Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jul 2011 21:34 UTC, submitted by sb56637
Legal Blah blah Apple whines about a bunch of software patents again. Go cry in a corner, Jobs. Either find a strategy that counters the rise of Android, or just suck it up and be a man about it. Oh, HTC is the target this time around. Again. Whatever.
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RE: So....
by kaiwai on Tue 12th Jul 2011 06:53 UTC in reply to "So...."
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Contrary to what people say, Android really is not free when HTC has to pay legal fees because Google refuses to indemnify its OEMs.

Meanwhile, noticeably absent from the list of devices Apple complains about are any Windows Phones.

From what I understand Microsoft and Apple have several agreements - at the end of the day its of no benefit them fighting each other when the greatest threat is from Android and alternative platforms. It reminds me of the whole 'licensing' shake-down regarding Linux on the server - either you compete or you make your competitors pay royalties and thus drive up the cost to equal parity to your own product.

With that being said most of the growth I see in Android devices in New Zealand are in the sub $500 category - something that Apple really has no interest in competing against. If Apple want to compete and keep mindshare then all they need to is show the statistics when it comes to units sold and average price of said units - all very nice for the Android fanboys to boast about low cost phones but if the users are cheapskates who refuse to hand over $1.29 for a game then where is the ecosystem for the long term sustainability of the platform?

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