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Google Goes on the Attack Against Patent Troll Rockstar Consortium

The battle between Google and Rockstar Consortium – a patent troll group backed by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, and others that owns $4.5 billion in Nortel patents – heated up over the holidays, with Google filing a lawsuit to try and protect Android and its partners. Back at the end of October, Rockstar filed a suit against Google, Samsung, HTC, Asus, LG, and others over alleged patent infringements on items like mobile hotspot, notifications and messaging, and location services. Some in the industry have called it the beginning of “patent hell” for Google and its Android partners. 

Google argues that Rockstar’s lawsuit has “placed a cloud on Google’s Android platform” and is clearly doing whatever it can to try and stop what could be a disaster for its mobile OS. Google’s lawsuit comes close to calling Rockstar nothing more than a patent troll in their filing, arguing that it does nothing more than employ a team of engineers to examine companies products and then try and extract licensing fees from them through litigation.

Rockstar produces no products and practices no patents. Instead, Rockstar employs a staff of engineers in Ontario, Canada, who examine other companies’ successful products to find anything that Rockstar might use to demand and extract licenses to its patents under threat of litigation.

They also note that in the suit, Rockstar singles out Android, even though the companies involved make smartphones that run other operating systems that likely would fall under similar patent infringement claims. Google doesn’t beat around the bush in asserting that the intent here is to disrupt their relationships with OEMs.

As Rockstar’s complaints admit, in the Android OEM Actions Rockstar has asserted its patents only against “certain mobile communication devices having a version (or an adaption thereof) of [the] Android operating system” developed by Google – although each of the Android OEM Defendants also makes other products that do not use Google’s Android platform…

On information and belief, Rockstar intends the Android OEM Actions to harm Google’s Android platform and disrupt Google’s relationships with the Android OEM Defendants.

Mentions of the entire Nexus line of products are in there as well, along with plenty of troll-related rhetoric. It’s ugly, to say the least.

It’s tough to tell how this will play out in the end or if Google’s attempts to remove Android from the equation will work. This one, we’ll be following closely.

Via:  GigaOm [Filing]
  • Microsoft and Apple are seriously getting jealous…

  • I hope Rockstar Games sues this consortium for copyright infringement. Now THAT would be a twist. (Or maybe the makers of the Rockstar Energy Drink.) {{-_-}}

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  • Guest

    This Consortium should be sued for smearing and demeaning the name Rockstar.


  • Droid 1967

    hey at least its not an article about the moto x 🙂 But seriously i keep seeing these guys playing numbers to try to make apple look so on top . SO DO THIS PLEASE. and honestly. Where i work it is approx 70-30 android phones over apple. In my family its 100% android over apple how about everyone’s real life experience what are you seeing?

    • Jeff

      Recently I went to a party where we were playing Cards Against Humanity with a bunch of people I didn’t know. Over the night I saw that out of the 9 people it was 8 to 1 people using Android phones over iPhones. I also don’t know anyone outside of work (where iPhones are issued as the company phone) that uses an iPhone.

    • Michael Bell

      You either don’t know what an iPhone looks like or you are greatly exaggerating. The iPhone 5s was the top selling phone at all 4 major carriers in the US for Sept, Oct and Nov. The 5c was 3rd while the Galaxy S4 was second. That means iPhones are are everywhere and an even the lowly 5c is outselling all Android phones lol.

      • Droid 1967

        and here you are again spewing your bogus numbers or assumptions. As posted i asked people to be honest. what i state is a fact. The numbers you are reading dont mean anything as numbers can be played anyway you want them. The experience i mentioned is what i see the post below me also sees what i see. You again are spitting out supposed sales numbers but refused to answer the posted question as to what you actually see which only tells me you dont like the answer youd have to put. and for the record If you like your apple phone than you can keep it!

        • Michael Bell
          • Josh Rahn

            I don’t see anything to weep about? You comparing 2 apple products against a choice of different android phones…? of course apple will outsell. Kind of a weak argument. If you look at numbers as a whole. They outsell apple. I’m neutral, if you like iPhone… Great. people should have options.

            the markup on apple products is a bit ridiculous though.

