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Google won’t face Genius lawsuit over claims of copying song lyrics

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  • A federal judge has dismissed Genius’ lawsuit over claims Google was scraping song lyrics.
  • Genius was supposedly just trying to enforce someone else’s copyright law, not its own claims.
  • The court also tossed out allegations of unfair competition.

Genius has lost its bid to sue Google for allegedly scraping song lyrics.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that New York federal judge Margo Brodie dismissed Genius’ claims against Google in a ruling on August 10. Brodie determined that Genius was overstepping its limits by launching copyright claims it didn’t have the authority to make.

Genius’ breach of contract claims were just attempts to “enforce the copyright holders’ exclusive rights” against unauthorized copying, the judge said. It only controlled “derivative works,” and the copyrights in this case ultimately belonged to the musicians. Precedent required that Genius show there was an “extra element” (such as contractual requirements) for a state claim to survive, and Genius reportedly couldn’t show this.

Brodie also tossed out Genius’ unfair competition claim, noting that the lyrics provider hadn’t accused Google of violating any duty or “confidential relationship.”

The judge also rejected Genius’ move to have the case returned to a state court, effectively shutting down the lawsuit.

Read more: Google finally shows song lyrics in search results

It’s not certain what Genius will do next. Android Authority has asked Genius and Google for comment.

Genius claimed to have “irrefutable” evidence of Google scraping lyrics for its own purposes, pointing to a special pattern of apostrophes used to catch thieves. There were over 100 examples, Genius said. Google denied the accusations, noting that it got lyrics from partners. If there was any copying going on, Google argued, those third parties were to blame.

The decision ends uncertainty over Google’s lyrics, at least for now. You can search for the verses from a favorite song and still expect to find them as you have before. Not that Google can rest at the moment. It’s still facing close scrutiny from Congress and other government bodies, including claims it tried to sink Yelp by stealing content. This is one victory in a war it’s not guaranteed to win.

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New Android phones in Turkey won’t work with Google apps due to legal scuffle

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Google Play store

According to Reuters, a legal scuffle between Google and Turkey is having some unwelcome consequences. According to Google, future Android devices launched in the country will not support Google apps, at least as of right now.

Google sent out a message to its Turkish partners regarding the policy update.

“We’ve informed our business partners that we will not be able to work with them on new Android phones to be released for the Turkish market,” a Google statement said. “Consumers will be able to purchase existing device models and will be able to use their devices and applications normally. Google’s other services will be unaffected.”

Google and Turkey are in the middle of negotiations to resolve the problem.

The problem stems from antitrust issues Turkey raised with Google in 2018. In September of that year, the country penalized Google to the tune of 93 million lira (~$ 17.4 million) for violating competition law with its mobile software sales. Google had six months to address this problem.

Related: DOJ allegedly looking into the Google Fitbit deal over antitrust issues

Google did change its policies related to the financial penalty, but apparently it did not meet all of Turkey’s requirements, which included allowing users to change the default search engine on their handsets.

As punishment for not meeting Turkey’s requirements related to that previously mentioned fine, Google would need to pay a fine equivalent to 0.05% of its per-day revenue in Turkey going forward. This is likely the primary reason why Google is halting any support for new handsets in Turkey.

This antitrust issue between Google and Turkey is nothing new for the company. Over the past few years, Google has faced increased scrutiny from the European Commission related to its competition policies and regulators here in the US are reportedly thinking of pursuing similar litigation.

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Why Realme won’t be making a gaming phone soon

Realme X2 Pro front view of home screen at an angle

Realme is one of the newest Android manufacturers on the market, but it has already surpassed a number of veterans in sales and popularity. The company has grown explosively since launching as an Oppo offshoot, reaching the global top 10 of smartphone OEMs.

Realme has now made its way onto the European market, with the official launch of the Realme 5 Pro and Realme X2/X2 Pro at an event in Madrid last week. While there, we had the opportunity to speak with Levi Lee, Director of Realme Europe, and discussing the company’s secret to success and vision for the future.

