The global smartphone market has become more 'exciting' as an American jury found Samsung actually infringed on a number of patents exclusively owned by Apple, tech experts said.
What the U.S. jury has essentially accomplished on Friday last week was to pull off the rug from where Samsung was standing, possibly pushing the South Korean tech giant out of the lucrative North American market and make life more difficult for the company in other key regions around the world.
The more than $US1 billion awarded by the same jury to Apple could prove as negligible for Samsung but the same is not true on its reputation.
As far as the tech world is concerned, Samsung is now regarded as a "reckless copycat," according to patent and copyright expert Florian Mueller.
In a blog he posted shortly after the jury decision was made public over the weekend, Mr Mueller said Apple should be emboldened with the favourable ending of its legal case with Samsung and likely pursue what Steve Jobs had vowed prior to his death - the annihilation of Android, which is owned by Google.
"The jury essentially concluded that Samsung is a reckless copycat and ... basically agreed with Steve Jobs' claim that Android is a stolen product," News Ltd reported Mr Mueller as saying on his blog on Monday.
As a direct result, Google would be compelled to re-code Android if only to protect itself from further lawsuits coming from Apple, a scenario that analysts said was not remote at all considering that Apple would want to wrestle back the smartphone market lead it lost to both Samsung and Google earlier this year.
The same jury verdict could also serve what Mr Mueller labelled as "as the tipping point that sent Android on a downward spiral."
Such event would inevitably create a void that would allow other platforms to flourish, most notably of which is Microsoft's fully-revamped Windows 8 that is set to hit the global market by October this year.
Analysts immediate reaction on the decision was the general belief that Android has become a magnet for trouble, which should further convince handset manufacturers to seriously consider a switch to Windows 8.
The new OS has been re-engineered by Microsoft in order to function smoothly on different device platforms and Apple's win may just accelerate its global penetration target as more gadget brands would find it wise and practical to be associated with Microsoft this time around.
In a reaction to the jury decision, Samsung has lamented that consumers will end up the real losers in the case as they will be left with the gadget monopoly being pursued by Apple.
Yet in reality, the new development would at best smash the current smartphone duopoly of Apple and Samsung and allow other players considerable cuts in the market pie.
It could also set the stage for a redux of the bitter Apple-Microsoft rivalry, waged for the most part in the 1980s and early 1990s, if indeed Windows 8 would be able to capitalise on the legal setback suffered by Samsung and by extension, Google.
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