            Read that an weep^

          • Michael Bell

            But thats my point. Apple only has TWO iPhones compared to what? 150 Android phones? Yet Apple still dominates sales in the US. I mean, the plastic 5c thats considered an afterthought by most reviewers is outselling flagships like the Note 3, HTC One, LG G2 and anything from Motorola. Pretty embarrassing for Android.

          • Josh Rahn

            Apple actually doesn’t dominate sales. *face palm* Yes they outsell per model and manufacture, but as a whole they don’t. Its because android users have a choice. The Iphone 5c in the ranking is embarrassing at all. again apple only has TWO models?


          • Michael Bell

            Of course the iPhone doesn’t sell as many units as Android, any person who understands the market knows that. First off, Android has hundreds of models for sale. Second and most importantly, the iPhone is not even available in many parts of the world. Take China for instance. Apple just reached a deal to carry the iPhone last week with China mobile which has 760 MILLION subscribers. That means that those 760 million subscribers never even had a choice to buy an iPhone, so the next logical choice is Android. Im willing to bet at least a quarter of those China Mobile subscribers will want an iPhone once it becomes available next month, thats close to 200 million new iPhone sales. You can kiss Google’s big marketshare lead goodbye.

          • MicroNix

            I’m sorry but I just had to come back to this article and post this for our pal Michael Bell:


          • Michael Bell

            The article goes on to say…”With China Mobile now on board to distribute the iPhone, Apple is expected to sell 2.8 million to 2.9 million iPhone 5 series units per month in Q1, up from 2.7 million to 2.8 million per month.” Thats still far more than ANY Android device sells in 1 month. Nice try Fandroid.

          • MicroNix

            Apple (and the analysts) were also expecting huge pre-orders I’m sure. If the pre-orders are any indication of demand, your boasting of 25% of that 760 million user base is so far off the map that you’ll need Apple maps to find your way back (oh, that’s right, you’ll get lost if you use Apple maps!!!!)

          • MicroNix

            Aw, a downvote from Michael Bell? A little hard feelings there pal?

          • Droid 1967

            ooh from mac rumors sorry wont go to the site. are you afraid to say what it is around your work place or play place since you continue to not answer the pole. I didnt say anything about your numbers I stated i dont see these numbers in real life around me. I dont need to read anything and weep. See im on an android site reading about android. I allow little drivel of persons to post their iloveiphone crXX and i really dont give a XXXX You apparently know you are full of XXXX in your argument as you have gone out of your way to not answer the poll i started. I DID NOT ask who has great selling articles by biased sites i asked what people see around them which your pathetic excuse of a being refuse to answer. SO take your read it and weep and stuff it up your XXX. I would not own or use an iXXXX or any other apple product on a bet and would do without first. Apple is a punk of a company i will not support period. Oh and incase you still dont get the point i dont give a XXXX if 100 people around me had iphones i dont care if i was the only android user out there its what i prefer , i dont need to be the cool kid on the block , I have an android phone if you dont like than XXXX off!

          • Read this and weep iFan


          • MicroNix

            Anybody that follows the mobile scene knows that everytime Apple releases a new iPhone there is a *temporary* surge. Its been that way for as long as I can remember. The 5c is NOT leading the S4 on ANY carrier in November which only goes to show that it is a temporary surge. Enjoy it while it lasts. Now that all of the iBorg has upgraded, watch those numbers level out to what they were pre-release if not fall from pre-release numbers. Same will happen in China. Compare the Gross National Income per Capita of the US and China and see how that 760 million is going to afford to pay for an overpriced smart phone.

  • Allan

    Oh my. “…based in Ontario, Canada…”……..

    On behalf of Canada i would like to apologize for these few dozen trolls who are sitting in a basement/abandoned warehouse somewhere in the province of Ontario who are making life hard for one of the world’s biggest and best companies.

