HTC using custom Android software on US devices to skirt past Apple-held patents

News Stephen Tenerowicz 20:53, May 16 2012

The AT&T HTC One X and Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE reportedly utilize a custom version of Android to avoid infringing on an Apple patent

The AT&T HTC One X and Sprint EVO 4G LTE are shipping with a custom version of Android to avoid infringing upon an Apple-held patent, a report said Wednesday. The news comes hot on the heels of a report from a day ago that indicated these very devices were being held at customs by the ITC to determine whether they are still in violation of Apple's "data tapping" feature.

To skirt the patent, HTC has designed a U.S.-only settings screen not present on the international HTC One X. The new setting is designed to help HTC avoid the infringing issues found in the stock Android messaging app and the stock Android browser. The U.S. version also includes a new "app associations" settings screen where users can specify default apps.

Whether these changes are enough to put the AT&T One X and Sprint EVO 4G LTE in compliance with the ITC order remains to be seen, but it seems HTC has taken the violation seriously. For HTC's sake, hopefully we find out for sure in the near future.

 

 

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