Apple 1, HTC 0
I sincerely hope that if you’re in the market for an Android based phone from HTC, that you get on the ball and pick it up soon…because the USITC have decided that next year, HTC’s ability to sell certain phones in our market will be hindered.
The patent that the US International Trade Commission recently ruled in favor of Apple dealt with the ability to click on a link, phone number, or address when someone sends it to you through a text message. You know, one of the most useful features of having a smart phone.
So just to be clear, the HTC hardware isn’t the issue, but the OS is. All HTC will have to do to bypass the import ban (HTC isn’t made in the US, but in Taiwan) is implement a patch to the Android OS that handles this little bit of UI differently.
However, if the problem isn’t fixed by April 19, 2012…you can essentially say goodbye to the following devices:
- Evo 4G
- T-Mobile G2
- Nexus One
- Droid Incredible
Not listed is any of their legacy phones that run on Android 1.6 -> 2.2. The funniest bit is that HTC actually came out and said that their losing in the court decision was actually a win. Check it out.
This decision is a win for HTC and we are gratified that the commission affirmed the judge’s determination on the ‘721 and ‘983 patents, and reversed its decision on the ‘263 patent and partially on the ‘647 patent. We are very pleased with the determination and we respect it. However, the ‘647 patent is a small UI experience and HTC will completely remove it from all of our phones soon.
You can’t make this stuff up!