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Agreement covers current patents and any filed during the next decade

Some pretty heavy hitting news of a patent nature this fine Sunday evening, with the announcement of a cross-licensing deal between Google and Samsung. This agreement between the creators of Android and its biggest OEM covers all current patents held by both parties, and any future ones that should be filed during the next 10 years. 

“We’re pleased to enter into a cross-license with our partner Samsung,” said Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel for Patents at Google. “By working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation.”

Without dropping names, it could be intimated that the last part of the above comment – and certainly a follow up one that you'll find at the source link below – be directed towards Apple, with whom Samsung has been embroiled in patent lawsuits with for far too long now. Samsung and Google may not have ever been seen as direct threats to each other, but cross-licensing is definitely a more productive outcome to filing endless lawsuits. 

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Samsung and Google sign a 10-year cross-licensing deal

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"...but cross-licensing is definitely a more productive outcome to filing endless lawsuits". But then how would lawyers feed their families?

You got the point... Lawyers are one of the reasons why innovations creates more problems than solutions.

Lawyers are just another bullet in a company's gun. Those lawyers are doing EXACTLY what their client says.

I think this deal makes perfect sense. Circle the wagons.

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That's something to think about now that Google and Samsung put up a force shield around Android and Marijuana is beginning to be as common as a cigarettes. What will they do? Lol

If the headline was "Samsung and Motorola"enter into an agreement then maybe. Plus Google patents aren't Android patents per set are they?

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Samsung chose to not use those features. This isn't a deal for "features or apps" It's a deal to freely share patent rights.

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yeah a patent and a finished product are 2 different things.

What can happen is that Samsung can develop the features without fear of Motorola/Google coming after them.

Same can be said for Smart Stay

And vice versa. But am sure not all patents. Some are bound to be kept out of the deal

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I would assume so, since the agreement "covers all current patents held by both parties, and any future ones that should be filed during the next 10 years."

I wonder if the hold was due to negotiations. Nothing is to say they can't delay the event at mwc as well.

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I like it. This is definitely a step in the right direction. Now, if only the other tech companies (Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry,etc) would agree to cross-licensing patents, to end all of the litigation nonsense.

Qualcomm has been doing an awesome job the past couple years, Qualcomm is pushing Intel in the same direction Google is pushing Microsoft.

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Except Intel is in legitimate trouble and MS just had a record quarter.

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I don't know why, but Intel reminds me of BlackBerry. I just naturally associate the two...and they are heading in the same direction...

True, but those don't benefit the Android ecosystem in any way, shape, or form.

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This is excellent. They clearly have their reasons for doing so and the future of both companies' devices should be pretty awesome. I wanna see more companies doing this! Patent wars are really stupid.

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Hopefully this will help to further combat Apple! Bouyeah!

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+1; they are always complaining. Apple wants a monopoly, but other global companies like Samsung is leveling the field.

That word doesnt mean what you think it means. If they had a monopoly then there would be no other Android devices (how many iOS phones do you see not made by Apple?)

They are far and away the biggest, and arguably brightest, Android OEM but far from a monopoly.

Does anyone think Apple's culture of litigation has changed at all in the 2+ years since Steve Jobs passed?

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I think it has. Rockstar Consortium aside, I honestly believe Apple has slowed down on litigation. And, remember that they struck a deal with HTC; Steve Jobs wouldn't have struck any deals with ANY Android OEMs.

Agreed that Jobs wouldn't have made the HTC deal, but Apple hasn't slowed on the litigation front. They've got suits pending all over the world.

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So does this mean we can expect an update to Google Play Services that allows Galaxy Gear compatibility for non-Samsung devices?

"Galaxy Gear"? Oh, you mean that outrageously overpriced $299 thing?

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It's safe to say Samsung is android or has saved android right?

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Really? Who before had made Android keep Apple shaking at their boots before Samsung came into the picture with the Galaxy S2?

Let's wait.

While your right, it didnt need saving, Samsung made Android what it is today. Fortunately, other OEMs stepped up as well and we have a nice, diverse, selection of devices...

Thanks for replying! I don't want to get any replies from that guy Zig261.

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I would argue that Motorola and Verizon did that. Android really gained consumer mindshare with the Droid line that Verizon pushed heavily, and rather successfully. Samsung had made what, one Android phone (Galaxy Nexus) before that? Moto/Verizon really pushed the public notice of the platform, and made some very innovative phones, but unfortunately, they were only available on Verizon. Samsung stepped in and built on that, but they didn't make Android what it is today by a long shot.

