Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Sep 2015 23:45 UTC, submitted by jonsmirl

Google and Microsoft have agreed to end their long-running patent feud over smartphones and video game systems, dropping about 20 lawsuits in the U.S. and Germany.

The two companies, which didn't disclose financial terms, have been litigating over technology innovations for five years. Google's former Motorola Mobility unit had been demanding royalties on the Xbox video-gaming system, and Microsoft had sought to block Motorola mobile phones from using certain features.

If you've been paying attention, you know why this is taking place now.

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RE[4]: Comment by Deviate_X
by Deviate_X on Fri 2nd Oct 2015 09:27 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Deviate_X"
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Microsoft is going to make Android phones soon.

* Microsoft forking Android, installing Bing, Outlook and Cortana and Office and installing whatever seems like a recipe for the "the Amazon Fire" rather than success.

* Microsoft delivering vanilla Android, and being competitive with the Sony's, and Samsung, HTC's would require a lot of time (1-2years -> what is soon?) and engineering and be very expensive to be hardware competitive in the high end.

* Financially Satya Nadalla just wrote off his Nokia division because of these kind of microscopic margins.

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