Here is yesterday’s top tech news and stories.
- Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, reported on the status of Android devices - they are seeing 1.3M activations a day, to total 480M devices, and even 70k tablet activations a day. A lot of their strength is on sales of devices such as the Samsung Galaxy SIII, but also their dominance in emerging markets is helping. Via Droid-Life, more here.
- Ars Technica is reporting that Apple will be the only game in town for the new iPhone dock adapter - it appears that Apple wants to make all the money from their new device, at least for a little while. While Apple has no real obligation to work with partners, they are a large part of the ecosytem that make iPhones quality devices, and this behavior may turn off some partners. Via Ars Technica, more here.
- Nokia unveiled their Lumia 920, the first Windows Phone 8 device - both Microsoft and Nokia have a lot riding on the success of this device. It has been years (decades in mobile time!) since either Nokia or Microsoft were relevant in this sphere. Not quite a Hail Mary, but somewhat similar, the Lumia 920 needs to be a dominant phone. Via Gigaom, more here.
- Oracle must pay Google $1M to cover lawsuit costs - when Oracle sued Google, they asked for $6B, now they have to dig into their own pockets and provide Google with some lawyer fees. Tough pill to swallow I would assume. Via Ars Technica, more here.
- Seesmic, known for their Ping capability, was purchased by Hootsuite - Seesmic is a startup that has had many faces, and are now being turned around and sold to Hootsuite, a company which produces a similar social aggregation product. Via TechCrunch, more here.
- One of the big selling points of the Nokia Lumia 920, was PureView technology in the camera – many people use their smartphones as both their only camera, and often. Nokia unveiled some PureView technology that was to make the camera far superior and easier to use. Apparently all of their pictures were a big hoax, so that’s good for them. Via The Verge, more here.