Apple softens Jobs' war on Android, offers licensing deal to Motorola and Samsung

It looks like Apple may be trying a new strategy in Steve Jobs' eternal war against Android. Now, instead of seeking injunctions against devices in its numerous lawsuits against Android hardware manufacturers, Apple...
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49. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

f**k this deal. Apple wants to get something before they get their asses kicked in court.

52. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yeah, sounds like Apple's afraid after Google's recent patenting...they realize they can't sue them beyond what they have anymore...

62. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Hey Sniggly, I know this is waaaay off topic, but I had to tell you. I just got my Droid Razr yesterday and immediately downloaded LauncherPro and Go Launcher, just so I wouldn't have to see Motoblur or whatever they are calling it. Then this little Sniggly-ish voice that kinda sounded like Seth Rogan says to me, "Com'on Whateverman...at least try it before you trash it! That sh*t it much better now." So I tried it...and I must admit...you were absolutely right! If you recall, I said I would never, ever use Blur again. But I actually love it! I wish it were a little more customizable, like Go Launcher. But hey, it so much better that what it was.

64. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Hey man, considering that we don't have an independent forum or message system to talk on, where else could you tell me? LOL at the Seth Rogen voice. I love that guy. And see? Motorola did indeed pull their head out of their asses with Blur. Let me know how you like the Razr going forward. I won a Galaxy Note in a sweepstakes at work so I'm trying it out. Not too bad so far, though i miss some blur touches, lol. I'm really happy you like the Razr though! It's an awesome phone to be sure.

65. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Just wanted to toss my $0.02 in there... Just got a Droid Razr (Maxx :-D) and after hearing so much negativity towards the Blur interface I was prepared for the worst and filled with dread. I was pleasantly surprised. I don't really mind Blur at all. I did, however, get too used to the screen orientation changing when it's on it's side so I went the ADW route. Overall though, Blur was pretty nice.

66. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I though really hard about getting that GN, but there was just something about that sleek profile on the Razr. But will do, I'll let you know how it goes and you keep me informed on that Nexus too! - roscuthiii. I like ADW too, but you have got to try Go Launcher on that beast! I haven't seen too many phones that can handle the transition effect as well as the Razr. My favorite is the sphere...it's so buttery smooth!

60. hepresearch unregistered

I would much rather have a Samsung or Motorola device than an iPhone... ergo, I hope that Samsung and Motorola are willing to accept Apple's offered licensing agreements. Even a $15 royalty per device is better than getting their brains smeared on the curb by Apple's attorneys... or otherwise paying out $50 or more per device to cover legal expenses and negative settlements. There is little sense in anyone else trying to break themselves against either Apple or Microsoft.

61. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Except, as has been proven in court, Apple has something to be afraid of, at least where Motorola is concerned. Also, Samsung has been great at jumping on the ball and resolving infringement issues which have resulted in losses for them. Apple knows now that they stand very little chance of stopping Samsung or Motorola. So they're making the magnanimous offer now in the hopes that Motorola and Samsung somehow aren't confident that they can win against Apple. The truth is, Motorola at least should reject the offer and instead make a counteroffer to not destroy Apple in court in exchange for Apple leaving the Android mmanufacturers alone. And it's not really an issue of infringement for Apple. How do i know? ZTE devices DO blatantly copy Apple down to the keyboard design, yet Apple has yet to sue them even once.

63. hepresearch unregistered

I have to admit I'm not so sure about Samsung and Motorola being bullet-proof when Apple gets such heavy jabs in at Samsung's IP (or apparent lack thereof) and starts throwing FRAND arguements all over Moto's IP (which could have been a true powerhouse against Apple, but won't be because of the progressive judges who let that crap stick and the greedy attorneys who are involved)... although I hope you are much more correct than I am. Like I said, I would rather see Samsung and Motorola succeed at self-defense than see Apple succeed at bullying. The problem is that Motorola doesn't have the money to keep pursuing Apple, and Apple DOES have the money to go after anyone they desire... except ZTE or Huawei, as you have pointed out in-part. Why ZTE in particular? You can thank the Chinese government for that... from enormous government-sponsored corporate subsidies and machiavellian protections, to the fact that Apple relies on the Chinese labor base at Foxconn, ZTE will continue to be bullet-proof against anyone, even Apple, for quite some time. Apple should be thankful that the Chinese knockoff makers who brought us the illustrious HiPhone/i9++ could only vaguely copy iOS's icon and standby screen appearance... (Android users; I am sure you can complete this sentence for me in whatever way you see fit. iOS users; just... be thankful.)

67. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Not so good in my opinion. It will make android phones more expensive to manufacturer & money that would be goin to r & d will instead be going to Apple.
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