The woes for HTC continue, faces partial sales ban in Germany

HTC One A9
Jessica Lee Star/Digital Trends
HTC just can catch a break. A German court granted an injunction on its handsets in Germany over a patent dispute.

The patents in question deal with voice coding technology owned by Acacia Research Group LLC, which is a patent-licensing firm based in Plano, Texas. The Mannheim District Court ruled in favor of Acacia on November 27, thus blocking sales of HTC handsets through Deutsche Telekom AG. The injunction is likely to take place later this month.

HTC is obviously very disappointed with the ruling and said in a statement that its planning to immediately appeal the decision.

The good news for HTC is that it only affects handsets sold through Deutsche Telekom AG, so it’s considered a partial sales ban. Unfortunately it’s unknown how much market share Deutsche Telekom represents versus other carriers in the country.

Acacia had similar disputes with Apple, Samsung, Amazon, Huawei Technologies, and others, but the company struck licensing deals with all of them. It’s possible that this ruling will force HTC’s hand to negotiate its own licensing deal, which will lift the injunction.

HTC has been struggling for the past few years. The company dropped out of the top 10 handset vendors in terms of shipments in 2013, and hasn’t figured out a way to get back on track. Its latest handset, the One A9, is one of the first non-Google handsets to guarantee software updates timely. However, it’s too soon to tell if it’s helping reverse the trend.

HTC does have a backup plan though. It hopes to capitalize on the growing virtual reality segment with the Vive headset next year. The company is also working on wearable and fitness-related products through a partnership with Under Armour. We expect to see those products next year as well.

Gaming

New Sony patent suggests a wireless PSVR headset could be on the way

Images and documents in the Japan Patent Office appear to suggest that Sony is planning a wireless version of the PlayStation VR headset. It isn't clear which system it will be used for.
Mobile

Jury fines Apple $32 million for infringing on three Qualcomm patents

In a serious blow to Apple in its legal battle against Qualcomm, a San Diego jury fined Apple $32 million for infringing on three Qualcomm-owned patents. The decision marks the latest news in a string of court dates for the two companies.
Computing

The next Microsoft Surface Pro could have a redesigned kickstand hinge

A Microsoft patent could provide additional details on the hinge of the next Surface Pro. The patent describes "secured device portions" and the inner workings of a hinge mechanism for a device in space-constrained environments. 
Deals

Looking to upgrade? These are the best iPhone deals for March 2019

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for March 2019.
Deals

Stay fit and save cash with our top 10 affordable Fitbit alternatives

As much as we love Fitbits, they're rather expensive. If all you want is a simple activity tracker, however, then check out these great cheap Fitbit alternatives. With offerings from brands like Garmin, you don't need to pay full price.
Mobile

Walmart to launch it’s own low-priced tablet, powered by Android 9.0 Pie

Walmart will soon launch its own low-cost, kid-friendly tablet, which will be powered by Android 9.0 Pie. The price and release date for the device are still unknown, but it will reportedly feature a MediaTek processor with 2 GB of RAM.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Mobile

Safeguard your Sony Xperia 10 smartphone with one of these cases

If you're looking for some protection to keep your Sony smartphone safe, or you want a different style, we've got you covered here with a list of the best Sony Xperia 10 cases. There are clear cases, rugged cases, wallet cases, and more.
Product Review

Sony's Xperia 10 falls frustratingly short of budget brilliance

Better know for premium products, Sony does also have a budget smartphone range, but can the Sony Xperia 10 compete with great cheap phones from Nokia and Motorola? We put it through its paces to find out how it measures up.
Mobile

Sony's Xperia 10 smartphone boasts a 6-inch screen and is now available

Sony took the wraps off of three new phones at Mobile World Congress 2019, including the new Xperia 1, which is the company's new flagship phone and the first with a 4K OLED display with a 21:9 aspect ratio.
Mobile

FCC to help first responders pinpoint 911 callers in multistory buildings

When someone calls 911 from their cell phone, wireless carriers provide operators with an approximate location. Now the FCC wants the carriers to provide vertical location data to pinpoint 911 callers inside multi-story buildings.
Mobile

Latest Samsung Galaxy smartphone will pop up on April 10

Samsung will show at least one new Galaxy phone off on April 10, it has confirmed in a teaser tweet. The Galaxy A90 may make its first appearance, and it's rumored to have a pop-up camera and a notch-less screen.
Mobile

Leaked ZTE concept phones are crazy, possibly fake, and totally worth seeing

Renders of what may be ZTE concept phones may show how the manufacturer could avoid using the notch on future devices. They're crazy -- and maybe not even real -- but they're definitely worth looking at.
Mobile

The iPad Mini, Apple's tiny titan, makes a huge return with powerful new specs

Apple has finally revealed the iPad Mini. With all-new and upgraded specs, support for the Apple Pencil, and a fantastically inclusive price, here's everything you need to know about the iPad Mini.