Samsung and Apple both released statements after Friday’s $1.05B verdict in the world’s most watched tech trial in history. But the 800lb elephant in the room that remained quiet was Google, until late last night.
So what does Mountain View have to say about all of this? The Verge was provided with an official response from Google last night. In a nutshell, they do not want the recent court decision to limit consumers from accessing innovative products, and that the patent claims do not reflect on the core Android OS experience.
Google’s official statement is as follows:
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.
Google hints that some of Apple’s patents are the result of “ideas that have been around for decades”, so presumably they’re talking about patents such as “pinch to zoom” and “double tap to zoom”, among others. It seems ridiculous to think Apple can block such fundamental features on a mobile device; then again, it already has forced the removal of universal search from Android devices.
So what do you think of all this insanity? Hit up the comments and let us know!
Source: The Verge