02 Sep '12, 10am

Android phone makers back platform but consider other options - TODAYonline

BERLIN - Some phonemakers 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 like HTC, ZTE, and Sony. Android is used in more than two thirds of smart phones. Huawei, Sony, Lenovo and ZTE - which all use Android extensively - told Reuters they were continuing to bet on the Google's platform despite the ruling. "(The ruling) is not relevant to what we are doing," said Chris Edwards, chief of ZTE's business development in Europe. But as the mobile market matures and more...

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