A significant turn has taken place in the HTC – Apple lawsuit. A slight recap on the same would lead us to the time when Cupertino-based, Apple had filed a lawsuit against popular smartphone manufacturer, HTC. Apple had alleged that HTC, by the way of the Android software used on its smartphones and other devices, had infringed on the patents owned by them. Now, search giant Google, who’s also the name behind the popular Android OS has joined forces with HTC against Apple.
Google now comes on HTC's side
Apple had in the initial stages of the lawsuit sought a sales ban in the U.S. of HTC smartphones running Android. Google, according to a report in the Bloomberg Businessweek stated that if HTC smartphones are indeed banned from selling in the U.S. then the consumers there would lack choices, as far as smartphones go, which wouldn’t be a very good thing. The report further revealed that Google, in support of HTC and its own Android platform approached the U.S. International Trade Commission with the above plea. The report further quoted Google as saying that reducing the access points for a consumer would invariably peak up prices, thereby stalling innovation.
Google strongly believes that HTC is one of the most promising smartphones brand today, and it can potentially prevent Apple’s iOS from becoming the sole viable mobile platform, the report further quoted.The case is currently being reviewed by the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Publish date: October 8, 2011 6:19 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 8:40 pm