“As the dust settles in the aftermath of the historic Samsung – Apple court decision, where the maker of the iPhone was awarded a $1 billion payment for pattern infringement, the legal battles, and the “operating system wars” in the smartphone industry, are just getting started,” Agustino Fontevecchia reports for Forbes. “While Apple is likely to push to get Samsung’s products temporarily off the shelves, it will likely pursue legal action against other handset makers, RBC’s equity research team noted. They suggest buying Qualcomm and looking at Nokia and Microsoft, which should benefit as Samsung, and possibly Google, suffer.”
“The jury’s decision will help Apple sustain its ‘dominance over hand set vendors,’ RBC said, especially those that are Android-based. The analysts now expect Apple to pursue similar action against the likes of HTC and LG, and possibly others,” Fontevecchia reports. “Furthermore, the company founded by Steve Jobs will probably look to get Samsung’s products temporarily removed from shelves, a move Samsung will appeal.”
MacDailyNews Note: Apple has already moved to do so. See: Apple lists which Samsung products it will seek to ban from U.S. sale.
Fontevecchia reports, “Microsoft and Nokia came out unscathed and possibly emboldened. Adoption of Windows-powered phones remains fairly limited (market share is about 4%), in part given to their slow roll-out of the product, for which the company had been criticized… It will also empower Apple, which is already the world’s largest publicly traded company.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Windows Phone will be popular. Over time, it’ll eat the lunch of the increasingly fragmented, increasingly insecure, and increasingly costly Android (losing patent infringement lawsuits and dropping features/paying royalties to multiple IP owners will do that to you).
The not-iPhone world will begin to dump Android and move to Microsoft’s mobile OS offering because it will eventually cost less, work better, and come with far fewer legal issues. In the iPhone wannabe market, it’s already happening (Nokia, for example). We expect the same to happen in the iPad wannabe market, too [with Windows 8/RT]. Google and Microsoft will long battle each other for the non-Apple markets and that’s a much better scenario for everyone than having a single ripoff artist flood the market with fragmented, insecure, beta-esque, mediocre-at-best products. Google’s attempt to be the next Microsoft is doomed.
This, of course, will also impact Google’s search business. Apple’s Siri will increasingly deliver info to users sans Google and Microsoft will, naturally, use Bing for their search. As we’ve said many times in the past: “Google will rue the day they got greedy by deciding to try to work against Apple instead of with them.”
The bottom line: We’d rather see a company trying unique ideas, even if – shockingly – it’s Microsoft, than the wholesale theft of Apple innovations that we’ve been seeing for over four years now. Don’t steal IP. Even worse, don’t steal IP and “claim to be innovators.” We have no problem with any companies that attempt to compete with Apple using their own unique ideas and strategies. – MacDailyNews Take, October 27, 2011
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