HTC will have to pay Apple $6 to $8 for every Android handset sold
0. phoneArena 12 Nov 2012, 08:46 posted on
Just recently we learned that HTC has agreed to pay licensing fees to Apple in a settlement of one of the biggest cases in the mobile industry…
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1. Ravail (Posts: 182; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)
Lol I wouldn't put it past Apple for them to patent the colors Black and White in cell phones..
6. aaronkatrini (Posts: 241; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)
Htc is the only brand that brings INNOVATION and they must pay to apple for that!
I mean, they came up with the first Android phone, one of the first Windows 7 phone, the first Nexus device, First 1ghz Snapdragon, first 3D screen on a phone, First Quad-Core Chipset.... and many others...
I HATE APPLE!
14. Ravail (Posts: 182; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)
Your comment has nothing to do with that i posted. Lol umadbro?
21. gothicheart (Posts: 83; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
htc paying for every phone sold, and apple paying nokia for every iphone sold. well, it only shows who the real innovator is...
27. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Innovation is who spends the most money suing others. So yes, Apple would be the one and only true innovator there.
51. Topcat488 (Posts: 1394; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Yeah, HTC should have offered Apple $1.00 for each phone sold, Just like what Apple offered Motorola during their FRAND hearings... Poor HTC :/
71. epdm2be (Posts: 482; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
"I HATE APPLE!"
You think MSFT is any better? They did this FIRST in 2010!
It seems that American companies these days use everything BUT innovation to fill their CEO's greedy pockets.
16. MeoCao (unregistered)
From now on, when you buy a HTC phone you indirectly pay $8 to Apple.
So we have one more reason not to choose HTC phones.
32. alouden (unregistered)
Too true. When this news broke, all it made me want to di is go ahead and buy a Samsung.
38. LionStone (Posts: 730; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
There are no facts to this...article says someone "thinks" this is the case...
72. epdm2be (Posts: 482; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
+5$ to Microsoft.
How come you have such short memories?
Profits on every HTC handset = -x
...and there goes the most innovative non-US smartphone maker down the drain....
I'll give HTC 2 years tops!
By then Nokia will be destroyed by (ex-)MSFT employees, together with RIM if these canadians are so foolish to hire mr. Sinofsky (ex MSFT). Google have already put Motorola practically to sleep.
By 2015 the most innovative cell/smart-phone companies will be gone. And all what's left is cheap crappy chinese/korean s**t or uber-expensive stuff from MicroAppleSoft.
I'm really looking forward to the future...Oh dear! :-(
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Better than what they are paying MS....
33. jroc74 (Posts: 5996; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
This is true....lol. In some bizarro world....Apple's license deal is better than MS's. I think some heads are gonna explode...
73. epdm2be (Posts: 482; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
No it isn't. HTC only pays 5$ to Microsoft for every Android handset.
Funny how 2 supposedly non-related and supposedly competive American companies earn foreign money of the back of an OS build by another supposedly non-related and supposedly competive American company.
I don't wanna sound again like this is all a conspiracy but there sure is something fishy going on...
74. epdm2be (Posts: 482; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
I'll correct that for you:
"Htc gives to apple, apple gives to nokia and Nokia gives back to Microsoft!"
4. Aeires (unregistered)
HTC, quietly brilliant, publicly stupid.
7. MeoCao (unregistered)
can't say any better.
5. MeoCao (unregistered)
I would understand if it was MS. MS is PC King and has a lot of essential patents like file formats, emails, security...
What Apple has? Rectangle w rounded corners, flat centered screen, slide to unlock... all trivial things that can have work around solutions to.
And now Apple has free hands to go after other Android OEMs.
Shame on you HTC.
11. Aeires (unregistered)
What happened to HTC standing up to Apple over LTE patents? I can't help feeling there was a trade going on here, Apple gets LTE rights, and now license fees, and HTC gets Apple's lawyers off their back. What respect I had for HTC is now dead, they caved in to Apple, the single greatest threat to innovation and competition the mobile community has ever seen.
36. Xquisite (Posts: 87; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)
Hmm, lawsuits vs random internet guy losing respect because he doesn't understand business?
39. Aeires (unregistered)
Hmm, customer base choosing a different OEM to purchase phones from vs lawsuit they could have won.
Don't be so stupid to isolate this down to one person.
45. Xquisite (Posts: 87; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)
Lmao I doubt there will be a high percentage of people that don't buy the Droid DNA because of this.
Seriously if you don't buy an HTC phone because of this, you have issues.
47. Aeires (unregistered)
You don't have to have issues to boycott a company. It's about not supporting something you disagree with. It's that simple.
