Nokia X2 Android smartphone expected soon as Nokia teases June 23 ?Green with Envy? event : Mobile : Mobile & Apps
Tweet Android and Windows Phone smartphones security credentials are being upgraded with an iPhone-style kill switch, in what's shaping up to be a sustained clamp down on handset theft. The move from Google and Microsoft follows a report revealing that thefts of iPhones tumbled 19% during the first five months of 2014. The drop is attributed to a security feature dubbed Activation Lock that allows iPhone users to remotely render phones inoperable in the event that they are stolen. Conversely, the number of stolen Samsung devices stolen in the same period was up by 40 per cent. The South Korean phone-maker has rather dragged its heels over implementing a kill switch, which only hit many of its handsets in April.
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Follow us Nokia is now signaling an upcoming announcement set for Monday, June 23, with the teaser "Green with Envy." This choice of words seems like a subtle hint to Android, suggesting that the rumored Nokia X2 may be ready to make its debut. "Summer brings out our inner glow... stay tuned to Conversations to find out what we've got in store," Nokia touts . Just below this teaser, the company has also added a countdown timer to boost anticipation ahead of the event. Rumors about the Nokia X2 have so far suggested that the smartphone will sport a 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, pack a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, paired with Adreno 305 graphics and 1GB of RAM.
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Digital security company Gemalto loses patent fight against Android | Ars Technica
Likely to be dubbed as Android 5.0 Lollypop, this upcoming iteration of Android will bring kill switch functionality, which is aimed to deter the theft of Android smartphones, revealed Google in a statement. Already included in the smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3, the so-called kill switch functionality, which is also known as reactivation lock or anti factory-reset protection, blocks any attempt to factory restore the smartphone or reactivate it by putting password protection. Unless the thief knows your password, the phone is rendered useless and thus impossible to resell. Specifics of the Android kill-switch are unknown at the point but it will very likely be included i the Android Device Manager , which currently allows Android users to track or wipe their lost or stolen devices. In addition to the kill switch, Android 5.0 will also make ART (Android Runtime) as the default runtime on Android devices. Runtime is the software responsible for executing programs (apps).
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Next major Android release to pack "kill switch" & ART as default runtime
However, the defendant companies were successful in arguing that their smartphones do not infringe because they aren't "resource-constrained devices" as described in the Gemalto patents. Rather, they"rely on off-chip memory to run Java applications, similar to prior art personal computers," wrote the judges. Gemalto said that the accused Android smartphones infringed when they "temporarily load program instructions from off-chip memory into on-chip cache memory before execution," but the district court judge ruled that "cache memory issubstantially different from permanent memory and not equivalent for infringement purposes." The appeals court agreed. It's fairlyunusual that Gemalto lost on asummary judgment rulingat all.Summary judgment iswhen judges rule on a case without a jury trial because they believe the case can be resolved solely on a legal basis, without any need forthe kind of fact-finding involved with a jury trial.Such rulings are fairly common in patent cases, but not in the Eastern District of Texas, where judges prefer to referlitigants to ajury trial. It's one factor that makesEast Texas continue to be seen as a favorable district for patent plaintiffs. If Gemalto's patent case had succeeded, it would have had a major impact on Google. Most patent lawsuits today are filed by so-called"patent trolls" with no business outside of licensing, but the rare cases brought by operating companies can be uniquely threatening. With 2.4 billion in revenue and 14,000 employees, Gemalto was able tofund amajor legal attack, hiring top-tier patent lawyers from McKool Smith .
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