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Google: Android OS Won't be Affected by Samsung vs. Apple Verdict

Authored by: Steven Blum — Aug 27, 2012

The biggest court case in the history of Android was decided on Saturday, but Google has remained strangely silent about the $1.049 billion in damages Samsung now owes to Apple (until they undoubtedly appeal the decision). Yesterday, however, the company finally broke their silence, releasing a very short statement outlining Samsung's next steps while reassuring potential customers that the ruling will have little effect on the whole of the Android OS. 

Google sought to distance themselves from the judgement by writing that the the claims involved "don't relate to the core Android operating system." They then went on to say that several of the claims are being "re-examined by the US Patent Office." 

Google seems to be saying that Samsung was targeted because of the design of their hardware and the Touchwiz software used on their phones, but the rest of the Android ecosystem is safe from Apple's wrath because there is little about Android's OS which infringes. Google then went on to not-so-subtly critique the ruling, writing that its not in the interest of consumers to "limit innovation."

This statement probably provides cold comfort to OEMs who are still in the cross hairs of litigation with Apple, including Google's own Motorola. But it's still undoubtedly important for Google to project an image that Android, as a whole, is going to be just fine.

Here's the statement in full:

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.

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Source: The Verge

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.


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  • Steven Blum Aug 27, 2012 Link to comment

    CJ, couldn't have said it better myself. :)

  • CJ Brown Aug 27, 2012 Link to comment

    It's a strategic move to ensure Consumers are not afraid to purchase Android Smart Phones / Android Tablets ... I applaud Google's statement, yet they will need to back up Samsung, HTC, Motorola in the Courts if they want to make sure Smart Phones / Android Tablets sell strong (budget, or not, we're getting close to the Xmas Season where more Electronic Goods are sold then the rest of the year - even during Tax Return Season) ...

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