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: It's about marketing reach
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 14th Mar 2010 22:55 UTC in reply to "It's about marketing reach"
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Except that the iPhone itself is also built upon the ideas of dozens, if not hundreds, of other people.

The iPhone is a simple touch screen phone, and a relatively limited one at that. It's a good phone, probably the best in the market, but it isn't special. It doesn't contain anything mind-blowingly original. It isn't an "invention". It's a combination of great ideas from other people, but executed better, and in a marketable fashion.

Apple fanatics ridicule Nokia and others, but if it weren't for Nokia, Apple couldn't have built the iPhone. And even if, without Nokia, they'd have been capable of building the iPhone, then the iPhone would not have been a success: Nokia has played a vital role in popularising and spreading the mobile phone around the world, by making phones and the accompanying technology cheap and within reach of everyone.

You can't patent that, so companies like Nokia get no recognition for that at all - yet it is far more impressive than bringing to market an old technology (multitouch) or designing a proper UI (gets done all the time, even by people/companies other than Apple!).

I dislike Nokia for suing Apple, and I dislike Apple for suing HTC. However, Nokia's contributions to the world are far greater than Apple's; Nokia has had and is having an impact on the world itself, allowing people of all wealth levels all around the world to communicate. Nokia contributed to the underlying technology a great deal, while also providing the actual devices. That it a major feat, and if I have to choose between the two, I'd definitely want Nokia to win this one.

Edited 2010-03-14 23:00 UTC

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