More trouble for Google is brewing. First it was the injunction against sales of Galaxy Nexus smartphones in the U.S. by Apple. Galaxy Nexus is scheduled to be the first phone to get Google’s Android 4.1 update. This time around it is the other Nexus. The Nexus 7 tablet, Google’s flagship Android 4.1 Jelly Bean running tablet. And for a change, it is not Apple, but Nokia this time.
The Finnish company has alleged that neither Asus nor Google informed it before using one of it’s patented wireless technology in the Nexus 7 tablet. The patent in question is most probably the IEEE 802.11 Wi Fi standard which Nokia claims, has been used in Nexus 7 without getting licencing agreement with it.
Regarding the matter, a Nokia spokesperson informed The Inquirer that “Nokia has more than 40 licensees, mainly for its standards essential patent portfolio, including most of the mobile device manufacturers,”…….”Neither Google nor Asus is licensed under our patent portfolio.”
“Companies who are not yet licensed under our standard essential patents should simply approach us and sign up for a license,”, said the spokesperson.
It is unclear whether Nokia will go the Apple way and sue either Asus or Google, or instead choose the peaceful path by asking Asus and Google to get the required licences and continue to use the patented technology.
Meanwhile, When The Inquirer contacted Asus, asking for it’s comments it got a reply saying “at the moment, Asus will not be providing any response/comment related.”
The Google Nexus 7 was unveiled at the Google I/O on 27th last month and it is a 7 inch, $200 tablet which it is the only device, tablet or smartphone, that presently operates the Android Version 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. Whatever it may be, I am pretty much sure that both Google and Asus will try and get things right because they do not want their new $200 tablet to lose any market share.