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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The biggest problem that Apple has, and it has happened throughout their history, is that they have often been first to a market with a clever and integrated product.

The problems then start once other competitors start responding to it credibly, and in particular, responding with cheaper devices with potentially larger economies of scale in supply and demand and also with a large economy of scale and flexibility in the application base. It happened in the PC market, and despite a slight resurgence for Macs in recent years they just don't have the supply or economies of scale to fund a market like the one for the PC as a whole.

Apple knows they can't respond to that and so they lash out, usually legally in some form.

Having just completed reading the article, that's exactly what Mitch Kapor says:

While mobile phone developers favor the iPhone for now, "they are all racing ahead to develop for Android, too," Mr. Kapor says. "Tight control helps in the beginning, but it tends to choke things in the long term."

Edited 2010-03-15 16:13 UTC

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