have announced that they are suing HTC over various smartphone patents. In their release, Apple claims HTC have impinged on 20 patents regarding the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware. While the specific patents aren't named, it's expected that multitouch will play a big part in Apple's complaint. Apple have previously threatened Palm with lawsuits over their intellectual property, and recently sued Nokia for alleged patent infringement. We've checked with HTC who have no official comment at this point, but we can't imagine they'll sit by peacefully and allow Apple to walk on over them.
“We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it … We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours” Steve Jobs, CEO, Apple[via SlashGear]
Android Forums have cooked up some directions letting you manually update the Nexus One, finally allowing you to play around with multitouch, Google Goggles, and even possibly getting rid of the 3G issues that have reportedly plagued many N1 units so far.
Google Nexus One has proved a frustrating limitation for many owners - and an arbitrary one, too, since the HTC hardware itself certainly supports recognizing more than one point of touchscreen contact. Happily what Google won't deliver, hacked ROMs will, and cyanogen has released a hack that enables multitouch in the Nexus One's browser. Actually, it's more interesting than that, as the crafty tinkerer has made sure that his multitouch framework will work not only in the browser but be potentially recognized by other applications. That paves the way for pinch-zoom and other multitouch gesture support elsewhere across the system - Google Maps, we're looking at you - if developers decide to get their hands dirty and mod them. Installation instructions (and the ROM files themselves) are here; be sure to back up your bookmarks first, though, as loading the hack will delete them and your browser settings. cyanogen says the mod will be rolled into an upcoming ROM designed for the Nexus One.