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It’s cloudy for Android with a chance of start over

December 25, 2013

Fred Vogelstein give a peek of his book:

They (Google) had been working with proto­types for six months and had planned a launch by the end of the year . . . until Jobs took the stage to unveil the iPhone.

Chris DeSalvo’s reaction to the iPhone was immediate and visceral. “As a consumer I was blown away. I wanted one immediately. But as a Google engineer, I thought ‘We’re going to have to start over.'”

And by “start over”, they actually made Android look like the iPhone (iOS), a lot. They knew they were fishing for trouble, but Google decided to do it anyway, and that was where things will start biting them in the long run.

Fast forward today, Google is trying to shake-off Android patent lawsuits (along with its hardware partners) brought by Rockstar Consortium at the Eastern District of Texas, as reported by FossPatents:

The complaint contains a lot of rhetoric, accusing Rockstar of having “placed a cloud on Google’s Android platform” and threatening “Google’s business and relationships with its customers and partners, as well as its sales of Nexus-branded Android devices”.

Like Steve Jobs once said before, this is thermonuclear war alright.

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