Whilst Android has become the most popular OS on mobiles, will it actually last the distance due to Google infringing upon other companies patents, who are so far winning in courts around the world? HTC are reportedly thinking about dropping Android, as they have also been dragged into court, and so far, Apple and Oracle have strong cases against Google, and Apple has been winning the majority in courts globally thus far. So far, Apple is winning. Whilst Samsung has fired back at Apple, taking it to court now for: The problem with this... is that Samsung are going to have to take every manufacturer to court that uses such technology within their products, which isn't just Apple, for this case to even stand trial. Apple is doing the smart thing, and taking everyone using or infringing their patents to court, not just isolating... which is what proves they are protecting their copyrighted works, not just isolating or picking on someone as a defensive measure. Again... Samsung are already looking at walking from Android because of it. Then we now have Oracle who have Google in court for also infringing their patent with java within the Android OS, to the sum of $2 billion lawsuit: The case is Oracle America Inc. v. Google Inc., 10-03561, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco) My two cents.... Google have to either come up with something completely unique, or they're going to endup paying the cost to Apple and Oracle for infringing their patents. Sure, one can argue that we the consumer suffer, as does technological advance and innovation, however; innovation is not copying and infringing others ideas... that's copying and infringing others ideas. Innovation is coming up with something new, cutting edge, something you own and have developed from the ground up, patented yourself... Apple did it, Oracle did it... if you innovated something, would you just accept others stealing all your hard work for their gain? I know I wouldn't. So lets be honest here before anyone jumps on that band-wagon! Google could have approached Oracle, Apple and so forth, knowing they own the patents on proprietary innovation, just as Google themselves do on search algorithms and such, and struck a deal with them, which is what its about... being paid for your hard work, investment, R&D time, costs incurred developing innovative tools for consumer use. But no... they didn't do that, but also haven't sold their OS, which is the only thing keeping Google out of court right now from Apple, to my understanding, hence why Apple are going at the distributors, because its not illegal to make something, but it becomes illegal if you distribute it... and I'm sure if Apple find any evidence that Google is making money directly from the crossing hands with Samsung and such, then it would only be time before Apple have them in court as well. Me personally.... I would be pretty scared being Google, with someone like Apple coming at you. Google are a drop in the sand compared to a company like Apple for worth. What do you think about all this? Will Android continue to flow? Have Google stepped outside their bounds of free trade and enterprise with Android, infringing other companies patents? If you let one person copy a patent and get away with it, without paying the piper, then does this not open the door to every patent being infringed and the patent system collapsing?