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Apple gets smacked down again

Apple is on the warpath when it comes to protecting its two biggest moneymakers: the iPhone and the iPad. Samsung has been Apple's favorite punching bag [1][2][3][4] [5], but Motorola has seen its fair share of attention from Apple as well. Now Motorola can add another victory to its tally in the fight against Apple.
An Administrative Law Judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission found that Motorola's Droid family doesn't infringe upon the following three Apple patents:
U.S. Patent No. 7,812,828 [Ellipse fitting for multi-touch surfaces]
U.S. Patent No. 7,663,607 [Multipoint touchscreen]
U.S. Patent No. 5,379,430 [Object-oriented system locator system]

Not surprisingly, Motorola was quite pleased with the ruling and released the following statement:
We are pleased with today’s favorable outcome for Motorola Mobility. Motorola Mobility has worked hard over the years to develop technology and build an industry-leading intellectual property portfolio. We are proud to leverage this broad and deep portfolio to create differentiated innovations that enhance the user experience.
Apple could not be reached for comment.

Sources: CNET, U.S. ITC

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By Tony Swash on 1/15/2012 7:04:40 AM , Rating: 0
I think it would accurate to say that Apple has, of all the mobile platforms, the most successful third party application system. Measuring who has the best third party application system can be done using various fairly obvious metrics:

Numbers of apps: iOS has historically had the most apps though Android is catching up fast. Even if as is likely Android overtakes iOS on this metric it is unlikely that iOS users will ever suffer from not having enough apps.

Quality of apps: Hard to find an truly objective metric for this one but it doers seem to be true that in general higher end apps tend to come to iOS first, and that many apps, particularly some of the higher end ones, are iOS only and very few are are Android only. On balance I think it would be fair to say that broadly iOS has some better apps but most really popular apps are available on both platforms. The major area where iOS has a clear and major advantage is in the area of tablet apps, here iOS is miles ahead of Android and the latter does not appear to be catching up.

Developer revenue:Developers make a lot more money, several times as much money, on iOS compared to Android. iOS users seem to be a lot more willing to buy apps than Android users are. That probably means that developer interest in iOS will remain higher than Android.

OS fragmentation: iOS users all get offered, and most install, the latest version of iOS. Android users and developers are limited by the way Android OS updates are controlled, and often not deployed, by the carriers. This makes it harder for developers to write apps for the whole Android user base and for users of older OS versions who may not be able to run the latest and greatest apps.

There is a good chart showing this here

App use: There seems to be ample evidence that iOS is used as platform a great deal more than Android is. IOS users surf the web more, post images on Flickr more, etc than Android users.

In addition to apps of course is the whole question of the general device platform ecosystem. Apple devices have far more peripherals than do Android devices. Apple has the largest and most used digital goods store and library (iTunes). Apple makes integrating iOS devices into corporate IT systems, home networks, and connecting to your TV much easier.

All these various factors translate in to tangible and obvious extra value to the consumer. Which largely explains the popularity of Apple devices. Which is why Apple created the products and ecosystem that they did.

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By spread on 1/16/2012 12:46:25 AM , Rating: 2
All these various factors translate in to tangible and obvious extra value to the consumer. Which largely explains the popularity of Apple devices. Which is why Apple created the products and ecosystem that they did.

That and people buy Apple based on the hype. It's a fad and doesn't have to make sense. One thing that Apple knows is how to play the media and how to market which is why people are always talking about them.

Their products are slightly higher than average quality and they only have a couple of innovative new features here and there. Features they ripped off everyone else and packaged in one product.

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