Tomek Kondrat · Mar 19, 2014 at 12:30 am

What to Do When You’re a Young Developer? Read All the Patents

Over the year, we’ve talked about both good and bad OEMs with regards to developer support. We are now well aware that Samsung is no longer the developer friendly brand it once was, and HTC is seemingly fighting against everyone. But not all OEMs want to be the bad guys, as Sony releases device trees and blobs for some devices, Oppo has always been developer friendly, and Motorola simply likes the spirit of open source.

XDA is a place for hackers and developers—those who do some amazing things crossing the limits set forth by companies focused on getting every last cent out of your pocket. OEMs often cease supporting their devices because fewer updates means more money—but they’re more than happy to sell you a new device with faster everything and more features. And to add these new features, they must start inventing things and registering new patents. For the unaware, Microsoft indirectly receives $2 Billion every year from Android because of patents. And let’s not even get into all the patent legislation drama.

Luckily, XDA is full of great developers capable of developing some really amazing things from scratch. We also try to look out for our developers whenever possible, and that’s why it hurts us when one of our developers receives a threatening letter from a large corporation. Recently, we were informed that one of the good guys, Motorola, asked a 17-year-old developer to remove a few features from one of his applications due to patents. Wait, what?! A kid? Yes, A 17-year-old kid. Motorola could have taken many other possible routes, including purchasing rights to the application to improve their own Active Display implementation, or even giving the developer an internship opportunity. Many of these young developers are the future leaders of such companies, and treating them badly will result in negative stigma towards the brand. On the bright side, at least Motorola has thus far allowed the application to remain in the Play Store, as they have not yet filed a DMCA take down request.

So, what must a new developer with a good idea do? He or she must check the Internet to find if he’s violating any patents and copyrights. After careful investigation, said developer must make something that is worse than anything else similar. That would reduce the chance of being threatened. Otherwise, a young developer who makes an innovative application may be forced to remove his work from the Internet because a large OEM finds him or her to be a worthy contender. Obviously we’re being facetious, but it would be nice to see a more friendly attitude taken towards independent developers—especially those who cannot yet legally vote.


_________
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
TAGS:

Tomek Kondrat

eagleeyetom is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Tomek is the only Polish moderator on XDA Developers. He graduated from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn with a degree in journalism and public communication in 2013. He's a big fan of football (not hand egg), post rock and cooking. A total addict of mobile technology, especially Android. Currently flashes dozens of custom ROMs on his OPO. View eagleeyetom's posts and articles here.
Jimmy McGee · May 6, 2015 at 06:00 am · 4 comments

Vinsic 20,000mAh Ultra Slim Power Bank Giveaway

We have covered a lot of Android Accessories here on XDA TV. Mostly because we realize that there are not many phones out there designed specifically with us in mind. So we get powerful phones that don’t have the best speakers or batteries. To resolve this issue we can grab an accessory to fill the gap. In this episode of XDA TV, Producer Jordan reviews the Vinsic 20,000mAh Ultra Slim Power Bank. This device provides a great big helping of...

XDA NEWS
Mathew Brack · May 5, 2015 at 04:02 pm · 3 comments

T-Mobile Steps Up The War Against Verizon

T-Mobile has today launched a new attack on Verizon under the tagline of “Never Settle For Verizon” complete with eight new adverts and risk free trials for their customers. This is in retaliation to the new campaign from Verizon sharing the same name as One Plus's "Never Settle".     Following the latest “Never Settle” advert campaign from Verizon, T-mobile has surprisingly agreed, you shouldn't settle … For Verizon and to reinforce this point they have launched no less than eight...

XDA NEWS
Faiz Malkani · May 5, 2015 at 01:01 pm · 4 comments

Google #StepInsideAdWords Event Livestream

Ahead of the annual I/O conference scheduled to take place later this month, the Google AdWords team is set to unveil a host of new products aimed at better mobile experiences, improved event-tracking, scalability and more. Yesterday, a video highlighting the upcoming features was launched on the AdWords blog, and the event itself is scheduled to take place today at 9:30 AM PST / 12:30 PM EST. You can watch the live stream right here on this page, and while it doesn't require registration....

XDA NEWS
Share This