Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 16th Sep 2012 16:53 UTC
Google There's a bit of a story going on between Google, Acer, and Alibaba, a Chinese mobile operating system vendor. Acer wanted to ship a device with Alibaba's operating system, but Google asked them not to, and Acer complied. The reason is that Acer is a member of the Open Handset Alliance, which prohibits the promotion of non-standard Android implementations - exactly what Alibaba is shipping. On top of that, Alibaba's application store hosts pirated Android applications, including ones from Google.
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RE[5]: Comment by clasqm
by galvanash on Tue 18th Sep 2012 04:25 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by clasqm"
galvanash
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Again, show me an example of Google asking Apple to license anything to them??? All the patents mentioned in those articles were already worked around in Android ages ago (i.e. bounce scroll)...

A letter to the senate making the argument that some patents not currently considered to be SEP maybe should be is not the same thing as Google asking Apple for a license to anything. It isn't even in the same ballpark...

It doesn't even demonstrate that Google thinks Apple even HAS a patent they want or need - it is simply lobbying the senate.

Google is generally willing to share patents and license them to others - Apple is not. They are very different companies... Lobbying the senate to treat patents in a way that would weaken Apple's leverage (by forcing them to license some of them that might be seen as commercially essential) is simply smart and in their best interest. It would be beneficial to their style of business and detrimental to their competitors (i.e. Apple).

It doesn't mean, as this fictional account seems to imply, that there is some stash of patents that Google desperately needs to get it's grubby hands on in Cupertino...

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