Google+ Makes #BoycottApple A Trend (And It’s Quite Visual)

    August 28, 2012
    Chris Crum
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As you may know, a jury awarded $1.049 billion to Apple in the Apple vs. Samsung case, and Google has responded with:

The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don’t relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. The mobile industry is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don’t want anything to limit that.

Meanwhile, many Android users are furious, and are taking to the web with clever (and not so clever) graphics showing their frustration. #boycottapple has become the top trending topic on Google+.

Here’s the kind of thing you’ll see if you check out the hashtag:

The Nerd Code

#BoycottApple   #Apple    

Apple seems to be quite unpopular recently…

Hat Tip: +Aikuchi Abriel

Mike Keller

Yeah, Apple totally invented "Slide to Unlock"…
#boycottapple   #boycottappleforlife  

I left the image of an apple with a swastika logo on it out.

More on the dispute here.

  • nanco

    “We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don’t want anything to limit that.” …including anyone’s legally patented ideas!

  • http://www.frogdice.com Michael Hartman

    By legally patented, do you mean absolutely asinine patents that should never have been granted? Like rounded corners?

    “Apple brought three utility and four design patents to bear against Samsung. Patent number 7,469,381 is for the bounce back that occurs when you scroll beyond the edge of a webpage or document in iOS. Patent number 7,844,915 is for single-finger scrolling and two-finger zooming, while number 7,864,163 claims tap-to-zoom technology. As for the design patents, D618,677 claims the iPhone’s edge-to-edge glass, speaker slot and display border, while D593,087 claims its rounded corners and home button, and D604,305 claims the grid-style icon layout in iOS. The last design patent, D504,889 is for the iPad’s edge-to-edge glass, rounded corners, and thin bezel.”


  • joe

    Google is out of their mind with their stupid statements. “We don’t want anything to limit that”. Amazing, simply amazing! They have a history of making dumbaxxes statements of incrimination hoping the public or the law forgives them. I’m glad Apple won this war.

  • joe

    What is Google plus?

  • http://nuvaliavida.com House and Lot

    Not a iphone fan anymore

  • http://www.interbolica.com Steroids

    I thought US court is perfect

  • Citrus Rain

    #BoycottApple is easily best reoccurring trend.

    (Do note that your circles influence what appears in trending, you don’t see 100% of the posts.)

  • http://www.byenvision.com kum

    So basically what Apple is saying is that no one should be able to make a smart phone except Apple. They are still ticked that Microsoft won a simular case decades ago. Now they will probably sue htc….Motorola…where will it end. I’m sick of it and prefer android because I can actually customize my phone. South Korea had the perfect solution in this case (Google it-plain common sense). From my own experience in patent wars. Samsung will appeal and every thing will be reversed an the only winners will be the lawyers.

    • http://www.digitalcottage.ca Mike

      This is about international patent law. If you think of a great idea, develop it from pencil drawings to an international success, and in the process alter how the world communicates, imitation is not flattery, it is an infringement of patent. If you do not fight to stake out your property, it will be eroded away by your competitors. There is a species of fish that establish their boundaries by chasing one another. As the fleeing fish nears its nest it gets braver and braver until it turns and chases its competitor away; however, the situation becomes reversed, and back and forth they go until the wind up staring across an invisible line. Same thing, dudes. What would you do? Would you turn over you patents? Would you just give it up after all the investment and risk? I think not. It is not about scale, it is about principle, and Apple has every right to protect its interests.
      I think this is about hating the successful, a cowardly human trait.

  • http://media.co.uk MediaCo

    I think you have missed out on that one https://plus.google.com/b/105915650131529924081/105915650131529924081/posts we have managed to get lots of +1s and shares. Not to mention its not Google who creates the trends but people! If people +1 and share something becomes a trend.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/chris-crum Chris Crum

      I know that people create the trends. If you’re referring to the title “Google+ Makes #BoycottApple A Trend,” Google+ would be the Google+ community. We do a lot of article along the lines of “Twitter reacts”. Same concept.