Google: Android mobile OS unaffected by Apple victory against Samsung
Apple may have won the $1-billion-plus lawsuit against Samsung Electronics for infringing on Apple’s patents through Samsung’s use of Google’s Android mobile operating system. But according to Google, the majority of Apple’s claims won’t affect “the core Android” and its related services.
Last Friday, jurors decided in favor of Apple in its patent case against Samsung, the world’s largest Android user. Analysts claimed that this verdict would hurt Google, which had secured a huge chunk of the mobile OS market by licensing its Android software to device makers like Samsung.
In a statement emailed on Sunday evening, Google said that the court of appeals will review both Android’s infringement and the validity of Apple’s patent claims. It also brought up how fast the mobile market is evolving, which Google expects to work in its favor.
“All players -including newcomers- are building upon ideas that have been around for decades,” Google stated. “We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don’t want anything to limit that.”
Analysts have noted that the smartphone market is innovating at a near-frantic pace. The resulting, relatively short cycles between products and the market’s global nature will make it difficult for third parties like Apple or Microsoft to cripple Android through legal means.
Still, Google may be forced to create workarounds of the software patents that Android was found to have violated. These hasty workarounds have a chance of negatively affecting the Android user experience, which can drive customers towards Apple’s iOS platform.
According to JP Morgan Chase, Google Android is currently estimated to have cornered nearly 60% of the smartphone market. Samsung accounts for more than half of those shipments, while Motorola -which Google recently acquired- accounts for 6% of Android smartphone share and about 3.5% of the entire smartphone market.
In comparison, Apple’s iOS currently controls more than 20% of all smartphone shipments. But this may change soon thanks to the recent verdict.
Analysts said that Apple will use the verdict to launch more lawsuits against Android licensees and possibly Google itself. Apple reportedly has many more patents in store, and has asserted that they were more powerful than the three patents successfully filed against Samsung.
Currently, Apple requested a permanent injunction against the sale of some Samsung devices in the U.S. The hearing for that injunction will take place on Sept. 20. Samsung is planning to appeal the case and may ask the judge to overturn the jury verdict.
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