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HTC One X temporarily banned in USA due to Apple patent

Bad news for One X-owning hopefuls across the pond as Apple's lawyers strike again

Stuff’s HTC One X review lavished HTC’s latest flagship Android handset with praise, which is why we feel the pain of American gadgeteers as news of a temporary ban in the USA has reached our shores, The Verge reports.

Apple’s lawyers are (perhaps unsurprisingly) wielding the banhammer, which has resulted in the HTC One X and Evo 4G LTE being indefinitely delayed at customs.

The culprit? An infringement on Apple patent #5,946,647, which outlines the basic functionality of tapping a phone number in, for example, a webpage, before selecting to either call or message it.

This isn’t the first time that Apple’s lawyers have caused a stir – just ask Samsung, whose recently unveiled Galaxy S3 handset is more rounded than its predecessors, most likely as a response to Apple’s multiple lawsuits against them.

Lets hope that things get sorted quickly, for the sake of our American Android brothers who are understandably distressed during this difficult time.

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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Computing, mobile, audio, smart home