Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Aug 2011 21:38 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y The Google-Microsoft patent war of words is continuing. Yesterday, Google (rightfully so, in my book) accused Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle partaking in an organised patent attack against Android, instead of competing on merit, claiming that they bought up Novell's and Nortel's patents solely to attack Android and its device makers. Microsoft struck back, claiming Google was offered to join in on the bids for the Novell patents, but rejected the offer. Google has now responded to this accusation - and to make matters even more confusing, Microsoft responded back. A public shouting match between two powerful parties? Count me in!
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RE: Google & software patents
by BallmerKnowsBest on Fri 5th Aug 2011 00:46 UTC in reply to "Google & software patents"
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The proliferation of Android phones has been driven purely by the carriers and marketing. The same thing happened when the carriers pushed Blackberry. iPhone came along, they pushed that, it became successful because it was simple yet powerful and feature rich compared to other offerings. But geeks wanted more and Apple wouldn't give it to them, so they stayed away in droves and lapped up Android when it came along. Many of those geeks work at phone retailers, and they sell Android phones on the back of their enthusiasm for it's power user features - things that the majority of the population would never use, and on Android couldn't work out how to use even if they wanted to. Just walk into a phone retailer and listen to them prattling on about multitasking this, tethering that, setting up a hotspot and customising your home screen, but ask them how to set up the device for visually impaired users or sync'ing it with your current iPod based music collection and they have a meltdown.

You know, MrHasBean, you already provided a ready-made rebuttal to that claim... earlier in the same comment, no less.

"So the dissertation(sic) here is that the people who purchase Android devices only do so because they're brainwashed by geeks at mobile carriers?

No possibility at all that there might actually be people who have very good reasons for either disliking Apple, their 'gated community' approach to the iOS ecosystem, and their very obvious - to some - attempts to erect barriers to competition in the handheld OS market?"

Are you ever going to admit that you're MrHasBean posting under a sock account?

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