Google is a great company. They developed a product with high demand and a model of doing business that was original and ridiculed by many and succeeded. They were one of the few .com businesses that used the web and FLOSS and grew a huge business. Genius.
- “Google’s singular innovation has been its business model for paid search advertising”
- “Android has turned out to be a barren ground for OEMs.”
- “It can’t get innovation from its brilliant engineers out to the market, and so copies, and copies, and copies. Companies that copy, and copy, and copy tend to run into IP issues.”
Hasn’t this idiot heard of Android/Linux knocking off iPhone and soon displacing iPad? Where has he been, living under a rock? Hasn’t he heard that OEMs love getting $billions worth of software for nothing? Google has vision that this guy seriously lacks.
The IP problems he sees Google have are vapours:
- Oracle has lost a bunch of its “patents” already over this (720, etc.) and has no copyright play whatsover. Dalvik is not a Java VM and even if it were, SUN agreed to it. Because Oracle would not, Google went with Dalvik and made it work beautifully. Oracle has only 11% of its patent claims not subject to review by USPTO. USPTO has already rejected 27% of the claims (90% of those already re-examined)
- Apple has sued OEMs and Google is helping out. Apple is losing seriously in this case. People love their gadgets and Apple will be hated passionately if Android/Linux is restrained for long.
- Apple’s latest gambit is very weak, claiming the design of the clay tablet which the Greeks invented millenia ago. Samsung was not even notified of the application for injunction let alone invited to make a presentation. They will blow that fluffy “design patent” out of court and if Apple is not careful, Apple will pay huge money as a result.
The “IP trouble” is all Orlowski’s delusion. People who innovate and take risks are always criticized by do-nothings.