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  • Judge Awards Apple Access to Android's Entire Development History



    A federal judge in Chicago gave Apple keys to the Android vault this morning.

    Judge Richard Ponser ruled that Google and Motorola Mobility must share with Apple background information on the history of Android's development and Google’s in-progress acquisition of Motorola. The ruling is part of the ongoing patent litigation between Apple and Motorola. More importantly it pulls Google directly into the patent battle between Apple and Motorola.

    Google Inc. and a Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. unit were ordered by the U.S. judge presiding over an Apple Inc. patent lawsuit to turn over information about the development of Google’s Android operating system.

    The Motorola Mobility unit and Google must also hand over to Apple information about Google’s pending $12.5 billion acquisition of the mobile-phone maker, U.S. Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner in Chicago ruled yesterday. [...]

    “The Android/Motorola acquisition discovery is highly relevant to Apple’s claims and defenses,” Apple’s attorneys’ said in a March 2 filing requesting the judge’s order. — Bloomberg
    Giving Apple access to the entirety of the Android OS development history is like giving John Dillinger keys to the bank vault. If there’s any incriminating information, Apple will find it. Not to mention Steve Job’s famous accusation that Android is “a stolen product” could gain a considerable amount of traction pending on the contents of the documents Google hands over.

    Motorola argued that because Google’s acquisition is not complete the judge cannot force Google to follow the court order. Judge Ponser doesn’t agree with that argument in his ruling.

    Source: Bloomberg [MacRumors]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Judge Awards Apple Access to Android's Entire Development History started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. malahhaor's Avatar
      malahhaor -
      An option to use a stylus on a phone has nothing to do with the insanity people showing by camping outside of the store for two days. And if you take that commercial as coming of Savior then you are really brainwashed.

      And yes IBM did have a phone with a touch screen, I'm referring to something that is closer in time and technology to your precious that makes argument of android looking like BB interface until iOS came out completely useless because same can be said about iPhone looking like Simon until NEC released a touchscreen.
    1. Atari800's Avatar
      Atari800 -
      Quote Originally Posted by malahhaor View Post
      An option to use a stylus on a phone has nothing to do with the insanity people showing by camping outside of the store for two days. And if you take that commercial as coming of Savior then you are really brainwashed.

      And yes IBM did have a phone with a touch screen, I'm referring to something that is closer in time and technology to your precious that makes argument of android looking like BB interface until iOS came out completely useless because same can be said about iPhone looking like Simon until NEC released a touchscreen.
      Wait... Brainwashed in favor or Samsung or Apple?

      And you do realize that you are arguing against iPhone on a pro-apple site, right?

      But if you really want to get down to who copied what first then let's talk about the originals:
      Marconi
      Edison
      The creator of glass
      The creator of plastic
      The creator for first battery
      And who ever created stamps (which icons are closely the same size as)

      I don't believe any phone is better than another but when someone has tunnel vision and only see's Apple as a total copycat without looking at any other factors, I have to point out things to counter balance.

      Why does the current android market place look like Windows Metro interface? Because it is a better design that is easier to navigate
      Why do people rant that iTunes/app store is a walled garden, but do not acknowledge the fact that if you do NOT have a gmail account you can not access Android Marketplace - which sort of makes it a walled garden. Either you're in the 'G Club' or your outside. If your outside then you are more susceptible to malware tainted apps.
      Why do people that claim they have both Android and Apple products and say "I gave up my Apple" never give a valid reason? I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.. And if I compare iPad 1 to that, hardware wise - Samsung is superior
      1 gig of ram vs 256 meg
      Dual core vs single core
      Larger screen
      Stereo
      But if you look at apps and compare exact same apps side by side, you'll see Apple apps have more eyecandy to them
      Look at Weather Channel apps, and Chase banking app, and Facebook. Apple version fills up the screen and utilizes the space appropriately, but the android version has tons of wasted space, small text, thing not quite aligned correctly. This is due to the fact that the developer does not know the geometry of the device that it will display on.
      How about that apple will upgrade their os on devices for at least 3-4 years, where as my Samsung (considered an iPad killer during Christmas) wont get ICS (upgrading from 3.2 to 4.0). 3 months old and this is as good as it gets.

      Put it this way, if you study really hard about which Android is the best, and have lots if luck that it does not get abandoned by its manufacturer, you can have a great Android experience.
    1. hadzo's Avatar
      hadzo -
      You mean like all the other companies that don't have Steve Jobs either?
      I mean "greed".
    1. Atari800's Avatar
      Atari800 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hadzo View Post
      I mean "greed".
      Gotcha... Like other companies
    1. hadzo's Avatar
      hadzo -
      Gotcha... Like other companies
      pretty much