The Moto Maxx is finally official, as is the return of HTC tablets. In other news, LG and Google will be sharing patents from now on.
The rumored Moto Maxx (international version of the Droid Turbo) has finally come out its hiding spot. Motorola has officially announced the powerful, long-lasting smartphone. This comes as great news to those who thought the device would be a USA/Verizon exclusive.
The Moto Maxx will become available in Brazil today from Motorola.com. Meanwhile, Mexico will be getting it as soon as mid-November comes around. Other Latin American countries will get it “soon”.
Opinion: I happen to be a huge fan of the Motorola Droid Turbo (or Moto Maxx). The device is powerful, well-built and its 3900 mAh battery is insane. What else can you ask for?
HTC came back to the tablet market with the outstanding Nexus 9. The manufacturer had been absent in this market for a while, but it seems they are now back and pushing with full force. HTC CFO Chang Chia-lin said in an earnings call that HTC plans to launch its HTC-branded tablets come 2015.
It’s also stated HTC won’t be wasting time with the low and mid-end market, though. They believe there is more room to differentiate yourself in the premium tablet demographic. This means you won’t be seeing any affordable tablets coming from them.
Opinion: One of the biggest issues with previous HTC tablets was that they were usually over-priced. We all know they can make some stunning devices, but no one will buy them unless they are at least reasonably priced.
We have seen the mess that the patent wars have created in the mobile market the past years. It’s not pretty at all, which is why cross-licensing patent deals have become so important in the industry.
The latest deal comes from Google and LG, who have decided to share their portfolios. This deal will cover all current patents, as well as any patents filed within the next 10 years, giving both companies some room to breathe in a world where innovation can be halted by legal means.
Opinion: This deals are important for improving innovation. It’s a “you scratch my back and i’ll scratch yours” kind of deal. It opens up doors for better products and a brighter future. Google already established a similar deal with Samsung, let’s hope more companies join the party in due time.