Google has been rolling along, but now they are going to have to look at IP.
Now that the big trial here in Northern California is over between Samsung and Apple, questions now come up as to where we go from here. As consumers, phones may cost a little more from Samsung or may have a few less features as they work to try and make sure they do not infringe on Apple patents. Obviously, Samsung is going to appeal the verdict, but that is going to be a tough battle for them. The question that is starting to rise to the top as what is going to be the impact to Google? Since Google is the one which has provided the open source Andriod OS to so many smart phone manufacturers, they really were part of the trial here, even though they were not named.
Apple now has precedent and assuming it is not over turned, Google is going to have to address those items from the trial that they have in their OS. They cannot sit back and let the phone manufacturers take the brunt of the battle from Apple when it is really Google’s battle. And given that Google has recently purchase Motorolla Mobility, they are now a phone manufacturer as well. With the potential of products being banned because of determination of patent infringement, Google needs to step up and address the problem being presented. If they do not, manufacturers who have embraced Android as the OS of choice may start to look elsewhere for another OS. And waiting in the wings is Microsoft with their Windows Phone OS which could be a replacement for Android.
Google needs to step up and address a number of issues coming out of the trial. While they do not charge for their OS, they are ultimately responsible for it. Given the dominance of the Android OS right now, they must come to terms with either making changes or licensing agreements with Apple. Though Apple does not have to do licensing agreements as they are sitting on a lot of money right now. Something needs be change so that there is less uncertainty for smart phone manufacturers and customers.
The possible future for Android is at stake and Google will have to step into the light and deal directly with Apple. What do you think?