Have they lost any money that should be recovered? I can't think of any right off but perhaps. I would imagine they've reimbursed any of them for legal costs connected with features Google baked into Android.
He made the same general "Apple may be over-reaching" patent damage claims months ago. That's not new either. And back when the comments were first made Apple didn't want anywhere near the $40/unit they're striving for now. But in any event the article I pointed you to was in his "everything Android bad, everything Google bad" days so it's safe for you to read.
Whatever happens, happens. It doesn't have any effect on me one way or the other if that's what you're implying. I've got not stock or derive finanancial benefits from any of the players. If Android disappears altogether at some point something or someone else will just fill the void left behind. Apple isn't capable of supplying the entire market, nor should anyone want them to.
I think the mistake is yours. Read this older FOSSPatents article explaining different theory's on what damages could be collected from Google for "stealing" IP. Apple has always been able to make the same patent infringement damage claims as Oracle did.http://www.fosspatents.com/2011/09/terms-of-potential-oracle-google.html
http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/containers/fix380/1495569/000119312510271362/dex1012.htmThe indemnity clause isn't a secret. Google has always accepted financial liability and Apple surely was aware of it. You apparently still want to believe this is a new revelation. It isn't.Ever hear the term "contributory infringement"? Apple could go for it whenever they they felt froggy.
According to Re/Code Google's agreement with their licensees has an indemnity clause and likely always has. It's part of their Mobile Application Distribution Agreement. It's not even a secret agreement.http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/containers/fix380/1495569/000119312510271362/dex1012.htmSection 11 for those who'd rather not read more than needed.
They even said at least some of the features Samsung is accused of "stealing" are integrated in Android. They don't seem too concerned. At least this answers some who were faulting Google for not indemnifying licensees. I guess they do despite what Eric , DED and a couple other claim. It's the right thing.The odd thing about Apple bringing it up is it kinda goes against their constant hammering that Google isn't part of this case.
There's most detail in the Reddit threads linked within the Ars article. It's not even associated with any specific app. Seems to have the Cydia guys stumped so far.http://www.reddit.com/r/jailbreak/comments/23b7qs/what_is_unflod_its_a_mobile_substrate_addon_that/http://www.reddit.com/r/jailbreak/comments/23bdwr/beware_unfloddylib_sends_apple_id_and_password_to/