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  • Apple Asked Google to Not Use Multi-Touch. Google Said Okay


    When the Android G1 came out many were dissapointed from the lack of multi-touch support. The iPhone remains the multi-touch king so to speak in the mobile phone business. Many have speculated over the reasoning behind Android's lack of multi-touch support while others have [ame="http://modmygphone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13341"]added it in themselves[/ame] later. Finally a Venturebeat source on Google's Android team has come clean.

    Google has not included multi-touch support in their Android platform because Apple asked them not to.

    Apple and Google have a good relationship together. Apple has google as the default search engine in the iPhone browser, has gmail settings pre-programed into the iPhone, Google maps as a default app, etc. Google makes nice apps for the iPhone like Google Sync Beta, Google Earth, and Google Voice and more. Both are competing against Microsoft.

    Aside from the good relationship between the two companies Google might have agreed to Apple's request for fear of legal ramifications. Apple has a ton of patents floating around all over the place and does hold patents for the multi-touch technology used in the iPhone. Everyone should know by now that Apple loves to throw their legal weight around when it comes to their intellectual property. Undoubtedly if Apple feels that a competitor's product threatens the iPhone they will be looking for ways to keep their dominanace and a lawsuit is not out of the question. Because of the possible legal implications the Google Android Team member was even relieved that Google chose to not implement multi-touch in the Android platform.

    Did Google abandon multi-touch because they are friends with Apple? Did they abandon it out of fear of a lawsuit? Does Google know something else that kept them from adding in multi-touch? Is it simply because Google chief executive Eric Schmidt is on the Apple Board of Directors? Who knows. I think the Palm Pre is in some risk from Apple legal.

    [via venturebeat]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Asked Google to Not Use Multi-Touch. Google Said Okay started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 39 Comments
    1. elementrace's Avatar
      elementrace -
      I think the agreement is probably just for the "Multi-Touch" gestures, although I could be wrong. I can't even recall any touch screen cell phone that required just your finger to use. Most required a stylus and many still did until the iPhone.

      It's business and neither is in it to lose money or give the competitors any advantage. And just like in cycling it takes teamwork (even if you're not teammates) to get to the top of the mountain.

      "Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer."
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Is Apple trying to be the top of multi-touch devices? Google shouldn't have said okay.
    1. elite_jounin's Avatar
      elite_jounin -
      WOW I usually don't post much on here but DANG! That is some serious PWNership!

      Apple+Google = BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS!
    1. Dream_Team's Avatar
      Dream_Team -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eurisko View Post
      If Apple achieves a monopoly? They already have it bud. And compared with other companies? I certainly don't think they will get any worse because of their patent standing.

      And I mention MS because they are the greatest example of a monopoly in the world. They represent a company that carries a substandard product, with absolutely no compunction to improve it, because well... they don't have to. People have no choice but to use Windows in the business community, and most elsewhere. And MS knows it.

      Apple on the other hand holds their products and software to the highest standards. Always have, and most likely always will (as long as Steve is alive).

      If the patent were in MS hands, yes I'd be pouting too, but not when its in Apple's hands. So you can say no, sorry, no all you want, its the Windows user in you saying it. You're used to being spoon fed crap so you think that's all other companies can offer you as well. Well, its not.
      The Apple fanboy in you is saying that.
      Monopoly isn't great, even if it's Apple, even if it's Google, even if it's Microsoft, because if nobody is there to defy Apple, they won't add funtionnalities (hello ? copy paste, multitasking with appstore ?) because people will buy their products just for some features they've patented (headphone remote via jack ... I would love this on other phones !) while de device will still miss these features.

      Highest standards ? No, Apple's software quality is going down, face it. MobileMe, iPhone OS 2.0 (not stable at all), Leopard 10.5.0, that wasn't really high quality compared to what we were used to. What you said for Microsoft that doesn't have to make better quality products just applies for the iPhone, thanks to the armada of patents.

      By the way, Microsoft is willing to make their OS better. Not having to ? Really ? They why do they feel the need to release Seven quickly ? Because nobody buys Vista in the entreprises.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eurisko View Post
      If Apple achieves a monopoly? They already have it bud. And compared with other companies? I certainly don't think they will get any worse because of their patent standing.

      And I mention MS because they are the greatest example of a monopoly in the world. They represent a company that carries a substandard product, with absolutely no compunction to improve it, because well... they don't have to. People have no choice but to use Windows in the business community, and most elsewhere. And MS knows it.

      Apple on the other hand holds their products and software to the highest standards. Always have, and most likely always will (as long as Steve is alive).

      If the patent were in MS hands, yes I'd be pouting too, but not when its in Apple's hands. So you can say no, sorry, no all you want, its the Windows user in you saying it. You're used to being spoon fed crap so you think that's all other companies can offer you as well. Well, its not.
      let's argue more about what Apple will do with a monopoly please. It amuses me.

      I seriously laughed almost to the point of tears reading your remarks. A+ for amusement!

      On a side note... if it is deemed a legal monopoly it will be dealt with... I have no doubt of that. Tiny companies like psystar are already taking Apple on for their bullsh*t EULA's and winning. If they are a wonderful company making wonderful products they have no reason to fear other companies by locking them out. Apple's legal tactics are coming to light more and more. They will get burned sooner or later.

      Also, a large reason MS has such a large market share is because they allow their OS to be installed on any system the user desires. Apple sees that people want this of their own OS and still stops them...
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eurisko View Post
      Apple on the other hand holds their products and software to the highest standards. Always have, and most likely always will (as long as Steve is alive).
      The first iPhone release: Apple wanted to make a good impression, made a good quality phone with few problems, and most problems (dropped calls, etc) were dependent on the network provider.
      With the second iPhone release we see a different set of problems more specific to the build quality of the phone itself: cracking backplastic, dust getting under the screen, the yellow screen issue (resolved), etc...

