Apple Should Steer Clear of Google

Joseff Betancourt

When you look around the mobile market, you can't help but notice something quite interestingeveryone is suing everyone else.
The New York Times has an excellent article with a great diagram of who is suing whom in the mobile industry.
Seems the only companies that aren't suing or being sued are Microsoft, Palm and Google-but that may definitely change, at least for Google, if Apple continues its HTC lawsuit.
Joe Wilcox has some excellent points as to why Apple really wants to stay clear of HTC on his blog over at Beta news. His gist; why wake a sleeping giant? And I concur-Google would crush them in a legal dispute given the history of the Android operating system. And the open source community would have a field day demonizing Cupertino on the matter. Given the momentum that Apple is riding, that kind of noise is going to be a distraction as Apple looks to replace Research in Motion as the number-one supplier of smartphones in corporate environments.
Engadget did a pretty decent job breaking down Apple's patent suit claims if anyone is really interested. What's interesting about these claims is that they could apply to just about any modern smartphone, all of which only serves to conclusively prove that the patent system really is broken when it comes to software.

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Sep 8, 2010 4:09 PM AndroidGold - Android Tablets AndroidGold - Android Tablets  says:
While Apple seems to take a litigious "throw enough Sh-- at the wall and some will stick" approach to protecting their IP (market share), Google is also making a few BIG mistakes in it's control of the Android "ecosystem", and is perhaps trying to cater to too many interests at once. From a consumer's perspective, it seems that Android would have created an explosion of new products with innovative ways of connecting to the Internet, sharing information between devices, and taking our ideas of mobile communications into a new paradigm. Android is a perfect OS for new convergence technologies - like cameras that sync with websites to directly upload photos, or android tablets that at their core capacity could connect to the internet, play games, and consume video and music content. You could build almost anything with its GPS, Wifi, and other firmware components that could be used selectively to create cool mobile electronics that were not necessarily phones or even handheld electronics. However, Google's CDD guidelines for joining the "Android Ecosystem" require hardware to have among other things - a minimum 2 MPXL rear-facing camera, GPS, and a MAXIMUM screen resolution of something like 800x440 (sorry, you'll have to get special approval for that; i.e. be friends with Google and be ready to sell millions of units). So again it all comes back to the hardware brands, their legal relationships with software providers, who stole what from whom, and at some point the carriers. Kinda sad, because if all software were part of the public domain, perhaps these manufacturers could just focus on building the technology we want and leave us with the freedom to do with it what we wanted - perhaps then we wouldn't have cool media gadgets that don't play Flash or even run multiple apps at once - and then 2010 wouldn't seem so much like 1984... Reply
Jan 7, 2011 12:01 AM Sephim Sephim  says:
Interesting link to the Article with the diagram of who is suing who. Reply

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