August 27, 2012

Samsung's Android Phone Strategy Can Withstand a Legal Setback

3160643428_1d59055853_o.jpgThe news of Apple's legal victory over Samsung is still making its way through the tech world. In case you missed it, a jury has sided with Apple on most of its patent infringement claims against Samsung, and has awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages. Many of the specific findings surround design decisions in smartphones that Samsung has produced, but a lot of people are also wondering if the victory represents a win over the Android platform that Samsung focuses its smartphone strategy on. According to Google, though, most of the patents at issue in the Apple vs. Samsung skirmish do not extend to the core Android operating system.

As PCMag notes:

"The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims,' a Google spokesperson said. 'Most of these don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. The mobile industry is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that."

It's also worth keeping in mind that Apple had actually been seeking nearly $3 billion in its lawsuit against Samsung, and don't forget that Samsung is riding enormous momentum with its Android strategy

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