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Apple Injunction May be Overturned

by: LucianAugust 15, 2011

Last week I was saying how the German Court’s decision to grant Apple an injunction over Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 makes little sense. Just because 2 products are somewhat similar “in the same product category” doesn’t mean one should be blocked out from the market. It’s how competition works in the real world. But it seems that even they may have been misled by Apple’s legal team.

Apple’s legal team presented the German Court with “evidence” that appears to be tampered with to make the Galaxy Tab 10.1 look as similar as possible to the iPad. Not only did the Tab get stretched out on the sides, but it was [...]

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Google Gets Smart, Buys Motorola for $12.5 Billion

by: LucianAugust 15, 2011

We all know that the patent issue has been getting worse lately for Google. Google needed to solve this quickly before it got out of hand, and it seems they’ve just found the perfect way not only to get their hands on a huge trove of mobile patents, but to also spearhead their way into becoming a hardware company.

The acquisition is not cheap -$12.5 billion is a lot of money. But I think it’s all worth it. Here are some reasons why I think so:

1) Patents

Motorola is the company that practically invented the phone. It has gotten many patents since then, and these patents will be valuable to Google in defending Android. They have 24,500 patents right [...]

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Behold Samsung’s “iPad” – Made in 2006

by: LucianAugust 13, 2011

This photo frame was launched by Samsung in 2006, and if you wouldn’t know better, you’d probably think it’s an iPad, or at least a tablet that strongly resembles it. But wait a minute. If this product came out in 2006 – does that mean it’s this product that looks like an iPad, or is it the iPad that looks like this product? Does that mean Apple copied Samsung’s innovation? Should Samsung ask for injunctions on iPads all over the world now because it has the same “look and feel” as their photo frame?

Granted, they are not in the same market. The iPad is a “tablet”, while this is a “photo frame”, [...]

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Does Motorola Deserve a Boycott?

by: LucianAugust 12, 2011

Motorola has made it clear yesterday that they plan on collecting patent royalties from other Android manufacturers. Here’s Sanjay Jha’s quote (Motorola CEO):

“I would bring up IP as a very important for differentiation (among Android vendors). We have a very large IP portfolio, and I think in the long term, as things settle down, you will see a meaningful difference in positions of many different Android players. Both, in terms of avoidance of royalties, as well as potentially being able to collect royalties. And that will make a big difference to people who have very strong IP positions.”

So why is Motorola doing this now? I think there [...]

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Why Android Needs a Powerful Theme Engine

by: LucianAugust 12, 2011

When Android launched in 2008, it didn’t have a very beautiful UI, and the engineers were probably more inclined to make it as functional as possible first. HTC saw this as an opportunity to improve Android’s UI, and to corner the market early on with their own unique looking phones. HTC’s Sense UI was a major improvement over how Android looked before, but unfortunately other manufacturers thought they should follow in HTC’s footsteps and make their own skins as well.

User Experience: Better or Worse?

Not only are most skins out there looking worse than Android stock UI, but they are also not properly optimized and slow down the phones, or [...]

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Where Does it Stop? Apple Wants German Court to Block Motorola Xoom Too

by: LucianAugust 10, 2011

Just a few days ago we found out that Apple not only blocked the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 from launching in Australia, but it also did it in Europe, when a German Court decided to give them the injunction over Samsung’s tablet. If you thought that’s bad, it’s getting worse. Apple now wants the German Court to block the imports of Motorola’s Xoom to Europe as well.

Where does it stop?

I think the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was different enough compared to iPad 2, and I think the Xoom is even more different than iPad 2 in both look and feel, and of course software. If you want to compete in the same space as another company making a type of product, [...]

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