Samsung Claims Its Phones Don't Infringe on Apple Patents Because Android Multitouch Sucks Too Much

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While the big Apple vs. Samsung case is finished in the U.S. there are plenty of other patent skirmishes between the two here and around the globe. In an attempt to narrowly avoid a recall and ban in the Netherlands, Samsung threw Android under the bus, claiming that its' phones couldn't be infringing because Android multitouch just isn't as good as Apple's is.


The patent in question here is "touch event model" which has to do with preventing users from accidentally pressing two different buttons at the same time. Both phones can do this, but iOS does it automatically, and Samsung lawyers are arguing that because Android can't and doesn't, the phones aren't infringing. Samsung hedges the criticism a little by saying that this is in part because the Android OS is more complex, but also that it's harder on developers.

If that distinction doesn't cut it, the resulting bans could interrupt Samsung's sales in all of Europe, since its distribution center is located in the Netherlands. It seems like a sort of desperate move to fall back on calling your operating system (and your product) inferior but desperate times call for desperate measures. [PC World]



I realize this site is all about pageviews, but you're doing a great disservice with such a misleading headline. I read the link and Samsung said no such thing about android multitouch being full of suck. The only thing that came close is that it's event touch model was more difficult for developers since it was hierarchical. As a developer, I can tell you that, often-times, that bit more difficulty is necessary so that you can more thoroughly isolate issues. Samsung may have a very solid argument here if the models are different enough. Your headline and obvious bias serves a purpose. Unfortunately, it's not to educate, but to court contrived controversy to generate pageviews and pad the bottom line. Nothing wrong with that, but let's not pretend ever again that there's no obvious bias since that would be outright lying. Blogs may not be held to same journalistic levels of integrity as traditional media, but the gawker media network can help bring legitimacy to the medium if it chooses or it can continue to scrape the bottom of the barrel alongside the Perez Hiltons of the online world. Your choice.