| BY THE APPLE GIRL
Finally GoogleChic and I are going to agree on something. Apple and Google have teamed up on a $500 million bid to acquire Kodak’s patent portfolio. The two companies are aiming to buy Kodak’s 1100 imaging patents out of bankruptcy as reported by Bloomberg.
Initially, according to reports, Apple and Google were leading separate consortiums bidding for Kodak’s patents – Apple with Microsoft and Intellectual Ventures and Google with its mobile hardware buddies Samsung, LG and HTC. It seems like Apple and Google may have learnt their lesson after their head on fight for Nortel patents last year (Google lost after offering $900 million while Apple, RIM and Microsoft shelled out a chunky $4.5 billion dollars).
The patents that Kodak is selling as part of its bankruptcy proceedings, relate to capture, manipulation and sharing of digital images. In the future, the company plans to focus on printing and enterprise services and less on photography. Kodak claims that the patents may be worth more – $2.2 billion to $2.5 billion and Kodak has made more than $3 billion in revenue by licensing its patents to companies like Samsung, Nokia, LG, Google, Nokia among others. The two behemoths, Apple and Google may be getting the best deal now that they are not competing with each other.
| BY THE APPLE GIRL
Google TV was announced last year with much hype, but seems like the hype is sizzling out. Logitech was one of the new entrants with a Google TV box called Revue priced at $299 at the release. Recently, Logitech announced a price slash to $99, taking a loss since returns exceeded sales. Google recently announced an update to the Google TV software promising a more streamlined interface and improved searching capabilities.
The Verge reports that Logitech CEO Guerrino De Luca indicated that the 2010 Christmas launch of Logitech Revue was a “mistake of implementation of a gigantic nature”. He mentioned that the company “had brought closure to the Logitech Google TV saga” and decided to let inventory run out this quarter and that Logitech has no plans to replace the Google TV box. This mistake plus operational miscues in EMEA has resulted the company with $100 M in operating profits.
Google has to admit that it doesn’t have a winner in the TV arena, at least not yet. I like that it allows me to surf the web on the TV, but I need a better incentive than that. Similar to Google TV, cable TV content is lacking on Apple TV. Other features such as NetFlix, Hulu, purchasing movies and TV shows are similar on both Apple TV and Google TV. But Apple TV’s trump card is Airplay which lets you seamlessly stream content from any of the iDevices to your TV. Without an Apple TV, you could use DLNA to stream, but good luck trying to get it to work like AirPlay.
To Google’s credit, they have the right idea of simplifying and enriching the TV experience by merging TV and cable content. But Google falls short on the implementation and its disability to get premium TV content providers on board is not helping either. Still, there are new entrants, such as LG, expected to integrate Google TV into television sets, not to mention that Sony already has a Google smart TV out there that is not selling like hot buns.
| BY THE GOOGLE CHIC
iPhone 4 didn’t even stand a chance against the dual core LG Optimus 2X. In a recent browser speed test over WiFi the Optimus 2X slaughtered the iPhone 4. LG Opitmus 2X is the first dual core (Tegra 2) Android phone. It sports a 4 inch display, a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera along with a 8 megapixel camera. It also supports DLNA :), an HDMI output and has the ability to capture 1080p videos.
Not bad right? Check out the video below, it sure makes the iPhone look archaic!
P.S It’s rumored that the Optimus 2X is coming to T-mobile sometime in March (right now it’s only released in Korea). I’m crossing my fingers on this one!
| BY THE APPLE GIRL
GoogleChic, the best part of the LG Optimus 2X is the dual core processor. In spite of being a wee bit larger than the iPhone, the LG Optimus 2X screen display cannot beat the iPhone 4’s Retina display.
For me the iPhone clearly wins in the OS and form factor aspect if not in the processor part of it. Apple is rumored to release iPhone 5 with a dual core processor in the summer of this year.
According to an analyst at Rodman and Renshaw, “Apple is on track to refresh the iPad by March and iPhone by late summer. A key component upgrade across these platforms will be a dual-core processor featuring a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores”. So if you are in the market for a dual core processor, don’t jump the gun just yet!
GoogleChic, you should cross your fingers hoping that Optimus 2X will support HSPA+ (TMobile’s self proclaimed 4G network :))
LG Optimus 2X Commercial