It didn't need saving but it needed recognition and iOS would still be dominating the mobile community if it wasn't for the Samsung brand. Samsung made people like myself leave spoke because android finally had a true flagship phone.

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Why specifically Moto X? What about Nexus? Or any phone that uses stock android?

But then again you sound like a Motorola fanboy.

Absolutely not. Multi Window is the kind of thing that should stay proprietary. It was a brilliant innovation by Samsung so they deserve to reap the benefits. I think people are misunderstanding the point of this. I don't think it means that both companies now have access to each others full catalog of patents. I think there's many stipulations that are involved. But samsung still needs to be able to create awesome features that someone would have to buy a Samsung device to use. But I do think this isa great thing. It just shows maturity to put childish things aside and move forward amicably.

Multi window was not invented by Samsung. Maybe in mobile oses.

Also, they are using googles os, so yeah.

Sent from inside a cave. Yes, T-Mobile covers caves. N5

Why? It will be laggy as hell on lower spec'd devices like the Moto G, and would be a pain to use on small devices like the Zperia Z Compact and (again) the Moto G.

This should be productive and provide the consumers with the best outcome a better experience for all.

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If Google can get a cross licensing agreement with the entire OHA, we can finally have a more united Android which means potential possibilities for less fragmentation.

This will be big, and ultimately give us killer phones that will update instantly! I'm in!

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They can flex their muscle and crush apple, but on a serious note I'm happy to see Samsung and Google working together this hopefully means better Samsung,Motorola,and nexus devices in the future and less shit to deal with from Apple.

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Samsung already has access to everything in Android but the Moto X active listening and touch less control. I guarantee the second they learned about those Moto features they started a team of engineers on their own version.
This is a legal move, not a consumer move.

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I thought the Snapdragon 800 enables that feature?

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If they did then don't you think every latest Android phone right now with it would be boasting the Active and Touchless feature for appeal?

Considering the X and those features just came out in the "end of year" product cycle, no they wouldnt have had the time.

This year though can be a different story...

The "active listening" feature used by the Moto X is indeed a feature of the Snapdragon 800 processor. However, that doesn't mean that the software doesn't need to first be implemented to integrate that hardware feature into the UI.

Samsung could very well have created that feature, but they would have had to work around the Motorola patent to do so. Now, if that patent is owned by Google and included in the cross-licensing deal, then they are free to exercise Motorola's implementation and integrate that feature into future versions of TouchWiz (or whatever they call future versions of their UI).

Yeah, it is indeed called Magazine UX. That was the name that was given at CES. Only time will tell, if Samsung decides to change the name or the look.

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Yeah but the SGS3 was "Nature UX" but still going under the Touchwiz name for the skin itself.

UX or user experience is more about look and feel than functionality and the overall package

Maybe they will, sometime in the future. I don't care about the name, as much as I care about the features and optimizations.

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They need the optimizations now. The ROM I run on my Note proves that there is some crappy coding in there.

all the functions, half the space.

Well to be fair Samsung all ready had the always on kind of thing for a while now on the s4, it's just not on by default and wasn't that great.. Point being using voice to control your phone in certain manners isn't new to Samsung so I think it's unfair to say if samsung improve on there voice Control they are copying.

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Hey, sometimes, the best thing to say is nothing at all.

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Argh....can someone please explain this in laymans terms? Just a nice simple unbiased explanation please.

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It simply means that Samsung and Google are promising to not sue each other for apps/products/features that closely resemble each other. Like if Samsung comes up with a version of Active Notifications, Google will not sue...

Thanks NoNexus.
Well thats some pretty damn good news then. Curious to see if/how this affects the S5.

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Anytime

I don't know about the S5. Either they had something in the works already and needed the patents to make sure they could launch it or it is too late for this to help with that.

It is a bit late in the game for them to be putting something in now. I am guessing that the next TW version is close to being finalized. I am sure the feature set is by now..

NoNexus and MERCDROID are my favorite commenters on Android Central.

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Thanks, brother!!

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Great for Android cuz the last thing we needed was Google and Samsung against each other in a lawsuit. So much for the mongers who say Samsung would kill android with tizen or other sort of conspiracy theories. You're welcome to skate your wisdom.
This is actually a positive development between the tech giants who are currently at the top thanks to each other.

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+23 1/3

That's what I was thinking, (hoping for actually), that it'll be Samsung doing the next iteration of nexus -

Samsung Nexus 6 --- The Blade Runner Edition.....sic!

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+9000 This would be absolutely amazing.

But, it's important to note, we want these cross-licensing deals to be voluntary, not court-ordered.

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