The Apple-Samsung verdict isn’t just about the two tech giants. Google, which owns the popular OS Android to which Samsung owes much of its success, is also being seen as one of the parties that could be affected by the verdict.
Today, the search-giant finally broke its stoic silence on the issue and chose to comment on the verdict, according to this report fromthe Verge.As far as Google was concerned the verdict doesn’t affect Android.
This is what the company said:
“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.”
It also appears that Google took a pot-shot at Apple by saying that everybody has been working on ‘old ideas’ that have been around for decades. And they also seem to be saying Apple’s claims that they are the original creators of the smartphone was wrong.Remember, Steve Jobs was quoted as saying that Android was a ‘stolen’ OS and that he was willing to go “thermonuclear” against it.
Apple’s victory has raised questions about Android because a number of the patents are related to user interface features, such as double-tap and pinch to zoom, which make the Android experience what it is. Some have argued that this victory could mean a boost for Microsoft which has a tile interface, but that could be jumping the gun.
With Jelly Bean or Android 4.1 , Google and Android have a taken a leap ahead of iOS, as far as some features such as notifications, smarter keyboard, and Android Beam for Near Field communications are concerned. The trouble is that manufacturers are yet to roll out even the Ice-Cream Sandwich OS, Jelly Bean’s predecessor, to most smartphones.
There’s also the fact that as far as smartphones go Android is the current king, with nearly 68 percent devices running on it according to an IDC report for the April-June quarter in 2012. For now, Google has nothing to worry about.