Eric Schmidt says Apple responds to competitors with lawsuits, not innovation

Google’s Eric Schmidt decided to chime in on the Apple lawsuits brought against its hardware partners. The former Google CEO says that Apple is feeling threatened by its competitors, and instead of firing back with new innovations, the iPhone maker is just hitting everyone else with lawsuits. To be fair, Schmidt ought to look at Android’s own history and what the platform looked like before and after the iPhone was announced.

A judge recently sided with Apple, stating that HTC, a major Android handset manufacturer, infringes on the iPhone maker’s patents. HTC, in turn, says that it will aggressively defend its technologies against Apple, and ultimately find workarounds to the patent issues if it is unsuccessful in court.

If these lawsuits end up in Apple’s favor, it could mean that the company’s competitors will be barred from bringing certain products into the U.S., or that they will have to pay royalties to Apple. PerthNow reports:

“The big news in the past year has been the explosion of Google Android handsets and this means our competitors are responding,” he said.

“Because they are not responding with innovation, they’re responding with lawsuits.

“We have not done anything wrong and these lawsuits are just inspired by our success.”

It’s true that there has been an explosion of Android handsets, from your most basic, $50 handsets to powerful high-end smartphones reaching into the $250 range. The reason for this is because Google has made its mobile platform free for manufacturers to use – for better or worse – and so the manufacturers can focus on just that–manufacturing tons of phones without having to worry about building software.

The upside to this is the variety and selection of handsets, but the downside is that so many new smartphones are being released each week that it becomes dizzying. And when you really take a closer look, they’re almost all the same: 1GHz processors, 5-8MP cameras, similar screen sizes and resolutions and very similar battery life across all Android devices.

However, Apple does have to consider the rate at which its competitors devices is moving. Google recently announced that it was seeing 550,000 Android activations per day, and if that rate steadily increases, it might really eat into iOS’s share of the market.


  • Anonymous

    Steve Jobs 3rd Law of Suits… err.. Lawsuits..”Every Competing Feature will responded to with an Equal & Opposing Law-Suit” 

  • Anonymous

    Steve Jobs 3rd Law of Suits… err.. Lawsuits..”Every Competing Feature will responded to with an Equal & Opposing Law-Suit” 

    • Anonymous

      Ha! I tend to side with Apple in this case, but that was pretty funny.

      • Cellularcrazy09

        I agree with Apple too.  I think its ironic to accuse apple of not innovating when the whole problem is other companies stealing iPhone patented ideas.  That’s real innovation for you!

  • Anonymous

    Here are some real happenings that Eric Schmidt’s side dare not deny but trying to escape while losing his face publicly. 

    Eric Schmidt had involved himself in a case in Stanford which regards to the murdering of a U.S. citizen. And he had endangered my life multiple times during his fight with Stanford.
    Particularly, on 02/25/2007, Eric Schmidt had sent to me message to threaten my life with the mysterious death of a completely innocent Stanford student named May Zhou ( a girl of Taiwan origin, U.S. citizen, MIT alumnus and Stanford Ph.D. student), “You see May Zhou, if…, May Zhou is an Asian, police may not even find out who did it, what if it happened to you?”

    U.S. authorities investigation suggests it is powers on Eric Schmidt’s side who’s behind MayZhou’s murder case, and Eric Schmidt had a role in this plotted murder case about May Zhou. There are still conspiracies behind the scene which no one dare clarify at authorities, and Eric Schmidt’s side had endangered my life multiple times during his fight with Stanford since then, and Eric Schmidt’s side almost took an action to take my life while I was around Montain View, the only reason they didn’t make it reality is because they are closely watched by securities.

    By the way, though Police initially ruled May Zhou’s death as a suicide case, most people, including those who know May Zhou before her death, seriously doubt it. In Feburary 2011, I have informed investigators with key points, which after authorities’ investigation had produced undeniable supporting evidence that May Zhou’s case is a plotted murder but not a suicide.
    Eric Schmidt get himself involved into crimes regards to people’s lives, but he didn’t pay for his crime.
    ========= References =========
    See comments part in the following linkto find out what’s going on in Eric Schmidt’s case
    Here are some interesting discussions about Eric’s crime in the murder case: 
    Here is an interesting link to the case where all crimes from Eric Schmidt’s side started attention to the photo evidence in the context.

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