Here is why HTC doesn't pay a cent to Apple
Remember those statements from yesterday that HTC has to pay Apple around $6-$8 for each and every Android smartphone they sell? Well it turns out that this was complete bogus.
Since Sunday I've been in talks with various sources here in Taipei. IP lawyers, Industry experts and people close to HTC and none of them could confirm anything that came even close to what Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu predicted. In fact most people called him out after I've been confronting them with his statements.
So what is this agreement about?
First of all HTC had 2 threatening 4G patents in their portfolio which would have been valid for a lawsuit in the US. In a potential trial Apple would have significantly struggled to counter these patents, which would have ultimately led to an import ban of their 4G/LTE devices.
Second, Apple couldn't gain any significant wins against HTC outside of the US. In fact, it would have faced some serious trials in mainland China and we all know that those are the most unpredictable ones!
Third (and this is another very important argument) they both hate Samsung. It's like cats and dogs with Taiwanese and Koreans and you will still get to know consumers here, that would never ever buy a product from South Korea.
Apple loses market share because of Samsung and HTC lost even more.
Apple might have slapped HTC around a little bit since they started the first lawsuits against them back in May but you need to keep in mind that HTC is no thread for Apple in terms of marketshare. They don't compete against each other!
This was a perfect time for Apple to settle this and gain an ally for their fight against Samsung. HTC doesn't need to bother about UI workarounds and does have some hefty software method and procedure ammunition to go after Samsung.
To sum it up... HTC because the Apple made bullet with Samsungs name on it!