Apple Really Went Too Far and Successfully Blocked Galaxy Nexus Sales! Not OK, Apple!
By: Hillel Fuld (@hilzfulld)
I have a feeling this post will turn into the post I send people when they accuse me of being an Apple fanboy. After following the story closely, I can confidently say that I think Apple is 100% in the wrong here.
A little background information…
While Jobs vowed to destroy Android, I think we can all agree that the Google mobile operating system continues to flourish. But Apple did not give up just yet…
If you watched or attended IO this year, you were surely impressed with the speed at which Jellybean moves and eliminates all the slowness that previous versions of Android have become to famous for. You were also surely impressed with Google Now, which gives us a glimpse of what the future holds for mobile technology. If you are not familiar with just how great Android and specifically its search abilities have become, read and watch this.
The point is, while companies like Samsung and RIM have been known to take cheap shots at competitors, it seems Google’s strategy is to focus on innovation. Now, obviously Google is not blind to the whole patent war thing, in fact, many believe that is the reason Google bought Motorola, for its rich patent portfolio. Having said that, after seeing Google release the Nexus 7, Nexus Q, Android 4.1, Project Glass (for preorder), and others, it is clear the company is looking to beat out the competition by innovating, not litigating.
Now to say Apple is not innovating would be a joke. iOS 6 is pretty darn awesome and there is close to no question that the Cupertino company will make its founder roll over in his grave when it releases a 7′ tablet to compete with the Nexus 7. However, Apple’s legal team has been too busy trying to block its competitors from innovating. Yes, there is no basis for this ridiculous patent that gives Apple exclusive rights to mobile search unifying multiple sources into one search interface. That is what this is about. Or in one word, Siri.
The bottom line is this. Google released a product that would provide a superior consumer experience for Android users and Apple did not like that so they stopped it dead in its tracks. Now, Apple is obviously to blame here but the US court system is not innocent and there is no justification for this injunction whatsoever.
In fact, if Apple would have banned the sale of some Android devices with the claim that the slide to unlock feature is theirs or the whole grid of apps design is theirs, well that would have been ridiculous too, but I could have played devil’s advocate. In this case, there is just no logic. Apple does not own mobile search and Apple is not the first to unify multiple sources into one interface. Period.
Meanwhile, Samsung appealed with a request to continue selling the Galaxy Nexus in the U.S while the trial is going on. Denied. Google is apparently going to issue a software patch that will solve the issue by crippling the voice search technology on the Galaxy Nexus. And let’s just be very clear. Who will suffer from this? Consumers.
Until then, you can no longer buy the Galaxy Nexus from Google.
So, what is Apple’s goal here exactly? Well, I have to assume it is to get more users away from Android and using iPhone. I don’t know about you but to me, it is clear that this kind of aggressive behavior will achieve the opposite result in the long run.
Bad move all around, Apple.
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