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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 TakinYourPoints on 1/15/2012 9:22:47 PM , Rating: 2
iOS has historically had the most apps though Android is catching up fast.

This is incorrect, Android development has flatlined over the last year while iOS development has continued to accelerate:

Developer revenue:Developers make a lot more money, several times as much money, on iOS compared to Android.

This is true, developers make $0.24 for every dollar they make on iOS with the same application. Combine that with fragmented hardware, operating systems, storefronts, and it is no wonder mobile developers dislike Android, while others (even huge ones like Microsoft) largely avoid it.

One thing Android fans always pointed to was the number of Android activations compared to iOS. Some people made the argument that this was because people would get cheap or free Android devices to activate, not because people were snapping up $300 Android phones in droves. Android fans denied that "cheap" was the main reason people were buying Android en masse, even though high end iPhones were far and away the most popular individual models sold.

The bottom line is that Android had a market share lead over the iPhone because you could get them really cheap or even free over the iPhone. Well, now iPhone has free and cheap options (3GS is free on contract) so they've closed the gap:

So yeah, the "550,000 activations a day" was when there were $30 and free Android phones. Now the 3GS, which is two years old is outselling every other Android phone and the gap in market share has closed up substantially.

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