Apple boycott trends on Google+

If you weren't already aware, Google added another feature to Google+ recently, in the form of Trending Topics. The feature, which is more famous thanks to Twitter's usage of it, helps to find topics of interest to people geographically near you. Google+ focuses more on a wide scale with their trending, showing topics which are big among users across the world. This is setting up for a joke about Google+ having very few global users, but we'll try and skip over that.

A United States judge gave Apple an injunction against the Galaxy Nexus; the flagship Android 4.0 smartphone, and the Nexus fans do not like this. They do not like this one bit. The trend, which can be viewed here, is flowing quickly as fans flock to abuse the Cupertino-based company for their actions. Their actions have been divisive, with some Apple fans even disapproving of the company's litigation techniques. Little can be done, but there are plenty of arguments coming across the service, as well as some image macros that could recur in the future. We won't comment on the factual accuracy of the statements, though some of them are fairly humorous.

Apple uses small teams of 3 to produce iPhone features.
A designer to make it pretty.
A developer to make it functional.
And a lawyer to sue Android.

If you've been keeping up to date with the Apple-Samsung legal conflict, it is no new thing. These skirmishes have been ongoing since last year, if not earlier. Neither company is willing to back down, and their fans are only too willing to agree with their favorite side. As was to be expected, the pictures appearing are heavily biased against Apple, though the trending topic is specifically #BoycottApple, so this is to be expected. It would appear that #BoycottSamsung also exists, though the topic is nowhere near as active.

Conflict with Samsung has went in Apple's way in the past, and judging by the injunction against the Galaxy Nexus it seems likely to continue to go their way now. Previously, Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 was banned from sale in Germany. This meant that a revised model, the Tab 10.1N, was released to avoid clashing with the design Apple used for their iPad tablet. The Galaxy S, S II, and Ace all came under fire as well for bearing more than a passing resemblance to Apple's smartphones in the past.

It would also be worth pointing out that the Nexus design is not what has caused the injunction against Samsung, for it really does not look a thing like the iPhone. The chief cause is four patents Apple own which are breached by Android 4.0. The specific patents are not particularly important to the average consumer, though Apple places enough value on them to stop any import of the Nexus for some time.

Keep an eye on the trend, for it is only becoming more interesting as more views chime in to share their opinions on the actions of Apple. As you'd expect the views are not always unbiased, but they can be an interesting read just for the sake of understanding the mindsets of others.

Image via: Google+

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I really wish I had a money train that made arguing over semantics a viable part of my career.

Apple and originality don't exactly go together either, especially after iOS5.

So Google leg humpers who wont buy Apple because of THEIR blinders are now boycotting Apple because a federal judge ruled in Apple's favor? Fanboism at its BEST!

zeroomegazx said,
So Google leg humpers who wont buy Apple because of THEIR blinders are now boycotting Apple because a federal judge ruled in Apple's favor? Fanboism at its BEST!

I guess you don't even know what vague, back of a *** packet patents Apple are using in this case. Why would I buy anything from Apple when they abuse the system to get what they want because they can't compete, Apple want the ONLY smartphone to be the iPhone.

Apple stifle innovation by suing any and I do mean any company that make a better product than them. I think it's you Apple "leg humpers" that need to take the blinders off and see what Apple is doing for once.

neo158 said,

I guess you don't even know what vague, back of a *** packet patents Apple are using in this case. Why would I buy anything from Apple when they abuse the system to get what they want because they can't compete, Apple want the ONLY smartphone to be the iPhone.

Apple stifle innovation by suing any and I do mean any company that make a better product than them. I think it's you Apple "leg humpers" that need to take the blinders off and see what Apple is doing for once.

Patents aside, iPhone was first in before WP7/8 and Android. Android has chosen to copy almost every usability aspect about iOS whereas WP7/8 have actually done their own thing. I mean at first glance its hard NOT to tell a default android homescreen vs an iOS homescreen (see galaxy tab case). In the end thats why Steve Jobs hated Google/Android so much. The stuff with the patents and the galaxy tab wars is just icing on the cake as to actual law officials siding with Apple due to people copying them. You wouldn't be bitching if Google was suing Apple for violating their patents now would you?

Apple is by no means at all an angel in this. These patent wars have become overblown and need to stop. They are making any credibility about them being innovative fly out the window with these frivolous suits.

However Google and Android are guilty of the same thing, their acquisition of Motorola patents was on purpose to fight off things they have copied from other companies.

So shut YOUR damn mouth and use a little common sense. Don't bend so much to one side, all of these companies are up to their armpits in this mess.

zeroomegazx said,

Patents aside, iPhone was first in before WP7/8 and Android. Android has chosen to copy almost every usability aspect about iOS whereas WP7/8 have actually done their own thing. I mean at first glance its hard NOT to tell a default android homescreen vs an iOS homescreen (see galaxy tab case). In the end thats why Steve Jobs hated Google/Android so much. The stuff with the patents and the galaxy tab wars is just icing on the cake as to actual law officials siding with Apple due to people copying them. You wouldn't be bitching if Google was suing Apple for violating their patents now would you?

