Apple call a truce with HTC, now that no-one likes them

12 November 2012

Apple's long-running feud is, surprisingly, coming to an end, signing a 10-year licensing agreement which puts an end to their long legal spat. This is presumably something to do with no-one really liking HTC anymore, leaving Apple to concentrate on Samsung.

It might also have something to do with the reports saying HTC have agreed to pay Apple between $5 and $20 per handset that it produces, which basically allows HTC to use Apple patents.

This is something of a turnaround from the days when Steve Jobs threatened to "go thermonuclear" against Android devices. And for 32 months, the two companies sued each other which they're both clearly tired of.

If this makes HTC handsets more expensive, this could be very bad news. HTC revenues have been in steady decline since 2011 and it doesn't look like it is getting any better.

Not that the Taiwanese company is looking at it like that. "HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation," said Peter Chou, chief executive of HTC. Apple's chief executive, Tim Cook, added that they were pleased to settle and that Apple "will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation".

We've got a HTC deathwatch on our hands.


TOPICS:   Technology   Mobile

1 comment

  • Chris
    I really do hope not... I like HTC handsets! :-\

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