The U.S. International Trade Commission has denied a ban on HTC products that was requested by Apple. As we have previously reported, this is not the first, second, or third time Apple has made a lawsuit over patents that Apple has rights to over rival devices. In 2011 we reported that Apple won an import ban on HTC’s Android Phones though there were changes made that allowed that ban to be lifted.
In a recent court battle between Apple and HTC Apple came away with what could be considered a major blow to one of it’s top competitors. So, what’s such the big win here?” Well, within the operating system of the HTC Android it’s operating system is “too” similar to Apple’s iOS in this way:
When an iPhone receives a message that contains a phone number or an address — e-mail, Web or street — those bits of data are automatically highlighted, underlined and turned into clickable links.
Click on the phone number, and the iPhone asks if you want to dial it. Click on the Web address, and it opens in Safari. Click on the street address, and Maps will display it.
Not only has Apple gone after the HTC Android but they could potentialy go after other Androids with a similar operating system. So is this Apple’s warning to other Android devices with a similar software? Well, here’s the downside for HTC Android users: If all goes as planned the HTC Android will be officially banned from the US in April 2012. For those of you worried that your device is on the ban list here’s a run-down of what’s banned: Droid Incredible, Evo 4G, T-Mobile G2, Nexus One and a bunch of older Android devices. Check back in the near future for a full list of banned devices for the above date.
HTC’s Peter Chou had this to say about the lawsuit and the decisions being made right now about the patents:
This industry should not allow one company use its powerful weapon to stop other innovation and take it all…this is not fair.
Rumors are already going around that HTC has started a plan to “go around” Apple’s patent violation by modifying their current operating system.
What do you call a device that is too big to be phone, but too small to be a pad or tablet? It is called a Padlette, perfect for mobility without sacrificing usability. It is called HD7, my next phone!