Okay, here we go again with the Google Android OS versus iPhone iOS. Android is making a lot of money for Samsung, therefore Apple went after Samsung. The battle is more than a battle of patents but of perceptions of superiority.
We find it interesting that in countries where the people are primarily of Asian ancestry Samsung is winning the court cases. While in predominately caucasian/mixed race location, America, the iPhone and Apple won.
We can imagine the San Jose jurors, watching a Korean executive speaking English poorly, in a video testimony. Then the highly paid Apple expert witnesses, dressed in designer clothes, rehearsed to perfection tell Apple's side. What side are they going to choose?
We say it could be going further that racism. Like the trials in the Old South against those of African descant, whom white jurors found guilty upon race alone, the juries seem to be finding favor with the predominate OS.
Some could contend that jurors are not racists but OS-Centric or OSists. In the United States, almost everywhere you go, you see people using iPhones of all ages, races and professions. Even the day laborers outside The Home Depot are using iPhones.
In the Korea, Samsung sold more Samsung Galaxy S III smartphones than any other country. In Japan, there have been Sony smartphones and all kinds of OS throughout the land. In cases in Europe, Nokia ruled supreme, until the iPhone was launched therefore Europeans don't see the Android OS as a copy of iPhone but from somewhere else.
Last week, Google CEO Larry Page and Apple CEO Tim Cook were reportedly supposed to be talking on their phones. We imagine Cook on his iPhone and Page on his Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Both know that their OS were based on previous OS. Both know huge fortunes are at stake.
Meanwhile, the biggest money makers for Samsung the Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note (that has a stylus) were added to the patent infringement case that Apple won. The Samsung Galaxy S III was previous excluded so that the trial could take place in timely manner.
The OSism continues and in some ways is more excluding than racism, sexism or ageism. When one friend bumps into another with an iPhone and want to wirelessly sent contact information to an Samsung Galaxy S III, they can't S Beam each other. The two OS are incompatible.
Our editor, Lynn Walford pointed out in her own sprite-way that during the trial, it was debated that Samsung copied the icons on the iPhone. Apple originally copied icons form Xerox. Icons are used in almost all graphic user interfaces, today, including Linux. She noted that all icons look like. In a graphic demonstration, she showed how the icons on the iPhone look exactly like the icons on the walls of the pyramids. She also observed in the past that the iPhone is so ubiquitous, it is called the Grandma phone.
We learn according to our own framework. I wonder how many people on the jury grew up never using a computer and only an iPhone? Maybe the only OS in their lives is iOS. They then could be iOS-centric and iOSists. Or maybe they have bought the Apple marketing machine that makes Apple seem superior.
Apple has done an incredible job convincing people that they are the best to a point to where poor people who really cannot afford an iPhone think they must own one and pay close to $100 a month for the privilege. When the real truth is revealed is that the war is not between races of people but of status. Those with the most money and status in the jurors' eyes wins. Maybe that's why we call people with knowledge of the law jurists.