Microsoft alleges Motorola's Android phones infringe its mapping patent

Microsoft is targeting Google Maps on Motorola Mobility phones because it wants the company to pay patent license fees for using Android

By Loek Essers, IDG News Service |  IT Management

Motorola's device offerings in the German market are greatly reduced since the injunctions granted to Microsoft, and since a preliminary ban on sales of the Motorola Milestone XT720, the Motorola DEFY, the Motorola Atrix and Motorola XOOM granted to Apple in September.

At the moment, Motorola only offers two Android smartphones on its German website: the Razr i and the Razr HD. The only other phone listed on the site is the Gleam, a "classic clamshell phone", that uses a proprietary operating system. Visitors who click on the "tablet" tab are directed to a page that should list Motorola Android tablets, but right now the page just states "No results" in German.

Motorola did not respond to a request for comment and a Google spokesman declined to comment.

"At the moment, Europe isn't a big priority for Motorola," said analyst Geoff Blaber of CSS Insight, who added that Motorola has said that that it would focus on fewer mobile devices.

"Motorola has been focusing on North America, Latin America and China," said Blaber.

Loek covers all things tech for the IDG News Service. Follow him on Twitter at @loekessers or email tips and comments to loek_essers@idg.com

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