Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Aug 2012 11:32 UTC
Google One company's response to the jury verdict in Apple vs. Samsung was still missing: Google's. The company has now responded to The Verge, and there's almost a certain bitterness in their language. Not, as you would expect, directed at Apple; no, the bitterness is directed at Samsung. The message Google is sending to other Android OEMs? Stick to stock Android, and you'll have no problems.
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RE: Comment by Radio
by Yehppael on Mon 27th Aug 2012 15:06 UTC in reply to "Comment by Radio"
Yehppael
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2012-08-01

No, actually stock Android IS safe, because Google implies it will make it so.

When they get everyone to move and stick with stock Android, they'll do the same thing they did with Chrome, and add features favouring Google.

The features you stated are software, and if a hardware manufacturer sticks to hardware, and leaves the software to Google, then they would be safe from Microsoft and Apple. All they'd have to worry about after that would be rounded corners.

Right now, through this statement, Google is telling people, there are two sides, one, side with Google, or two, by yourself. Since each hardware manufacturer uses their own version of Android, they'll probably have to make the choice soon. Until Apple actually attacks Google, they're free game.

That's pretty much how I see Google doing things, and I think I'm right because it mostly fits into their pattern.

Even if I'm wrong or not, I'm very very curious how things turn out, if anything, Google's leadership, not just the top levels, are quite brilliant. Waay above Apple's or Microsoft's or any others company in the field. So, yeah, this is worth watching.

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RE[2]: Comment by Radio
by MollyC on Mon 27th Aug 2012 16:05 in reply to "RE: Comment by Radio"
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

Google has never indemnified anyone and their statement has no evidence that they will begin doing so. ANdroid is very vulnerable to Apple's patents and Apple doesn't license patents as a general policy, preferring to ban the infringing products altogether. And Android is also vulnerable to Microsoft's patents, but nearly every Android device maker has already reached agreement with Microsoft to license those patents.

P.S.
Google's "brilliant" leadership was baited by Apple and Microsoft into buying the failing Motorola for 12 billion dollars for a bunch of FRAND patents. The notion that Google has the most brilliant leadership is Google PR working.

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RE[3]: Comment by Radio
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 27th Aug 2012 16:12 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Radio"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Google's "brilliant" leadership was baited by Apple and Microsoft into buying the failing Motorola for 12 billion dollars for a bunch of FRAND patents. The notion that Google has the most brilliant leadership is Google PR working.


funny. They're now countersuing Apple using non-FRAND Motorola patents. On top of that, the jury here threw out Apple's FRAND defence - however, the amateurish nature and fishy smell of this jury applies there, too, of course.

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RE[3]: Comment by Radio
by segedunum on Mon 27th Aug 2012 19:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Radio"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

And Android is also vulnerable to Microsoft's patents, but nearly every Android device maker has already reached agreement with Microsoft to license those patents.

They won't be for very much longer when this plays out. That's what makes it funny.

Google's "brilliant" leadership was baited by Apple and Microsoft into buying the failing Motorola for 12 billion dollars for a bunch of FRAND patents.

The rather desperate view is that they baited Google into buying Motorola because Microsoft and Apple failed in buying it. The reality is anything but.

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RE[3]: Comment by Radio
by kurkosdr on Mon 27th Aug 2012 21:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Radio"
kurkosdr Member since:
2011-04-11

"P.S.
Google's "brilliant" leadership was baited by Apple and Microsoft into buying the failing Motorola for 12 billion dollars for a bunch of FRAND patents. The notion that Google has the most brilliant leadership is Google PR working."

Personally, I smell desperation. Google is facing an arrogant company filing suits against them (Apple) and US courts rubber stamping all the patents Apple asserts like pinch-and-zoom (prior art exists), voice search (prior art) and rounded corners (dumb).

I don't scream "government conspiracy" often, and have never done before on the internet (no, srsly), but this one smells a lot: Apple's UI patents (and rounded corners) getting validated by the court while Motorola's and Samsung's geting thrown out, jurys (read: ignorant about the subject citizens) that are told to decide about technical patents, flash jury decisions, bagging claims of design copycating and softpatent infrigment in one trial. It's as if the US government has found a golden tax goose over at Cupertino, and they want to "protect" it, but not by doing something that attracts public ire like imposing a "chicken tax" for imported cellphones.

Edited 2012-08-27 21:47 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by Radio
by zima on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 18:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Radio"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

There was much more to Motorola buyout. For one, Moto forced Google hand, a bit, at least WRT the price... (in the week or two leading to buyout announcement, when the deal was set, Moto CEO hinted that 1) Motorola might go with their patents after other Android makers 2) Moto might adopt also WinPhone)

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