      I don't know if I'm the only one, but in my opinion, the iPhone 3G was worse in terms of build quality than the 2.5G, and it's probably because Apple saw their success with the first iPhone and tried to increase profits with the second one by cutting manufacturing costs.

      If the patent were in MS hands, yes I'd be pouting too, but not when its in Apple's hands. So you can say no, sorry, no all you want, its the Windows user in you saying it. You're used to being spoon fed crap so you think that's all other companies can offer you as well. Well, its not.
      Why are you jumping to the conclusion that because I use Windows, I am somewhat attached to it and only think in the "Windows way"? Monopolies aren't good for any market, and in my previous post I was referring to Android (by Google) as an example.

      An economic assumption of a monopoly is that there will be lack of innovation within the business (e.g. they will start to spoonfeed crap). In an economic sense, If Apple gain a monopoly you'll see less innovation (and more crap) from Apple. You say that Apple already have a monopoly, and that they already have the highest standards, but looking at previous products by Apple, they just don't go together.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Can we drop the silly monopoly talk? It's very obvious what Apple would do with one. I'm going to guess they'll begin small. Assuming they own the orange and red properties (controlling free parking, obviously) they'll begin with 2 houses this year to create a steady income. Microsoft already had Boardwalk and Park Plaza with hotels, but that's only 2 properties and easy to avoid and after their little rundown with a go straight to jail spot, they had to take it down to a couple of houses too.

      So right now all we can do is wait and hope Apple doesn't roll 3 doubles in a row.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Go straight to Jail, do not pass go, do not collect 200


      That was awful...


    1. JerseyScottie's Avatar
      JerseyScottie -
      well we all know by now that Apple is run by a bunch of power hungry nazis who dont seem to care much about the consumer.The only reason our iPhone is the king of multi-touch is because of situations just like this 1.Apple confronts the company prior to the phone being released or hell even mass-produced.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Apple hold a patent - do you think they should not defend it?
      Maybe then they could lose money and go bankrupt - is that what you want?
      They maybe 'power hungry' which is why they are still in business, but nazis? I haven't noticed too many swastikas on their products
    1. JerseyScottie's Avatar
      JerseyScottie -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Apple hold a patent - do you think they should not defend it?
      Maybe then they could lose money and go bankrupt - is that what you want?
      They maybe 'power hungry' which is why they are still in business, but nazis? I haven't noticed too many swastikas on their products
      Nazis not to be taken literally, just a play on words.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by JerseyScottie View Post
      Nazis not to be taken literally, just a play on words.
      Don't worry -I never take anything seriously (and am always surprised when people take anything I say seriously)
    1. Eurisko's Avatar
      Eurisko -
      Is it surprising every negative rebuttal to my comments come from Windows users... not to me. Yes, I'm an Apple "fanboy" if you like applying immature labels to things.

      If you feel Apple is failing in so many aspects, why are you using Apple products? Get rid of them and stop whining. I know MS is substandard and therefore I don't use anything that MS makes. At least I stick stick to my principles.

      Laugh all you want, it's falling on deaf ears.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eurisko View Post
      Is it surprising every negative rebuttal to my comments come from Windows users... not to me. Yes, I'm an Apple "fanboy" if you like applying immature labels to things.

      If you feel Apple is failing in so many aspects, why are you using Apple products? Get rid of them and stop whining. I know MS is substandard and therefore I don't use anything that MS makes. At least I stick stick to my principles.

      Laugh all you want, it's falling on deaf ears.
      Probably because most of us Windows users who also use iPhones don't care who makes what - we just want the best (for our needs - not necessarily yours) made by whoever.

      One company stopping others using technology is not normally good for consumers (ie us, as opposed to fanboys who will take whatever is given to them).

      The iPhone is IMHO the best smartphone on the market bay far - but it has its faults, competition means choice which makes people strive to be better.

      JMHO
    1. Eurisko's Avatar
      Eurisko -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Probably because most of us Windows users who also use iPhones don't care who makes what - we just want the best (for our needs - not necessarily yours) made by whoever.

      One company stopping others using technology is not normally good for consumers (ie us, as opposed to fanboys who will take whatever is given to them).

      The iPhone is IMHO the best smartphone on the market bay far - but it has its faults, competition means choice which makes people strive to be better.

      JMHO
      Ah, so people who don't b*tch about the products they use are demoted to fanboys right? Very adult. Another useless merry-go-round conversation.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eurisko View Post
      Yes, I'm an Apple "fanboy"
      Quote Originally Posted by Eurisko View Post
      Ah, so people who don't b*tch about the products they use are demoted to fanboys right? Very adult. Another useless merry-go-round conversation.
      I was only quoting you!
    1. Eurisko's Avatar
      Eurisko -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      I was only quoting you!
      You'll note I put fanboy in quotes because it was a label given to me by someone else. Personally I think the term is idiotic.

      And you weren't quoting me, you were implying that I, and presumably anyone else, who "takes whatever is given to them" is a fanboy. Believe it or not, most people don't complain about the products they use, they simply move on to a better product.

      These people remind me of many Rogers customers who whine and complain about the horrible service they get, yet the monthly payments keep coming in. A definite Type B personality.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Enough with the trolling in this thread. Apple sucks. Microsoft sucks. Linux sucks. [what I use] is better than [what you use].

      This isn't the thread for this.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Apples claims might not be as wartertight as we thought...

      Who owns Multi-touch patents?