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Google's ready to fight off lawsuits by purchasing patents to protect Android  (Source:
Google says it must buy these patents to protect itself in a "hostile" and "organized campaign" ran by tech giants like Microsoft and Apple

Mobile lawsuits have been flinging back and forth through much of 2011, whether its Apple attacking Samsung repeatedly for its Android-powered Galaxy Tab 10.1 and smartphones, or Samsung fighting back with a 3G lawsuit against Apple. Apple even slammed Amazon with a lawsuit because its Android Appstore had a name much too similar to Apple's "App Store."

With so many patent lawsuits being thrown around recently, Google, maker of the Android operating system, bought over 1,000 patents in order to protect itself.

Jim Prosser, a spokesman for Google, confirmed this week that Google bought 1,023 patents from International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) on August 17, according to Bloomberg. Prosser, however, did not offer details on financial terms. 

Google recently bought 1,030 patents from IBM in July as well, and will likely obtain over 17,000 more patents with the $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Last month, Google even transferred nine patents it bought from Motorola Mobility and Openwave Systems to 
Android-powered handset maker HTC to aid in the lawsuit fight.

According to Google, it must buy these patents to protect itself in a "hostile" and "organized campaign" ran by tech giants like Microsoft and Apple. 

The free, open source Android operating system relies on some non-proprietary features that Google did not make, allowing users/developers to manipulate the code. This system allows for lawsuits from others who claim that Android was built "on the backs of research done by other technology companies."

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By xSauronx on 9/15/2011 11:12:45 AM , Rating: 2
I dont have stability issues with either of my android devices (an htc desire on 2.2 and a nook color on 2.3), but I do with there was some better integration and consistency as a whole across the os/interface/google services

By Spuke on 9/15/2011 12:54:31 PM , Rating: 2
I don't any issues with my HTC Incredible. Works great. And now with the recent 2.3.4 update I got, it's MUCH faster to boot.

By Mitch101 on 9/15/2011 4:15:13 PM , Rating: 1
MUCH faster to boot" - LOL.

That's the problem is having to reboot the darn Androids they aren't stable. I haven't had to reboot the Windows Phone 7 once. Android needs to get there instead of releasing new OS's pick one and make it rock stable.

By JohnWPB on 9/15/2011 6:46:50 PM , Rating: 2
Spuke made no mention of having to "reboot". The comment he made was it was much faster after the update to "boot". Two different situations.

By Mitch101 on 9/16/2011 9:46:57 AM , Rating: 2
I have a nook color boot and reboot are the same thing.

By JB1592 on 9/18/2011 12:40:53 PM , Rating: 2
No... you're missing the point.

to boot
In addition; besides: Not only was the new cruise ship the biggest in the world, but the fastest to boot.

Taken in the correct context, the common phrase, "to boot," has nothing to do with an electronic device's start up time.

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