Behind Realme’s unstoppable smartphone cycle: Go big or go home

When the X2 and X2 Pro were unveiled, the specs and look of the devices were in line with current flagship industry standards, even exceeding expectations in some areas. What was surprising, however, were the devices’ prices. The Realme X2 Pro, a handset with the latest Snapdragon 855 Plus, a 90Hz AMOLED display, and industry-leading 50W fast charging, starts at only 399. At a time when most flagships don’t drop below the 800 mark, it’s hard not to wonder what Realme’s secret is.

Levi Lee shared with Android Authority that there are a couple of specific factors that help Realme keep prices so affordable.

The secret to low prices

One of the biggest cost savers for Realme is marketing. Of course, any brand can claim its devices speak for themselves, but Realme targets younger users and communicates with them on their preferred channels. “We use the community, we use social media and digital tools to talk to consumers and to let consumers know the brand. That’s how we save money from marketing,” shared Levi Lee.

Distribution also cuts costs thanks to Realme’s decision to sell its devices online first and foremost, which is the case in Europe too. All three devices presented at the Madrid event can be bought through Realme’s official website or other popular online retailers such as Amazon and Ebay.

Realme X2 Pro Screen on looking at launcher 1

But Lee also didn’t hide the fact that the company has a strong supplier chain, which allows it to get better prices. Realme is technically no longer part of Oppo, but they still share the same parent company — BBK Electronics, from which they receive significant support.

However Lee was quick to point out that low prices are far from the only thing that makes Realme successful. “First, I think the product quality is great and second the specs are great, third the design is great. That is what we care about. If you sell a device to consumers at a very cheap price, but the device is not good, the quality is not good, it’s not sustainable.”

Yet, is Realme blindly jumping on popular trends to appeal to their young and trendy audience? The Chinese manufacturer recently made the jump from polycarbonate to glass and also followed in Samsung’s footsteps by equipping several of its devices with quad cameras. The Realme 5 Pro is, in fact, the first under-200 device to sport the feature. But is it just a gimmick?

Realme 5 Pro camera module on the rear

Lee told Android Authority that the decision was motivated by wanting to give consumers choice. Some prefer using a wide-angle lens, others take their best shots with the help of the telephoto lens. Having all of the options on one device just makes it appeal to a wider audience. According to Lee, the camera can be used in many different scenarios to produce multiple interesting results.

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Realme has worked on improving both video and image quality, with some features that make it stand out from the crowd. The X2 Pro offers video stabilization, real time bokeh in both front and rear camera videos, as well as an AI beautification mode. Granted, in our Realme X2 Pro review we found that low-light image quality leaves a lot to be desired.

The true standout on the X2 Pro, however, is the new 50W charging — from 0% to 100% in just 35 minutes is more than impressive.

Realme X2 Pro Screen on in front of box 1

No Realme gaming phone in the near future

After the relative success of devices like the Asus ROG Phone 2 and the emphasis Realme put on its 90Hz display and cooling, it was a question we could not overlook. Is Realme planning a dedicated gaming phone in the future? Unfortunately, Levi Lee told us that it is not currently in the plans: “It is not for the common consumers, it’s not what we are after.” He did, however, say that the Realme X2 Pro is already an excellent gaming phone even if it’s not a dedicated gaming device.

On the Madrid stage, it was revealed that the X2 Pro sports gaming-oriented features such as a 4×4 MIMO antenna for steady connections and vapor cooling. So, while there might not be a Black Shark 2-like device with accessories and gamepads in the works, you can still pick up the X2 Pro and enjoy games like PUBG Mobile and others with no problems, as our colleague Ryan already pointed out in his review.

What do you think of Realme devices?

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The one-year old HTC One Mini 2 won’t be getting Lollipop

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The One Mini 2 is yet to celebrate its first anniversary (it was officially launched on May 15, 2014), but HTC is eager to make it forgotten, at least when it comes to updates.

