Last Updated: May 04,2010
HTC Gains Access to Microsoft Patents - WSJ.com
What patents in particular does MS control? You would think they would butt heads with Apple as well, but I assume MS backs off due to the insane amount of money they control.
Well, they are licensing it. In a way this kinda sucks because one of the advantages to using Android (from a manufacturer's point of view) is that they don't need to pay a license fee to use it. By paying a license fee to Microsoft to cover any patents infringed by their Android phones, Android becomes less attractive as an OS.
Thankfully, with Windows Phone going more iPhone-like as far as customization, Android will continue to stand out as the OS of choice for manufacturers like HTC.
yea it will still certainly be the cheap route as all the competition is pay to play
Funny part is, no patents are even mentioned.
"Hey, your infringing our patents!"
"Uh, what patents are we infringing?"
"Who cares, pay us anyway! It's cheaper than going to court!"
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