Originally Posted by BigBillyGoatGruff
I'm not even going to take on the rubbish in the first part of your post. Somebody else can do that.
Are you really so naive. Theft is theft (if that is in fact what happened)--no matter if it is one billion-dollar company stealing from other billion-dollar companies. Google is not Robin Hood. Their actions were undertaken solely for the benefit of their own company. Any collateral benefit that you believe consumers have realized is secondary, at best.
Suppose somebody ripped off one of your fingernails. You have nine others, still. That's more than enough--and the missing one will grow back over time. Would you be okay with that?
What theft? AFAIK, Google stole nothing, unlike Samsung, and this case has nothing to do with that. Looks like Google is involved with other stuff, related to search.
They took Android and used the inspiration they got from iOS, because it was so superior, at the risk of becoming a "me too" irrelevant product. But guess what: Apple's strategy (with a salt of arrogance) and Microsoft's (and everyone else's) incompetence gave Google a great opportunity, and they rightfully took it with style.
Not only that, Android differentiated itself to the point that no one (that is rational and has enough knowledge to not be seen as a retard) treats vanilla Android as a inferior copy. Instead, the world sees it as an alternative on the high end (against iOS) and the absolutely best option on middle and low end of the market.
Isn't this great for all of us?
Now, it's up to Apple to push harder and keep their "best" and "worth the cost" status, and Android OEMs to become originals and demolish Samsung's illegal dominance.
Meanwhile... I bought a cheaper Android phone and have Cyanogenmod running on it like a champ. It's not an iPhone, but it was the best deal, all things considered. I just don't understand why Apple doesn't try to earn some money from it, while providing a better experience for the Apple costumers that had no choice but go Android.
Please, stop trying to treat billion dollar corporations as "people". It's just as stupid as saying that since because I refuse to not use the internet during a year (because of spoilers) and paying 30 dollars for a season of big bang theory (when it comes to my country), it makes me a thieve.
Again, grow up, look around. No one lost anything, everyone won.