New Apple patents: squeezable iPhones and drop immunity?

A few new patents have been granted to Apple, revealing what kind of technologies the company may be working on for future iPhones. Among them, we have a squeeze feature, a-la Google Pixel 2 and HTC U12+, some pretty impressive indoor navigational tech, and camera flash improvements. Let’s see what they are about!

Squeeze gently
It seems that Apple may be looking into an Edge Sense-like feature. One of the patents outlines a device that has a soft “concentration point”. When the chassis is squeezed, the concentration point deforms and activates underlying sensors, which in turn speak …


Getting the Band back together: Microsoft wearable patents

Two new patents from Microsoft have emerged. The patents concern wearable technology, specifically for health and fitness features. Microsoft had a hard time with the two previous wearables developed for consumers. The Band 1 and 2 suffered from defects and a lack of popularity. The bands regularly split and there were issues with the battery. There were also complaints about the aesthetics of the Band. However, the Microsoft Band had some things going for it. The software was decent and it was hard to beat the huge array of sensors packed into the wearable. 
The …

Samsung receives patents for a folding phone and a transparent smartphone display

With the foldable Samsung Galaxy X expected to be unveiled next year, the manufacturer has received a couple of patents, one of which could give us a look at what the Galaxy X might look like. The images show a phone that folds horizontally, unlike a previous patent that showed a phone folding in a couple of different ways. Users would be holding the handset in landscape orientation. Thanks to an additional hinge, the device can be propped up vertically in portrait mode. Shutting the device by folding the two sides together will automatically turn off the phone while opening up the two sides will …

Hoping to appeal to Apple, Qualcomm lowers licensing cost for 5G patents

After hearing plenty of criticism over the last couple of years about its patent licensing system, Qualcomm announced this morning that it is switching to a different, lower cost licensing model for its 5G products. While aimed at all smartphone manufacturers, the focus is on Apple, which is involved in a number of suits against Qualcomm over patents and royalties. Apple reportedly decided to drop Qualcomm as a modem chip supplier for the 2018 iPhone models, and the San-Diego based chip maker would love to get that business back.

Smartphone producers have two licensing options when dealing …

ZTE patents another smartphone with dual notch display design

Although ZTE seems to be hit with restrictions from all sides, the Chinese company has no issues in patenting new products that might or might not see the light of day.

The newest patent ZTE filed at China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) reveals an unusual smartphone design that features not one, but two notches – one at the top, and another one at the bottom.

It’s the second patent for a dual-notch smartphone that ZTE filed in China, so the handset maker could be very serious about this specific design. Even though the notch is a rather controversial feature, ZTE seems …

Samsung accused of infringing on biometric patents with its recent flagship phones (UPDATE)

Remember the patent infringement suit that Samsung filed against Apple back in the day? Can you believe that it was 2012 when the original judgment, in the amount of $1.05 billion, was awarded to Apple? Since then, Samsung has had a number of legal victories that whittled that amount down to a small fraction of what the first jury awarded. And now, it is Samsung that is being sued for patent infringement

PACid Technologies, a company that deals with technology pertaining to encryption, claims that Samsung has used three of its biometric patents without licensing them. Two of the patents …

Samsung accused of infringing on biometric patents with its recent flagship phones

Remember the patent infringement suit that Samsung filed against Apple back in the day? Can you believe that it was 2012 when the original judgment, in the amount of $1.05 billion, was awarded to Apple? Since then, Samsung has had a number of legal victories that whittled that amount down to a small fraction of what the first jury awarded. And now, it is Samsung that is being sued for patent infringement.

PACid Technologies, a company that deals with technology pertaining to encryption, claims that Samsung has used three of its biometric patents without licensing them. Two of the patents …

Et tu, Moto? Motorola patents bezel-less flexible OLED display gear

Motorola and Sony seem to be the last holdouts of the all-screen phone trend, as they keep churning out phones with juicy top and bottom bezels, but that may very soon change, judging from a recent Motorola patent.

Posted on February 8 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the patent in question shows a variety of nearly bezel-free and even foldable form factors, which can only be achieved by using flexible OLED screens with plastic substrates, like on Samsung’s Galaxy S or Note line of phones. 

There are also quite a few variations covered in the …

Samsung patents Metal 12, a magnesium alloy that could be used in the Galaxy S9, S9+

At this point, everything even remotely related to the upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9+ gets scrutinized and carefully inspected by the blogosphere and Samsung’s devoted fans especially, giving us an excellent overall understanding what the first major flagship of 2018 will be like. Even the smallest tidbits of info that could give any further knowledge about the Galaxies can’t seem to evade the all-seeing eyes. And now, we even know what metal alloy the Galaxy S9 and S9+ could potentially be made of…

Samsung has just filed in a trademark with the (European Union Intellectual Property Office) …

Samsung found guilty of infringing on 4G technology patents owned by Huawei

Back in May 2016, Huawei filed a lawsuit against Samsung in China for infringing upon some of its patents. After 8 months, the Chinese court finally ruled and its decision isn’t good at all for Samsung.

The South Korean company was found guilty of infringing on two 4G standard essential patents related to telecommunication technology and equipment owned by Huawei. Moreover, the court found that Samsung delayed the negotiations on purpose probably because it knew it infringed on those patents.

Apparently, this was a very complicated case since it took the …