The search giant finally steps in. Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman, said that Apple was just suing the Taiwanese phone manufacturer due to its jealousy over HTC’s success. The search giant will be giving HTC is full support when it comes to the legal battle it faces against the Cupertino firm.
In Tokyo, Schmidt said that the only reason Apple was waging legal battles against Android’s biggest supporters, HTC and Samsung, was due to the success of the platform and its partners.
The chairman said, “The big news in the past year has been the explosion of Google Android handsets and this means our competitors are responding. They are not responding with innovation, they’re responding with lawsuits.”
Last Friday, a US judge found HTC guilty of infringing two Apple patents. If HTC is unable to overturn the ruling, disaster will strike not only the Taiwan-based manufacturer but the rest of Android’s partners as well, since these patents affect two core functions of the Android’s OS.
In Samsung’s Apple is pushing for a total ban of the Honeycomb-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US.
When the chairman was asked if Google was planning on giving HTC financial aid, the chairman said, “We will make sure they don’t lose, then.” Although inconclusive, this suggests that Google will do everything it takes for HTC to win over Apple. After all, HTC did play a huge role in Android’s big push forward.
Does Google have what it takes to get HTC out of harm’s way from Apple? We’re dying to find out what the search giant Google has up its sleeve.