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Google-Samsung Patent Deal Could Lead To A Hardware Agreement

January 28, 2014 - Written By Patrick Northcraft

In the recent dark litigation battles between Samsung and Apple, there is finally some light.  As we reported, Samsung and Google will be settling a patent deal that will allow them to share each others’ protected material.  Besides that, we do not know much more factual information.  According to an industry insider, Eldar Murtazin, the deal should give Samsung license to utilize any of Google’s patents in any way they see fit.  While this does not give us much more insight on to what specific technologies could be birthed from this deal, it does narrow down some projections we can make.  It has also been leaked that the two technology giants may have also swallowed some pride and come to an agreement on a hardware development deal.  The obvious route that they should go about would be providing even more Chromebooks manufactured by Samsung, giving them an insider’s edge to the recent hardware trends that Google seems to be insistent on in their new Chromebooks.

Of course, another benefit would be more Google Play Editions of devices made by Samsung, for those of us out there who want the true Android experience.  Another leak by the same insider also stated that Google would be halting the Nexus lineup in 2015, something that I hope is not true.  However, it is entirely possible that with a merging of Samsung and Google’s patents, we could see a major change in Android.  As I mentioned in my last article about this, it would be great to see the best features of TouchWiz, such as multitasking, available on a device running pure vanilla Android.  While there is plenty of speculation as to what may or may not happen, the big picture is that the creator of Android and the biggest Android device manufacturer will be setting their differences aside and will be pushing away the threats of pointless litigation.  This deal is very exciting for me as a technology lover.  I cannot wait to see what comes out of this deal, albeit we might not see anything major come out for another year or so.  As Google continues to make a quality OS, and as Samsung continues to sell, sell, sell, and now with the possible combination of their resources, it seems like Android has a very bright future ahead of it.  What would you like to see from this deal?  What kind of new features or hardware would really strike your interests?  Let us know down below in the comments!

Source:  Android Community, Source: @eldarmurtazin