Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Jul 2012 10:10 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In case you were still doubting whether or not Apple's lawsuits against Samsung were a case of 'if you can't compete, litigate', Samsung's financial results should seal the deal. The company shipped round and about 50 million smartphones, twice as many smartphones as Apple shipped. So, not only is Android doing better on smartphones than iOS, there's now also a single manufacturer outselling Apple. Oh, the next avenue for de-emphasizing this achievement has already reared its head: Samsung has a wider portfolio, and as such, the comparison isn't fair. Nonsense, of course - Volkswagen sells lots more models than, say, Mazda, but that doesn't mean you can't compare them. Maybe, just maybe, having a wide portfolio of devices to meet the various different needs of the market is simply a very good strategy. It'll be interesting to see just how much Apple can take back with the next iPhone, especially since the full potential of the Galaxy SIII hasn't been realised yet and will be accounted for in Samsung's next quarter as well. Fun, such a fight between titans. Just too bad one of the two titans plays dirty by opting for the courtroom.
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RE[5]: Lawsuits
by lemur2 on Mon 30th Jul 2012 04:33 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Lawsuits"
lemur2
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That code hasn't been copied, doesn't make the product a copy. This way you would justify all the copies that exist. Because you type over a book, that action doesn't make the text yours. It's still from the original author.


No, this isn't the case at all. Android is totally different "words" to iOS, but "telling a similar story".

The analogy you are looking at is best described like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Robin-Hood-Novels-Other-Fiction/lm/R1KEYXE5JU...

Those are all books featuring, or about, Robin Hood by different authors. They all have different words, but they tell similar stories.

These books are not copies of each other. There is no theft of IP here, there is no copyright violation at all.

A very similar situation exists with iOS and Android. Apps for iOS will not work on an Android phone, and vice versa. Android is not a copy of iOS, and even though it has somewhat similar functionality it is most decidedly NOT a copy of iOS, and no IP has been stolen.

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