Google To Back HTC in Apple Patent Lawsuit

Following up on Apple’s lawsuit against device maker HTC regarding a matter of 20 patents, Google offered the following statement:

“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,” said a Google spokesperson in an article over on TechCrunch.

Although it seems a little weird that Google would offer this comment, there is the fact that HTC’s devices, including the Nexus One, the Magic/myTouch 3G, the Dream/G1, the Hero and the Droid Eris currently run on Google’s Android operating system. Per the popular Nexus One, Google worked closely with HTC to make the device, and is completely in control of selling it.

Even so, Google is not currently named in the suit. Exactly one month ago, Google announced that it decided to turn on multi-touch support for the Nexus One, something Apple probably has cause to be upset about. Up until this point, it had been previously reported that the reason Android phones in the U.S. didn’t support multi-touch up until that point was a gentleman’s agreement between Apple and Google when the two were still on amicable terms.

Interestingly, these HTC phones have actually supported multi-touch (only one of the many patents Apple is disputing here), but it’s only now after Google just enabled it (specifically pinch-to-zoom) in the software that a lawsuit has come about centered around the hardware of the company involved.

This may just be business, but sides are forming here.

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