Google says Galaxy Nexus code is a "trade secret"

Google says Galaxy Nexus code is a
This is kind of a strange story. As you may know, Apple has a lawsuit pending against Samsung in California which also includes a motion for a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. In this case, Apple has requested that Google uncover differences, if there are any, between the Android code released in the Android Open Source Project repository and that running on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. 

Not surprisingly, Google doesn't want to give Apple any more information than it needs to, and "has already agreed to produce source code underlying" Android on the Galaxy Nexus. What is strange is the reasoning Google gives in order to avoid fulfilling this request. Google says that complying with "Apple's request would reveal critical Google trade secrets", adding that "the internal functionality of Android running on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is Google's trade secret."

This is especially odd because of course the source code is available for the Galaxy Nexus, so it's hard to imagine what "internal functionality" it is that Google is trying to protect. We have asked around at XDA-Developers and CyanogenMod to see if anyone could help us out in this, but have yet to get any answers as to what it could be. 

Unfortunately, we are obligated to link to Florian Mueller as the source for this story, but we would like to reiterate that Mueller was questionable ethics, and a fairly blatant bias against Google. So, while Mueller claims this is proof that the Galaxy Nexus code is "closed just like that of the iPhone", that is not the case. The code is open source and available for anyone, but there is something in the Galaxy Nexus that is a "trade secret". We'll keep looking around for what that may refer to and bring you more if we get it. 

source: FOSS Patents



1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I would hold with a grain of salt what FOSS is proclaiming as he has been proven to have questionable ethics as you stated.

2. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I mean to say "take with a grain of salt" He just doesn't seem to get that everyone is on to him and his Bias.

3. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I feel like the Galaxy Nexus doesn't have that special effect the Nexus One had when it came out.

4. CommentBoxEnforcer

Posts: 99; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Why verizon havent updated there nexus is a secret

13. abnsc

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 11, 2010

they just did

14. hutty24

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

The update is out seen it on Droid life

21. CommentBoxEnforcer

Posts: 99; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

It havent hit

5. Conan_Kudo

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

It's probably the Google Services. Those are NOT open source with the rest of the Android software loaded on the Galaxy Nexus. Additionally, CDMA variants of the Galaxy Nexus include a lot of proprietary blobs that the carrier requires to make it work for the network, which is why they aren't supported by AOSP.

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

words right out of my mouth. Kudos.

6. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Well...Google releases code for Android OS...of course there will be some device specific code too...that Google is trying to modem/baseband (device or carrier specific) code...which is never released with Adroid code release.

7. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Maybe they want to try and say the notification bar is not part of Google's trade secret so they can fully rip it off. Even though Google is waiting for the patent to get approved , that doesn't mean Apple won't try to use its power of money and try to turn it around on Google.

8. Fluxman

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Last time I checked, the Google Apps that come standard on the phone are proprietary. The AOSP version is not allowed to have the Gapps on it. Not sure if that may be the code they don't want to give up, or if there is other stuff on their different than AOSP.

9. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

So much for open source. They probably copy and pasted code from iOS like they did with Oracle.

10. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

You just can't copy and paste any code from any OS, they run differently. Is that what Apple did with the notification bar? Just copy and paste it huh! Just like you do on every post, copy and paste you false arguments. Go back to the drawing board and come back with some fresh Intel.

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

woa what a sharp comment!? what University though you that? using your same dumb logic 1. iOS is not open source so how can Google copy the code? I mean the code is impenetrable isn't it? 2. if android is a full fledged copy of iOS... then that means is just a good. thats good news then. 3. even better for apple they just have to show their open source stolen product taken from everyone else idea to the court. now back to reality.. I see you talk but I don't see you backing it up

12. Fluxman

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

You're not very well educated are you? Run along, let the adults talk.

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

iOS is not open source.

17. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Come on mate its needless comments like this that show your bias sometimes...

18. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

wait!? taco has hate and bias against android? and its fans? you joking right? I mean he is the best person on the site, no bias at all and all of his comments are completely backed up by real source investigated by his smartphone status companies, he even has Google insiders telling him how bad android is.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You can't just copy and paste code from one language to another. Or, did you read that they did in the PA review? I'm not up on todays programming languages, but to put it in terms of my heyday, you can't take a block of code from a basic program, and drop it in a Pascal program. Yes, I am old. Every time you talk, you look more ignorant.

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

every time i think he cant get any more dumb he goes out of his way to prove me wrong.

16. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

It's a secret repository of user data for advertisers, which shall be known heretoforth as "Meccadata." Just Kidding. But really, we are all doooomed.

19. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

everyone knows that the secret is the code to activate the android powered doomsday, A powerful voice activated lazor with incredible fire power and acuracy. is to accurate Vic Uses is at 10^-99999999999999 to cut bread

22. ekia007

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I am Galaxy Nexus fun. Yeah it is a top trade secret. Should not hand it over to Apple. Apple think they can do whatever they want. huh? NO WAY. Just simple question: does apple want to share their iOS socurce code? I must say NO. Stop trying to act stupid. Apple!.

23. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Trolling Apple, you are doing it well :D gg Google

24. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

"Unfortunately, we are obligated to link to Florian Mueller as the source for this story..." Haha Michael, my sentiments exactly.

27. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I think Google is just tired of Apple being jerks so they decided to give them a taste of their own medicine. They would probably tell anyone but Apple.

28. Phullofphil

Posts: 1823; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

The patent war is more of a big game must so company's will get paid for there inventions and discoveries. I think a patent is given for more ideas that deserve a patent but at the same time company's know what there doing when there using the ideas even if they say other wise. Like I said its a game but it's a high stakes game.

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