HTC Custom Android Builds Avoid Apple Patents: Court Date set
HTC has stepped up to the plate with all of the so-called patent infringement that is going on. HTC has decided they will start to ship devices with custom Android builds as to not infringe on the patents that Apple has claimed they are infringing upon. To be a little more specific ITC found that the messaging app and the browser being used on HTC devices, more specifically Apple claims that HTC devices detect data structure of the numbers and emails. What this means if that if you owned a HTC device when you would click on an email or phone number in a text or the browser your phone would be able to tell where that data came from.
What is very interesting about all of this is that the US is the only place you will find what they call application association (app association) so now when you click on a number or email in the browser or a text message you now get a pop up like many other Android devices to ask what you want to do with the information. PSSTT :Guess what the rest of the world will still get the good old HTC software. There is still some uncertainty if the change will be what is needed for it to pass complience with ITC.
At the very least, it’s clear that Apple’s formidable patent portfolio is starting to have an impact on Android beyond the design changes we noticed at MWC; HTC is now shipping handsets with substantially different functionality in the United States than elsewhere in the world.
A court date has been set for Apple and HTC to meet up by a Delaware Judge who is feed up with the patent wars. The companies will meet face-to-face to work out the legal differences and end the patent shenanigans. If we can all go back a month the same thing happened between Apple and Samsung. The one interesting fact for me is that Apple has been involved in each of these patent wars.