Apple trying to get Samsung Galaxy Nexus sales banned in USA

Apple trying to get Samsung Galaxy Nexus sales banned in USAThat 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!

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6 comments

killieguy  Feb. 14, 2012 at 00:38

anyone else getting really sick of all this banning? especially from apple, give it up already

Stelph  Feb. 14, 2012 at 08:29

LG should just sue both of them, as they were first out with the now "traditional" large capacative touch screen with the LG viewty.

This is all getting rediculous

bex85  Feb. 14, 2012 at 10:04

It's getting very ridiculous indeed. Although, what is interesting is that they're going after Samsung (again) instead of Google. At least that would make a change. You also raiser interesting points about the pull down notification bar etc. And I do remember playing with Google Search, voice version, before even the iPhone 4 was released o.O.

MDrX  Feb. 14, 2012 at 11:09

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?

Problem is that Siri existed long before the iPhone 4S and long before Apple bought it. The patents go back years.

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 guy who made the MobileNotifier Jailbreak app who they then hired? It's almost the same. He probably got his inspiration from Android, though :D

bex85  Feb. 14, 2012 at 11:41

anyone else getting really sick of all this banning? especially from apple, give it up already
Yes, very!

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 14, 2012 at 13:20

Here in the UK we're relatively safe, the patent system here is far harder to abuse and our judges are far less...useless, for want of a better term to describe them in other countries.

Notice how Apple tend to keep their BS away from the UK?

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