Apple is by no means at all an angel in this. These patent wars have become overblown and need to stop. They are making any credibility about them being innovative fly out the window with these frivolous suits.

However Google and Android are guilty of the same thing, their acquisition of Motorola patents was on purpose to fight off things they have copied from other companies.

So shut YOUR damn mouth and use a little common sense. Don't bend so much to one side, all of these companies are up to their armpits in this mess.

It isn't hard to tell Android from iOS at first glance, iOS is just a grid of icons and Android is so much more than that. If you weren't such an Apple fanboy then you would realise this. It seems like YOU are the one bending to one side and painting Apple as the victim and they are so far from being a victim it's unreal.

Am I the only one who thinks Nokia should make a kick-ass Android phone with some Lumia tech? It might shock Apple quite seriously

Am I the only one who thinks Nokia should take their patents and wave them at Apple at some point just to calm them down? And if they won't..well say bye bye to Apple.

E: Or welcome back Nokia just on the royalities from Apple. ^

Edited by alwaysonacoffebreak, Jul 2 2012, 7:12am :

Not surprising. I feel like you should defend your patents - but Apple is just taking advantage of the "broken" patent system and killing competition/innovation. Apple fans do not realize that ALL consumers are losing here. It's very simple - we need to encourage competition to get better products from any of these manufacturers.

tsupersonic said,
Not surprising. I feel like you should defend your patents - but Apple is just taking advantage of the "broken" patent system and killing competition/innovation. Apple fans do not realize that ALL consumers are losing here. It's very simple - we need to encourage competition to get better products from any of these manufacturers.

You have to prove that Apple is resting on their laurels and not innovating their own products and you can't do that. Every major version of iOS is a huge advance forward.

mutualcore said,

You have to prove that Apple is resting on their laurels and not innovating their own products and you can't do that. Every major version of iOS is a huge advance forward.

In the beginning, I'll give Apple the innovation. Lately, they're just playing catch up, and blatantly copying other mobile OS's. Notifications, BBM, etc.

mutualcore said,

You have to prove that Apple is resting on their laurels and not innovating their own products and you can't do that. Every major version of iOS is a huge advance forward.

So Facebook integration is a HUGE step forward is it?

tsupersonic said,
In the beginning, I'll give Apple the innovation. Lately, they're just playing catch up, and blatantly copying other mobile OS's. Notifications, BBM, etc.

I would have said that, until I read this article and realized samsung demoed a phone that closely resembles the iPhone several months before the iPhone was revealed...

neo158 said,

So Facebook integration is a HUGE step forward is it?

And BB- er- iMessage, and that neat drop-down menu. That wasn't stolen from Android or cydia or anything....

srbeen said,

I would have said that, until I read this article and realized samsung demoed a phone that closely resembles the iPhone several months before the iPhone was revealed...

You do realize Apple stole the wedge shape from Samsung? Yep.

This isn't even about design or who copied who, this is about how horrible the patent system. And don't forget that rounded edges/corners have existed a long time before Apple came to the marketplace for phones.

i hate patents, can you imagine if other industries sued each other over simple things cause they're afraid of competition, tabloid newspapers would be suing each other because their papers are the same size and have new articles and ads...

Apple has really lost respect and hurt its brand image with all these injunctions and lawsuits.

It's obvious enough for anyone to see that Apple takes others' technology and patents them.

The USPTO should be sued for approving all these obvious, overly broad, and prior art patents.

simplezz said,
Apple has really lost respect and hurt its brand image with all these injunctions and lawsuits.

It's obvious enough for anyone to see that Apple takes others' technology and patents them.

The USPTO should be sued for approving all these obvious, overly broad, and prior art patents.

Exactly. They pay enough people enough money for some papers, and now its 'theirs' and they get to shut down anyone and everyone, regardless if they were using the technology first.

What these internet people don't understand is how copyright laws work, even if Apple copied Samsung or vice versa they would have to have a patent on the design, software or a patent on anything related to the product in question that you can use to defend yourself in the courts. If you don't have any evidence to prove that your design was done before the competitor or fail to react to the copyright infringement in a certain period of time the case will be thrown out.

What these offline people don't understand is that lately it seems there is no way you can produce any technology without having patent disputes and what have you, all over the place. Even if this was not new, since we are hearing so much about it, people will be against it since it sounds so silly.
One could imagine that patents and copyrights were intended for when the little guy invents something and it won't be stolen by big business. But today it is just about being the one who yells the loudest. Like most fields in todays society. Sad.

Edited by Yakuzing, Jul 1 2012, 10:31pm :

sexypepperoni said,
I'm sure the void will hear their screams, after all they are on Google+ hahahaha.

Go Apple!

