Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th May 2010 14:55 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless When Apple sued HTC, and targeted Android specifically (news which came out of the blue), many people, including myself, were convinced this was Apple letting the world know they were afraid of Android's rising popularity. This notion was laughed away by many an Apple fan, but it turns out that this is most likely far closer to reality than many dare to admit: in the first quarter of 2010, Android conquered the number two market share spot from the iPhone in the US - and by a wide margin too. Update: Added a graph which better shows the trend.
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Microsoft already gets license fees from HTC because of Android:

Android isn't any freer than patented MPEG codecs.

Unfortunately there are some out there who some how equate open source equally patent free; As I noted previously, there is no such thing as a piece of software not infringing on some patent some where - as soon as you move beyond a basic hello world programme you're going to hit a patent somewhere along the lines. I wouldn't be surprised whether other patent holders are simply allowing Android to slide or waiting for the same time to pounce.

I think the biggest problem with Android is that you're licensing it from no one, so if the sh-t does hit the fan it'll be you the OEM who takes the fall and not the software licenser. If you go and licence Windows Phone 7 then Microsoft takes on that responsibility as so far as patents go but if you go with Android then you're opening you're self up for a bag of hurt because you're responsibility for whether there are patents infringed (as so far as software is concerned).

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