Jelly Bean in patent spat crosshairs as Ice Cream Sandwich breaks 10 percent mark

Nexus 7 tablet stepping on IP toes of Nokia, claims Finnish handset maker.

Google's latest version of its Android operating system is barely out the door and it's already in a patent controversy.

The Nexus 7 tablet, which runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), infringes on intellectual property in Nokia's patent portfolio, contends the Finnish handset maker. The patents infringed by the Google tablet made by Asus are believed to be related to WiFi standards incorporated into the device, according to The Inquirier.

Patent disputes have resulted in some Android devices from being sold in the market, most notably Samsung's Galaxy 10.1 tablet and Galaxy Nexus smartphone. A judge has blocked the sale of those devices in the US because of the likelihood that they violate patents owned by Apple.

However, any dispute between Nokia and Google isn't likely to escalate to the level of the antagonism between Apple and Samsung. Nokia appears to be sanguine about the situation. "Companies who are not yet licensed under our standard essential patents should simply approach us and sign up for a license," a Nokia spokesman told The Inquirer.

Meanwhile, the Android development team has released the latest numbers on devices running the various versions of Google's operating system. More than half of Android devices are running version 2.3.x Gingerbread (64 percent) and almost 11 percent are running 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich.

Ice Cream Sandwich was released last October. Adoption has been slow. In January only about half a percent of Android devices were running ICS. While the latest share numbers are encouraging, with Jelly Bean's full scale release this month, it remains to be seen what will happen to ICS's adoption numbers.

Speaking of Jelly Bean, in what Google hopes wasn't a sign from the technology gods, a statue erected on the company's grounds to celebrate the OS's launch has been decapitated. Apparently, the plastic statue overheated in the California sun causing the head to pop off, according to Google employee Dan Morrill. He adds that the statue's designer is working on a bug fix for the monument. In the meantime, Google is requesting that passersby not loot jelly beans from the beheaded sculpture.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
John P. Mello Jr.

John P. Mello Jr.

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?