Before he died, Steve Jobs pledged to waste his company’s fortunes trying to patent troll the Mobile Operating System Android to death and so far his followers have been doing just that, with limited success.
Samsung has released new ranges of products based around Android which should have satisfied any court that its phones and smartphones do not copy Apple. The only problem is that the ghost of Steve Jobs which runs Apple, apparently, does not think so.
Apple has asked a federal court in California to block Samsung from selling its new Galaxy Nexus smartphones, which use Google’s newest version of Android, called Ice Cream Sandwich. Apple claims that the phones violate four patents including new features such as a voice-command search function.
Galaxy Nexus was delayed by Samsung in October to pay respect to Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs and is the first phone running on the newest Android version.
Apple said in a filing that the Galaxy Nexus infringes on patents underlying features customers expect from Apple products. This includes unlocking phones by sliding an image and the ability to search for information by voice.
Patent expert Florian Meuller said that the Galaxy Nexus was singled out by Apple because it’s so new, and important.
Jobs’ Mob will now try to keep the product off the shelves until Android manufacturers switch to something which does not offend Steve Jobs’ Ghost or exit the mobile phone market completely. Apparently Apple is not interested in doing licensing deals, which would make it money, but wants to kill the operating system.