Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Oct 2010 21:30 UTC
Legal And we have another interesting development in the ongoing and ever-expanding idiocy that is the War of the High-Fiving Lawyers Mobile Patent World War. Motorola, now a central player in this worldwide conflict that is hurting consumers' wallets and clogging legal systems all over the world, has come to HTC's rescue by seeking to invalidate the patents Apple sued HTC with earlier this year.
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RE: This is all so...
by molnarcs on Mon 18th Oct 2010 09:14 UTC in reply to "This is all so..."
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Agreed, although I must say this is one of the very few sane litigations that I heard about recently. Thom wrote:

Motorola, now a central player in this worldwide conflict that is hurting consumers' wallets and clogging legal systems all over the world, has come to HTC's rescue by seeking to invalidate the patents Apple sued HTC with earlier this year.


A somewhat misleading summary. Motorola is playing a central role now in the patent madness "hurting cusomer wallets" - but it should be made clear that they are the good guys here. What's good for us and our wallets? Competition of course. If Apple manages to stop competition via ridiculous lawsuits, that's bad for us. If their software/ideas patents are shot down, then they'll have to compete purely on merit, they'll have to improve their offerings, maybe even lower prices as Android handsets gain ground.

It's a numbers game right now - there are already lots of useful apps for Android. Personally, I don't miss anything - but I often see some of my colleagues (yeah, adults) playing games on their iPhones that are not available on Android yet. As the number of Android users grow, it will become a more and more viable target for developers. When it comes to hardware, the Nexus One released almost a year ago is still pretty competitive with iPhone 4 imho. That's what makes Apple so trigger-happy when it comes to lawsuits, attacking Google via a proxy like HTC, while having the other successful Android manufacturer covered by their buddies at Microsoft.

Hardware that is on par with Apple's offering are already there from multiple manufacturers (HTC, Motorola, Samsung), so Android growth is guaranteed. Apple tried to shut down the software angle by creating a ridiculously restrictive EULA for their SDK, but had to back down on that one. The only weapon they have now is litigation. Alternatively, they could develop products that kick the competitions' ass, but seeing Antennagate and Glassgate recently, I suppose they are not up to it. Have you ever seen anyone using a naked iPhone4 - I mean the thing is fragile (even if we consider the antenna problems negligible, blown out of proportions). It does look beautiful, no question about it, had the pleasure of playing with one myself, but once it's condomed, from a distance it looks just like the 3gs.

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