Tilottama Gaat: thanks for explaining so clearly! clearly apple is panicking and since they cannot use their products to defeat android, they are going the legal route. but I am sure google will also come up with some counter strategy, should wait and watch :)
siddharth shekar: i think it will lead to new beginning.... i always felt android was an ios rip off... maybe nowwe will see something innovative by google
Arun Gopalan: Hmm. Certainly not. Android did copy some things from iPhone (mainly gestures). But right now, iOS has copied a lot of things from Android (multi tasking, notifications). Android still has a lot more features and when Apple eventually does them, it will be copying even more.
The issue here is that no matter what 'new beginning' you do, it wont help. You will have to violate a patent and the only way to defend is to have enough patents of your own. Google does not have it and will not have in the near future. Somehow they have to work with the law to change things. The patent situation is being heavily misused by software companies, this needs to change.