Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 11th Nov 2012 12:48 UTC
Legal Interesting news in the middle of the night: Apple and HTC have announced they've settled all their patent disputes, bringing an end to all running lawsuits between the two companies. The companies signed a ten-year cross-licensing deal. Considering Apple's legal assault on Android hasn't been going particularly well, this really shouldn't come as a surprise.
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Only in OSNews bizarro land..
by Nelson on Sun 11th Nov 2012 18:25 UTC
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is multiple injunctions, and over a billion dollar in damages construed as things are going badly for Apple.

You cannot be serious.

Also, people seem to miss the point. Microsoft isn't trying to keep Android around either. Both Apple and Microsoft have the intent of DESTROYING Android. Microsoft is just better at choosing words (they haven't explicitly expressed a desire to go thermonuclear)

But make no mistake, Microsoft aims to make it unviable for OEMs to go after Android.

If OEMs find it financially unfeasible to create Android devices, then Android is essentially dead. Anyone who thought that the assault was exclusively focused on injunctions is naïve.

Every licensing cost that OEMs have to pay to use Android (and note: HTC now pays both Microsoft and Apple royalties for every Android device sold) makes it THAT much less attractive for them to continue to create devices for that platform.

Consider HTC who has seen profits tumble something like 70% YoY, do you REALLY think they like the idea of having additional costs when dealing with Android?

Windows Phone starts to look a lot more attractive. That's Microsoft's mission. It's also (and in a weird sense) Apple's mission, because Android is an uncontrolled beast. At least Microsoft plays by the rules of the playground with regards to licensing patents.

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