How Google’s stealth support is buoying Samsung in Apple fight

“Google may have kept a low profile amid the legal clashing between Samsung Electronics and Apple, but the company hasn’t abandoned its Android partners,” Roger Cheng and Greg Sandoval report for CNET.

“Rather, Google has been quietly lending support, coordinating with Samsung over legal strategies, providing advice, doing extra legwork, and searching for prior evidence, CNET has learned from people familiar with the situation,” Cheng and Sandoval report. “Last month, Google asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to intervene on HTC’s behalf in its case against Nokia. In addition, many of the companies that rely on Google’s Android operating system to power their handsets, coincidentally or not, have tapped Google’s law firm of choice.”

Cheng and Sandoval report, “The steps Google has taken to aid its allies illustrate the tenuous line the company walks as Apple wages war against many of them. Though Google and its Android platform have a vested interest in Google partners succeeding, the company has yet to directly take on Apple itself. ‘Google will want to stay away from this trial as much as possible,’ said Neil Shah, an analyst at Strategy Analytics. ‘They don’t want to directly confront Apple.'”

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13 Comments

  1. From what I’ve read about this case so far is that Google has steered Samsung in the wrong directions. They’ve been blowing it all over the place. Everything points to what Apple and everyone else knows already, Samsung is a copycat!

      1. Not really, actually some of the documents that surfaces in this bout battle point to google warning samsung that some of the extra software additions that samsung made to google basic OS were too close to apple’s iOS.
        Even google knew that samsung had not only overstepped copping the hardware but also the software look and feel.

        1. Not to be misunderstood, I was not defending google I think they are a bunch of thieving bashtards as well. Only that smasung has done both hardware AND software copying.

  2. “Rather, Google has been quietly lending support, coordinating with Samsung over legal strategies, providing advice, doing extra legwork, and searching for prior evidence,”

    ‘Lending support’ by performing a Google search!

    1. Only “Millions” not “Billions” (too bad) and the money goes to the US Government, not Apple nor to the consumers who were abused by the Google practice.

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