Here is a brilliant post from Unwiredview.com, a flashback into the evolution of the present day mobile communication devices from the so called smart phones of 2006/07.
Its a must read to know what market leaders were attempting while Steve Jobs played pied piper to the entire world with his magical iPhone.
More interesting is the way Google got lucky again with buying Android Inc. right over the same time as Apple iPhone was on the works. But Kudos to Google for bringing in the best of android at a time all every other manufacturer was dying for an alternative to iOS.
Now as android surpassed market shares across regions over this year, concerns over patent rights have started to show up with multiple patent suits being filed across manufacturers and even old generation software companies have joined the party.
Estimates now say royalty over IP rights may mean a additional cost of $60 over each android device which essentially means dead end.
As the Author at Unwiredview.com says, maybe the best way out for Google is to buy out Motorola's Mobile holdings company.
I wish Google did gobble SUN too prior to being brought out by Oracle.
Both the posts and links are worth a read!