Google fires back at Apple with Nexus One update

Google fires back at Apple with Nexus One update

Summary: Google released a multi-touch update for the Nexus One, less than 24 hours after Steve Jobs called the company's "Don't Be Evil" mantra "B.S." Now settle down or I'm going to have to separate you too.

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Not 24 hours after Steve Jobs told his minions that Google's Don't Be Evil mantra was "B.S." (or "crap" depending on who you listen to) Google answers by pushing out an Android update to Nexus One users that includes multi-touch (and other Android goodness).

Google, up until yesterday, left multi-touch off its U.S. Android phones, presumably in deference to Apple's multi-touch patent.

It was also rumored that Apple asked Google not to release multitouch in the U.S. to avoid the IP aggression we’ve seen it take against Palm for including multi-touch in the Pre.

I'm not saying that Google released the Nexus One multi-touch update because of Jobs' comments, but it may have been pushed out a little sooner because of them.

More evidence of how the relationship between Apple and Google has chilled lately.

The N1 update takes the Android/iPhone battle to a new level and frankly, the ball's in Apple's court. Jobs promised that the next iPhone would be A+ and that Android won’t be able to keep up with it.

Them's fighting words, Steve!

If Apple doesn't address a majority of the items on my iPhone wishlist (background apps, voice search, improved home/lock screens, widgets, etc.) with its "A+" release we'll know that Jobs was just trash-talking and that Android has clearly taken the lead in the smartphone wars.

Note: Impatient Nexus One owners can force the firmware update by following this technique. It preserves your data and apps and doesn't require root access.

Topics: Apple, Google, Hardware

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  • Outrageous! Shirley Google can't get away with that!?

    nt
    D.T.Schmitz
    • I was wondering who was going to be the first to loose against that patent

      And set legal precedence in favor of Apple...
      It's gonna be interesting to watch...
      i8thecat
    • RE: Google fires back at Apple with Nexus One update

      @D.T.Schmitz <br>Yeah outrageous. Right. Did it ever occur to any of you that Apple did not in fact invent multi-touch? The pinch gesture has been around since 1983 and it wasn't created by Apple [see: <a href="http://marypcb.livejournal.com/393543.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><a href="http://marypcb.livejournal.com/393543.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://marypcb.livejournal.com/393543.html</a></a> and point 4 on pg 8 here: <a href="http://www.ee.udel.edu/~westerma/main.pdf]" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><a href="http://www.ee.udel.edu/~westerma/main.pdf]" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.ee.udel.edu/~westerma/main.pdf]</a></a>. This isn't the first time people have had fantasies about Apple inventing stuff..eg. mp3 players, and tablet computers.<br><br>I am not well informed re. patent law, however I have been told that ideas such as "pinch to zoom" can not in fact be patented in the manner that most people imagine. Apparently Apple can only patent *how* they did it (ie. the programming code), but they can not patent the idea itself (pinching to zoom).. Thus, even if Apple did invent it (which they didn't), it wouldn't mean squat anyway as any company would freely be able to create their own implementation.<br><br>OK, it is possible that what I have been told about patent law is utterly wrong. Like I said, that is not something I am well informed about.. I just throw it in for interests sake. The thing that really matters is that Apple didn't invent multi-touch, nor did they invent "pinch to zoom".
      yohansb@...
  • RE: Google fires back at Apple with Nexus One update

    "If Apple doesn?t address a majority of the items on my
    iPhone wishlist (background apps, voice search, improved
    home/lock screens, widgets, etc.) with its ?A+? release
    we?ll know that Jobs was just trash-talking and that
    Android has clearly taken the lead in the smartphone
    wars."

    Well I wouldn't worry about that, Jason. I feel almost
    *certain* that Steve Jobs has "Jason O'Grady's Wishlist"
    pinned to his desk so he can focus on it each and every
    single day.
    mattjumbo
  • Google is evil (or not) goes beyond iPhone

    First they came for and stole music online, and I did
    not speak out?because I was not a musician;
    Then they came for and stole movies online, and I did
    not speak out?because I was not an actor;
    Then they came for and stole books online, and I did
    not speak out?because I was not a writer;
    Then they came for and stole my intellectual
    property, and I finally spoke out.

