But one thing we’ve all been wondering is: Why doesn’t Apple go after Google/Android directly?
See, many of Apple’s gripes, particularly with regards to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and its stock Android offering, extend to dozens - if not hundreds – of devices.
The Wall Street Journal asked executive chairman, Eric Schmidt: “Are Apple and Google discussing a patent-related settlement?”
Big Eric replied: “Apple and Google are well aware of the legal strategies of each other. Part of the conversations that are going on all the time is to talk about them.
“It's extremely curious that Apple has chosen to sue Google's partners and not Google itself.”
With regards to the recent Apple Maps fiasco, Eric says: Obviously, we would have preferred them to use our maps. They threw YouTube off the home screen [on iOS 6]. I'm not quite sure why they did that.”
Interesting stuff. Schmidt also describes how he flew to South Korea to reassure Samsung that Motorola won’t receive preferential treatment.
You can read the interview in full over at The Wall Street Journal.