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U.S. HTC Devices Now Shipping with Custom Android Builds to Avoid Apple Patents

by Brandon Russell | May 17, 2012May 17, 2012 12:15 pm PDT

htc_att_one_x_6The import block on the HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE currently being upheld by U.S. Customs may not last for much longer. According to sources who spoke with The Verge, the two devices both “use a customized version of Android that removes the offending ‘data tapping’ feature.” Further adding weight to this claim is HTC’s inclusion of a new App Associations setting that was built specifically to avoid Apple’s patents here in the U.S. — TechnoBuffalo can confirm the new settings screen is indeed included on both AT&T’s One X and Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE.

Basically, the inclusion order covers HTC’s messaging app, Android’s stock messaging app and the OS’s browser, which were all found to infringe on Apple patent #5,946,647. “The ITC also specifically found that Apple’s patent claims were limited to the system both detecting data structures like phone numbers and email addresses in text and then presenting a menu of options when those detected structures are clicked,” The Verge explained. But neither the One X or EVO 4G LTE headed stateside display these behaviors.

The delay was announced by HTC just a couple days ago, with no word when approval will be secured with Customs. Even with the offending features removed from the U.S.-bound One X and EVO 4G LTE, a court order Apple won last year was put into effect on April 19, meaning all shipments from then on must be inspected regardless. The current situation shows just how out of control the patent wars have become.

[via The Verge]


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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