Cites 20 cases of alleged infringement on iPhone patents by Android phones
Apple (AAPL) announced Tuesday that it had filed a lawsuit against HTC, the Taiwanese maker of smartphones, for allegedly infringing on 20 Apple patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware.
"We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We've decided to do something about it," said Steve Jobs in a statement prepared for release. "We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."
Apple COO Tim Cook had made similar statements last year when asked about the operating system of the Palm (PALM) Pre, which bears a close resemblance to the iPhone's. Google (GOOG)'s Android operating system, which uses some touchscreen gestures Palm's does not, may be even more vulnerable in a patent suit.
Google wasn't mentioned in Apple's press release, but the Android OS and several Android phones are named in the complaints (see below).
How do the new smartphones stack up in terms of features, sticker price and total cost?
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Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 3G S, which goes on sale next Friday
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After matching the iPhone nearly hit for hit in its first five months on the market, Google's (GOOG) Android has fallen behind the pace set by Apple's (AAPL) smartphone in terms of its presence on the Web, according to a report issued Monday.
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, here's five grand worth of Apple (AAPL) news in charts and lists released over the past couple of days.
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Despite the hundreds of customers who queued up outside Verizon (VZ) stores early Friday to buy the Storm -- Research in Motion's hot new smartphone -- the company is likely to miss its subscriber targets for the quarter that ends Nov. 29, according to a report issued Monday by Citigroup (C) analyst Jim Suva.
The Storm, RIM's (RIMM) answer to Apple's (AAPL) iPhone, sold out almost immediately -- and that's the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 24, 2008 3:52 PM ET
Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 3G and the G1 with Google (GOOG) unveiled on Tuesday have a lot in common.
Both are smart phones designed for users who want easier access to the Web than is offered by the current generation of RIM (RIMM) BlackBerries.
They share a lot of features -- high res (320 x 480 pixel) color displays, motion sensors, support for GPS and Bluetooth 2.0, and venues for third-party apps. And MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 24, 2008 8:24 AM ET
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