Google's director of Android global partnerships, John Lagerling, addressed the issue of patent lawsuits against Google's partners while speaking at a Pacific Crest investor conference.  At a time when everyone under the sun is suing everyone else, I assume Mr. Lagerling felt the need to explain to investors that Google does have a strategy to assist and protect Android from legal issues, though he didn't give much detail.  His take on the subject:

Without going into too much detail, I do think that we have very strong paths that we can take to protect the values of Android that we have built through the open-source Apache 2 license with our partners. Obviously, Google doesn’t build — we don’t build phones and devices, but we had a vested interest in protecting the values of the Android ecosystem.

So when our partners are being attacked by aggressors, which we see as materially unfounded, it’s something that we join up together with our partners to resolve. And we have, I think, several options that we can take that will help protect the values of Android.

So again, we want to protect innovation. Patents were supposed to be there to enable innovation and monetization of innovation. When it’s being used in a prospective which is more to, as we see it, stifle innovation, it’s not something that is good for consumers.

Android is the only operating system, modern smart-phone operating system, that exists on devices that cost $200 or less. That is what is enabling the next billion of users of the Internet on mobile in the world. There might be players that are not so excited to see the margins and the prices go down like that and the variety that Android enables, but I think we are very convinced that we will be able to continue and create and protect the value of Android.

This echoes what Eric Schmidt and Larry Page have said, while saying just as little.  It stands to reason that Google has a strategy to protect the interests of their partners, and we can only assume that we'll see it when the time is right.  Or on Twitter.

Source: ZDNet


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Google exec: 'We have options to protect the values of Android'


I don't really see why its so hard for everyone to understand what's going on here...
Google has no intention of going this alone in these patent suits. Google provided the only viable alternative to the iphone and in the process made a slew of companies from motorola to samsung to the carriers a load, billions, of dollars. When the said in a previous story that they wanted to continue developing android in a cost effective manner, this is what they meant. And in this story they said "even though we don't make the hardware", this is what they meant. Nothing is free. What google did was simply provide the fastest way for all these companies to market an iphone alt. They did it. Job done. Now samsung needs to stand up and take some of the money it made/makes from googles hard work and hire some lawers and start fighting back. Everybody acts as if googles patent portfolio is important here. Its not. Does samsung not make the displays that sit in the iphone? Every company that has profited from android needs to come together here. And that is what is being worked out behind the scenes.

Someone please send me and iPhone so I can find out what is so great about the Republic Of Apple.

With that said Google please keep thinking 10th steps ahead, while Apple keeps going after the next target.

Or on Twitter. I laughed out loud after seeing this.

I think most people know that there is a strategy, but of course Google isn't giving any info on how they will prevent or fight any attacks until the time is right. It would be bad business if they laid out a strategy for all to see. Especially in this messed up time with reckless patents being issued. I'm not worried because in all likelyhood it will either never affect me directly or it will be ten+ years before I would need to seek out an alternative. Which I'm sure Google is coding as we speak.

I'm willing to bet that Google will introduce a new version of Android on a different code with no propriatary apps. All apps will be web based soon enough. Anyone else see this happening? That way it's a "clean" code with everything licensed and accounted for. Live to dream.

That's only because the only phone you have is the Elmo toy phone your parents bought you last christmas.