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Apple and Microsoft are pretty friendly with one Android phonemaker

These days whether it’s paying big licensing fees [1][2][3] to Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) or facing equally terrifying lawsuit barrages [1][2][3][4] [5][6][7][8] [9][10][11] from Apple, Inc. (AAPLlife seems pretty tough for Android OEMs, despite the operating system's sales success.

Life is pretty tough for Android phone makers, that is, except for Sony.

Japan's Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) is fortunate enough to be sitting upon a massive pile of international intellectual property.  To boot, it added over 6,000 patents to that collection when it joined with Microsoft and Apple in purchasing Nortel Networks' IP.

Sony via its wholly owned Sony-Ericsson unit, which it recently bought out, produces a number of distinctive Android smartphones including the Gingerbread-powered Xperia Play 4G (aka "The PlayStation Phone") and the "Live With Walkman" music-minded handset.

Yet Sony has had the good fortune of seeing nary a lawsuit from Apple.  Part of that could be written off to the company's relatively small share of the overall big Android pie.  It's true that Apple primarily targeted the world's top three Android smartphone makers -- Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (KS:005930), HTC Corp. (TPE:2498), and Google Inc. (GOOG) subsidiary Motorola Mobility -- a group that Sony did not have the distinction of being part of.

But then there's the fact that Microsoft doesn't even mention Sony in its recent diagram of who it's suing and who it's cutting licensing deals with. 
Microsoft lawsuits
Look, no Sony! [Source: Microsoft]

Given that Sony's been on the market for some time now with Android product, the message seems clear -- Sony, for whatever reason, doesn't have to license from Microsoft.

Sony Xperia Play, Live With Walkman
Sony's Xperia Play 4G (left) and "Live With Walkman" (right)

It looks like Sony knows some special kung fu when it comes to smartphone IP.

Sony might not have won the Android market over quite yet with its slick designs, but with other manufacturers paying Microsoft as much as $15 USD per handset and seeing their devices banned from sales in some regions, IP-strong Sony could be poised to rise up the ranks in global sales -- assuming it can generate enough compelling product.

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Sony... meh.
By retrospooty on 11/7/2011 2:34:51 PM , Rating: 4
"Sony could be poised to rise up the ranks in global sales -- assuming it can generate enough compelling product"

Compelling product? If Sony makes it, they will somehow find a way to make it non-standard, and overcharge for it. They are as bad as Apple with that.

RE: Sony... meh.
By borismkv on 11/7/2011 3:09:07 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Sony... meh.
By EasyC on 11/8/11, Rating: 0
RE: Sony... meh.
By publicspace on 11/7/2011 8:02:43 PM , Rating: 2
*cough* Sony Camcorders, S-series MP3 Players, Sony Ericsson cell phone adapters and software, ecetera *cough*

I do not like Sony.

RE: Sony... meh.
By someguy123 on 11/8/2011 12:23:17 AM , Rating: 4
Yeah. They've got plenty of "compelling" products, but they're always some fine print attached to everything. Announce the vita at a great price point with good features, then proprietary memory cards at 30$ for 4gb.

It's like sony executives' only job is to ruin all of their products before they ship.

RE: Sony... meh.
By Tony Swash on 11/8/11, Rating: -1
RE: Sony... meh.
By wifiwolf on 11/8/2011 8:55:55 AM , Rating: 3
I stopped reading when you written "Macs are the most compatible PCs on the plane and can legally and easily run MacOSX, Windows (all variants), Linux (pretty much all variants as far as I know) and of course are also Unix boxes. Macs can run all those OS at the same time. "

Get a clue!

RE: Sony... meh.
By Tony Swash on 11/8/11, Rating: 0
RE: Sony... meh.
By yomamafor1 on 11/8/2011 11:17:24 AM , Rating: 3
Yes, because Apple restricted their OS to work legally on their computer (when it is demonstrated that average PC can run OS X without issue), so therefore Macs are better....

Sorry, let me take an Tylenol first, before I re-read your statement.

RE: Sony... meh.
By Tony Swash on 11/8/11, Rating: 0
RE: Sony... meh.
By yomamafor1 on 11/8/2011 4:38:36 PM , Rating: 2
So basically you are agreeing that everything I said is true :)

No. I agree that Mac can run almost anything, same as any other PC out there, since it is just another PC with an Apple logo on the front. The only problem is that Apple does not allow OS X to run on non-Apple machines legally , even though they can technically. To say that Mac is the most compatible machine on the market because of that is ludicrous.

I will put it another way: show me a software application you cannot run legally and easily on a Mac.

Let me rephrase that for you: show me a software application you cannot run legally and easily on an x86 PC.

RE: Sony... meh.
By DFranch on 11/8/2011 4:40:15 PM , Rating: 2
I think the point is Microsoft allows windows to be run on a mac, but Apple doesn't allow osx to be run on a pc. That's weird... if it is so superior surely they would make billions and windows would be relegated to the bargain bin.

RE: Sony... meh.
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/8/2011 4:42:48 PM , Rating: 2
The fact remains if you want to run all operating systems legally and easily on a single PC then the Mac is your machine
The fact remains they all, with the exception of Mac OS since Apple locks it to Apple hardware, run on non-mac hardware. So why pay out the nose, for Apple, when non-Apple hardware runs them just fine? Oh right, because you say so.

RE: Sony... meh.
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/8/2011 4:50:21 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, and what's this? Oops...

In yet another international patent case, Motorola Mobility won a preliminary injunction against Apple in Germany Friday, after Apple failed to appear in court to defend against charges that its products infringe on two Motorola patents related to wireless technology. The injunction prohibits Apple Inc. from selling products that offend the Motorola patents in Germany.

RE: Sony... meh.
By retrospooty on 11/8/2011 5:14:42 PM , Rating: 2
"The fact remains they all, with the exception of Mac OS since Apple locks it to Apple hardware"

Exactly... Then Swash makes it sound like an asset... Honestly, if Mac OS were available and installable on my self built PC, I would buy it right now today (and actually pay real money LOL)

The fact is Apple cant do what MS does. If they had to support 10's of thousands of different hardware and software from thousands of makers it would the most unstable OS out there. They lock out most software vendors, and lock out most hardware vendors, then don't allow their OS to be installed on REAL PC's ... This is why in spite of their "vast superiority" they can only muster 5-6% of the global market (and that is after their recent popularity surge).

RE: Sony... meh.
By retrospooty on 11/8/2011 3:18:09 PM , Rating: 2
"I regularly run Windows (XP and 7) and Ubuntu on my Mac"

Because you need to, because Mac OS isnt compatible with the rest of the earth =)

RE: Sony... meh.
By TakinYourPoints on 11/8/2011 5:21:00 PM , Rating: 2
As much as I hate to agree with Swash's extreme posts, he's right here. All crossplatform developers I know do it on Macs so they can cover Unix and OS X in the main OS and run Windows in a VM if they need to test or debug something there.

This covers friends at Google, IBM, and every single web developer I know. So yeah, for anyone serious about backend and web development his statement is pretty much true.

RE: Sony... meh.
By retrospooty on 11/9/2011 7:48:51 AM , Rating: 2
But the reason is because Apple doesnt allow OSX to install on PC's. Not the reverse. Its not that Mac is more compatible, its that Apple is less open.

RE: Sony... meh.
By retrospooty on 11/8/2011 9:01:30 AM , Rating: 2
Non-standard was meant mainly for Sony, overpriced for both.

Overpriced Apple products? Pretty much everything at this link.

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