Why Samsung was sued for basic Android functionality

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For the unaware, an SDK forms the underlying framework for creating a mobile app. Given the widespread usage of Android’s battery longevity system across a wide range of phones from different brands, it would be interesting to see if K. Mizra eventually targets other brands apart from Samsung. Despite their deep pockets and influence, tech giants are not bullet-proof when it comes to patent-related legal tussles.

The patent specifies a battery-powered mobile terminal that may be used for a variety of activities and can compute the rate of power consumption by recording the energy consumption associated with each activity. Based on the current smartphone usage pattern, the raw rate of energy intake is compared to the available battery juice to provide a reasonable estimate of how long any specific mobile device will survive. The patent’s priority date is indicated as 2007, yet it was just awarded in 2013, and it is set to expire in 2028. It’s also worth mentioning that the initial version of Android was launched as a beta build in November 2007, followed by the release of the software development kit a week later.

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  • Google lost a key patent battle against Sonos a few months ago and eventually had to deprecate the smart speaker experience for users. Apple also lost patent battles against Optis and had to pay millions in damages (via Reuters). The latest one against Samsung could have huge repercussions, not just because Samsung is among the world’s largest smartphone makers, but also due to the fact that the contentious patented tech may be used by other Android smartphone makers, as well.

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