    I’m not even going to comment on Apple; there was this one kid I heard about who sold his kidney or spleen or something to get an Apple product…don’t remember exactly…but it was as repulsive as it sounds…but don’t hate on MS. Not sure if you guys would like to be stuck on Linux all day (i mean nothing wrong with linux, android is linux) but I wouldn’t want to imagine life without Windows. Really. So let’s not take it so far and hate on anything MS…but I CAN imagine a life without Apple, that’s something a lot of us want to see.

  • mrjayviper

    Didn’t google try to buy these same Nortel patents but lose in the auction?


    • Mrjaysnake

      Yes, Google was trying to buy these Nortel patents to prevent Rockstar from using them to patent troll Google. Unfortuantely Apple, Microsoft and Blackberry won the auction.

      • mrjayviper

        Google must have a reason for wanting these patents and I believe they know it will be and can be used against them because they are actually using IP without license

  • NexusMan

    I’m not going to go deep into my thoughts on this topic, as most of you have already stated the obvious. However, my one question is: Where does the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition fit in all of this?

  • Ralph Bretz

    This is probably Blackberry’s best shot to stay revalent.

  • “This one, we’ll be following closely.”

    Indeed we will.

  • joejoe5709

    Dear Google,

    That bullseye looks great on you. Keep up the good work and fighting the good fight.

    Yours truly,

    An Android Fan

    • Shawn John

      Dear Apple,

      You’ve lost the smartphone war, your OS doesn’t allow for developers to create apps freely. You have lost the fight to Google. Partner with them or risk being into a lifelong arbitration that will not allow your company to grow.

      Your truly,

      An intelligent consumer.

      • Justin W

        Oh god no

      • Michael Bell

        Apple hasn’t lost anything. Marketshare is meaningless because most of those Android phones sold are garbage 99 cent phones in BFE no one makes any money off, its just for bragging rights. Apple still makes the most money off phone sales and thats what really matters. Apple sold over 9 MILLION iPhone 5s and 5c over its opening weekend in Sept. It takes Samsung 6 months to do that and HTC, LG and Motorola couldn’t do these numbers in an entire year combined. Not to mention the iPhone 5s was the best selling phone on all 4 major US carriers for Sept, Oct and Nov while the 5c was in 3rd place. The 5c isn’t even selling well at all and it STILL outsold EVERY Android phone not named the Galaxy S4….just let that sink in Fandroid.

        • Ej McCarty

          God someone get this guy a tissue to wipe all of apple’s jizz off of his mouth and a toothpick for the puebes

        • MT514

          I’m sorry, but Apple gouges it’s customers in prices. I always say that most tech has a place in this world. Apple products are for people, like my mother, that could never figure out an Android phone to save their lives. Simplicity is key for those who struggle with understanding new technology.

          • Michael Bell

            Many businessmen much smarter than you will ever be use iphones all over the world every day. I’m sorry you apparently have a stupid mother. Apple is still more relevant than any company making Android phones, much more relevant.

          • MT514

            Personal attacks really reflects a lot about your character. Gives me an idea of what your intellectually capable of. The indignant tone of your post honestly makes me laugh. When it really comes down to it I could care less who has the bigger market share or which company made the most money on sales. What matters to me is if it is capable of performing the task that I need it to perform, and that I can customize certain features of the OS to my liking. Ok, I should stop feeding the troll now…

  • Shawn John

    Why be mad at an open source platform that is great for the tech eco system? If Apple had it’s way, we’d all be under the Apple business model of no innovation and locked down operating systems. The mobile phone supremacy goes to google and android hands down, when you have to employ tactics like patent wars, Apple clearly is reaching due to the fact they’ve lost the race. What happens when you lose the race? You have to pull out all stops and cause disruption because your company cannot keep up with the innovations, why not use the wasted money on the patent war and focus it on building more innovative products?

    • Brandon Golway

      They’re mad because they’re losing money and ideas.

      • Graham Green

        As much as I despise Apple, they’re definitely not losing money.

        • Tsabhira

          I don’t think he meant “losing more money than they are making” but rather “losing potential additional profits to other companies.”

