Linked by David Adams on Mon 12th Jul 2010 15:29 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Google co-founder Larry Page has denied that Google entered the phone market after Apple and the iPhone, accusing Steve Jobs of "rewriting history" . . . "We had been working on Android a very long time, with the notion of producing phones that are Internet enabled and have good browsers and all that because that did not exist in the marketplace," Page said. "I think that characterization of us entering after is not really reasonable."
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RE: History is always rewritten...
by fraterf93 on Mon 12th Jul 2010 19:51 UTC in reply to "History is always rewritten..."
fraterf93
Member since:
2009-04-23

Exactly. The point is not that Google, was copying Apple for going into the smartphone market. Obviously, Android was in development before iPhone was released. The point is that as soon as iPhone hit the market Google copied the features, and UI of the iPhone.

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fraterf93 Member since:
2009-04-23

Also I'd like to say that I can't believe all the big companies (Apple included) have no body to check patents and such before a product is released. That should be a part of the "research" in R&D.

Edited 2010-07-12 20:20 UTC

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martini Member since:
2006-01-23

I think the problem here is the rules that we have.

1) Some people think that copying a feature that an application has should be forbidden and it is illegal. And that Software Patents are good.

Ex: My application was the first one to have the "File - Save as.." in the top menu. Since I invented that everyone is copying me and should pay me or get sue.

2) Some people think that copying the features but using your own source code (Copyright) to get the same results is legal.

Ex: I had seen that other OSes uses icons and mouse clicks to manage the user interface. I'm going to do the same thing for the command line OS I developed.

So, where does we draw the line between Software Patents and Absurdity?

I think we need to know in detail which are the features that Apple said that Google Android copied so we can have a more argumented discussion.

Ex:
- The fade image feature to turn to one application to other? That effect was used in TV for several years, so now only one company can use it because they had the idea to put it on the phone and looked good?

- Microsoft just patented the interface for a book reader on how to swap the pages. And the movement/gesture that their are patenting is the same one you do in real life with your finger over the book, only that this times is over a touch screen with a software.

I found that there is something very bad with the Software Patents system in the US.

Are we still on time to patent the "File - Save As..." and get money? ;)

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