The legal battle between Apple and the Rest of the World™ continues, with one of their opponents - HTC - making a surprising move. It is suing Apple back with its own patents, but not just any patents but patents purchased from Google.
Yes, Google has decided to step in and protect one of its partners by selling some key patents to HTC for an undisclosed amount. It's interesting why Google did not choose to sue Apple directly. Perhaps they just wanted to make some money, after losing a lot purchasing Motorola Mobility. Or they just didn't want to get their hands dirty. But anyway, HTC's patent portfolio is now bolstered and it is ready to fight Apple on its own turf.
While some may say that Apple is using its own patents that they developed themselves against those merely purchased by HTC, at the end of the day, patents are patents and the law does not care whether they are developed or purchased. If Apple is found guilty, they will have to face the consequences, as did Samsung in Germany.
touché... Android is a polished iOS (and more)... as well as iOS is a polished Windows Mobile (and more)... and so on... Let the new guys in, story of life.
Flash support for Android??? .... since 2009 HTC Hero....
They still got the money though. For Android manufacturers, maybe paying for that license is better than unable to sell, so they give the money to Google. Another cash source.