Posts tagged “court

Verizon could owe Apple

What happens when you don’t sell as many iPhones as Apple would like for you to?  You could owe the Cupertino company some money!  Or at least that is true when it comes to the top wireless carrier in the United States.  I understand that contracts exist between entities of all types from car manufacturers and car lots from PC manufacturers and retailers — they are unavoidable.  Apparently, Verizon “agreed a deal to sell at least US$23.5 billion worth of iPhones in 2013” [Source: http://www.cellular-news.com/story/60982.php ].

Is it particularly Verizon’s fault that it did not sell as many devices as it would have liked?  Yes and no.  Perhaps marketing was not on their side; better yet, maybe iPhones just aren’t selling as well as they used to?  Let’s examine the statistics here, when Apple first released it’s famed iPhone everybody wanted it.  Some left their current carrier to join AT&T because that is the only service that offered the device.  Then, Verizon followed suit and agreed to sell the iPhone 4 — millions were sold.  However, let us take a look at the marketshare for iOS devices and Android devices:

marketshare_mobileAs it is quite easy to tell (perhaps after enlarging the picture) Android is in the lead and isn’t relinquishing hold.  There simply are not enough iPhones in the market.  The gift of Android is that there is simply a device for everyone.

Bottom line: Contracts sometimes are harsh, word of advice to Verizon look at the market before signing another deal with Apple.

Samsung Vs Apple; Why?

Recently, Apple has been more cutthroat in it’s ongoing battle against the Android ecosystem.  Although Apple has never filed an injunction against Google itself, primarily because of the fact that it would lose, it constantly engages OEMs that use the Android operating system on its devices.

No matter who wins this pathetic lawsuit (if anyone wins) the true losers are clear: US.  The consumers will lose because there will be less choice on the marketplace, which is exactly what Apple wants.  Samsung has taken the smartphone market by storm and has really shown the Android world that Samsung is the way to go.  However, although Apple has substantially better margins on the products that it produces it still wants to go after a company who is creating a product that is in the same marketplace as their own.  True technologists believe in competition; it is a shame that Apple is playing the victim when they have dominated for so long.

This entire case centers around the thought that Samsung copied Apple.  Remember this is the same company that told you you were holding your iPhone 4 incorrectly when you lost signal.  This company cannot admit when they are wrong and defeated.  Documents tied to Apple reportedly have the company making the statement, “Apple has identified dozens of examples where Android is using or encouraging others to use Apple patented technology.”  However, Samsung and other key Android OEMs has went to great lengths to differentiate their products to ensure that they do not infringe on any of Apple’s useless patents.  For example, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was temporarily banned because of a silly patent injunction.  It truly seems that Apple wants to try any underhanded scheme they can to take competition out of the market.  Honestly, at this point Google should step in.

One word: Pathetic.

Bottom line:  For a “computer” company, you would think that they could make money in many ways; however, the savior of Apple is iOS.  Steve Jobs left a selfish attitude at the company; however, Tim Cook doesn’t view the company exactly as his predecessor did.  So, we will see how future trials, if any, turn out.

Google Infringed on Oracle?

These past few months have riddled the technological world with court case after court case.  The strange thing is that Google seems to be in the middle of almost every lawsuit.  Why?  Here is the breakdown —  Android is an open-source operating system built for smartphones.  Not only has the Android platform appealed to many users it has appealed to so many that they are shaking up things in the smartphone market and it is making manufacturers and developers upset.  So, what do you do when another company innovates faster and more than you?

Innovate and try to become better?  No, you take them to court and try to stop their products from being sold.

Oracle claims that Google is infringing on copyright after copyright.  Since Android itself is open-source they have used similar lines of code that are allegedly Java-related.  The biggest retort from Google is that they did not realize that you could copyright a programming language.

This is equal to the “creator” of the modern English language to sue a man for writing a book that contains certain words and phrases.

Bottom line:  It appears that everyone wants a piece of the pie.  Just because an entity is open does not mean that it is always stealing from ones that are not.  Oracle has proven that Google has infringed in certain areas leading to a partial verdict.  Read more [HERE]