HTC Attempting To Get Around Apple Patents By Shipping Custom Android Builds
This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at +AmitChowdhry
The HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE got stuck at the border due to a delay at the U.S. Customs pending an Apple patent investigation. The HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE are now shipping with a custom version of Android to avoid infringing upon an Apple patent. The ITC is investigating whether the two phones are still in violation of Apple’s “data tapping” feature. HTC designed a U.S. only settings screen that is not present on the international version of the HTC One X.
This helps HTC avoid the infringing issues that are found in the default Android messaging app and the Android browser. The U.S. version also has an “app associations” setting screen where users can specify the default apps. It is unknown whether these changes to Android are enough to make the One X and EVO 4G LTE in compliance with the ITC order.