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Google’s Larry Page and Apple’s Tim Cook Talking Nuclear Patent Disarmament?

After the shock of last week’s verdict against Samsung in the case against Apple, the Android scene as a whole has been a little uneasy. No one wants the same outcome to happen to their favored company and everyone seems to be waiting to see what happens next. Reports from Reuters however say that Apple and Google have been having talks behind the scenes, maybe making headway in the stand off we are at now. 

Google CEO Larry Page and Apple CEO Tim Cook picked up the phone last week and are discussing things relating to patents. According to this report, in-person meetings are potentially in the works, between the two giants. For now, neither company will comment on these rumors, but this could be big if the two companies did come to some sort of agreement.

Is it too good to be true?

Via: Reuters

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  • I’m wondering if this took place before or after Samsung threatened to unleash the patent trolling.

  • master94

    Imagine Apple solves Android Fragmentation, by suing custom skin makers since stock Android doesn’t violate a single apple patent forcing pure vanilla phones onto the market.

  • Yeah Verizon has gotten so big they think they can just screw over their customers by upping prices and making a ridiculous share-everything plan that you’ll eat up in a matter of minutes and end up owing them a TON of money. I mean, MY GOD, my unlimited data is $30/mo and their LOWEST share-everything data plan for 1GB is the same price…are you kidding me? 1GB should be like $5/mo TOPS.

  • Do Not Seek the Treasure….

  • Lane252

    I’d just rather apple only sold their crap in another country.

  • With this and the latest post about Samsung planning to sue Apple over 4G LTE it seems Karma has returned and wants vengeance upon Apple!

    • SolipsisticPsychologist


  • wm snyder

    Remember Google sent off a letter to the government or office something about general use basic technology this is my suspicion

  • UndergroundWire

    I hope this happens soon. Tired of all this patent wars.

  • Destroythanet

    Haha, some of you guys hate on Apple not matter what. If they litigate, they’re a-holes. If they try to make peace, they’re scared lol. As long as they make deals that allow for real competition (and thus better products), that’s what’s most beneficial to consumers.

  • Bruce Phillips

    The only way Apple would come to and agreement is if Google has a patent that would block all of their devices, no if, ands, or buts about it.

  • Guest

    This will be good news if it’s true but at the same time it makes me wonder if Apple knows that Google has something that will hit Apple hard if they try to sue Google over Android.

  • Bionicman

    wow i would have a whole new respect for Apple and Tim Cook if they were to come to some agreement. I think it would be especially important for Cook who could really distinguish himself a leader that doesn’t base some of his actions on emotions *cough* Jobs *cough*.

  • Robert Jakiel

    Kind of upsetting actually. Seeing that Google holds a slew of patents that are NOT FRAND and very valid with no prior art. Not to mention their notification pull down patent that is due for approval. Most of Apples patents will be invalidated due to prior art and are the ones they are using right now. Seems that Apple will have everything to gain from this. Again personally I would like to see Google smack them with the sledge hammer and watch Apple squirm.

    • David Henry

      Remember Google’s mantra #6. Don’t be evil 🙂

      • bigdav1178

        Getting even, and being evil, are not the same thing.

        • Neomastermind

          So, let’s say Apple kills Google’s son. You’re saying that it’s not evil for Google to kill Apple’s son in retaliation. Extreme? Yes, but evil is evil.

          • Jonathon C-A

            Technically if Google killed Apple over the murder of Google’s son, Google would go to prison for murder an inherently evil action. I respect both companies and would rather have them focus on building awesome products than spend billions destroying each other; regardless of who would win.

          • bigdav1178

            What I am saying is that justice is not evil. If Apple kills Google’s son (as you put it), they should be a punishment for it. Merely rolling over and making a deal does not send any message to Apple of wrong-doing.

  • Jroc869, Cool story bro

    Now that the warhead is pointed squarely are apple they want to play nice. Well Google just be the bigger company and lets get it done. Lets just hope this isnt going to be like the movies where the good guy doesnt shoot the bad guy straight between the eyes only to find the bad guy back as his.

  • Curtis

    The only possible solution: Apple is going to be making the next NEXUS device!!! /s

    • Neomastermind

      That would actually be a well-designed device. I wouldn’t mind having it.

