That’s how Slimesung’s lawyers are going to feel after the trial in San Francisco.
Jim Dalrymple over on The Loop says it better than I can, but you don’t need a degree in computer science to look at what Samdung was selling in 2006 and compare it to what they were selling in 2007. What they started selling after the iPhone was introduced was so clearly a ripoff that no one has ever bothered to even suggest otherwise.
Every smartphone since the iPhone has ripped off at least part of Apple’s design and function.
After Apple finishes off Samsuck, the second biggest thief, all the other handset makers will scurry under the counters like so many palmetto bugs. Then they can go after the real crook.
At that point Apple will have legal precedent on their side. Having established that the phone makers knocked of their design, they can go after Google – who will at that point be severely weakened. Google is about to lose a lot of eyeballs when iOS 6 hits the street. Their YouTube app will not be a default installation. Google Maps will no longer be the default app for the things it does on iOS 6. Given that iPhones and iPads make up such a HUGE part of their business model, that’s gonna leave a mark.
Apple has been saving up for this. All the user data that Google has collected by devious means over the years will come home to roost. Google went around user preferences to collect user data in Safari, just for one example. Google does no evil in a Jenna Jameson sort of way. I mean, define evil, after all.
Here’s what Android looked like before the iPhone:
Just like what the iPhone would have looked like if it sucked. Then there’s Android since the iPhone which looks just like the iPhone, with added malware and second-rate apps (by the same developers who do first-rate apps on the iPhone – weird).
After Apple gets done breaking down Samsuck’s legal team like a double-barrel shotgun and loading ‘em for bear, they’re coming after Google. Google is going to lose. And lose big.
I still maintain – and you can iCal this if you’d like – in 2013 there will be no Android.
There will be iOS, Windows Phones, if we’re lucky RIM will survive, and maybe H-P will find a way to get WebOS back on the street. But as as for Android: It’s toast.