          • Michael Bell

            Apple sold over 9 MILLION iPhone 5s and 5c over its opening weekend in Sept. It takes Samsung 6 months to do that and HTC, LG and Motorola couldn’t do these numbers in an entire year combined. Not to mention the iPhone 5s was the best selling phone on all 4 major US carriers for Sept, Oct and Nov while the 5c was in 3rd place. The 5c isn’t even selling well at all and it STILL outsold EVERY Android phone not named the Galaxy S4. The only potential profits they are losing out on are the people in 3rd world country buying garbage Android phones for a dollar. They couldn’t afford an iPhone anyways. Thats why you have seen such a huge spike and Android has taken over marketshare. Apple still makes a ton more money than any Android maker.

          • Brandon Golway

            “The only potential profits they are losing out on are the people in 3rd world country buying garbage Android phones for a dollar. They couldn’t afford an iPhone anyways.”

            Typical elitist mentality, just because a phone only costs $200-300 doesn’t mean that it’s any worse than an $800 iPhone, it just means that you’re dumb for paying that much.

          • Michael Bell

            First off, only the most expensive iPhone is $800, they start at $650, and if you think those cheap garbage Android phones they sell at Walmart are anywhere close to an iPhone in any category, you are nuts.

          • Matthew Rebmann

            Moto G, broski. Not the height of tech glory but it’s a damn great phone at a damn great price.

          • Ej McCarty

            Do you really believe in your mind that the highest storage iPhone be more than the note three and nearly 2 1/2 times the price of the nexus 5. Sure there are some crummy android phones. But they price them competitively not just oh hey this should be 700 just because it has an apple on the back with medicore everything. Fack off homo. No one wants you here.

          • Michael Bell

            Mediocre everything? Stop being such a blind Fandroid. The 5s has arguably the best processor, camera and build quality of any phone on the the market.

          • MicroNix

            Nice of you to stop in for some down votes!

          • Brandon Golway

            I’m guessing you’ve never seen the processor that’s in the Note 3 huh? Snapdragon 800, quad-core at 2.3 GHz with 3 GB of RAM. Your 64 bit processor doesn’t mean anything right now, all that is is for getting a jump on the future.

            Best build quality? Take a look at the Moto X and Moto G and the latter is only about $300! Best camera? You have obviously never seen the camera of the Note 3, my girlfriend just got it and it takes absolutely gorgeous pictures.

            You’re the one that’s blind and believes Apple makes the best everything, which is far from the truth. The make tons of money by duping people like you into believing that they make the best stuff.

          • Michael Bell

            I’m typing this on a Note 3 right now and guess what? The A7 processor in my 5s still beats the one in the Note 3. Even with Samsung cheating on benchmarks. Cameras are Close but the 5s is still superior. I had the Moto X too, it’s a toy compared to the iPhone build quality.

          • Brandon Golway

            The processors are kind of hard to compare because Android and iOS are a lot different in the way that they handle the GUI so benchmarks don’t really mean anything.

          • Brandon Golway

            You’re completely missing the point, not everyone has to have the best thing. So if someone can’t afford an overhyped iPhone they shouldn’t be allowed to have a smartphone at all? I guess only elitists like you should only be allowed to have them huh? When you or your family first got a computer, did you opt for the one that was $5,000-$10,000 and was the best model out or did you get one that was a few hundred or a thousand bucks and was low or mid range? I bet it was the latter.

          • Yeah, sure.

            Nexus 5:
            – $400 unlocked price
            – 2.3Ghz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor
            – 5-inch screen
            – 445PPI 1080p HD IPS display
            – 2GB of RAM
            – 8-megapixel camera

            iPhone 5S:
            – $650 unlocked price
            – 1.3Ghz dual-core A7 processor
            – 4-inch screen
            – 326PPI 720p Retina display
            – 1GB of RAM
            – 8-megapixel camera

            A product with a premium price isn’t always premium. Please don’t tell me that you don’t see that…

          • Michael Bell

            I’m not talking about the Nexus, that’s a capable phone. I’m talking about the garbage Android phones at Walmart next to the Tracfones

          • The Galaxy S4 can easily beat the iPhone 5S. That’s because it’s capable of handling all the bloatware on the TouchWiz UI and still keeps tough competition. Just imagine if TouchWiz and iOS switched places. Lag…

          • MicroNix

            “Apple still makes a ton more money than any Android maker.”