  • LordStickMax

    its called apple’s new flagship is going to have 4g LTE/other tech and Samsung/Motorola are ready to get them banned rounded the world. like everything else people don’t play nice unless you show your still in a position of strength. apple isn’t the only company creating innovation so they shouldn’t go around kicking people in the pants.

  • sonicyoof

    Eh, I would rather it get way worse first so real change to the system can be made. Two guys talking and “agreeing” that Apple will stop being dicks may help for a moment, but that’s it.

  • derkk

    I’m sure the Moto vs Apple stuff recently filed has a lot to do with this. I’m sure Google had a big plan with those Moto patents and maybe it’s paying off now. I never liked Samsung’s Touchwiz interface. I’m glad it will be stripped of it’s Apple like image.

  • frankandsimple

    Google is a search engine company.. it should leave Operating Systems to the experts.. Even windows 7.5 is a better Mobile OS. Google should go back to collecting private information and selling ad space on the internet.

    • abqnm

      I would rather use iOS than Windows Phone 7.5. WP is a good start, but needs another few years (and some designers who know what consumers want) to get to where it needs to be.

      • frankandsimple

        WP 7.5 is a much more stable OS than android. It’s too bad the windows app store sucks at the moment.. but that’s only because of lack of popularity

        • abqnm

          I agree that it is definitely more stable. And the app store sucks horribly but until they get a good base OS, the developers won’t be adding much to that. It is just too limited in its functions. Not even WP8 looks much more promising. It is still growing though so it could improve.

        • JB

          Windows phone, all the apps of blackberry with the restrictions of apple and the fragmentation of android! Did they intentionally cobble together the worst parts of every mobile OS?

    • FknTwizted

      With that analogy you should keep our trap shut and let the professionals talk about the big issues. And you should go back to trolling and playing on your dungeons and dragons since you are really good at being a dungeon master in your mother basement.

      • frankandsimple

        LOL… As a matter of fact.. I don’t even know what kinda game dungeons and dragons is. I’m quite happily working away as a successful engineer.. sorry to burst your bubble. and your statement makes no sense.. especially when I already said.. Google should leave software engineering to the experts..

  • My best guess on the deal (because I’m an expert).
    Google: You drop all further lawsuits that speak to functions in the core of Android, you do *not* seek to ban the samsung devices in question if they issue software updates fixing the software violations, you do not target android partners for unwarranted lawsuits, and you can walk away with the $1 billion from the Samsung suite, and we won’t (as the company controlling the patents on the tech that make cell phones work in the first place) seek to bury your entire line of devices.

    • Neomastermind

      Apple: “Have you seen our lawyers? We can convince the court that we invented the very planet we live on.”

  • Page: Before we sue you for making your notifications shade similar to Android, give me the $1 billion Samsung is going to pay you and we will call it even!

    Cook: Over my dead body.!>..!>.

    Page: SO be it!

  • htowngtr

    Hope they work it out because all this patent litigation on both ends is tiring.

    • abqnm

      Yeah it is but then we would have nothing to talk about.

  • MichaelFranz

    seriously, just end it. I’d rather see all the good stuff then hear about it getting ruined

  • jldleo

    A gentlemens agreement behind closed doors would go a long way in resolving some of the issues these two giants have with each other.

  • Ken Bosse

    I really really hate Apple and would love to see them get taken down, but still..Apple needs Google, Google needs Apple just like Chevy Needs Ford and so on. Competition always keeps you looking over your shoulder and makes you strive to do better.
    Google has seen that, hopefully Apple will too.

    • Tell that to Verizon, they are getting to be too big for their bridges.

      • La2da

        Britches, Jake. It’s old people talk for pants.

        • Prime7

          Let’s cross that britch when we get to it. 😉

        • PC_Tool

          Yeah, man…Britches love pants.

          …and tacos.

          • New_Guy

            So glad you went there so I didn’t have to =D

      • Britches

        • arthuruscg

          Jake can’t help it, he uses and Iphone

          • shdowman

            *an Arthur..an. Good lord…. 😉

          • New_Guy

            Jake uses an iPhone…what’s Arthur’s excuse =D?

          • Dan

            Some people can’t walk an talk at the same time.

          • You people are a tough crowd, auto text correction sucks at times, sheesh.

          • Lol nope I use an HTC Rezound genius.

