Apple's fear of Android phones has reached a new high as it filed a patent infringement complaint against Taiwanese phone maker HTC with the International Trade Commission (ITC).
Cupertino giant is seeking a ban on import of HTC phones and tablets. The infringement case charges HTC of infringing five patents related to APIs for scrolling functions, user interface on a touch-screen display and hardware utilized to make touch gestures possible.
Apple is also involved in a legal skirmish with Samsung as it accused the Korean electronics maker of slavishly copying its design. The iPhone-maker took the battle against its Korean supplier to its brink when it filed a motion last week seeking a preliminary injunction to block Samsung from importing four devices into U.S.
However, HTC is well versed in handling Apple's legal tantrums as it was at the receiving end of Apple's fury last year. Apple had filed a patent lawsuit against HTC in March 2010 accusing it of infringing twenty patents related to iPhone's UI, underlying architecture and hardware design. HTC retorted by charging Apple of infringing five of its patents in May 2010.
FOSS Patents reported that Apple has named the following HTC devices which it deems are culpable of infringing its recent count of patents. The devices listed are: HTC Thunderbolt, HTC Droid Incredible and Droid Incredible 2, HTC Wildfire, HTC T-Mobile mytouch 3G, HTC T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide, HTC T-Mobile G1, HTC T-Mobile G2, HTC Evo 4G, HTC Aria, HTC Desire, HTC Hero, HTC Merge, HTC Inspire 4G. The complaint also includes HTC's flagship 7-inch tablet Flyer.
However, there exists a new breed of HTC phones which Apple has not listed in its lawsuit which could also give Apple' upcoming iPhone 5 a run for its money. These Android phones from HTC include high-profile names like HTC Sensation, myTouch 4G Slide, HTC EVO 3D and Droid Incredible 2. Other phones which are rumored include the HTC Holiday which is expected to feature a super-sized 4.5-inch display with 960x540 screen resolution. It is expected to sport 1GB RAM though not much is known about the internal memory capacity. It is reported that the beast of a phone is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Broadcom BCM4330 processor. It has an 8MP camera rear-facing and 1.3MP front-facing camera. It is also assumed that the phone will run on Android 2.3 or Gingerbread. But any confirmation about the specifications is yet to come from the company.
Here is list of HTC phones with their specifications which can spoil Apple's iPhone 5 chances: