Summary: A roundup of news relating to Android for the most part
With large companies such as Amazon bastardising Android by selling it down the river to Microsoft, Google is left almost alone here, along with a newly-acquired part of Motorola. But that is not enough. As one reports puts it, “Google’s $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola may not have given it the legal ammo it expected to acquire, based on a court ruling in Germany. Several Motorola devices were found to have infringed an Apple patent. “Google is in a bad position, because this is something they license to all mobile phone manufacturers that use Android,” noted law professor Christal Sheppard.”
Samsung, which pays Microsoft for Android, tries not to let Apple get even a dime. Not all is well yet because: “The ruling against Samsung last week that found it infringed on Apple’s patents might truly have shaken the technology world, and the decision could have a ripple effect of unintended consequence across the industry.”
The Apple v. Samsung juror says they “wanted to send a message”, which only helps invalidate their seemingly idealogical decision. Samsung is convicted it will eventually win, but Apple already attacks yet again with ban requests against 8 Samsung devices.
We must remember that Apple relies on US bureaucracy (e.g. ITC) where corporations control the government and can impose unjust sanctions. It’s a sort of systemic corruption. There is also control of the media (by corporations), not to mention lobbying. Florian Müller the liar keeps promoting his funding sources, too, invalidating his claims by forced disclosures. Jonathan Corbet has been quoting him and got berated for it in the comments at LWN. He too seems to realise that it is not a wise thing to do anymore.
Press which is funded by Apple is merely speculating that Google might pay Apple, but it is the same press that amid a likely move to Android at Nokia is promoting the talking points of Android foes (Microsoft conveniently had former staff move to Nokia to daemonise Ogg, making life hard for Linux in devices). █