Ever wondered why Apple seems to have gone against all of Google’s Android partners, but not Google themselves? After all heading straight to the source makes the most sense, right? Perhaps Google might be too big for Apple to take on, or perhaps there are aspects of the stock Android that Apple can’t sue Google over, but whatever the case, it seems that Google’s Eric Schmidt is wondering about that himself. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Schmidt was quoted as saying, “It’s extremely curious that Apple has chosen to sue Google’s partners and not Google itself.”

Schmidt also goes on to state the he expects the legal battle between Apple and their partners to continue for a while, and that the ongoing legal battle is more damaging to small start-ups rather than huge established businesses, such as Samsung or HTC. In an example he gave, “There’s a young [Android and Danger co-founder] Andy Rubin trying to form a new version of Danger […] How is he or she going to be able to get the patent coverage necessary to offer version one of their product? That’s the real consequence of this.”

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