50. Xquisite (Posts: 87; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)
It isn't that simple. You're buying a HTC product, not an Apple product. There is no point in missing out on great phones because of business things that shoudln't even concern you.
53. Aeires (unregistered)
It's not your call what concerns me or not. It's my choice as a consumer to buy from one company vs another, not yours. Obviously this doesn't bother you so feel free to buy HTC if you want, that's your choice. My choice is different.
75. epdm2be (Posts: 482; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
It will be very hard to buy any HTC phone if HTC is no more...
49. alouden (unregistered)
Well put. I understand business, so as pissed as I am, I won't hold it against HTC. Nor would or should HTC care if I did....
15. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Obviously they have something with 6-8$ per handset coming. Dude this is business that's all it is plain n simple.
8. tigermcm (Posts: 851; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
ummmmm I thought HTC was paying MS for every android sold? Someone help me out
67. tigermcm (Posts: 851; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
looks like HTC might make WP8 primary and Android 2nd
9. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
No! Why?! Not a penny to rotten Apple without real patents! You have to defend!
10. wendygarett (unregistered)
Another victory for Apple!!! Cheers!!!
41. Droiddoes (unregistered)
Another idiotic biased wendygarett post! Cheers!
17. angelesmec (unregistered)
HTC you are staining Android's reputation.
76. epdm2be (Posts: 482; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
HTC isn't staining anything, they just want to make and sell phones and mind their own business.
It's the American industry that's staining Android as a product. Perhaps you people are beginning to understand why Nokia had to choose Windows Phone.
It seems US business ethics are everything but ethics!
Here are US-tactics to destry competition.
Plan A (the 3-step plan AKA the quick plan)
1) Let US-company G create a cheap OS, propagate it to the world as "open source"
2) Then let another US-Company M sue every non US-company who uses that OS...
3) ...if it works, then signal a green flag to another US-company A to sue them even more.
Until non US-company is dead!
Plan B (the 6-step plan AKA the long plan)
1) plant a US-mole into non-US company N,
2) destroy company N's native products (label them as 'burning platform' etc)
3) adopt US product from company M as only choice
4) slowly sell/remove/kill-off company N's assets (buildings, factories, workforce etc...)
5) until nothing is left of company N
6) assimilate remaining left-overs and IP to US-company M
Destroying non-US companies is one sure way to get US-economy back on tracks. Now whether that money will be spend to sustain general US-economy and increase general wellfare in the US or just to fill the pockets of a small select club of filthy rich people, that is the real question.
25. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Instead of doing this they should join samsung in defending lte patents.......
Shame on you htc....
28. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
They should but they probably can't afford to do so. Do you think HTC would have the kind money to fight Apple lawsuits in multiple countries? As much as I don't want to see this happen, perhaps this really is the best way for them.
26. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
I would NEVER buy an Apple product. Even if they were better than others, which they are, by a large margin, not.
31. mukrenol (Posts: 90; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)
So it's too much for apple to pay other company 8 to 10 bucks for each patent they violate but it's 'fair' they get others to pay the same amount... iproducts sucks....
37. Xquisite (Posts: 87; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)
Would you rather have people pay you, or you have to pay people?
Come on now.
40. winddroid (Posts: 13; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
Mr Wu predicted in September that Apple stock was about to skyrocket to $840. In August of last year his prediction was iOS would triple marketshare in 2012. Excuse me if I have some skepticism about his industry sources.
42. jibraihimi (Posts: 755; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
Crap..... Now they will increase the price of their handset to cover for this........
77. epdm2be (Posts: 482; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
Great, being held ransom by Apple or by Microsoft
No I'm not interested in the HTC 8X.
I want Symbian back!
62. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
PhoneArena needs to learn to stop using definitive statements in their stories and headlines when they are giving out just pure speculation. Other tech sites have more integrity about the information they report, instead of throwing out every random rumor that floods their inbox and treating it almost as fact. It's very funny when in one paragraph the author states it so definitively and on the next, he goes on to say its the words of an analyst, one of millions out there, who claims to have "sources" relaying the information perfectly. That is tertiary at best, and should be treated at such with the proper disclaimers, but apparently that's not how things roll at PhoneArena. This site still reads like a translation from another language. Too many writers with English as a second language. And don't say this site isn't aimed in part at an American audience, because even the most unremarkable US carrier phones are reviewed here. You guys need to improve on your stilted English and odd phrasing.
66. Friendlysky (Posts: 54; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Apple Crook and scam from others what ashame on you crook you will close yiour door soon apple.That's What happen to crook couldn't live to spend your money.
70. kadeep (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
I hate apple, will never buy them anything. even HTC if in this case.