            Right now that would appear to be just *barely* instead of a ton more. The link below would seem to support Tsabhira’s arguement and make your rant look like the fanboyism it is. Notice that overall, Apple hasn’t been rising very much but look at Samsung’s leaps. And Samsung’s lineup is not 3rd world garbage that your rant insinuates.


          • Michael Bell

            Just wait until Apple releases a larger iPhone next year, those numbers will spike way up.

          • C’mon

            The famed call of Apple users, “Just wait till next year”. Well with android it’s here now and has been, I’m not saying that iPhones suck they have a great buisness model and keeps them running fast, smooth, and easy to use; BUT they arn’t innovating or getting anything out that android already hasn’t. In the android game if you want a bigger processor, bigger battery, a new gimmick like back buttons, you just have to wait a few months and can go and buy you a new one with iPhones your stuck till the next year.

          • MicroNix

            That’s been the Apple fanboy’s reply since 2010. “Just wait until Apple releases”

            That was almost 4 years ago, and it hasn’t happened yet. Thanks for playing!

          • Michael Bell

            You seem to be forgetting the fact that each new iPhone has outsold the previous one and Apple has been cutting into Google’s marketshare lead since the 5s has been released. Now that the iPhone will finally be available to the 760 million subscribers at China mobile, who have been forced to buy Android phones for years, and the larger iPhone coming in May, you can kiss Google’s marketshare lead goodbye.

          • Brandon Golway

            “Just wait until next year when Apple finally plays catch up and does something that every Android manufacturer has already done years ago!”

          • Brandon Golway

            That is EXACTLY what I mean!

    • Jarred Sutherland

      I hate to burst your bubble, but you really don’t think Google would be in the same position if they were the only game in town? Give me a break! I like products from all of them, but you’re trying to turn publicly traded companies into saints, their primary goal is to make money any way they can. Competition is a good thing because it FORCES corporations to have to do better or fail which in some ways causes them to act morally, in a sense.

  • AbbyZFresh

    This is what happens when you are the closest thing to a perfect and innovative company with an increasing monopoly in numerous categories. Your competition will do anything to get rid of the leader.

  • CHRIS42060

    Looks like Google is going to fight hard with this one. The legal awakening of the sleeping giant.

    • Shawn John

      What’s confusing is that there BOTH into bed when it comes to patents already. Have NO Idea why Apple would jump out the window and commit technical suicide by trying to disrupt the Android ECO System. They will have to learn the hard way.

  • Guy Pierce

    Just remove Apple from from being searched or found on the largest search engine.

    • WickedToby741

      Oh, but that would be anticompetitive. /s

      • Guy Pierce

        Ok… How about Samsung stop making those “revolutionary” screens for them then?

        • Droidzilla

          And Sony stop making their cameras, and LG stop making their screens for select products, etc. We can dream, right?

        • Jarred Sutherland

          Samsung likes the money that Apple pays to them. You do realize these are corporations, right? They wont make sense based on any logic other than “grow the business any way possible”. These are not people, they do not operate on the same plane of reason that people do.

      • Shawn John

        No, it would be using your other verticals to destroy a company that is trying to monopolize a vertical that they’ve already lost. When you start pouring resources into patent wars, you lose focus and traction on your flagship products. This will hurt Apple more than it will hurt Google, and will hurt the tech eco system overall when companies use this vindictive approach to control a sector.

        • Justin W

          I get what you are saying, and I think that it’s crap that Google can’t use it’s website as it pleases, however, based on past lawsuits against them regarding search results, they would lose that specific battle because it is considered anti-competitive.

        • WickedToby741

          I don’t disagree with you at all, I was just pointing out sarcastically how doing that would be anticompetitive when somehow waging patent warfare with patents you didn’t create on a competitor isn’t.

