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Apple hits HTC with third ITC dispute, One series goes under the gun

Apple chief Tim Cook might have said that he doesn't like lawsuits, but he must have left a loophole open for International Trade Commission disputes. His company quietly filed a third challenge against HTC on June 4 (just now coming to light) that -- surprise -- claims HTC is still violating patents that it supposedly worked hard to avoid. If...

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Google Patents Location-Based Mobile Alerts That Know Where You're Going

To date, the term smartphone's mostly been a misnomer for larger screen, albeit still dumb, handsets imbued with rich web browsing experiences. With the exception of the Galaxy S III's SmartStay feature and the Droid RAZR, not many other high-end devices can lay claim to "intelligent," user-adaptive behavior. Which is why our eyes are trained on this recently awarded Google patent that stands poised to turn future Android (we presume) devices into location-aware assistants.

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Holo Launcher Brings the Ice Cream Sandwich Launcher to Any Android Phone

Android: If you're stuck on a device running 2.3 Gingerbread (or even worse, 2.2 Froyo) and your manufacturer has no plans on upgrading your phone anytime soon, Holo Launcher gives you all of the features available in the stock Ice Cream Sandwich launcher, right now, completely free. More »...

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Microsoft crowd-sources next Win Phone apps using Android

The world just got stranger: not only is Microsoft trying to write cool software again, it’s decided that Android is the ideal beta platform, in spite of its bitter worldwide spat with Google over patents.…...

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Most Popular Android ROM: CyanogenMod [Hive Five Followup]

If your Android device is feeling a little stale, or maybe the manufacturer has abandoned it and you'd love to breathe a little life into it, your best bet is to root it and install a new ROM. It's like installing a brand new operating system on your phone or...

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