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Android ecosystem will look very differentJason Perlow: I hate to use my opponent's own words against him, but as it pertains to Apple's design and utility patents, he himself stated that "smartphones must be similar to the iPhone in order to sell" because customers may have strong fundamental biases towards aesthetics and functionality which Apple has hit on in spades. Don't yell at me guys, yell at Kendrick. He said it, not me.
As we have seen from the outcome of the Apple v. Samsung trial, the jury found that Samsung willfully infringed upon intellectual property patents which Apple held that caused customer confusion as to product origin and as a result, damaged Apple's sales.
Whatever you think about the "rightness" of the decision, a decision in a court of law is a decision in a court of law. And if that decision is ultimately upheld, then I think we can all agree that the Android ecosystem of the future will look very different than the one that we see today.
Android is simply too bigJames Kendrick: The verdict in the Samsung/ Apple trial was indeed a slam-dunk victory for Apple but it isn't going to shut Android down. With 1.3 million device activations per day, Android is simply too big a snowball rolling down the hill.
Google does need to figure out an overall strategy to answer the never-ending lawsuits that Apple throws at the Android space. Meanwhile it will be business as usual in the Android smartphone world.
There are too many carriers and OEMs playing with Android for it to shut down. New Android phones are announced somewhere in the world almost every week, Apple threat aside. The fact is there is simply too much money to be made for fear from lawsuits to rule the day.
Tablets are the biggest exposure for Android, as sales have never amounted to much. The recently announced Kindle Fire HDs post a far greater risk to Android tablets than Apple.