Originally Posted by Gatorguy
I've never seen any evidence that Google was ever p'ed off at Apple. No threats, no bombastic statements, no saber-rattling of any kind. The worst I can recall is one Google presenter making a "draconian future" comment several years ago for which he was chastised by Google's owners IIRC. That's it. It's obvious from various emails revealed in court cases that Google has tried to appease Apple over the years. They've extended olive branches even when they should not have (ie hiring practices)
As for warning Samsung against "copying" they've done so. That came out in the first Apple/Samsung trial and I personally suspect it's not the only conversation the two have had on the subject. I think the major thing preventing this laying down of arms from happening sooner was Apple holding out on offering that olive branch in return. Hopefully these two companies can agree to fix any future problems between them too without resorting to (semi) public threats or court filings. .
Yes I know that Google had warned Samsung already... I was thinking diplomatically and Google giving a "final" warning.
As for Google being p'ed off at anyone: I can't imagine that they were happy with Apple's statements or lawsuits against them, and Mr. "Messer" Schmidt's trite statements/attacks against Apple were surely not because he was happy with the situation. Also I can't imagine they were happy being pulled into the court fray the way Samsung did in the latest court hearings... considering that Google had already offered behind closed doors to subsidize their costs.
As clearly as I can... it is my opinion that Google should cut Samsung loose from the Open Handset Alliance. Period.
However they decide to do it, the many and varied reasons are there... and even if it's only because Google can (and should!) would be reason enough.
Allow Samsung to become the pariah of the industry that they have worked so hard trying to be. They are uncontrollable, and by their own actions are not a team player, nor one that I think Google should be associated with... technically or criminally by association.
NOTE: I am not a Google hater as many are on AI, and I follow a number of really great Google devs daily on other forums. They almost all are huge Apple fans.
This "thermonuclear war" was not well thought out by a very emotional and parochial Steve Jobs..... which I absolutely understand and probably would have succumbed to myself. Still... the adults among us can certainly agree that it wasn't the wisest statement or strategy, and has indeed taken a certain amount of mental energy out of Apple trying to defend their founder's honor. Time for closure on this chapter, and to get back to creating strategic partnerships with companies that offer tech and services that integrate well with Apple products. Apple needs to believe
in their ability (once again) that whatever the competition can bring to market, they can do it better!