Mobile Lowdown 5-16-11: iPhone 5; Nokia Ovi; Clearwire; Kodak; Android

Our look at some of the big stories in mobile today: More reports on the so-called iPhone 5; Nokia (NYSE: NOK) ditches its Ovi brand; Sony (NYSE: SNE) Ericsson (NSDQ: ERIC) calls off its logo spat against Clearwire; (NSDQ: CLWR) Kodak gets a key win in its Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) complaint; and the Android Market extends its payment options to 131 markets.

iPhone 5: A new report from the analysts at Jefferies & Co. (via Forbes) predicts that the next iPhone to come from Apple will not be a major upgrade, but will instead feature incremental improvements on the current iPhone 4 on the market today. Read more here.

Nokia/Ovi: Ovi didn’t become anything close to a household name for Nokia, and now it has decided to ditch it as its mobile services brand, as it gears up to take on a whole new set of Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) brands in 2012. Full story here.

Sony Ericsson/Clearwire: This was a curious side story to the whole slew of patent suits that have been criss-crossing the mobile industry. Sony Ericsson has dropped a lawsuit against Clearwire over its logo, which had claimed that Clearwire’s swirling circular design was too similar to its own. Sony Ericsson first decided to sue Clearwire back in 2009, when the two settled on using different color schemes, but the flames got fanned again this year when it was reported that Clearwire was getting ready to launch its own-branded handsets. In a hearing in the U.S., Clearwire — which is still trying to build out its national network, and has faced intermittent funding issues — said it was not planning to launch any devices after all. That, apparently, reduced the branding threat for Sony Ericsson. (via The Local)

Kodak: Another legal case moves one step ahead. Kodak got a vote of confidence late last week when a judge at the International Trade Commission ruled that Kodak did not violate any Apple patents: the two have been countersuing each other over patents relating to digital cameras. This is only an initial ruling, though; the full ITC ruling will not come until September this year. Another judge is expected to make an initial ruling in Kodak’s case against Apple and RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) later this month. (via Reuters)

Android: In a sidenote to all the events at Google’s I/O conference last week, the number of countries that can now make payments for apps in the Android Market has been extended to 131 countries from the 32 previously covered. As The Register points out, China (and Greenland) are both still outside the loop.