the web
- Radio instantly creates playlists based on your favorite artists
- Stream ad-free music from a catalog of tens of millions of songs
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.
Xbox Video app is finally available to download on your Windows Phone 8 device. You can buy movies, TV shows, etc, and anything you purchase through Xbox Video can be streamed or downloaded to your Windows Phone device.
Xbox Video brings the latest movies and TV shows to your Windows Phone 8 and makes it easy to watch what you love wherever you are. Rent and buy new blockbuster movies and favorite classics, or catch up on last night’s episodes of the hottest TV shows, and watch them on your Windows Phone 8, PC, tablet, Xbox One, Xbox 360, or at XboxVideo.com.
- Get the latest TV shows the day after they air
- Ratings and reviews
- Rent and buy the latest blockbuster movies
- Resume watching from where you left off
- Stream or Download movies and TV
Download it from Windows Phone Store here.
Nokia has posted the above rather creepy but memorable ad on their YouTube channel attempting to explain how their new Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet is a bit like a mullet – all work in front and all party in the back.
While the actors did a great job creating atmosphere, I think they could have done a better job showing off the “work and party” element of the Windows tablet, to drive the message home.
Do our readers agree? Let us know below.
Besides the mainstream headline apps Windows Phone is now also starting to gather the rather niche ones.
The latest to arrive in the store is the popular cross-platform MouseWait app, which is all about making your visit to Disneyland as smooth as possible.
It features wait times, live pics, live videos, breaking news, food reviews, and more from any location. In addition the app features a professionally moderated social Lounge where users can make friends with Disneyland fans from all over the world.
The free app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Nokia MixRadio app got updated to v126.96.36.199 today with few UX improvements and bug fixes. It now features improved navigations, improved music downloading, bug fixes and more.
New features in this version:
- Improved navigation of mixes, my music and favourites.
- Enhanced downloading of offline mixes.
- Simplified search behaviour for countries with no gigs information.
- Bug fixes.
Download it here from Windows Phone Store.
MyNokiaBlog reports from “a source familiar with Microsoft’s licensing scheme” that Windows Phone’s license fee is $25 per handset, and Windows RT costs $90.
This is somewhat more than the $15 which has been rumoured earlier, and for cheap handsets put Windows Phones at a competitive disadvantage with Android.
There have been rumours recently that Microsoft will be making Windows Phone free, and at those prices we certainly think its a good idea, with Microsoft hopefully making up the difference from the sales of apps, music and other platform services.
Do our readers think a charge of $25 per handset is competitive or justifiable? Let us know below.
— KWP ComTech (@KWP_ComTech) December 16, 2013
Kantar ComTech has posted an interesting teaser on twitter. According to their data, in USA on mobile your platform was the main predictor of your search engine, with Android users mainly using Google, while Windows Phone users in general stuck with Bing.
This is of course far from true on the desktop, where Windows users overwhelmingly used Google over Bing.
This means, in theory, for every 10% market share gain by Windows phone, Google’s search engine would lose 6% market share, and with mobile making up 25-30% of search traffic it is certainly not something to be ignored.
Of course for Google to get really concerned Windows Phone would need to gain significantly more than the 2% market share in USA, but one can imagine in places like Italy where Windows phone is close to 10% of all smartphone users this may become an issue.