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Android: Swimming With the Patent Sharks

Oct 06, 2010, 22:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

"The folks in Mountain View should be celebrating. After all, Google Android has been on a tear these past six months, claiming 32 percent of all new smartphone purchases, according to Nielsen data. Dampening the mood at the Googleplex, however, is a rash of lawsuits directly or indirectly aimed at Android. Google may be winning in the mobile market, but it's unclear how it will fare in court. Related Research

"It's also not clear what the company could have done differently. Lawsuits, after all, appear to be par for the course in the mobile market, with at least 20 lawsuits being flung between companies as diverse as Kodak, Oracle, Toshiba, Samsung, and RIM.

"But Android particularly annoys Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle, albeit for very different reasons."

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