Apple is using (and touting) too much of Google’s technology at the moment to sue Google by name. By suing Google’s most prominent handset partner, they are isolating Android rather than Google as a whole. Can you imagine Apple touting Google technologies in their presentations (They do it often) while there is a huge public lawsuit going on between the two companies at the same time?
Is Google too important for Apple to sue? Maybe, but I have a feeling that Apple would like to have its own Maps applications sooner rather than later.
At the iPad event last month, Steve Jobs touted Google’s mapping back end as the heart of the iPad’s Maps application. Also skip ahead to 23:00 for more Google Maps and Youtube luvin’.