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Google announces PAX, a cross-licensing program to stop patent litigation among Android OEMs

Google announces PAX, a cross-licensing program to stop patent litigation among Android OEMs

Google announced the existence of a new program known as PAX today, which apparently stands for Android Networked Cross-License Agreement (someone should tell Google how acronyms work). PAX is intended to reduce litigation between Android device makers by granting royalty-free licenses to any Android-related patents held by its members to all other members.

Google, Samsung, LG, HTC, Foxconn, HMD Global, Coolpad, BQ, and Allview are the founding members, which Google claims collectively control over 230,000 patents globally. Membership in PAX is free and open to any company in the business of making Android stuff. There's no obligation for Android OEMs to join, either.

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The PAX 10 Humble Flash Bundle Includes Badland, Solar 2, And Containment: The Zombie Puzzler For Android

The PAX 10 Humble Flash Bundle Includes Badland, Solar 2, And Containment: The Zombie Puzzler For Android

The Penny Arcade Expo, better known as PAX, has been doing its thing in various cities for ten years now. If you haven't heard of it, it's basically a tiny microcosm of video game trade shows put on with the intention of welcoming actual gamers and fans instead of press or investors. The Expo is put on by the creators of the long-running Penny Arcade web comic and their team, hence the name. To celebrate the 10th PAX Prime, the ceaseless folks at Humble Bundle have created yet another collection of pay-what-you-want games for charity.

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This one includes both mobile and desktop games: three of them can be played on Android, while all of them can be redeemed on Steam or as a separate download for the PC.

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