Apple demands Android code from Google in Samsung lawsuit

Apple requested U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul. S. Grewal to force Google to hand over information on the code powering Android, as reported by Bloomberg. According to Apple, Google has been less than forthcoming in turning over court-ordered information on Android.

Mark Lyon, an Apple attorney, explained to Grewal that the move is intended to bring about transparency. He also stated that Google is not doing a full search on the questioned items. The subject of the argument is the technology that was used in developing smartphones like the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3.

Google's attorney, Warren, who also happens to represent Samsung, responded that Apple made a “strategic decision” in filing its case “to keep Google off the complaint”. He insisted that as a third-party in the case, Google doesn’t have the same legal rights that Apple and Samsung have with respect to “reciprocal discovery”.

Warren also noted that in handing over the documents to Apple, Google may be providing the company with a glimpse at future Android features that it’s not entitled to, and “ideas about how to proceed that they wouldn’t have had”.