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  • HTC Is Buying Out S3 Graphics

    Phoronix: HTC Is Buying Out S3 Graphics

    HTC, one of the popular Taiwan-based mobile phone vendors, is going to be acquiring S3 Graphics from VIA Technologies. For around $300 million USD, HTC will have its hands on S3 Graphics and their intellectual property portfolio...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTYzOQ

  • #2
    "from AND and NVIDIA"

    Typo.

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    • #3
      I think this is more a defensive move for HTC than a real interest into S3 graphic capabilities. They could use S3 patents to free up from Android leavy.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by werfu View Post
        I think this is more a defensive move for HTC than a real interest into S3 graphic capabilities. They could use S3 patents to free up from Android leavy.
        What Android levy? Do you mean the Microsoft imposed tax of 5$ per Android phone?

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        • #5
          Yeah, MS 5$ per phone. And Apple possibility to attack them for patents infrigments. Or Nokia... Owning usefull patents make them more air from big corporative bullies.

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          • #6
            HTC and Via have the same chairman Cher Wang so I doubt anything will actually change

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            • #7
              Originally posted by cl333r View Post
              What Android levy? Do you mean the Microsoft imposed tax of 5$ per Android phone?
              Last I heard, M$ is asking for $15 per handset. And HTC isn't open source friendly: their software only works on Windows and can only sync with Outlook.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bug77 View Post
                Last I heard, M$ is asking for $15 per handset.
                Afaik that's what M$ is charging for its OS - WP7, not for Android.

                Afaik Google pays them (the hw manufacturers or the carriers) a fraction of the advertising revenue from each Android phone - which makes M$'s 5$ tax less of a burden, maybe that even makes for a profit. This could explain why M$'s mobile OSes keep going down in terms of market share and Android keeps rising up, also does this 5$ tax make Android hw manufacturers hate M$ and not want to do business on M$'s software?
                Last edited by cl333r; 07-06-2011, 12:03 PM.

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                • #9
                  That's the "HTC is a retard" tax, not an android levy. MS had nothing, HTC should NOT have bent over.

                  As for the IP and possibility of a free license... hard to say. HTC has historically been quite hostile towards anything open, and only reluctantly released kernel GPL source after some major community uprising, but even still, they don't distribute their source changes in anything even remotely sensible... i.e. a patch. Instead, what they have is a crazy mix of several different kernel versions with a whole slew of their changes mixed in, and distribute it from their website in a tar file. Normally, you would be able to do a diff against an archive from kernel.org, but that only works if there is a single version that the patch is against... not like their ugly mess.

                  The only possible light is their new policy (yet to actually be implemented, so we will see how it goes....) of shipping all phones with unlockable bootloaders.

                  Now if only they were smart enough to tell MS to go eff themselves.......

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cl333r View Post
                    Afaik that's what M$ is charging for its OS - WP7, not for Android.
                    No, MS sued HTC re Android IP. Stuff that HTC would have won on. HTC stupidly settled for $5 on every Android device they sell.

                    Afaik Google pays them (the hw manufacturers or the carriers) a fraction of the advertising revenue from each Android phone - which makes M$'s 5$ tax less of a burden, maybe that even makes for a profit.
                    No... HW makers pay google for "google experience" -- which is basically the inclusion of google market application.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by droidhacker View Post
                      No, MS sued HTC re Android IP. Stuff that HTC would have won on. HTC stupidly settled for $5 on every Android device they sell.
                      No, you misuderstood me. I quoted that guy saying that M$ charges 15$ for their own OS (not for Android), implying they charge 5$ for Android obviously.

                      Originally posted by droidhacker View Post
                      No... HW makers pay google for "google experience" -- which is basically the inclusion of google market application.
                      This is what I mean:
                      http://www.tomsguide.com/us/google-a...news-6264.html

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                      • #12
                        [QUOTE=werfu;217330]And Apple possibility to attack them for patents infrigments./QUOTE]

                        S3 Graphics are currently attacking Apple because of the S3TC patent and just yesterday a lawyer decided Apple is indeed injuring the patent and is guilty.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by cl333r View Post
                          Afaik that's what M$ is charging for its OS - WP7, not for Android.
                          Check this out: http://www.dailytech.com/Microsoft+W...ticle22079.htm

                          Crystal clear, I'd say.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bug77 View Post
                            Check this out: http://www.dailytech.com/Microsoft+W...ticle22079.htm

                            Crystal clear, I'd say.
                            Well, I think it's due to inflation

                            Seriously though, this increasingly looks like a legal robbery by a desperate corporation which is using its last and (probably) dirtiest trick. M$ is not only charging for Android, but also increasing the tax 300% - that's gross..
                            Last edited by cl333r; 07-06-2011, 01:07 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by FireBurn View Post
                              HTC and Via have the same chairman Cher Wang so I doubt anything will actually change
                              You're bang on. This is just the Chen family pumping money from a working company (HTC) into a pet project that is close to death (VIA)., giving it another year or few years of life, but without viable and competitive products, this is just putting off the inevitable.

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