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March 13, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- The joke quickly made the rounds of Twitter: Top Google Inc. executive Sundar Pichai had been elected pope - - of Android. There were no puffs of white smoke as there were for Pope Francis, just a blog post Wednesday from Google co-founder and Chief Executive Larry Page announcing a major changing of the guard at the Internet giant.  Pichai had been tapped to run the world's most popular mobile operating system. He is taking over from Andy Rubin, who has stepped down as head of Android . Pichai's new job -- making sure nothing slows Android's momentum -- has thrust him into the spotlight.
November 3, 2011 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Steve Jobs' legacy at Apple Inc. goes well beyond cool gadgets, a thriving retail chain and a music empire. He also launched the company's all-out legal war on Google Inc. In the last months of Jobs' life, Apple unleashed a patent-suit blitzkrieg on its Silicon Valley rival, filing 10 lawsuits in six countries that accuse the Internet search giant of stealing its smartphone and tablet computer technology. The campaign is rooted in Jobs' belief that Google and mobile device manufacturers that use its Android software copied key design and technology features from Apple's iPhone and iPad.
August 27, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
About $12.5 billion. That's how much Google paid for Motorola Mobility. The deal that handed the search giant patents to boost its intellectual property arsenal closed in May. But it's become more important than ever following Apple's resounding victory over Samsung on Friday as it wages a broader war against Android. A jury, after three days of deliberations in a complex U.S. District Court trial in San Jose, awarded Apple more than $1 billion after finding that Samsung had infringed on six out of seven patents by copying the look and feel of Apple's mobile devices.
August 28, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. bought ailing mobile device maker Motorola Mobility this year to stockpile patents for the war that was heating up with rival Apple Inc. But those patents may not be much help in defending challenges to its Android mobile operating system in the wake of Apple's sweeping courtroom victory last week over Samsung Electronics Co. Experts said that Google probably would unsheathe the 17,000 patents it picked up in...
April 3, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Get ready for the Facebook phone. The company is close to unveiling a smartphone whose software keeps the social network front and center. It is part of an overall strategy to advance Facebook's ambitions to dominate mobile devices the way it has desktop computers. Facebook Inc. has scheduled a news conference Thursday at its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters to show off an HTC smartphone that operates on software called Facebook Home. The social network's News Feed, messaging, photo uploading and other features will be integrated into the phone, according to reports.
May 29, 2012
The legal battle between Google and Oracle over the use of Java in Google's Android software is more than just another bruising patent fight between rival tech companies. The more unusual and disturbing aspect of the dispute is Oracle's claim to hold copyrights to Java's "application programming interfaces," or the bits of code that let apps written in Java work with other programs. Although a federal jury found that Google violated those copyrights (but not Oracle's patents), District Judge William Alsup can still hold that APIs aren't copyrightable.
April 28, 2012 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
The Kindle Fire appears to be burning up its competition — on the Android side, anyway. Inc.'s tablet computer is catching on in a big way in the U.S., accounting by end of February for 54.4% of tablets that run Google Inc.'s Android system software. That represented a near doubling of the Fire's Android market share since December, when it was at 29.4%, according to new data from ComScore Inc. The Fire first went on sale in November. In a way, the Kindle Fire is gobbling up the small fish in the pond — far outpacing Samsung's Galaxy Tab (15.4% of Android)
April 19, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Larry Page, the co-founder of Google Inc. who returned as its chief executive one year ago, has commanded respect for making decisive, bold moves to recharge the search giant. But the usually self-assured Page appeared uncomfortable on the witness stand Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. He was there to dispute allegations that his company infringed Oracle Corp.'s patents and copyrights to build its Android mobile software, which now powers more than 300 million mobile devices.
April 4, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- The Facebook phone is the technology world's version of a unicorn, a mythical device rumored for years but never to materialize - until now. On Thursday morning, Facebook Inc. is expected to unveil the first phone that puts Facebook front and center, using a modified version of Google Inc.'s Android mobile software. What other announcements does Facebook have up its hoodie? Join us at 10 a.m. live from Facebook headquarters for news and analysis. ALSO: What to expect from Facebook's event Thursday Facebook to unveil HTC phone with Google's Android software Facebook's U.S. mobile ad revenue is expected to soar in 2013   Tweets from @latimes/live-tech-coverage
August 29, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Apple Inc.'s iPhone will go on sale in China in the fourth quarter. China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. will sell the iPhone 3G and the 3GS models. The deal isn't exclusive, Apple said, so other carriers will also be able to offer the iPhone in China. Apple will compete with Research in Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry and handsets powered by Google Inc.'s Android software in China.
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