Finnish handset manufacturer Nokia has suggested the Google and Asus developed Nexus 7 tablet infringes on a number of its patents, issuing a far from subtle threat that suggests the companies “simply approach us and sign up for a license.”
Targeting the new tablet partnership, an official Nokia spokesperson has claimed the Nexus 7 infringes on a number of the patents accrued by the company during its spell as the world’s largest mobile manufacturer, including the IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi standard.
Officially unveiled during Google’s I/O developers conference in San Francisco last week, the Nexus 7 is a 7-inch iPad and Amazon Kindle Fire rival that is to be the launch device for Google’s latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
"Nokia has more than 40 licensees, mainly for its standards essential patent portfolio, including most of the mobile device manufacturers,” and official Nokia spokesperson said. “Neither Google nor Asus is licensed under our patent portfolio.”
The statement added: "Companies who are not yet licensed under our standard essential patents should simply approach us and sign up for a license."
Nexus 7 Features
With a specs sheet that punches well above the device’s budget price tag, the Asus manufactured Google Nexus 7 lines up with a 7-inch 1280 x 800p HD display whilst a Quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM run the show.
Weighing in at 340 grams, the Nexus 7 ticks all the entertainment boxes with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean packing device running a 1.2-megapixel front facing camera to allow for video calling. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity options feature as a 3G model is omitted.
Nexus 7 Release Date and Price
Coming to the UK later this month, a Nexus 7 UK release date has been pencilled in for mid July with the 8GB Nexus 7 tablet to set wannabe owners back an extremely reasonable £159.99. The 16GB storage Nexus 7 price has been set at £199.99.
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