Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Mar 2010 15:12 UTC
Legal It's no secret to anyone that while Apple sued HTC, the lawsuit is more about Google than HTC itself. Since Android is open source, and owned by no one, it's kind of hard to go after Google itself, and as such, HTC was the prime target, since it is the number one Android smartphone maker. The New York Times has an in-depth article up about the subject, with a whole boatload of quotes from people within the two companies, and it paints a picture of all this being a highly emotional and personal vendetta - especially from Apple's side.
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Apple looked too short term
by siki_miki on Sun 14th Mar 2010 20:06 UTC
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Apple now lost a chance to create a monopoly in the mobile OS market. They only had to licence it, but were greedy enough to sell it with their own hardware and brand only. History repeats itself, this time it's Google, and I presume lawyers are going to remind of Google-Microsoft lawsuit in the courtroom.

Google stepped in and made a product that handset makers endorsed, and it would have happened without Google, but a year or two later. Even MS is planning something like iPhone OS, but licenseable (they were just happy with WinMo6 share against Symbian and didn't expect the iPhone to fire up the need for improvement). Google anticipated it early and finished Android before other competitors.

I guess Apple were betting to repeat the same dominance as with ipods, though this time they are against very strong mobile phone brands (which were then selling on hw specs mostly and neglecting software quality). Google came as a savior, as a company that understands what OS business is about: good platform.

Now the only chance for Apple against becoming only one of many quality brands is suing everyone.

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