When people say “the mobile industry”, what they really mean is Apple and Samsung. Sorry HTC, Sony, Huawei, and just about every other handset player, but you’re simply not big enough for this writer to take seriously.
Reuters knows this just as well as everyone else, and they’ve recently written a piece talking about the complicated relationship between these two industry giants. If you haven’t read it by now, then do yourself a favor and open up the story in another tab so you can read it later. The key quote we want to highlight is from the third paragrpah:
“Tim Cook, Jobs’ successor as Apple chief executive, was opposed to suing Samsung in the first place, according to people with knowledge of the matter, largely because of that company’s critical role as a supplier of components for the iPhone and the iPad.”
It seems kind of obvious. If you’re highly dependent on a company for components, you don’t want to piss them off, because it’s going to put you in a bad situation, yet that’s exactly what Apple did. And who was behind the whole thing? It looks like it was Steve Jobs himself, which again, is something that seems rather obvious, but now we at least have evidence to back that theory up.
Will Apple and Samsung ever stop fighting? That’s hard to say. Apple’s beef is with Google, who they don’t want to sue directly, because Google has an army of lawyers the size of a small European country. Suing Samsung helps Apple because it makes Samsung question their commitment to Android. Make no mistake, Samsung was a nobody before they switched to Google’s mobile operating system.
At the end of the day, none of this court stuff matters to end users. It’s an interesting fight to watch, if you’re into watching large multinational corporations duke it out, but the average guy on the street couldn’t care less.