**** Apple!!!

It doesn't matter whether you're a "fan" of Apple or Samsung. If people get away from the sports mentality, I think we can all agree that this sort of activity has gotten out of hand. Whether one company wins or loses in the court, we as consumers lose.

smooth_criminal1990 said,
Android's the most widely used of the big 3 isn't it?

He's making a joke about Google+ having no one on it.

Hardcore Til I Die said,

So he's not. "Android fans took to ..." - that's clearly referring to Android fans.

It's poorly worded, so what? In case you missed it, everyone catching wind of this boycott is making the same joke.

dead.cell said,

It's poorly worded, so what? In case you missed it, everyone catching wind of this boycott is making the same joke.

If it's poorly worded then it's no surprise that people get the wrong impression is it?

Think about it. Sense, I makes it!!

Hardcore Til I Die said,

If it's poorly worded then it's no surprise that people get the wrong impression is it?

Think about it. Sense, I makes it!!

It's all good, kind sir. Was just trying to steer you guys in the right direction.

The comparison of the Samsung F700 and Apple iPhone shows just how far, far, FAR ahead Apple was ahead of the rest of the industry in Q1 2007. There really was not a product that was even close to the iPhone when it was released.

Honestly, you can make the claim that a palm pilot was superior to the first generation iPhone with iPhone OS 1 -no apps, mms, etc. The only difference was that palm phones hadn't yet started to use a multi-touch touchscreen that was, at the time, bleeding edge.

sabrex said,
The comparison of the Samsung F700 and Apple iPhone shows just how far, far, FAR ahead Apple was ahead of the rest of the industry in Q1 2007. There really was not a product that was even close to the iPhone when it was released.

I'm not an apple user, but this is absolutely true...

greenwizard88 said,
Honestly, you can make the claim that a palm pilot was superior to the first generation iPhone with iPhone OS 1 -no apps, mms, etc. The only difference was that palm phones hadn't yet started to use a multi-touch touchscreen that was, at the time, bleeding edge.

lol palm was WAY ahead of the curve in the mobile industry which ended up being the death of them

sabrex said,
The comparison of the Samsung F700 and Apple iPhone shows just how far, far, FAR ahead Apple was ahead of the rest of the industry in Q1 2007. There really was not a product that was even close to the iPhone when it was released.

I'm an Apple user, but I didn't think it was THIS true. Funny how quick everything changed, isn't it?

With all the respect, the picture above that compares Samsung vs. Apple release is incorrect. There was an article that showed the exact dates and times that both products were shown to public, and the Apple device was first. I am not a Apple fan, I am just telling how it is.

Eagle101 said,
With all the respect, the picture above that compares Samsung vs. Apple release is incorrect. There was an article that showed the exact dates and times that both products were shown to public, and the Apple device was first. I am not a Apple fan, I am just telling how it is.
Not to mention, if it was Samsung first, they would be using Apple, and injunctions would never be granted to Apple..

People can yell at Apple all they want.. Apple doesn't write the law, and they don't make the judgements. If the Judge rules it's because SAMSUNG couldn't prove their case enough..

Eagle101 said,
With all the respect, the picture above that compares Samsung vs. Apple release is incorrect. There was an article that showed the exact dates and times that both products were shown to public, and the Apple device was first. I am not a Apple fan, I am just telling how it is.

According to Wikipedia (backed up by source): A Korean design patent for this black, rectangular, round-cornered phone was filed by Samsung in December 2006 prior to the release of image of the iPhone.

PmRd said,

According to Wikipedia (backed up by source): A Korean design patent for this black, rectangular, round-cornered phone was filed by Samsung in December 2006 prior to the release of image of the iPhone.

You talking about the EVO? Because it would match that description just as well, along with many many other phones... This whole thing is stupid altogether.

Ryoken said,
Not to mention, if it was Samsung first, they would be using Apple, and injunctions would never be granted to Apple..

People can yell at Apple all they want.. Apple doesn't write the law, and they don't make the judgements. If the Judge rules it's because SAMSUNG couldn't prove their case enough..

Apple doesn't write the law, but it employs the lawyers who file the frivolous lawsuits to take advantage of an immoral system. Blame the law AND Apple. Also, blame the judge for not recognizing the ridiculous nature of the cases.

PmRd said,

According to Wikipedia (backed up by source): A Korean design patent for this black, rectangular, round-cornered phone was filed by Samsung in December 2006 prior to the release of image of the iPhone.

What's what have to do with anything? It's not just the black rectangular rounded shape of the phone, it's also the shapes of other hardware AND the icon layout being compared in the photo.

Rosyna said,

What's what have to do with anything? It's not just the black rectangular rounded shape of the phone, it's also the shapes of other hardware AND the icon layout being compared in the photo.

Are you dumb? It does not say the patent was for being a black rectangular rounded phone.

Image:
"Suing someone you stole the design from to being with"

Neowin:
After Apple managed to gain an injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, Android fans took to Google's social network to make their voices hard.