Apple And Google Settle Patent Row

Mobile phone industry giants Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss lawsuits they had brought against each other over technology patents. In a joint statement, the companies said they would work together in �some areas of patent reform�. But the deal did not include licensing their technology to each other. Apple � which produces iPhones � and firms that make phones using Google�s Android software earlier filed dozens of lawsuits against one another. Earlier this month, a jury in California ordered South Korea�s Samsung firm to pay Apple $119.6m (�71m) for for infringing two of its patents. The court also ruled that Apple infringed Samsung�s patents and awarded $158,000 in damages. Android software is now installed on some 80% of new phones sold every year.