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    Steve Baba
  • RE: Google fires back at Apple with Nexus One update

    UK (or overseas) Nexus One users can manually update their mobiles: http://whatnewmobile.com/android/nexus-one-gets-multitouch-how-to-update-if-youre-in-the-uk/
    midnightz
  • Those leaders at Google :)

    "... we?ll know that Jobs was just trash-talking and that
    Android has clearly taken the lead in the smartphone
    wars."

    Wow - will we really? Can't say I enjoy reading a columnist that so
    blatantly tries to persuade me that the sky is not blue. This pretty
    much falls into the class of global warming deniers, but in the tech
    space.

    When Google has created a new product category, when it does not
    just copy multi-touch and other technologies, when it out-sells the
    iPhone and when they have a larger app selection - then maybe they
    will have clearly taken the lead in the smartphone wars. Maybe they
    can start small - and just learn to design a UI?
    michael@...
    • More devices on more carriers made by more manufacturers

      The sales is only a matter of time.

      Who knows how many new Android phones will be released just in this year too add to what is already out there. Every manufacturer wants a piece of that pie, and they aren't going to settle for letting Apple eat their lunch.

      Android is a market enabler. It is a win win that Apple has never and would never, extend to other companies.
      T1Oracle
      • ...

        Google sooner or later will face AT like Microsoft, IBM, AT&T....Standard
        Oil did unless they bribe the politicians.
        --Ram--
        Ram U
  • Stupid patents are evil

    So is price gouging customers and crippling devices with remote updates.

    Apple needs to take a good hard look in the mirror.
    T1Oracle
  • "Android has clearly taken the lead in the smartphone wars."

    Actually, we'll know [i]that[/i] when (I'd posit [b]if[/b]) any
    Android device comes anywhere near quarterly iPhone
    sales figures. Personally I'd make it gross margin rather
    than unit sales, but that's [b]never[/b] going to happen.

    It's important to note this skirmish isn't an iPhone/Android
    fight, this is an Apple/Goggle war. As I understand it this
    update only applies to the 2.1 software on the Nexus One,
    so we're talking about a subset of a subset of the Android
    world.

    Who do you think Motorola is rooting for in this? I
    remember Jha sitting on the stage at the Nexus One
    launch looking like the ex-boyfriend of the Bride at a
    wedding. Personally I think he's hoping that Apple
    bankrupts itself in the process of destroying Google.
    matthew_maurice
    • Actually some of the developers have back ported...

      Google's MultiTouch Map app to older versions of Android , I have it running on my G1.
      mrlinux
  • RE: Google fires back at Apple with Nexus One update

    Headline: "Google fires back at Apple with Nexus One
    update"

    Body: "I?m not saying that Google released the Nexus One
    multi-touch update because of Jobs? comments, but it may
    have been pushed out a little sooner because of them."

    Which is it? You clearly _are_ saying Google took those
    actions because of the rumors about Jobs' comments in
    your headline.

    Have you ever worked on a large-scale software project
    before? Do you _actually_ think this is what happened, or
    is this a naked linkbait post? Is there absolutely any
    reason to believe your hypothesis, other than the fact that
    these two events happened close to one another in time?
    Post hoc ergo propter hoc is a logical fallacy so old, we
    still call it by its Roman times name.

    The thing is, I don't think you actually think this happened.
    I don't think your guilty of a logical fallacy, I think you're
    guilty of disregarding quality in favor of a creating a pat
    narrative. I hate this kind of crap: its like our various
    forms of journalism are chasing each other down the drain,
    and the only thing that keeps tech journalism from being
    the worst is that at the end of the day, its not that
    important.
    PleaseStopDoingThis
    • RE: Google fires back at Apple with Nexus One update

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  • Android=Porn ?

    Apple will win, Why? The fact that Steve will show the world that
    Google is indeed evil.

    Googles Android cell phones are wide open, you can get pretty much
    Anything you want on your Android phone that includes porn Apps. In
    2010 all Android based cell phone will be open to Porn Apps. On the
    other hand Apple has removed all sexually suggestive Material from it
    App Store.

    So if you're a porn loving teenager than you are on Goggles side, If
    you not into porn then you're a Apple Supporter.

    Can it be that simple?
    MacNewton
    • RE: Google fires back at Apple with Nexus One update

      @MacNewton
      Yeah right fanboy. You think porn is the only reason ppl buy Android.. dude you are off your rocker. I chose Android because I don't like "vendor lock in" - something Apple is a pro at.
      yohansb@...
  • RE: Google fires back at Apple with Nexus One update

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