Google chairman Eric Schmidt has slammed Perthnow reports., saying that Apple's actions are borne out of jealousy, and that Google will provide support to HTC in its legal battle,
Speaking in Tokyo at the Google Mobile Revolution conference, Schmidt said that Apple's lawsuits against Android phone manufacturers such as Samsung and HTC are "just inspired by our success".
"The big news in the past year has been the explosion of Google Android handsets and this means our competitors are responding," Schmidt said. "They are not responding with innovation, they're responding with lawsuits."
The remarks echo Steve Jobs' own comments when Apple first sued HTC: "We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."
On Friday a. If the decision is upheld, it could be disastrous for HTC and for other manufacturers who build Android phones, because the two patents in question are reportedly core to the Android operating system.
Samsung is also stuck in a legal battle with Apple. JobsCo isof the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet (which runs Android Honeycomb) in the US.
When Schmidt was asked whether Google would provide financial support to HTC,he said, "We will make sure they don't lose, then."
That's hardly conclusive, but HTC will be happy to hear that Google is willing to offer some form of support. Of course, Google has a significant stake in HTC winning the legal fight -- HTC was a key manufacturer in making Android huge, and upcoming Android mobiles such as thewill be a big part of spreading Android's fame.
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