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HTC Gains Access to Microsoft Patents

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by passivesf, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. passivesf

    passivesf Well-Known Member
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  2. Android 17

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    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.
     
  3. neodorian

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    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.
     
  4. zaaye

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  5. Covert_Death

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    yea it will still certainly be the cheap route as all the competition is pay to play
     
  6. IOWA

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    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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