San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Las Vegas – Huawei came to International CES to underscore its transition from a low-end to a high-end cellphone supplier with the launch of a pair of superphones that include the world’s first smartphone with 6.1-inch screen.
Las Vegas – Sony turned up at International CES with a new flagship smartphone that boasts the company’s fastest CPU, biggest screen, highest quality camera capabilities, and thinnest chassis to date.
Las Vegas – Multiple companies will get together at International CES to demonstrate Mobile Emergency Alert System (Mobile EAS) technology, which will send emergency alerts to Mobile DTV-equipped cellphones, tablets, laptops and in-car navigation systems.
The technology is capable of sending alerts with video, audio, text, and graphics. It’s designed to complement the recently activated cellular-based emergency-alert system that transmits up to 90-character text messages to mobile phones.
New York – Samsung has filed a complaint against Ericsson with the U.S. International Trade Commission arguing that Ericsson has infringed upon seven patents.
The complaint asks for a ban on import and sales of Ericsson products into the United States. The patents in question cover telecommunications networking equipment and base stations, according to Samsung.
This suit follows one filed by Ericsson against Samsung in November in District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, also for patent infringement on the same type of technology.
Espoo, Finland – Nokia and Research In Motion are dropping all of their patent disputes against each other following a settlement resulting from arbitration proceedings.
Under the settlement, Nokia entered into a new patent license agreement with RIM in which RIM is making a one-time payment and on-going payments to Nokia. Additional details were not revealed.
London, U.K. – Apple is having a very Merry Christmas, but carriers might not be.
Thanks to the iPhone 5, Apple’s share of U.S. smartphone sales to consumers have surged and exceeded 50 percent for the first during the 12 weeks ending Nov. 25, according to a survey conducted by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. The research company expects Apple to make further gains in December.
Apple’s gains are expensive for the carriers, who subsidize the iPhone more heavily than other smartphones.
Warren, N.J. – Virgin Mobile is extending its promotional partnership with Lady Gaga by sponsoring her 2013 Born This Way Ball tour in North America.
Through the tour, the cellular-prepaid brand said, Virgin Mobile will educate concert-goers about youth homelessness and ask fans to support Virgin’s Re*Generation program, which focuses on the issue, and Lady Gaga’s youth empowerment organization, called the Born This Way Foundation.
Dallas – A $149 ZTE smartphone launched by no-contract carrier MetroPCS expands the company’s selection of Android 4G LTE smartphones priced at $149 or less to four models.
The ZTE Avid 4G joins the Coolpad Quattro 4G at $79, LG Motion 4G at $149, and Samsung Galaxy Admire 4G is $129. The carrier offers a total of nine Android LTE phones priced up to $459.
The new ZTE model is available through authorized resellers and MetroPCS corporate stores. Availability through national retailers hasn’t been announced.
Irvine, Calif. – Sprint prepaid brand Boost Mobile will begin throttling back the data speeds on its monthly unlimited plans beginning next month, Boost announced on its consumer web site.
However, Boost’s parent Sprint does not throttle data speeds on its unlimited postpaid plans.
San Jose, Calif. – A federal district court denied Apple’s request to permanently ban the sale of 26 Samsung smartphones and tablets found by a jury to infringe on multiple Apple patents.
In August, a jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages over the infrigement.
The judge also refused a Samsung request to hold a new trial over alleged jury misconduct.