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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by molnarcs on Mon 18th Oct 2010 16:44 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Motorola..."
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Yeah, I agree completely... He had a utopian vision of a future where corporate greed (or greed in general) does not dominate human life. Apple is prime example of corporate greed.

They are a successful company designing really good products (even the iPhone4 with all its flaws is an excellent product). They deserve all the money they got from it. However, that no longer is enough.

Step 1: trying to eliminate competition by locking app developers into exclusive contracts (basically the EULA of their SDK that was designed to cut off any possibility to develop for other platforms). Luckily, this scheme failed.

Step 2: trying the other path - litigation. Basically, in their lawsuit against HTC they are asking the courts to prohibit distribution of HTC devices in the US market.

Step 3: ????

The goal is no longer a healthy profit margin. The goal is complete domination of this market segment.

I read an article in the New York Times about the advantages of an open ecosystem against a closed one - long term of course. iOS has 250,000 apps while Android has 80,000 - a signifant difference, but also the kind of turning point when it becomes economically viable to develop for the platform. There are lots of huge gaps in the app offerings on Android (nothing though that I can't live without, mostly games). There are no signs that Android growths is going to slow down, in fact, it will only accelerate. Double the number of apps and it becomes even more attractive for consumers that makes it more attractive to developers that in turn makes it even more attractive for consumers...

Anyway, at the end of the article, Professor Yoffie from Harvard Business School predicts that “Apple will lose its overall leadership, but maintain a share of the market that could easily be in the 25 percent to 30 percent range.” He added: “That’s enough to sustain a very large and very profitable business.” Actually, you don't have to be a professor to see this coming. But to get back to my point, a healthy 25-30 percent marketshare sustaining a very large and profitable business is inconvenient. Just like Microsoft in the 90s, Apple wants to dominate, and force out competition at any cost, by any means necessary (see steps 1 & 2).

Now step 3 could be anything. The rational part of me hopes that these ridiculous patents will be invalidated. Hopes - that is, I don't take it for granted, in fact I fear the opposite. And a part of me just wishes that the court granted everything Apple dreams of. Really, go ahead. Remove all HTC phones from the US market. Remove all NOKIAs (not that they have much of a presence there). Remove all "INSERT NEXT APPLE TARGET HERE" - and see how happy consumers are with their limited choices, on top of the already ridiculous carrier lock-ins. Let's f--k up the whole idea of competition, and then see if users like tyrione or mrhasbean are still clapping their hands for Apple and other litigious bastards.

EDIT> link to the article I referred to - nothing special int there actually, but it's a good light read:

Edited 2010-10-18 16:48 UTC

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