ZTE's decision to jump on board the Windows Phone train with a mouthful of tasty Mango has seemingly pushed arch-rival Huawei's hand, with the company's CMO confirming that it will "probably" release a WP-based device in 2012. Exec Victor Xu told ZDNet that Huawei has "had some discussions with Microsoft" but has so far been "just watching" the market's response to the Windows Phone platform.
Volunteers to take part in the UK's first live trial of a 4G broadband service are being invited to sample some of the LTE goodness that their US counterparts are already enjoying, with carrier combo Everything Everywhere and telco BT rolling out the scheme in Newquay, St Newlyn East down in Cornwall. Currently predominantly unserved by traditional broadband, the system will use a temporarily-assigned chunk of the 800MHz spectrum and either fixed or wireless 4G modems.
T-Mobile USA's 2011 roadmap has leaked, and it's a smorgasbord of tempting telephonics. The smartphone roster, acquired by This is my next, includes reconfirmation that the HTC Sensation 4G is due on June 8, while the much-rumored HTC "Doubleshot" is expected to arrive on July 6 as the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide complete with HSPA+, a dual-core CPU, 3.7-inch display and slide-out QWERTY keyboard. That's just the start of it, however; head on beyond the cut for all the goodies.
As night follows day, so a patent suit from one company usually spawns another in return; we've seen it happen with Apple and Samsung, and now Huawei and ZTE are doing the same IP dance. After Huawei sued ZTE yesterday over allegations of patent theft, so ZTE has sued Huawei today "for patent infringement over its fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution, or LTE, cellular wireless technologies in China."
Good news this morning, with Verizon's 4G LTE back online in time for the launch of the DROID Charge. But this is a black eye for Verizon, casting doubt on the reliability of their network, and leaving subscribers to wonder why they had to use a workaround to get 3G. We have a hands-on of the new white iPhone 4 that Chris Davies visited with in London, complete with a video and a comparison to the Samsung Galaxy S II. Also, users that had manually updated their Nook Color found their e-reader bricked after the 1.2 update was installed. No word yet on a fix, just that "engineers are investigating the issue". Also, the Huawei lawsuit, RIM's questionable OS update, the G-Slate, more on the Sony PSN story, plus the Samsung Galaxy S II launch in Korea. Lots more after the cut.
Huawei Technologies has sued rival ZTE over claims of patent and trademark infringement, filing suits in three European countries. The telecoms company alleges ZTE has used Huawei patented technologies related to data card and LTE, as well as illegally using one of Huawei's registered trademarks on ZTE data cards. However, ZTE has denied any wrongdoing.
Motorola and Huawei had another legal battle brewing that had to do with allegations that Motorola was transferring Huawei IP to Nokia Siemens Networks. Nokia is buying certain aspects of the Motorola business in wireless solutions. Motorola and Huawei have now announced that they are both withdrawing any legal claims.
Huawei looked to Sweden for inspiration on their new phone. They partnered up with the Claesson Koivisto Rune studio and produced this phone they call the Folded Leaf. It's a device that's meant to perform only the most basic cellular functions, the calling functions and SMS/MMS messaging. It strips out all of the high speed data functions that we smartphone jockeys are used to having and provides a handset that's meant to be comfortable for direct chatting without all of the extra bells and whistles.
UK carrier Three has announced its first HSPA+ USB modem, which will be headed to the network on April 7 and, it's claimed, offer 40-percent faster speeds than the existing HSDPA dongles. The Huawei E367 has a rotating USB plug rather than an easy-to-lose cap, and will be available on both pre-pay and a rolling one-month contract.
I mentioned about a month ago now that Huawei had filed a suit against former partner Motorola to keep the company from transferring Huawei IP over to Nokia Siemens. Nokia Siemens is attempting to purchase Motorola's wireless network business where Huawei and Motorola have cooperated for over a decade.