Google, Asus Mute at Nokia Patent Claim
The Nexus 7, Google's first own-brand tablet made by Asus, hasn't launched yet but already is under fire. The Finnish Windows Phone device maker claims that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet infringes a patent relating to its 802.11 Wi-Fi, according the The Inquirer.
Nokia said in a statement, "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." added Nokia.
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Asus declined to comment on the issue.
The Nexus 7 is available by pre-order priced at $199. It sports a 7-inch IPS display and Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. The tablet has a release date of July 19 online and July 27 in stores.
The best 7-inch Android tablet you can buy today, the Nexus 7 delivers solid performance and usability at a value price; but it also has at-times funky text rendering and its lack of a microSD card slot makes the 16GB model the better option. Read the full review
- Solid design
- Optically bonded display minimizes glare
- Lacks a MicroSD card slot
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