Though Apple (AAPL) is suing many Android OEMs (including Google-owned Motorola), it has...


Though Apple (AAPL) is suing many Android OEMs (including Google-owned Motorola), it has refrained from directly suing Google (GOOG) over the OS. And Google, while assisting in its partners' defenses, issued a cautious response to the Samsung verdict. What gives? It might be that the companies remain joined at the hip, in spite of all the enmity. Google needs its iOS search deal with Apple to maintain a dominant share of mobile search. And Apple doesn't want to lose Google's search payments, or its extensive iOS app support.
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  • AppleForever
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    Eric Schmidt stole the idea for Android while on Apple's board. Simple as that.
    28 Aug 2012, 10:27 AM Reply Like
  • SA Editor Eric Jhonsa
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    Did he pass along the idea for Android's notification system while on Apple's board? Because it looks like Apple "stole" that right back with iOS 5 :).

     

    Or it might be that mobile OS developers have constantly been borrowing ideas from each other. Including Apple, which owes a lot to the pioneering work Palm, Nokia/Symbian, and Microsoft did.

     

    Just my $.02, but calling Android an iOS clone isn't fair either to Google, which has added features like widgets, hidden menus, and a better notification system, or to Apple, whose OS is still smoother/more polished than Android.
    28 Aug 2012, 11:20 AM Reply Like
  • KamronB
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    Or google bought out the then relatively unknown Android (founded in 2003) in 05 - which is it, I'm confused?
    28 Aug 2012, 02:54 PM Reply Like
  • rubicon59
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    The proper thing for Google is to indemnify their OEM customers against IP issues with Google-supplied software as is the standard and common-sense industry practice. But they don't.

     

    Go figure.
    28 Aug 2012, 12:13 PM Reply Like
  • user77a
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    Others have noted that Google gives away the OS so it's a lot easier to determine damages by directly suing the hardware manufacturers. And as an Apple stockholder Apple has a responsibility to protect my investment. If they are copying someone else's patents let them either sign a licensing deal or sue for infringement. That's how our capitalist system works.
    28 Aug 2012, 10:04 PM Reply Like
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