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[3]: Huh??
by kaiwai on Mon 15th Mar 2010 03:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Huh??"
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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.

Assuming people just purchase it on price alone; smart phones in the enterprise are as much dictated by the quality of the platform to develop on as its ability to hook into a enterprise back end. The problem will only start to occur when it comes to customers wanting greater integration with their existing systems which will include the Windows and Office systems that might end up tripping them up - especially if the dependent backends will be reliant on Silverlight technology. If Microsoft provides the stuff required but in only Silverlight form it will form Apple's hand to allow Silverlight (and in turn Flash) on the iPhone.

Their lust for complete control is going to face head on with large customers who aren't going to put up with Apple's fickleness and decide that the 10,000 phone contract will go to a WM7, Blackberry, Symbian or Android/WebOS vendor out there. I have a feeling when the almighty dollar is concerned Steve will eventually suck in his bottom lip and make some cock 'n ball story of how 'things have changed and thus should be allowed on the phone'.

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