In reply to a customer question on Twitter, HTC announced that the One Mini 2 won’t be getting Lollipop, as updating it to the newer Android version would not result in an “optimal experience.”

With 1GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz processor, the One Mini 2 is indeed relatively poorly endowed in terms of specs. Then again, Motorola has been doing a solid job issuing Lollipop for the first-gen Moto G, which features the same processing package. HTC’s Sense software is probably harder on the system than the Moto G’s stock-like OS, but we’re still unconvinced that HTC really couldn’t make it work.

The One Mini 2 was HTC’s compact version of the One M8, featuring Android 4.4 KitKat, a 4.5-inch HD display, a quad-core processor, 16GB of expandable storage, a 2,100 mAh, and a 13MP rear camera.

The One M7 is another device that HTC is ready to leave behind, though the company hinted it may reconsider its decision to not update the former flagship to Android 5.1.

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A future Asus smartwatch won’t use Android Wear

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A couple of weeks ago, Jonney Shih, chairman of Asus, began talking about the company’s plans for future smartwatches. Longer battery life was one of the key improvements that the company wants to make, but Asus stated that it may need to leave Android Wear behind to accomplish this. Speaking this Friday, Asus CEO Jerry Shen reaffirmed that the company will be ditching Android Wear for at least one upcoming smartwatch, in order to achieve longer battery life.

No exact hardware details were given out about the new smartwatch, but previously Shih had suggested that Asus was targeting battery life that would last seven days. Shen also let slip that the non-Android Wear smartwatch may be powered by a new MediaTek SoC, which is said to still be under-development.

“We will continue to work with Google on Android Wear, and we will have another (smartwatch) that is not based on Android Wear and features a longer battery life,” – Asus CEO Jerry Shen

Despite the talk of an Android Wear alternative, Asus stated that its second-generation ZenWatch will still make use of Google’s wearable platform.

Instead of abandoning Android Wear completely, the company appears to be planning a separate smartwatch line that will offer a longer battery life at the expense of some of Google’s platform features. Previously, Asus also announced that is has two lower cost “wristband-like” devices in the pipeline, which will focus on the health and fitness market.

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LG reassures that the G Flex 2 and G4 won’t be affected by Snapdragon 810 issue

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Yesterday Qualcomm revealed that a “large company” had decided not to use the Snapdragon 810 in an upcoming flagship, with all signs pointing to Samsung. The reason for this change reportedly had to do with Snapdragon 810’s alleged overheating issues, something Samsung encountered in its tests of the chip. So why did Samsung run into problems and not LG? As it turns out, LG had more troubles developing the 810-powered LG G Flex 2 than it originally let on.

Despite denying that overheating was an issue a week earlier, at an LG earnings conference in South Korea LG came clean and admitted that it had ran into some issues with its “initial batch” of chips. However, LG and Qualcom have since dealt with the issues and all is on schedule both for the release of the LG G Flex 2 and the future release of the LG G4.

Despite denying that overheating was an issue a week earlier, at an LG earnings conference in South Korea LG came clean.

Speaking of the G4, LG was also asked if the latest iteration might feature a metallic body when it arrives. As you might expect, LG was pretty vague stating that “these decisions will be based on market demand.” Considering just about every OEM is now shifting to metal for flagships, we’d say the demand is there. Whether or not LG decides to follow suit is a whole other matter.

Back to the subject of overheating, providing that LG is being 100% truthful on the matter, that means other OEMs that are expected to still utilize the Snapdragon 810 (like HTC) shouldn’t experience any delays either. Let’s just hope that everything goes according to plan, both for the sake of OEMs, Qualcomm and for us consumers who want the latest and greatest without having to deal with further delays.

What do you think of the “Snapdragon 810 fiasco”, based on what we know so far? Will this hurt Qualcomm’s reputation in the long term, or will they bounce back as long as they truly have solved any performance issues by the time devices reach customers?

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