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October 11, 2012

Motorola stops selling Android devices in Germany

Motorola's German website showed only one phone that was available for sale, the Motorola Gleam

By CBR Staff Writer

Google’s Motorola Mobility has stopped selling Android devices in Germany after failing to overturn the rulings in patent case against rivals Microsoft and Apple.

The company’s German website showed only one phone that was available for sale, the Motorola Gleam, which runs a proprietary operating system while the tablet page shows no product.

The two yet to be released Android phones, the Razr i and Razr HD, would be available to customers later to register.

The move follows Motorola’s decision to withdraw a patent-infringement case against iPhone maker Apple, it had filed with the US International Trade Commission in August this year.

A Motorola spokesperson was quoted by AllThingsD site saying that the decline in devices in Germany was planned all along.

"As we have previously stated Motorola Mobility is focusing on fewer mobile devices. As a result we have phased out some of our lower tier devices in Europe/Germany."

Apple and Microsoft, which launched patent infringement lawsuits against Motorola, have demanded a sales ban on the Android tablets and smartphones in Germany.

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Earlier this month, Motorola had won a patent infringement case against Microsoft in a German court which ruled that Motorola did not infringe a Microsoft patent which allows software applications to work with a phone’s radio antennas on different handsets.

Previously, Microsoft had won three patent cases against Motorola in Germany, banning some of Motorola’s phones from sale.

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