Smartphone lawsuits are all over the place at the moment, with companies sueing each other left and right in an effort to get a one up in the handset game; and often merely to counter sue their original court room opponent. Some of those getting targeted are partners of Apple, companies that utilise their Android operating system. Now the search giant has finally weighed in and said it will help defend those that use its smartphone operating system.
CEO Eric Schmidt released a statement promising more support from Google, “We tell our partners, including the ones here in Taiwan, we will support them. For example we have been supporting HTC in its dispute with Apple because we think that the Apple thing is not correct.”
The biggest opponent that Google and its partners have right now is Apple. It’s seeking a ban on Android devices in many regions from the top three manufacturers, HTC, Motorola and Samsung. The fruity firm was successful in getting some devices banned, most notably Samsung’s Galaxy Tab in Australia. However, that hasn’t stopped some retailers from continuing to sell them after finding their own loophole.
Eric Scmidt has recently been visiting manufacturers and distrbutors in the East, garnering support it seems. Concord Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo was quoted as saying, “Android hardware companies and supply chain are mostly from Taiwan. The main purpose of Schmidt’s trip for this time should be to gain more support and closer collaboration with the Taiwanese here. Taiwanese vendors have been users of Windows operating system in the past, especially the handset vendors, so Google has to come here to get more support for its applications in the tablets and, possibly, personal computers in the future.”
Dailytech commenters are a little confused why it took so long for Google to weigh in. They certainly have more legal muscle than their subsidiaries. Now that they have entered the playing field though, this should certainly change things for anyone looking to take on Android partners.