Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, speaking at a Google mobile conference in Tokyo today, expressed confidence that HTC will ultimately prevail over Apple. Schmidt said his company will support key Android partner HTC in its patent fight with Apple.
"We have seen an explosion of Android devices entering the market and, because of our successes, competitors are responding with lawsuits as they cannot respond through innovations," said Schmidt. "I'm not too worried about this."
Schmidt wasn't altogether clear about how exactly Google plans to aid HTC, reports ZDNet Asia. When asked about potentially providing financial support should HTC lose, Schmidt said: "We will make sure they don't lose, then."
Schmidt declined to provide details on how Google will aid the Taiwanese smartphone maker. But Schmidt's support provides some reassurance following an initial legal victory for Apple against HTC and, by extension, all other Android OS smartphone partners.
Judge Carl Charneski's decision that HTC is in violation of Apple patents has some widespread consequences for Android phones in general. By extension, any Android phones with the same technology described in those two patents are vulnerable to an attack from Apple.