Android phone makers back platform but consider other options

Some phone makers are quietly exploring alternatives to the Android operating system implicated in the Samsung-Apple ruling, industry watchers say, despite their public pronouncements they are sticking with the technology.

Last week, a US court ruled Samsung’s Android devices were violating Apple patents – a major blow to the leading mobile software platform because it could lead to sales bans and high licensing fees.

The impact could also hit smaller vendors that use Android such as HTC, ZTE, and Sony. Android is used in more than two-thirds of smartphones.