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Google's ready to fight off lawsuits by purchasing patents to protect Android  (Source: appsaffair.com)
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 cjc1103 on 9/19/2011 9:17:52 AM , Rating: 2
The carriers do extensive tests before releasing a phone/OS combination. If your Android phone locks up continually with no apps downloaded, that might be a hardware issue, I'd complain to the carrier, and get a replacement phone. Yes every new version of Android seems to need more phone horsepower, but most people don't upgrade to a new version of Android and so it doesn't matter. I have a new Droid Bionic (1 Ghz dual core) with Android 2.3.4, and it flies, it's never crashed or locked up yet, very stable, and I have about 20 apps installed. Web pages load fast on 4G, no more wait than you would have on your PC. I love it. Also I couldn't wait for iPhone 5 (with no 4G capability). YMMV.


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