Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Sep 2011 16:09 UTC, submitted by kragil
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "In developer forums worldwide, there is a huge activity and engagement in the open Android ecosystem. And we also know there are a lot of independent developers out there who are creating their own custom ROMs or modifying the kernel. The Sony Ericsson Developer program is following this community with great interest, and even though Sony Ericsson is not supporting all the activities by independent developers, we recognize that custom ROMs are a part of the Android ecosystem. We therefore decided to assist a group of developers called 'FreeXperia'. The overall open developer community is important to Sony Ericsson, and we hope to learn from it, and share knowledge ourselves." On top of that, as far as I know, Soney Ericsson has not yet caved to Microsoft's extortion campaign, and they haven't been sued by either Microsoft or Apple either. All this combined makes them an excellent choice for those of us who don't want support slime ball practices of Microsoft and Apple. Then again - Sony.
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by eriwik on Fri 30th Sep 2011 20:09 UTC
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On top of that, as far as I know, Soney Ericsson has not yet caved to Microsoft's extortion campaign, and they haven't been sued by either Microsoft or Apple either. All this combined makes them an excellent choice for those of us who don't want support slime ball practices of Microsoft and Apple.

Of course, nowdays you can not build a phone, smart or otherwise, without using technology patented by both Nokia and Ericsson. If you want to sell phones you better not get them angry by suing them or they will sue you out of bussines. See what happened when Nokia sued Apple, Apple lost and paid cash and royalties.

I expect that most smartphone manufactures have licenced patends from both of those companies (and several others). Most smartphone makers are not traditional telecom companies and simply don't have many, if any, patents in that area. Sure they might have nice patents for things like UI and such but it matters little if you can't connect to the net.

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