Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Aug 2012 23:54 UTC
Legal And just like that, within a matter of days, the jury has reached a verdict in Apple vs. Samsung. The basic gist is simple: Apple's software patents are valid, and many Samsung devices infringe upon them. Apple's iPhone 3G trade dress is valid, and Samsung's Galaxy S line infringes, but other devices did not. Samsung did not infringe Apple's iPad design patent. Apple did not infringe any of Samsung's patents. Apple is awarded a little over $1 billion in damages. Competition lost today, and developers in the United States should really start to get worried - software patents got validated big time today.
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ze_jerkface
Member since:
2012-06-22

The Murdoch Empire doesn't have software inertia.

Even if Apple becomes uncool to the hipster crowd that still leaves a massive swath of tech company apatheic consumers that have already bought tons of stuff on iTunes and have no interest in switching. Then there is all the iTunes exclusive business software that was written while Microsoft was asleep at the wheel. This Christmas we will see the iPad mini which will cut a hole into the $200 Android tablet market. Android tablets still don't offer as smooth of an experience so without a strong price advantage I don't see much changing.

Apple isn't going anywhere and will actually seem like a safe bet to Wall St. once the POS known as Windows 8 fails on the market.

Oh and I'm a .NET dev with a Samsung phone, not an Apple fan at all.

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Phones and tablets have a two year lifespan. The software inertia is essentially worthless.

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ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

The API lasts longer than two years. The Android game selection is still quite inferior compared to the iPhone. I wish this wasn't the case but it is.

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