Motorola Android US shipment ban to start Wednesday

Starting tomorrow, getting an Android-based smartphone or tablet from Motorola could be a little bit harder in the US. The US International Trade Commission has ordered a ban on shipments of 18 of those products to the United States, starting on Wednesday.

Ars Technica reports that Motorola (now owned by Google) claims to have some kind of plan to keep its products flowing into the US. So far, it has been silent on what those plans might be. At issue is an ITC decision that ruled 18 of Motorola's Android products use ActiveSync patents owned by Microsoft.

Motorola proposed a settlement of this issue, but the terms were not to Microsoft's liking. Motorola and Google could now decide to simply pay a royalty to Microsoft for all of the devices affected by the ban. It could also issue a software update that gets around the patents or simply remove the feature that uses the ActiveSync patents.

The affected devices include the Motorola Atrix, Backflip, Bravo, Charm, Cliq, Cliq 2, Cliq XT, Defy, Devour, Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, Droid Pro, Droid X, Droid X2, Flipout, Flipside, and Spice smartphones, along with the Motorola Xoom tablet.

Microsoft has signed a number of companies that make Android-based smartphones and tablets for patent royalty deals. Motorola is the biggest of those companies that have yet to sign a similar deal.

Source: Ars Technica

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I can't help but agree with Microsoft on this one. ActiveSync is a fantastic development that has changed the way so many people sync not only their mail, but calendar, contacts, texts, notes all with Exchange. Everyone is on board with it and everyone should be paying Microsoft for it. It's up to Microsoft how much they want to charge for it, not Google/Motorola.

It does not really matter if Motorola crap devices are not around. So many other Android devices from other companies that were smart and did what they had to do to keep their products flowing. Those companies will be making a killing now. Just pay up Google! Ballmer needs a new Jet! haha ;D

I don't know why Google doesn't just drop Exchange support altogether. Perhaps that might hasten the corporate move from Exchange servers to patent free and open cloud services.

simplezz said,
I don't know why Google doesn't just drop Exchange support altogether. Perhaps that might hasten the corporate move from Exchange servers to patent free and open cloud services.
You're a fool if you think any corporation would dump exchange because google doesn't support it. Google is the one that would get dumped. But don't get reality get in the way of your hatehatehate.

I like how you say "hasten" as though corporations are moving away already, The only move is toward Exchange.

simplezz said,
I don't know why Google doesn't just drop Exchange support altogether. Perhaps that might hasten the corporate move from Exchange servers to patent free and open cloud services.

Your a fool if you believe what you just wrote, there are many reasons for using Exchange, If you actually had any corporate experience you would realize the power of exchange combined with other MS products is simply amazing and something Google has been trying to beat with Gmail.

Toysoldier said,

Your a fool if you believe what you just wrote, there are many reasons for using Exchange, If you actually had any corporate experience you would realize the power of exchange combined with other MS products is simply amazing and something Google has been trying to beat with Gmail.

To be honest its one only Google using active sync to with gmail. Thats how sync my mail. If they got ride of that I would drop gmail in heart beat.

simplezz said,
I don't know why Google doesn't just drop Exchange support altogether. Perhaps that might hasten the corporate move from Exchange servers to patent free and open cloud services.

a fool will be a fool because most times they have no idea what they're talking about. and most times fools love to jump in arguments that are much bigger than they are. so what you don't know leave it alone until you have a better understanding

simplezz said,
I don't know why Google doesn't just drop Exchange support altogether. Perhaps that might hasten the corporate move from Exchange servers to patent free and open cloud services.

Your silence is deafening.

simplezz said,
I don't know why Google doesn't just drop Exchange support altogether. Perhaps that might hasten the corporate move from Exchange servers to patent free and open cloud services.

Yea that worked really well when they tried to get Companies to use Google Doc's Compared to Office

simplezz said,
I don't know why Google doesn't just drop Exchange support altogether. Perhaps that might hasten the corporate move from Exchange servers to patent free and open cloud services.

Apart from the fact that Exchange does have a cloud service, how do you figure this is going to work ? I hardly think Apple is going to drop active sync support, neither is Microsoft. Other Android manufacturers, like Samsung and Htc, pay for the active sync usage, thus they can offer active sync connectivity as well, leaving Motorola the only handsets without Active Sync support. Based on this, I can't see any big companies dropping Exchange any time soon. Of course, just like these open source mail servers, Exchange offers imap and pop3 support, but activesync is vastly better, so no way I would even consider running imap or pop3 n my exchange servers, just don't try to use motorola hardware.

I bet they will be paying the necessary license fees soon, and contrary to the h264 patents, these aren't Frand. Game set and match for Microsoft.

TCA said,
I have the Cliq 2

I have an iPhone 4S, amazing how no Windows Phones or iPhone are having any of these patent issues.... you keep on copyin android, you silly little fragmented unopitmized little weener.

zeroomegazx said,

I have an iPhone 4S, amazing how no Windows Phones or iPhone are having any of these patent issues.... you keep on copyin android, you silly little fragmented unopitmized little weener.


You best be trollin', son.

zeroomegazx said,

I have an iPhone 4S, amazing how no Windows Phones or iPhone are having any of these patent issues.... you keep on copyin android, you silly little fragmented unopitmized little weener.

lolwut?

warwagon said,
What a sad world we live in.

Microsoft gave Moto every opportunity to sign up for a patent agreement but they refused so is all motos fault this happens now, and moto are trying to charge ms more than standard prices for the video patent in the xbox trying to rip them off.