Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 21:22 UTC
Google This I didn't expect. While we've had individual people high up Google's chain of command speak out, there wasn't yet any form of official response to the patent shenanigans surrounding Android. For the first time, the company has posted on the official Google Blog about the issue, and the company is clear. Several companies, including Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle, are working together to attack Android through patents. Google is not going to sit back and take it, though. Update: Stuff just got real. Popcorn! Or better yet, coffee!
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Jennimc
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2011-06-22

Every product available for sale builds upon technology that preceded it. The iPhone is no different yet it was dramatically different from many other phones on the market... so much so that every major phone manufacturer mocked Apple and claimed their efforts would fail.


Google is allowed to create a product with the same knowledge that Apple had before they developed their phone. They're NOT allowed to copy a company's product based on information acquired while hired at that same company to retain secrets.

The difference in direction based on the former and latter is obvious where they garnered their phone's overall direction. To toss out fanboy (fangirl???) accusations whole protecting the wrong deeds of a preferred company is the prime example of fanboy. You sir are exactly that.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

To toss out fanboy (fangirl???) accusations whole protecting the wrong deeds of a preferred company is the prime example of fanboy. You sir are exactly that.


Again, [citation needed].

You provide zero evidence for your claims. None. Yet, you present them as fact. THAT is why you are labelled fanboy on this board.

It is just as likely that Apple stole all the ideas for the iPhone from Google. Both were developing a mobile phone operating system in the same timeframe, and they both ended up with siilar results BECAUSE THEY WERE BOTH WORKING WITHOUT LEGACY BULDING ON THE SAME PRODUCTS AND RESEARCH THAT CAME BEFORE.

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Jennimc Member since:
2011-06-22

You're making it seem as if iOS and the iPhone were developed in a vacuum and that Apple invented it all - typical Apple fanboy


[citation needed].
Looks like you provided zero evidence for your claims None. Yet, you present them as fact. THAT is why you are labelled fanboy on this board.


It is just as likely that Apple stole all the ideas for the iPhone from Google.

If an Apple staff member was on Google's board of directors you might have a point but they weren't so you don't.


Both were developing a mobile phone operating system in the same timeframe, and they both ended up with siilar results BECAUSE THEY WERE BOTH WORKING WITHOUT LEGACY BULDING ON THE SAME PRODUCTS AND RESEARCH THAT CAME BEFORE.

You're neglecting that Google showed their cards. Then Apple showed theirs. Suddenly Google's cards changed. It couldn't have been a reactive measure as those type of efforts take time. No, they changed course at a key moment in development while completing their existing development.

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jackeebleu Member since:
2006-01-26

Thom, don't be an idiot. Apple saw working with Google as a great partnership built with promise and what did Google do? Raped them. They encouraged Apple to open source Webkit and then Google says hey we got this great new browser thats way better than that old crappy Safari, Hey we have a great new OS built on that , and guess what we are doing phones too! And oh yeah, we'll have App stores and music and everything, just like our partner Apple.

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rhavyn Member since:
2005-07-06

Both were developing a mobile phone operating system in the same timeframe, and they both ended up with siilar results


I'm confused. Are you claiming that Android (and then Google) got all the way to the point of building test hardware that looks like a Blackberry clone and acted like a Blackberry clone when, in fact, they were actually going to release an iPhone clone all along? Just no one knew it until a year after the iPhone was released?

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ezylstra Member since:
2010-07-16

"Every product available for sale builds upon technology that preceded it."

"Builds upon" and "duplicates" are two different concepts. The patent system is designed to prevent one company from doing the innovating and all the others merely duplicating those innovations.

No one had a phone like the iPhone when it was introduced.

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Beta Member since:
2005-07-06

"Every product available for sale builds upon technology that preceded it."

"Builds upon" and "duplicates" are two different concepts. The patent system is designed to prevent one company from doing the innovating and all the others merely duplicating those innovations.

No one had a phone like the iPhone when it was introduced.

No one? I had one better, it was 2 years old and had native installable apps… SE p910i

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Did you even see the Prada ? It was created independantly from the iPhone too:

http://www.osnews.com/story/24997/Standing_on_the_Shoulders_of_Mobi...

Did you see my comment about "The Myth of the Sole Inventor" ?:
http://www.osnews.com/permalink?483269

When the hardware manufactures were able to produce products like that, other manufactures obviously jumped on it.

The only reason the iPhone did so well was because it was more affordable than the Prada and they were early on the market. Before a lot of competitors.

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