In the interference suit, filed in Massachusetts Superior Court,
Skyhook claimed Google costs it tens of millions of dollars by
trying to cut in on its contract with Motorola, which makes
smartphones that leverage location services.
Motorola, which makes and sells smartphones based on Google’s
Android operating system, agreed to use Skyhook’s XPS location
technology in April.
When Google Vice President of Engineering Andy Rubin learned of
this, according to the suit, he called Motorola Co-CEO Sanjay Jha
to impose a “stop ship” order, preventing Motorola from shipping
Android wireless devices featuring Skyhook’s XPS software.
Rubin claimed that using XPS in Android phones would make them
incompatible. Motorola ended up shipping its Motorola Droid X
smartphone in mid-July using Google’s location software instead of
the Skyhook XPS technology.