I think the patent laws need to be reformed to allow for fair competition but I just do not want my new iPhone 5 or my iPad 3 and iPad mini to be taken away because of frivolous litigation by competitors.
I think that Android does infringe on Apple's patents as I have operated Android devices and they seem very similar in operation to iOS and iOS entered the arena first. Android was only introduced because people were angry that the hugely popular iPhone was only available on AT&T and Apple and AT&T at the time did not want to budge and allow the iPhone on Verizon so Verizon came out with the Droids that were very similar in operation and feel to iOS. Market pressure forced AT&T and Apple to terminate their exclusivity agreement early and they released the iPhone on Verizon and eventually Sprint. Now T-Mobile is getting it soon.
I remember the litigation between AT&T and Verizon over "their is a map for that" ad campaign. I think one Christmas, VZW portrayed an iPhone in the island of misfit toys from an old Christmas TV show.
From what I heard, AT&T was supposed to have exclusivity until 2012 but they broke it in 2010.
Of course Android is similar to iOS... iOS is a dumbed down version of OSX, which is based on UNIX.. Linux is what android is based on and Linux was also based on UNIX... So of course both operating systems will be similar to a degree.
of course ios and android are similar, they are GUI based smartphone OS.
Windows has many OSX like functions and OSX has many windows like functions by the nature of being a GUI.
the patent office is the biggest flaw here for even awarding patents on things that should not have been patented. slide to unlock for example is not an innovation. Hell the door on my shed where the lawn mower sits has slide to unlock, I guess Apple better get to suing Stanley and Ace Hardware. -- [65 Arcanist]Filan(High Elf) Zone: Broadband Reports