Google Looks to Distance Android from Apple vs. Samsung Ruling

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The Verge reports that Google has officially responded to Friday's ruling in the Apple vs. Samsung case that saw a jury award Apple over $1 billion in deciding that Samsung had infringed upon Apple's patents and trade dress.

In its statement, Google attempts to distance itself from the controversy somewhat, indicating that most of the issues addressed in the trial do not relate to Android itself. The issues instead deal with Samsung's specific software implementations and its hardware design decisions. Google writes:
The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. The mobile industry is moving fast and all players - including newcomers - are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that.
Some of the key pieces of evidence weighing in Apple's favor in the jury's mind were in fact 2010 memos and conversations between Google and Samsung that included Google "demanding" Samsung make changes in its implementation of Android over concerns that it was too similar to Apple's iOS. From one internal Samsung email describing Google's concerns:
"I am notifying you of the team leader's directives from the executives' meeting yesterday," the message begins. The sixth item on the list addresses a need to "respond to the issue of design similarity for the S series," which Samsung designer Kim Jin Soo testified was a reference to the company's S series of smartphones.

"Google is demanding distinguishable design vis-à-vis the iPad," according to the e-mail. "Consider design distinguishability for the items demanded by Google while maintaining the current design, and in regards to each carrier's demands."
With the Korea Stock Exchange having just opened for trading for the first time since the ruling, Samsung's stock is currently trading down 7%. Apple's stock rose nearly 2% in after hours trading Friday following the ruling.

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pk7

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Looks like Google has indeed recognized the implied warning that came about as a result of the Apple-Samsung trial. Good.
 

ixodes

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This is but the beginning of a lot of posturing, strategizing & responding to the vast number of challenges presented as a result of this initial verdict.

For those of us that find these types of situations fascinating, this action Apple has initiated is but the tip of the iceberg.

Conversely for those of us geeks that prefer the way things were before the wrath of Steve was unleashed, this will drag on, and on, and on.
 

tdtran1025

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This goes to show designing an OS is not a walk in the park. As much as Google can brag, stealing is way easier when time is of essence. Hehe...
 

hissyfit

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ummm... duh?!? BWAHAHAHA!!! all kidding aside, even though i prefer Apple OS I am glad there are o:Dptions.
 

Rocketman

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Apple up 2% or about $13.00 is a $13B increase. Samsung is down about $12B.

The award was $1B and may be trebled and will certainly be appealed and delayed for at least a year and may eventually be reduced, or even a new trial ordered.

So perception trumps reality. The tail wags the dog.

Rocketman
 

monkor

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The issue itself didn't even have to do with the Android OS; it had to do with Samsung's blatant copying of iOS with their TouchWiz skin and the designs of phones which clearly copied the iPhone. They were rightfully reprimanded, and Google just made the distinction that Apple's beef (this time, at least) had nothing to do with the core OS.

Previously, I thought Apple was acting like a whiny little kid, but then I realized that by copying and not innovating their way to the top, Samsung hurt the consumer in more ways than one. You don't see HTC getting sued, because their Sense skin and designs are unique/innovative. Yet HTC is being shafted in overall market share because Samsung's copycat phones are selling like hotcakes. It's disappointing, to say the least. Same goes for Motorola, whose RAZR Maxx has fantastic battery life and truly helped all companies in maximizing the battery potential in smart phones. Yet they're falling behind further still in market share, making it harder and harder to compete.

Google does innovate. Android is not a shot for shot copy of iOS, and they both steal ideas from one another in order to (hopefully) better implement them. Apple may indirectly go at Google via their handset makers, but attacking the OS itself isn't likely to work. Android is here to stay, and people should want it that way.
 

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Question now is will Apple innovate again? iOS has been same for 5 years. Boring.
Unless Tim Cook feels like eating his words ("We value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth.") one certainly hopes they would innovate. I personally doubt there will be any features on September 12th that are as mind-blowing as there were at launch five years ago.
 

jake0112

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Can you imagine what they'd be saying if Samsung won?

Google: We are proud to see this verdict in favour of Samsung. It shows that the jury were willing to hear the argument that Apples monopoly on patents should be recognised as industry patents, and that developers and manufacturers in the Android community can "innovate" without the threat of a legal action. This is a good day for Samsung, Google and other Android device manufacturers.


.. What a different ball game that would be.
 

JS82712

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Just out of curiosity who owns the patent on notifications?
oh please, not this again; google didn't invent the pull-down notification system. period.

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Can you imagine what they'd be saying if Samsung won?

Google: We are proud to see this verdict in favour of Samsung. It shows that the jury were willing to hear the argument that Apples monopoly on patents should be recognised as industry patents, and that developers and manufacturers in the Android community can "innovate" without the threat of a legal action. This is a good day for Samsung, Google and other Android device manufacturers.


.. What a different ball game that would be.
well they were also the ones that said apple's inventions should be free for everyone to use because they are so 'mainstream'. :rolleyes:
 

vox1

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They didn't invent notifications but they did patent the notification (pull down) bar.
 

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this is the FIRST!!! android phone actually

http://news.cnet.com/2300-1035_3-10003470-2.html
That might be the first phone but it definitely was not what Google was thinking about when developing their platform. Remember this video from 2007: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_avwGFsv60U&feature=relmfu. The first device shown had been in use for 6 months and I'm sure it was created before that and tested at Google HQ. The second device seems like a rush job touch screen phone that was created to combat the iPhone.

Before Apple introduced the iPhone, Google had it's eyes set on RIM and the BB as the device to emulate.