The Apple lawsuit against HTC appears to be aimed at Android via HTC. However, there are a number of Windows Mobile handsets included in this too. Apple claims to hold the patent on touch screens, power management, a particular unlocking system and a lot of other things that are taken for granted in many smartphones.
This appears to be a US-based legal battle and, as we’ve seen with the lack of multi-touch in US-based devices already, it could mean a lack of choice for the customer. HTC have yet to respond, but androidcentral have had news from a HTC rep who stated..
“We only learned of Apple’s actions based on your stories and Apple’s press release. We have not been served yet so we are in no position to comment on the claims. We respect and value patent rights but we are committed to defending our own innovations. We have been innovating and patenting our own technology for 13 years.”
HTC have also been on Twitter thanking people for the messages of support. This really could be a huge war – the mighty Apple and, let’s admit it, Google going head-to-head. We’ll be tracking this as it develops.
Update – Google have stepped up to support HTC, telling techcrunch that..
“We are not a party to this lawsuit. However, we stand behind our Android operating system and the partners who have helped us to develop it.”
Update – HTC have posted a quick response to the lawsuit stating..
“HTC Corporation values U.S. and international patent rights and will work with in the U.S. Judicial System to protect its own innovations and rights. HTC does not believe this lawsuit poses a short-term material impact to its business nor will it affect its Q1 2010 guidance.”