In a desperate bid to stop Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) from getting its devices banned in the Netherlands, it has done the unthinkable - actually run down its partner Google's Android operating system.
In a court in the Netherlands, where the two are engaged in a battle over patent infringements, the Korean handset maker told the court that Apple and Google's operating systems could not be compared as Apple's was better than Android.
Samsung's claim came in response to Apple claiming that the `touch' feature on its phones was violated by Google's Android operating system - especially its version from Gingerbread onwards.
According to a report by Loek Essers, Apple had told the court that Samsung should be barred from selling their Android devices in Netherlands because they infringed on a multitouch patent that belonged to Apple called ‘touch event model.’
Essers said in his report, "“Samsung has claimed that the way Android's multitouch software works is not as good as Apple's, in a bid to avoid a recall and ban on sales of its Android smartphones in a patent dispute with Apple in the Netherlands.”
"“While Apple's technology is a "very nice invention," the technique used in Android differs from the iOS solution, argued Bas Berghuis van Woortman, one of Samsung's lawyers. Because the Android based method is more hierarchical the system is more complex and therefore harder for developers to use, he said. In addition, Apple devices disallow touch input in sections of the screen on the OS level, while Android does that on the application level, he said. Both are reasons Samsung's Android devices do not infringe on the patent, he added.”
Funnily enough Apple was forced to disagree and actually back Android. According to Essers - Apple disagrees. "They suggest that they have a lesser solution, but that is simply not true," said Apple's lawyer Theo Blomme to judge Peter Blok, who presided over a team of three judges, in a response to Samsung's claim. The technique used in Android does solve a multiple input "conflict situation" and in that way the Android software essentially does the same as Apple's, he said. It is also possible to assign exclusivity to one particular "view" in Android, and thus Samsung infringes on the patent, said Rutger Kleemans, Apple's other lawyer in the courtroom.”