  • bogy25

    I hope Google plays hard ball with these A holes. Over the past few years apple has done nothing but put out a new phone each year with minimal specs and nothing as far as innovation goes. Android on the other hand has had phone after phone come out with the newest technology and innovation. So, if apple wants to play that game so be it. If we patent all ‘our’ stuff too… the way I see it apple will crumble after a few years. They are digging themselves a hole but I don;t care – let the get buried – I want them gone.

    • Droidzilla

      Motorola invented cellular technology, and now Google owns those patents. I think Apple/MS/et al made a huge mistake.

      • Google really is creative when it comes to outsmarting other companies. You’d better not anger Google, Rockstar!

        • Allan

          Nice blog, yo.

  • zaggs

    Bout time Google laced up the gloves and got into the ring. If they would have done so sooner and more aggressively they may not be seeing Rockstar now.

    • Shawn John

      Get in the ring? I wish they would Napalm Apple and get rid of them. It’s clear they have no interest into the tech eco system and more interested in monopoly’s. You cannot fool consumers, they know where all their options lie and which companies are really making innovative products.

      • TC Infantino

        I wonder if it would be ‘anti-competitive’ if Google stopped making Google apps for IOS and MS8 operating systems? Let Apple fail completely with it’s sad sad maps and navigation, and let MS just…well, just fail. I am all for competition between OEMs to help drive inovation, but when the other OEMs choose litigation over inovation, then quit cooperating with them in supplying some of the best apps they can use, and let them try to get it right.

        • hjr9890

          Yes apple will fail and be absolutely doomed because of a poor standard mapping service, with others available on the app store, lol

      • Allan

        Yes! I completely agree.

        Apple has no place in any ecosystem on this earth. I wonder how they’ve survived this long. They’ve always gotten Intel to put their CPUs in their stupid little Macbooks and iMacs (and note how Apple never mentions that the graphics are from Nvidia and the processor is Intel’s, just that it’s always AMAZING and REVOLUTIONARY and THANK APPLE FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN). Lots of $$money$$ paid to Intel, I guess? They’ve gotten Samsung to put their chips in their stupid original iPhones, that is, until they got a brilliant idea to get rid of Samsung, which didn’t really work because they came scampering back to Samsung to get their petty A-series manufactured with Samsung. Maybe TSMC is next on the list to get pissed off by Apple. Anddddd…not sure who makes screens for Apple but it’s probably also Samsung. Again, maybe Samsung gets lots of $$$$?

        Not sure how AMD and Nvidia have been putting up with Apple all this time. More $$$$, maybe? Maybe now that they’ve pissed off ARM by introducing their own little 64-bit chip to flaunt around, because ARM isn’t expecting A57 until 2014, which will probably flog Apple’s little baby A7 anyways. Maybe they paid ARM a lot of $$moola$$ to quell their protests? And why is Google paying so much attention to the quality of Google Apps on iOS? Perhaps they paid Google a lot of $$$$ as well? No, that’s just ridiculous. Impossible.

        I just don’t get it. They should have just died long ago. Someone napalm Apple please.

        • Jarred Sutherland

          I’ll give you one idea why they “put up” with them : they are a PAYING customer. See, businesses require paying customers to stay in business. A business doesn’t operate on hopes and wishes or good dreams, but instead it relies on cash or credit. They haven’t made ARM angry about anything. They pay ARM for the architecture and then modify it to suit their needs, which they have done pretty well at if you look at the reviews of the A7.

          You just don’t get it because you let your emotions get involved. They are companies, not your buddy down the street.

          • Jon Jones

            Yes and as companies, Samsung would do better if Apple wasn’t so litigious. When a PAYING customer sues you in every developed market in the world, and attempts to block the sale of all of your products in each of those markets, then it would make more sense to drop them as a customer. So maybe if Samsung just stopped making all A_ processors, all silicone, LTE antennae, hard drives, ssd’s, screens, etc for Apple they will have lost the ability to produce most of their products for at least a year. Could you imagine what would happen to apple and AAPL if they had no new iOS devices for at least one year while they scramble to fix the supply chain that Samsung filled? Samsung currently produces around 25% of the worlds silicone.

