In just a few weeks' time, the three-way death match for the future of the mobile operating system has shifted dramatically. Here's where Apple, Google and Microsoft stand now.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE – In a world increasingly going mobile, platform is destiny. The operating system will determine who rules -- or at least who has a seat at a lavish feast. Whether manufacturing phones or tablets, selling mobile ads or MOREJul 16, 2012 8:44 AM ET
Not just patent trolls, but companies with a combined worth of over $1 trillion have filed IP suits
FORTUNE -- FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller used the discovery Friday that Fujifilm has filed a patent infringement suit against Google (GOOG) subsidiary Motorola Mobility to ask why it is that Android attracts so many intellectual property lawsuits.
He's not talking about patent trolls. They sue everybody, including Apple (AAPL).
He's talking about publicly traded companies MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 15, 2012 7:03 PM ET
First in Washington, then in London
FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) may be on a winning streak with Samsung, but this week it lost two courtroom skirmishes with HTC -- the first smartphone manufacturer to be sued in Steve Jobs' "thermonuclear" war against Google's (GOOG) Android operating system.
On Monday, the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington refused to grant the emergency ban on 29 HTC smartphones that Apple had requested in June.
Android grew faster (38% to 24.5% year over year) but still trails the iPhone/iPad combo
FORTUNE -- The presence of Apple's (AAPL) mobile devices on the Web continues to surge according to Net Applications and StatCounter, two leading mobile analytics services, although the two firms draw very different conclusions about where that leaves the competing mobile platforms.
Net Applications, which monitors hits on its 40,000 client sites and weighs the results based on MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 2, 2012 8:13 AM ET
Microsoft's best chance to take on Apple's iPhone and Google's Android
FORTUNE -- The full keynote in which Microsoft (MSFT) gave its developers "the details they need to know" lasts nearly two hours. But the executive briefing is Joe Belfiore's 60 minute presentation that starts at the 6 minute mark.
Most press reports highlight the key hardware features -- support for multi-core processors, MicroSD chips, near field communications, higher resolution screens, etc.
But MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 21, 2012 8:23 AM ET
The judge left open the possibility that he might change his mind, and that's what he did
FORTUNE -- When last we visited Judge Richard Posner's court in the Northern District of Illinois he had issued an order dismissing "with prejudice" the Apple v. Motorola patent infringement case -- an order that was widely reported as the end of the line for both parties.
But the order was tentative, and it came MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 14, 2012 4:17 PM ET
The MacBook Pro gets a Retina Display; the coolest tech from this year's E3 convention.
Apple announces next-gen MacBook Pro: Retina display, 0.71 inches thin, shipping today for $2,199 [ENGADGET]
It packs a Retina display with a 2880 x 1800 resolution (or 220ppi), and a casing that measures just 0.71-inch thin and weighs 4.46 pounds. In addition to that high resolution, Apple is also promising higher contrast ratios, better viewing angles and MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 12, 2012 6:00 AM ET
The social network is testing out ways to give children safe and legal access; why the TV business may be on the verge of collapse.
Facebook explores giving kids access [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]
Facebook is developing technology that would allow children younger than 13 years old to use the social-networking site under parental supervision, a step that could help the company tap a new pool of users for revenue but also inflame MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 4, 2012 1:04 PM ET
A record of the Android phones and tablets that downloaded a single app over 6 months
FORTUNE -- Suddenly you can see the advantage -- both for developers and users -- of Apple's (AAPL) approach of limiting the number of iOS devices on sale at any time to a handful of iPads, iPhones and iPod touches.
Google (GOOG) executive chairman Eric Schmidt downplays the challenge of knowing ahead of time which Android MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 17, 2012 10:40 AM ET
After 5 years with Google's maps, Apple is reportedly set to unveil its own
FORTUNE -- Big news in iOS mapping this week.
Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac's teen blogging phenom, reported Friday that Apple (AAPL) is prepared to replace the iPhone and iPad's Map app -- built on Google's (GOOG) back-end mapping data -- with something entirely its own.
Its unveiling, according to AllThingsD's John Paczkowski, will be one of the highlights of the WWDC keynote on June MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 12, 2012 8:01 AM ET
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