As Apple is continuing Steve Jobs’ legacy of thermonuclear war on Android handset-makers with varying patent wars, Samsung and Google are now teaming up to try to put an end to Apple’s bullish tactics. The latest blow to Samsung and Google came last week when Apple had won several injunctions against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Google’s latest-branded smartphone, the Galaxy Nexus, in the U.S. Now, as Google has been directly dragged into this battle alongside Samsung, it looks like the Android OS-maker is going to be teaming up with Samsung to wage war with Apple.
According to the Korea Times, Samsung and Google now have a ‘game plan’ against Apple to strike a cross-licensing deal, which will hopefully lead Android and iOS to peacefully co-exist if successfully.
“It’s too early to comment on our game plan (with Google) in the legal battle; but we will do our best to get more royalties from Apple, which has benefited from our technology,” says one Samsung source to the publication. “The fight is becoming more dramatic and the possibility of a truce in the form of a cross-licensing deal, seems to be becoming likely.”
The notion of cross-licensing is an interesting one as Steve Jobs was described to have rejected any notion licensing iOS patents to Android as he felt that Android blatantly stole from Apple’s designs. Cross-licensing means that the new Apple in a post-Jobs world would not only make concessions, but would do so without extracting any royalties from Android players. A third player in the mobile OS race, Microsoft, has been extracting royalties from Android hardware manufacturers for patent violations.
Additionally, it was reported that Samsung had tried to appeal the injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but that request was struck down. That device should not have any significant impact for Samsung as it has already released the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, the device’s successor, in many parts of the world. The injunction against the Galaxy Nexus should have a major impact for Google, however, as it is a ‘pure Google’ device that’s devoid of any carrier or manufacturer customizations at the software level. A win for Apple against this device is a strategic victory at this early point against the core Android. The injunction comes days after Google had debuted its latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.