Android infringes on patents from Oracle, Apple, Microsoft, and Skyhook. I'm surprised the article doesn't mention this to remind people who the real culprit is...Im sorry, but Google completely screwed up big time and the hardware manufacturers have to pay for this. the manufacturers knew the risks of going with an OS that has no support program in place (that's what comes with no licensing fee)
Microsoft did not want to sue motorola, it was a last resort. they were in patent licensing discussions.....I'd like to remind everyone that HTC pays a licensing fee to microsoft because android infringes on microsoft patents (meaning HTC agrees with microsoft that android infringes on MS patents)..... when this deal happened, microsoft stated they are talking to to the others
HTC agreed with microsoft, and their deal validates the Microsoft patents.
"“Microsoft has a decades-long record of investment in software platforms. As a result, we have built a significant patent portfolio in this field, and we have a responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to ensure that competitors do not free ride on our innovations. We have also consistently taken a proactive approach to licensing to resolve IP infringement by other companies, and have been talking with several device manufacturers to address our concerns relative to the Android mobile platform.”"
when htc did this licensing deal, Microsoft stated that they are "working with other android manufacturers to get licensing deals done." Microsoft tries to not sue, theyre usually GETTING sued.
It looks like Microsoft has the upper hand in court because HTC validated their patents by enterring a licensing deal.
Since android has no licensing fee, google doesn't provide an indemnification program. Meaning, they dont support the OS, legally or technically. You really do get what you pay for here.
oracle suing google because of android infringing on patents:
apple suing HTC because of android infringing on patents:
HTC enters licensing agreement because of android infringing Microsoft patents: Slashgear
Skyhook sues Google for business interference and patent infringement in Android: Engadget