      • Umm, though you and I may hate their business practices and high prices, they have the most kick-ass network of any carrier and it’s because of competition. Do you think they’d be rolling out 4G as quickly as they are if it weren’t to stay ahead of AT&T?


    • ajm135

      just batman needs the joker

  • slither

    Great, as long as it will continue to spur innovation to benefit the rest of us.

  • Maybe Apple realized how many over priced laptops they need to sell in order to keep paying the lawyers?

    • MikeCiggy

      I’m sure samsungs billion dollars can cover that…

    • abqnm

      They don’t make hardly anything on PCs. iOS devices are where their money comes from.

      • will bartlett

        how can you say they make almost nothing on computers…you can get a windows computer with the same stuff internally for a fraction of the cost.

  • Greg Morgan

    I’m sure Google would like to make a peace treaty…But Apple….”Nein Nein Nein Nein…” and so on.

    • abqnm

      I think Apple may actually be a bit worried about the lawsuit with the Moto patents. They stand a really good chance of losing to Googorola and risk having the iPhone banned as a result. If they are actually in talks to come to some sort of truce or agreement, this is likely why. If they keep poking the bear it will eventually bite them.

    • PC_Tool

      Nein Nein Nein Nein…””

      When did Apple hire ProTekk?

      • Greg Morgan

        they didn’t, just stole his saying lol

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    PLEASE get this Done… We can’t keep up this back and forth… it’s killing the industry

  • Almost sad to see this happen, I was hoping Google would push the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight and unleash a huge all encompassing lawsuit against Apple.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Nobody wins in all that Madness… Did you not read the Hunger Games MANN!!!! poor prim

      • MichaelFranz

        thanks for spoiling it for me, i just started the second book…ever hear of saying spoiler alert!!….bastard lol jk

      • fixxmyhead

        no i serioulsy dont even know what that is besides a book and movie

    • I was kind of hoping that doomsday would compel congress to pass some real patent reform legislation.

  • MunchMouth

    Oh Boy, not sure if this is really happening. Seems a little late to make nice!


      Apple wanted Samsung to quit copying their product. Even google warned them about it. I’m sure Google and Apple can play nice. Samsung was blantant about it and said F… You to apple and got their hand slapped for it!!

      • NemaCystX

        More like their mouth slapped and ass raped

        • PhillipCun

          You really think $1.05 billion is a lot to Samsung? IMO Samsung might have copied but they knew what they were doing. I think they saw the risk and they took it and look at where they are today. They own the largest market share of mobile phones. They created the “Galaxy” brand and is probably the most successful Android brand to date. BTW “Droid” doesn’t count, that’s VZW’s brand of select Android phones which they did a poor job on.

          Yeah they copied, yeah they to pay. BUT they’re on top now and that’s probably all they care about. It was a calculated risk and they still ended up winning in the end. Just saying, don’t feel sorry for them. It’ll hurt them financially but it own’t hurt their brand and they will continue to dominate for the next few years

          • ERIC REED

            Worked out great for them. The billion they will pay is nothing compared to the market share they gained. Apple won in the courts, but Samsung has to feel good about its overall standings in the mobile world. Now I think we can see why Jobs was so pissed!!

        • Jason Wilson

          You must have been one of the jury members. The only thing that the trial proved was how moronic it is to expect a jury of our peers to decide something like this. I’m not saying Samsung is innocent, but I am saying that their trial was a farce.

    • abqnm

      I think Apple may be worried because the lawsuit with the Moto patents has a very good chance of actually getting the iPhone banned. Apple might be realizing that now.

    • carlisimo

      Maybe they’re quitting while they’re ahead. After that trial, Apple has the moral high ground, and it can only get worse from here. Especially after Google’s notification bar patent is approved (it’s pending).

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    • i wish i was the first to down vote u!

    • Ain’t nobody got time fuh dat

      • OreoMan

        Apparently over 36 people do!

      • SolipsisticPsychologist

        You should appropriate time for remedial English classes, pronto.

        • Apparently you’ve never seen the video I’m making fun of…

          • Timothy

            I said ole lord jesus it’s a far. than i ran for my life. i didnt grab no shoes or nothin jesus. I ran for my life. 😀 ain’t nobody got time for that!

    • azndan4

      No one cares dude.

      • I so wanted people to care. Why do you think they don’t care? WHY???