Galaxy Nexus code is a "trade secret" Says Google

galaxy nexus code is a "trade secret" says google

Apple and Google are involved in a number of lawsuits pertaining to various patents. Apple has a lawsuit pending against Samsung in California which also includes a motion for a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Apple contends for some reason or another that the source code for Android and the source code for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus are different. Indeed there are going to be things differences between the code posted on

Google give reason that Google doesn’t want to give Apple any more information than it needs. Google gives in order to avoid fulfilling this request. Google lawyers made it clear that this is the same way that the iPhone source code was treated in a previous iPhone antitrust case (quoting the official ruling: “because the iPhone source code is a trade secret, plaintiffs have the burden to establish that it is both relevant and necessary.”). Google says that complying with “Apple’s request would reveal critical Google trade secrets”, adding that “the internal functionality of Android running on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is Google’s trade secret.” This is especially odd because of course the source code is available for the Galaxy Nexus, so it’s hard to imagine what “internal functionality” it is that Google is trying to protect. 

We contend that if the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich that is posted to the Android website isn’t the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, than what is it?

Source: FOSS Patents

Simranpal Singh
Simranpal Singh
With a decade-long journey in the tech industry, I've been actively engaged in tech reporting across various reputable publications. He currently works as a Web Developer at RightNode Media and pursues his hobby of writing on GoAndroid. Enjoy travelling, and always excited about new tech trends. He actively contributes on GizmoChina and GChromecast Hub.


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