What does ‘unity’ mean in the engine market?
Posted On June 15, 2021
Unity Engine is a free open source engine developed by Google that powers a wide variety of popular smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
In addition to powering Android devices, it is also used in Google’s Chrome browser.
As a result, Unity is a very popular open source software for mobile development.
However, in the past few years, Unity has faced some serious questions over its performance, compatibility, and reliability.
In fact, the company is now facing several lawsuits over the performance and reliability of its software.
In 2017, Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Unity for patent infringement and patent fraud.
In its complaint, Microsoft alleged that Unity had been in use for more than five years and had developed software for more mobile platforms than any other open source project.
It also accused Unity of abusing its exclusive right to “patent the ‘Unity Engine’ in violation of Microsoft’s patents and other intellectual property.”
This lawsuit was ultimately dismissed on February 26, 2018.
Microsoft is now trying to overturn the ruling in its own lawsuit.
The company is also demanding that Unity discontinue its use of the word ‘unity’.
The issue of compatibility is another source of controversy.
In an interview with Ars Technica , Unity CEO David Cogley stated that the company had been developing its own proprietary engine for years, which had been “the foundation for many of our products.”
However, Cogleys comments were later contradicted by a blog post by Unity’s head of engineering and engineering product David J. Johnson, which said that the developer “never said [unity] is going to be compatible with other engines.”
Johnson added that he “never ever intended for the word to be used in any context to imply that Unity was not compatible with any other engines.
It was just an attempt to be more inclusive of all platforms and platforms developers can write code for, rather than trying to use it in any particular way.”
Another problem that has emerged is the reliability of Unity’s engine.
The Linux kernel has been criticized for its poor performance, and the Unity Engine has also been plagued by issues with battery life, data loss, and various bugs.
This has resulted in some users complaining about having to use the Unity Launcher instead of the Unity Desktop.
Microsoft is currently seeking to overturn a ruling by the Federal Trade Commission that found that Unity infringed its proprietary patents.
The FTC is also investigating the issue of a patent claim that Unity made for the use of a proprietary audio codec in Unity’s Android app.
Microsoft has also accused the company of violating the Fair Use provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
The issue is currently being litigated in the courts.