Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Feb 2014 23:28 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Nokia plans to release this month a smartphone that runs a version of Google's Android mobile software, according to people familiar with the matter, as it concludes the sale of its handset business to Microsoft.

It's all but confirmed now that the Nokia X Android phone will actually be released. Number one question: will this be Nokia's next N9 (dead on arrival, released because it's done anyway), or will it be a true attempt by Nokia - and thus Microsoft - to establish a lasting replacement for Asha?

Second question: how successful can a Play Services-less Android phone really be?

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I don't believe it PERIOD
by kragil on Tue 11th Feb 2014 09:25 UTC
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If MS were to distribute Android they had to comply with its Apache license and that would mean to stop using patents against Androids handset makers AFAIK.

IANAL and maybe it wouldn't mean making all patents worthless(stupid old FAT patent might not be affected), but the financial hit would be significant I think.

Bottom line: I believe it when they hit the store.

Any license experts around?

Edited 2014-02-11 09:30 UTC

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RE: I don't believe it PERIOD
by Adurbe on Tue 11th Feb 2014 09:33 in reply to "I don't believe it PERIOD"
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Using your own patents doesnt stop you charging others a licence..

They only need to comply with the individual Apache licences, not re-wrap everything and comply as a single whole.

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