Nokia to HTC: "Don't use our stuff or you'll be sorry"



These smartphone wars are getting uglier everyday.

I remember the fuss Nokia fans made when HTC released their Lumia-like line of WP8 phones, yea we all remember how the HTC 8X/8S looked eerily similar to Nokia's Lumia line, borrowing the unibody design concept and flashy colors. Many were even more upset when Nokia wasn't planning on doing anything about it, instead S.Elop embraced HTC's idea.

Well, not so fast, fast forward to present day now... Nokia has just halted all sales of the HTC One (a device I actually admired) in the Netherlands (Holland), no they didn't steal any of Nokia's physical appearance or design, this time it's worse, they took Nokia's technology.

The microphone used in the HTC One is one that was invented by Nokia and made for use exclusively on Nokia devices, They didn't even ask for permission.



In a statement released by Nokia... "HTC has no license or authorization from Nokia to use these microphones or the Nokia technologies from which they have been developed,"

In retaliation, Nokia filed an injunction in Amsterdam's District court to cease sales of the device, and yea, they won.

So far this injunction is only effective in Holland, it would be a HUGE blow to HTC if Nokia had won this in the US, though that would be unlikely as HTC is already scrambling for alternative microphones to assemble in its HTC One. I mean they should have just reached an agreement with Nokia to use their microphones.

I would like to conclude by pointing out that the slogan for the HTC One is "Everything your phone isn't"... There are soo many things wrong with that statement, but I will leave that up to you to figure it out!


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