            And would Samsung find other ways to bring in that revenue when consumers can’t purchase Apple iOS products? Considering Samsung is the leading mobile maker in the world… they would pick up most of the market share for the year lost by apple. They would make all the money back in spades.

            Apple is arrogant. They continually bite the hand that feeds them. When the hand strikes back. Can they still stand?


          • Guy Pierce

            What are they paying for? They are getting their money back from lawsuits.

  • Jérôme Besnard

    My disdain for Apple grows everyday.

    • WickedToby741

      I’m honestly starting to think Microsoft is far worse than Apple. With the Scroogled campaign and Fairsearch, it wouldn’t surprise me if Microsoft is the main architect behind this crusade. I hope their new CEO stops focusing on hating Google so much and starts focusing on just making better products. I’ve traditionally been a Microsoft user (Windows and Xbox), but they’re latest tirades have me rethinking my loyalties.

      • Jérôme Besnard

        You are right: who would have thought that Apple and Microsoft would sleep in the same bed? I already almost kicked all MS product out of my house (I just need a PC to print and scan until I have a viable solution with my Chromebook) and I still veto my wife getting an iPhone (just kidding, she can get one if she wants but when I remind her how much that is, and she’s cheap, I ended up replacing her gnex by a moto g).

      • Brandon Golway

        Starting? They’re king of douchebags before the iPhone was even invented!

        • Braden Abbott

          I have had a love hate relationship. I went to grade school using post-Jobs Macs with OS 8, just knowing they had less than 10% market share is enough to explain how terrible it was. I despised Apple for their useless products for years, then came 2005. In October 2005 Apple gave me 30GB of video in my pocket with the G5 iPod classic and I fell in love. Jobs delivered blow after blow that fall, video iPod, video on iTunes, the iMac with iSight and Front Row and first Apple remote, iPod Nano and Intel Macs, fixing what I hated about the platform. It got even sweeter just about a year later in Jan ’07 when Apple dropped a bomb with the iPhone and AppleTV, I thought I would be an Apple fanboy for life! Could you blame me? We had 6 huge introductions/changes to Apple’s product line up in 14 months time, since then, what stands out? Macbook Air maybe? Siri was just a purchase of intellectual property. And the iPad is just a big iPod touch. Are the iPad Pro and iWatch going to bring Apple back? I wouldn’t hold your breathe

          • Brandon Golway

            Exactly, I won’t deny that they kickstarted this whole thing. The iPhone and iPod were amazing products when they first launched, but now they’re getting stale. I still admire the look the of the iPhone it’s a beautiful looking device, I just don’t like the software.

      • aQuickBit

        The only thing I have enjoyed most over the last 2 years is SkyDrive. No idea why, but I really like it and still use it. My Windows Phone escapade kind of fizzled out after 6 months. Can’t really see myself going back.

  • Khaf

    You get all of the hate when you are on top.

    • Braden Abbott

      You can’t beat FREE and they hate it, open source for the win!

      • michael arazan

        How do they plan on getting money from something that makes no money from being free? But doesn’t this sound or remind anyone of the java court case with oracle, when java was free and open source and everyone used its code, then oracle wanted money from Google for using it, and Oracle lost that case.

        • Droidzilla

          I wish this were the same scenario, but it isn’t. Oracle was trying to sue Google for using Java, but Java was open source under Sun and Sun even gave Google permission to use Java for Android. That patent suit was ridiculous as there was no money to be had. In Rockstar’s case, the patents they have aren’t for open source code and are thus protected. It’s ridiculous to say the least. Patent reform needs to happen yesterday. We can only hope the judges in these cases are a bit tech savvy and invalidate most or all of the “infringements,” and maybe a ton of the patents themselves (like what happened with Apple v. Samsung).

          Bottom line: Apple and Microsoft are full of outdated, douchebag patent trolls.

        • Karen James


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  • James

    Im glad Google went after them. How slimy.