Before Android, Google thought Microsoft would control the market for smartphone operating systems

The current court battle going on between Google and Oracle has revealed some interesting information. As you might recall, Oracle claims that when it developed Android, Google violated its patents by using Java APIs for the open source OS without licensing them. After a series of court battles, the Supreme Court sent the case back to lower court which is where both sides are currently battling. Oracle is seeking $9.3 billion from Google...
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7. torr310

Posts: 1619; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

And I thought Nokia would keep up with the competition at that time. LOL

9. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

When Andy Rubin was developing Android, Java was owned by Sun. Oracle didn't buy Sun until AFTER Android had been shipping (2010 purchase).

11. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Before WP 7, Window phones are pain in the ass. Iam not smart enough to use it. Symbian is better.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, they weren't. In several ways, WM was better than both iOS and Android. WP was the disappointment. If it had been more like WM, I'd have stuck with the platform.

23. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

m first WP is the original Samsung Omnia. Its hang alot. I always do minor reset 5 times a day. The OS is too smart for me to operate. I sell the phone and going back to Symbian the next day and never go back until Two years ago with lumia 720. The phone is good, but its slow and yellow.

28. TA700

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Same here, all WM needed was to adapt to newer HW that wasn't available back then.

30. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Microsoft is facing a tough time in mobile division. Most people like you says that continuum is the future of Microsoft. But how many people will bite the windows mobile if apps is the main problem when it comes to mobile. And another thing would be hardware compatibility where Windows phones uses RISC chip? And another thing would be the GPU wherein all windows apps uses CISC based system and not RISC.

34. TA700

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I didn't make myself clear, back then, MS had the largest share of the market, apps were plentiful. When they changed to WP7, apps were no longer backwards compatible and I ditched the platform entirely. If MS can make Windows work on ARM, I see no problem for them to get WM on it as well. It's my guess that many whom were once happy with WM are mostly Android users today and don't intend to switch to WP.

40. mitchytan92

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Wasn't much of a phone people at that period of time but isn't non smartphone like the popular thing during that period? I remember lots of people owning old slider phones from Nokia or Sony Ericsson. Smartphone isn't the popular choice till the iPhone releases and Android came out then non smartphone users switching to a new smartphone and thus it is either Android or iPhone?

44. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

You know that all of them are desktop apps right? How can you run a desktop apps on a mobile apps which uses a touchscreen as a controller and is using an RISC chip and a third party GPU?

45. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I don't trust Microsoft and my most current reason is my Xbox 360, Microsoft has discontinue support even when their Xbox One sales is lacking, same thing happen to my WP 7.5 phone. Currently, have about 30 Xbox 360 titles, so i worry when my current Xbox360 fail there no way for me to play those titles again. Sony PS4 has a much better sales and yet Sony still continue to support their PS3. Sony PS2 lifecycle is 13 years and so is PS3. Xbox 360 is 10 years pretty long for Microsoft standard. Original Xbox has a shorter life span. The only thing good about Microsoft is their Windows support but even then, Windows 10 turn out worst, bugs, wiretap and key logger bake right into it.

13. ashrafalhujaili

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

the one who wrote that letter has a good prediction for the future , he knows that the industry needs an open source platform , so all companies can take it without limitation and we can now see how open source take out everything else

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's good it didn't happen that way. A bigger Apple and a.smallwr one would hurt.

32. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Since Microsoft knows for now it wont sell as many smart phones as it's Rivals it will concentrate on making the BEST smart phones for the Enterprise and smart phones that will work with it's 300 Million plus Windows 10 Full OS computer devices which are growing in Number. Folks 2016 is the year that Microsoft is concentrating on getting more businesses and Developers to make "MS Universal apps"" because with them all Windows 10 devices including Windows 10 mobile smart phones will get more of the kind of Apps that can work on a variety of Windows devices. Next year I think Lumia brand smart phones are retired and "Surface" brand smart phones debut

38. srk_s_rao unregistered

I wanted to buy Samsung Omnia 2. It was not available, then I bought Motorola Defy.

52. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Blackberry a one trick pony?? Ouch....
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