Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Mar 2010 15:12 UTC
Legal It's no secret to anyone that while Apple sued HTC, the lawsuit is more about Google than HTC itself. Since Android is open source, and owned by no one, it's kind of hard to go after Google itself, and as such, HTC was the prime target, since it is the number one Android smartphone maker. The New York Times has an in-depth article up about the subject, with a whole boatload of quotes from people within the two companies, and it paints a picture of all this being a highly emotional and personal vendetta - especially from Apple's side.
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RE[2]: Huh??
by vivainio on Sun 14th Mar 2010 19:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Huh??"
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Obviously they don't, or they'd let the product stand on its own instead of bullying everyone else around them. That seems to indicate a huge insecurity on Apple's part, their products aren't good enough so they go after others.

Apple's products probably are good enough - Apple's problem is that high-end smartphone market is getting commodized fast. Apple has a certain head start and they can rake in money for a period of time before others catch/surpass them. Now, they need to start suffocating the market by litigation to retain shareholder value.

They know the large app store is not going to keep them going forever either; phone is very different from a PC where Windows dominates, so Apple can't really become "Microsoft of smartphones", nevermind how much they'd like to.

Regarding the technology in general - Apple has certain head start with touch screen technology so they were the ones to deploy various touch screen optimizations first. This does not mean they should be able to keep touch screen market hostage for the years to come.

Edited 2010-03-14 19:46 UTC

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