With the recent court action in California, it is now common knowledge that
Apple won and Samsung lost. Samsung was found in the jury's eyes to have
violated the patents of Apple in their design of their early Galaxy S phones.
So to all my readers who happen to be an android user of Samsung smart phones
(including myself) what happens now? In the short-term, nothing. Samsung has
already set the appeals process in motion. The worse case scenario in my
following this case is that the existing inventories of Galaxy S II phones could
be pulled from the shelves or software changes may have to be downloaded to
comply with the judge's ruling . For those of us who own the Galaxy S II, they
are not going to make you turn it in. Again, the worse that could happen would
be a notice to download some software changes and that is probably a long ways
down the road if that were to come at all. The Galaxy S III, Samsung's newest
phone was not involved in this court case.
Look for this thing to drag on and on through the appeals process and
probably one judge ruling getting overturned by another. Both firms have
unlimited resources for legal teams but Apple is now better positioned to
probably win any future court cases and to flex their muscles due to the
significant ruling in their favor. Will this upset the android market? Will
Google now have to spend millions in changing their OS on phones? Perhaps. We
the consumers should benefit by seeing newer and more innovative changes on
smart phones. Oh, and don't forget we have the new Windows 8 coming out in the
next few months with the new surface tablets from Microsoft. That too will be
migrated to smart phones.
Samsung may presently be the loser in all this but we, the consumer will be
the winner in the end with radical changes in smart phone design. If Android is
to survive in the marketplace and I do not see any reason why they shouldn't,
Google should be happy to partner with their OS partners like Samsung and
others to help make phones that compete with Apple but not "borrow" their
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