Sources: The Washington Post, Bloomberg
quote: The European Commission might have something to say about it. They won't allow a company to dominate the market with a patent portfolio, especially if they are unwilling to license the technology.
quote: This makes life difficult for Apple's competitors because they are forced to come up with designs for products and features that are at least as good as Apple's, which most of them cannot do.
quote: And even when they change the design, Apple still tries to get the product banned. You can spin it how you like, that's the reality.
quote: The answer for companies to counter Apple's patent war is pretty straightforward, create original designs of their own and patent them. Almost no company appears capable of rising to that challenge.
quote: Differences start at the visual level- almost all Android devices have physical buttons + a mouselike touch control pad, and go down to the feature level such as OTA updates and voice command that Google developed years ago (oh yeah, iOS 5 just got that- say Apple isn't stealing ideas from Android). Most devices include things like physical keyboards and memory expansion- items that Apple doesn't seem capable of implementing in a user friendly manner as the Android makers have.Android provides a completely different (and superior, in my opinion)experience than iOS. I currently own and actively use both an iOS 5 device as well as a Gingerbread (2.3) device in non-development capacities.
quote: Hence many of the legal woes of Google and it's proxies.
quote: if Android-based phone makers agree not to use Apple technology for six months or even a year