Nokia did not obtain an injunction against HTC, HTC One mics good to go for now

Summary:HTC issued an official statement clarifying the reports of Nokia winning an injunction against it and the HTC One. It turns out the microphone manufacturer is in trouble, but HTC can use up the stock that is already purchased.

I am loving my T-Mobile HTC One, and after reading the reviews of the Galaxy S4 , I think my decision to go with the HTC One was the correct one. Reports earlier this week stated that Nokia was awarded an injunction against HTC for their dual-membrane microphones, but we have just received further details from HTC to clarify the situation. The great news is that HTC One owners can rest easy knowing their devices are good to go.

Here is the official statement from HTC:

In light of several misleading stories regarding a recent injunction obtained by Nokia against STM (a supplier of components to HTC in the Netherlands), HTC looks to clarify the following points:

  • Nokia has not obtained an injunction in the Netherlands, or anywhere else, against the HTC One

  • The Dutch proceedings were brought by Nokia solely against STM. HTC was not sued by Nokia in the Netherlands

  • The Dutch injunction prohibits STM from selling certain microphones to any company other than Nokia for a limited period

  • The judgment against STM states that HTC can continue to use microphones already purchased from STM in its products because they were purchased in good-faith. Nokia's attempt to obtain a recall of microphones already sold to HTC failed

  • HTC will transition to improved microphone designs once its inventory of STM microphones is exhausted

This is mostly good news for HTC, and if you want an HTC One that was designed with these fantastic microphones, I recommend you buy one soon. It sounds like HTC will need to find another microphone vendor once the STM stock is exhausted, so I am not sure how that will affect future HTC One devices.

Nokia has always had outstanding call quality, incoming and outgoing, so it will be interesting to see if another microphone manufacturer can step up in a timely manner and supply mics to HTC. We don't know how many mics have been sold and if this may impact future availability of the HTC One. My advice is to go out and buy the HTC One now rather than wait to see what happens later.

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Topics: Mobility, HTC, Nokia, Smartphones

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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