That awkward moment when you have two kids fighting and you really want to just bang their heads together? Yep, that.
In this case, it's Samsung and Apple who are increasing their tit-for-tat spats. Apple is on the warpath in today's edition, trying to get Samsung's Galaxy Nexus (ie. THE flagship Android device) banned from sale in the US of A.
Cupertino claims the device (or rather, the software) violates four specific patents - among them, the slide-to-unlock ability, voice-based search and data tapping (i.e. when info is shared between apps - so, for example, when you tap on a number in a browser and then that opens up the dialler, or when you tap on an address on a site and it fires up Google Maps). It's a crucial fight because the Galaxy Nexus is, of course, the flagship Android Ice Cream Sandwich device right now.
TechRadar quotes patent expert Florian Mueller, describing the four patents that Apple is basing its case on as "the patent equivalent of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse". That's because Apple has recently won disputes against other manufacturers with regards to them.
It's no secret that the late Steve Jobs wanted to "destroy Android" (he said so in his Walter Isaacson-penned biography) because he felt Google had stolen from his company. But we can't help wondering if that's just par for the course with innovation. Apple certainly didn't invent the mobile and a lot of the technologies in there could be attributed to Nokia, which - over the past few decades - introduced many of the elements we now take for granted.
Also (and we are more than prepared to be corrected here), wasn't it the Nexus One that first introduced voice-based search long before Apple debuted Siri? If Apple is so annoyed about the theft of ideas, then where did it get its inspiration for the pull-down iOS5 notification bar from?
The above statement may very well set the proverbial cat among the pigeons between Android and Apple fanboys/girls, but we're just throwing it out there to gauge your comments - which we're sure you'll be more than happy to leave below!