With all the childish litigation going down in the mobile world, it’s nice to see a couple of big names drop their weapons and hug it out for a change.
After two years at loggerheads, Apple has decided that – you know what? – it really doesn’t care if Amazon wants to use the term Appstore.
In the blue corner, Apple felt that the Amazon Appstore could lead to confusion, and ultimately tarnish the Californians’ reputation.
A statement mourned: “Among other things, Amazon is making software available that bypasses security safeguards on Android, thereby increasing the potential harm of viruses and malware to customers’ Android devices.”
Meanwhile, in the red corner, Amazon argued that the “app store” term had become generic, as used by both Steve Jobs and Tim Cook when describing rival, well, app stores.
To be honest, I never quite understood the problem; it’s not like iPhone or iPad users could accidentally stumble into the Amazon Appstore and install dodgy Android apps, y’know?
In any case, two years later, Apple has decided that it doesn’t care after all, which means the only winners – once again – are the lawyers.
Apple’s Kristin Huguet purred: "We no longer see a need to pursue our case. With more than 900,000 apps and 50 billion downloads, customers know where they can purchase their favorite apps."
And Amazon’s take, via spokesperson Mary Osako: “We're gratified that the court has conclusively dismissed this case. We look forward to continuing our focus on delivering the best possible appstore experience to customers and developers."