Google reminds us that the Apple-Samsung verdict has nothing to do with "the core Android Operating System"

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 27, 2012 5:14 PM |

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Both Apple and Samsung have released statements following Friday's jury verdict awarding Apple $1 billion (and some pocket change) in the Apple v. Samsung patent suit. Google, however, took a wee bit more time crafting a statement of its own. And why not? It could afford to sit back and munch on ice cream sundaes and jelly beans over the weekend, while it mulled its verbiage.

Unsurprisingly, the tech giant appears to gently side with Samsung, a partner whose devices run Google's Android operating system, but the company has also been careful to distance its core OS from the patents skirmish -- just, in case, you know, consumers get confused as to whom was being sued for what. It does, however, take a small, kitten-like swipe at Apple, noting that "all players...are building upon ideas that have been around for decades."

Here's Google's statement in full:

The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. The mobile industry is moving fast and all players -- including newcomers -- are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that.

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