Apple’s recent lawsuits against some of the top manufacturers of Android handsets, including HTC and Samsung, has prompted Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt to take a stab at the Cupertino-based company along with other competitors. Schmidt, speaking at Google’s Mobile Revolution Conference in Tokyo, makes a bold claim that Apple’s recent lawsuits have been based on jealousy of the Android platform and a lack of innovation:
“The big news in the past year has been the explosion of Google Android handsets and this means our competitors are responding,” Schmidt stressed. “Because they are not responding with innovation, they’re responding with lawsuits. We have not done anything wrong and these lawsuits are just inspired by our success.”
Eric Schmidt could be feeling nervous because, if Apple is successful in their patent lawsuit with HTC, it would be a serious blow to Android manufacturers altogether. The two patents in question relate to data transmission and data detection in email and text messages, and could affect the future profitability of Android; handset makers including HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and Sony Ericsson could be forced to pay hefty royalties to their competitors, including Apple. The ITC is set to make their ruling in December.