If Apple needed a reason to pursue HTC on legal grounds, it could be as simple as market share. Per Computerworld, a study by Quantcast, a web analytics firm, has shown the Android as showing spectacular growth in the past few quarters.
While iPhone is clearly the market leader in Web consumption with over four times the share as Android, its nearest competitor, recent trends show that they aren't standing on firm ground.
In the last month the iPhone has lost 3.2% of its marketshare compared with RIM and Android both gaining considerably. The trend seems to be ongoing as Google's phone market has grown 44% over the past quarter and almost doubled over the past year while the iPhone has lost around 5% and 10% of the overall market over those same periods.
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.
Google really disappointed us earlier today when they acquired the startup email search client reMail. The app was a fresh new take on how mail could work on the iPhone, and many believed it was far superior to the native mail app on the iPhone. It was innovative and incredibly promising, and Google purchased it and killed it dead.
Based on the way Apple CEO Steve Jobs was supposedly talking about them at an internal town hall meeting a wile ago, you might think Google's relationship with the company might be nearing it's end. If it is, then Google didn't get the memo, or so they would have us believe based on the recent comments from Google's head of the Mobile Engineering team, Vic Gundrota.
There's been talk that since Google and Apple are no longer the pals they once were, Apple might be looking to Bing to replace them as the search engine integrated into Safari and Mobile Safari on the iPhone. A new report alludes that that probably isn't the case, as Google is paying $100 million a year to Apple in shared revenue for the privilege of being the official search engine of Safari.
If you've been following iPhone or Android news sites for more than a week or two, you can probably tell that Apple and Google are no longer joined at the hip like they used to be. Now that the iPhone and Android OS-based handsets are pitted against each other, the two companies now consider themselves to be the competition. Genius: SAT Vocab 2.2 by developer Flash of Genius made mention of Android, but now Apple has asked them to remove the word "Android" from their description.
Back when Apple and Google were still practically joined at the hip, the notion that Google disabled multitouch functionality from the Android OS seemed plausible, albeit totally bogus for Android users. Now Google seems to agree, as their latest over-the-air update has enabled multitouch on all Android devices. Why the sudden change? Good question.
In December of last year, Riverturn launched Black Swan, a web version of VoiceCentral, their since-banned native Google Voice application. It was the first app of any kind to bring Google Voice back to the iPhone through legitimate means after Apple removed all traces of Google Voice functionality from the App Store. Now Google is following suit, offering their own official Google Voice web app for the iPhone.
It's no secret that Google has gone from Apple's ally to main business rival with the iPhone and Android handsets pitted directly against one another. Now it seems the conflict may get Google removed from the iPhone as the default search engine for Mobile Safari. Rumor has it that Apple is turning to none other than their old rival, Microsoft, to supply their Bing search engine as the replacement. If the negotiations go through, Bing may replace Google on the iPhone.
Apple may have requested that Google intentionally remove multitouch functionality from the Google Nexus One to secure approval of a patent that might not otherwise be approved. Leo Laporte, while co-hosting the show Windows Weekly, said he heard from sources within Google that Apple had "politely" asked the company to omit the feature from the device to avoid a fight the iPhone maker thought they might lose.