Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has revealed the search giant would financially support Android partner HTC in its patent spat with Apple, if the enmity between Cupertino and the Taiwanese continues to escalate.
HTC is currently in hot water following a court ruling in Apple’s favour after it accused the Taiwanese firm of infringing upon its patents. Although the decision is not final, the Desire maker could be facing hundreds of millions in damage, or worse, forced to stop drop its Android efforts altogether.
However, Eric Schmidt has confirmed that if it ever got to that point, it would fight HTC’s corner to ensure it doesn’t lose.
Speaking a Google conference in Tokyo, he said: "I'm not too worried about this."
When asked if the search giant would provide financial support to HTC, he replied: "We will make sure they don't lose, then."
He went on to add that Apple’s action is simply a symptom of its fear that it is losing its grip on the smartphone space, as Android surpasses 550,000 daily activations to continue on its course to become the dominant platform in the market.
"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," he said.
Cupertino is also embroiled in a legal fight with Samsung, another key Android manufacturer and creator of the Google Nexus S, which suggests it’s not about to let Google take the smartphone crown without a fight.