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.

Along comes Andrew Orlowski, whose chief claim to fame is ridiculing others’ good works, and accuses:

  • “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.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to Google-bashing

  1. Steve says:

    “Functionally an ad-banner trolling site who will publish any rubbish if it’ll get clicks, and best ignored” – David Gerard (2009):

    Is David Gerard a robot? He’s still posting the same line over and over again, even though the El Reg gang obviously love it. He seems obsessed.

    Obviously, if he’s a robot, he’s a robot in drag and lots of foundation.

  2. Contrarian says:

    “We are committed to commercially deploy handsets and services using the Android Platform.””

    Ranks right up there with “The check’s in the mail!” and “Sure, I’ll respect you in the morning!”

    Sit back and watch the fun. #pogson.

  3. OTOH, all are now “equal” members of Open Handset Alliance.

    “A commitment to openness, a shared vision for the future, and concrete plans to make the vision a reality.

    Welcome to the Open Handset Allianceâ„¢, a group of 84 technology and mobile companies who have come together to accelerate innovation in mobile and offer consumers a richer, less expensive, and better mobile experience. Together we have developed Androidâ„¢, the first complete, open, and free mobile platform.

    We are committed to commercially deploy handsets and services using the Android Platform.”

    I think members will be happier that Google now has to “eat its own dogfood” and Google will better understand how the other folks have been living. This is an opportunity for growth and I would not be surprised to see Google’s new patents shared with the group. Those patents could be “weapons of mutually assured destruction” so that anyone wanting to make a living making smart phones had better lay off the attacks. How many of those patents does Apple violate? Does Motorola have a patent-truce with Apple and has Google the opportunity to “inherit” it?

    One thing is sure, Google has a long term commitment to smart thingies. Google has already made a few smart phones and that did not shut down enthusiasm. I think this move is a net plus.

  4. Contrarian says:

    Well, the fat’s in the fire, so to speak. GOOG announces the purchase of Motorola Mobility, putting itself into the phone and tablet business along side of AAPL!

    Let us see how the Android phone makers (other than Motorola) treat this new notion. Being at the mercy of a competitor for new platform development is not likely to sit very well with Samsung and HTC for starters.

  5. David Gerard says:

    Orlowski’s – and the Register’s – business model is saying outrageous things to get people to link to them complaining. Ad-banner trolling.

    I suggest that if you must link to them, you use an cached copy or similar, like people do when they link to the Daily Mail, which uses the same business model.

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