Google’s response to Apple vs. Samsung trial: doesn’t apply to Android

by: Simon HillAugust 27, 2012

As the implications of the Apple vs. Samsung verdict now take center stage, all eyes turned to Google to see what its response would be. Does the trial’s outcome mean Google is next in line for a court date with Apple? Both Apple and Samsung released statements about the $1.049 billion that the jury decided Samsung should pay Apple.

Naturally Apple was triumphant and Samsung was furious, but what about Google? The search engine giant took a while to compose itself before releasing a surprisingly short and gently-worded statement.

“The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don’t relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. The mobile industry is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don’t want anything to limit that.”

So Google is basically saying it hopes that some of Apple’s patents won’t be upheld. If Apple can really lay claim to things like “pinch to zoom” and “double tap to zoom” along with “universal search” then Android could end up in the direct firing line. However, it seems ridiculous that Apple can block these features and demand they are removed from Android devices. Universal search in particular has surely been around for a long time? As Google points out, most of the industry is “building upon ideas that have been around for decades”.

Samsung was a lot more critical in its statement, but that has never really been Google’s style. This is definitely a clear indication that the fight will continue, though. There can be no doubt that Google will not bow down to Apple anytime soon.

  • I want to see a Google vs Apple fight!!! Go Google!!!! :-) :-)

  • roamer7485

    Yeah, Google vs Apple, get ready to rumble!!!

    • MasterMuffin

      Google wins 100-0

  • NathanaelCulver

    So Apple contends Samsung should stop copying Apple products and try innovating its own. Funny then how the Galaxy S3, one of the models Apple claims is an iPhone rip-off, is not only beating the iPhone to a pulp, but in early sales is smashing smartphone sales records. Maybe Apple should spend less time worrying about whether the Galaxy S copied bounce-back and more time asking itself why consumers seem to prefer the knock-off to the original.

    • Chris Harpner

      I don’t see Android phones as Knock-offs of anything. The S3 is pretty original and top dog.

    • Manu

      As per Apple, Samsung is adding something on top of their product. Obviously Apple must have had to spend some time in coming up with these solutions/patents it has been paid for.
      On the other hand I do agree that Samsung too had some of its patents and had shared them at very reasonable cost.

  • DiGrifter

    Is it just me, or doesn’t “Universal Search” work the same as when you had “Google Desktop” installed on your Windows machine, which would search your computer and the web for your results? And if so, isn’t that prior art?

    • Simon Hill

      It’s not just you. I don’t think Apple should have been granted all these patents.

  • ogtomasx

    Lets just say you use GOOGLE for everything now a days its like having on shoes, and you really need it pretty much RUNS THE internet it like it took over the computer browsing… AND ON THE OTHER HAND APPLE user all have chrome OS intstalled on there pc not to mention SiRi garbage ass uses GOOGLE for searching….GOOGLE RUNS this shit….

    • yellowdroid

      This reply was in answer to universal search.

      Apple was granted that in 2004 (applied for it in 2000). I clearly remember that as a cool feature in 1999. Look up spotlight, sherlock. They had it 3 years before Microsoft implemented it in Vista. So they have every right to that patent.

      • pedroo

        windows xp used a similar search feature. wasn’t in the start menu but was in explorer…

  • ogtomasx

    Apple NEEDS GOOGLE….. GOOGLE does not need APPLE

  • Stuart collins

    they lost in usa. not in europe. it make you question creditably of u.s. courts taking care of their own some of the most stupid patents knowen to men.

  • Stuart collins

    they lost in usa. not in europe. it make you question creditably of u.s. courts taking care of their own some of the most stupid patents knowen to men…

    • Manu

      Make sense :)

  • Go GOOGLE!!! now that google is in the picture! the real war have begin. Google vs. Apple. who will be the champion? who will win the war? will be a interesting battle.

  • Faeleena

    I can’t believe the jury even allowed Apple to win. Apple is fighting an underhanded hypocritical fight. I hope apple goes down.