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Touchscreen Slider BlackBerry Leaks as Apple Sues HTC

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Touchscreen Slider BlackBerry Leaks as Apple Sues HTC

It is well known that BlackBerry security is roughly equivalent to a puppy on a leash standing outside the transparent walls of an R&D centre, so it should be no surprise another RIM goodie has just spilled out...

Uncovered by BlackBerry Leaks (yes, there's a whole website dedicated to them now), is this first for the Canadian company: a hybrid touchscreen handset with a Pre-esque sliding Qwerty keyboard.

As you might expect there remains some doubt over the legitimacy of these images, but given the puppy on the door they are more than likely spot on - even if just an early prototype giving us a hint of what is in store. That said I'm not going to pontificate about what specs might be inside this thing other than to say the much hyped BlackBerry Webkit browser must be a strong candidate while RIM has never been a fan of high megapixels or great amounts of onboard storage so I wouldn't expect either of those things to change here.

For now it's time to sit tight. After all, there'll be another leak any. minute. now....

In related smartphone news Apple has set its legal beagles onto HTC after claiming the Taiwanese company has broken over 20 of its patents.

As we all know mega-corporates go after one another all the time and usually come to some sort of middle ground and I suspect this will be no different. The advances HTC has driven in its handsets has been a joy to behold and its growth as a business phenomenal. If that means giving up some cash to Apple or fighting its corner then so be it...

Links:

via BlackBerry Leaks

Apple's HTC Formal Complaint letter

xenos

March 3, 2010, 4:25 pm

When I first read the bit at the top I thought you were talking about software security on the actual phone, not the company's inability to stop leaks :-P





Have you seen some of the patents Apple are trying to sue over? Underclocking a mobile processor? Hmm! I think Nokia had some slighter better ones in their dispute against Apple :)





In fact, why do the words 'Apple' and 'Patent' come up quite as much as they do? I get the feeling they don't like to play by the rules of the rest of the industry..

MrGodfrey

March 3, 2010, 4:31 pm

Apple annoyed that someone stole their ideas? Hmm. Why does this make me think of a pot and a kettle?





Of course Apple aren't the only company who nick ideas from other people, or the only one to turn around and sue others who do it to them. So why single them out? Maybe because they do keep going on about how "innovative" they are ;)

Chocoa

March 3, 2010, 5:44 pm

Maybe Apple is beginning to get jealous of the Google /HTC marriage aka Nexus One, as Google seems to be standing square with HTC (at the moment).





Daily Telegraph:


"Google says that “We are not a party to this lawsuit. However, we stand behind our Android operating system and the partners who have helped us to develop it."





Apple and Google no love lost - no news there then! In any case I would imagine that HTC can cream enough revenue and profit before the Lawyers agree to differ and come out the best as usual!

Martin Leventon

March 3, 2010, 7:16 pm

I bet alot of these patents have prior art that could overturn them. The US patent system is beyond a joke.

HarryGlass

March 3, 2010, 8:09 pm

The big news in this article is Apple vs. HTC, but I ain't no lawyer so about the BB. Is this an admission that touchscreen isn't good enough and that a physical keypad is necessary?

lensmann

March 4, 2010, 12:49 am

Filing an infringement action is very often something companies do as a bargaining or negotiating tactic to force the other party to come to a favourable settlement, and it could well be that that's what Apple's trying to do. Or, alternately, this might just be a shot across the bows intended as a warning to any manufacturer who's thinking of an Android-based competitor to the iPad. Either way, it's yet another sign of the fact that the patent system is seriously broken when it comes to electronics.

Jay4d0

March 4, 2010, 2:48 am

I'm pretty sure, correct me if I'm wrong, but all the patents are US only patents so no matter what the outcome they would not be able to stop the sale of HTCs handsets anywhere else in the world?

lensmann

March 4, 2010, 4:26 am

@Jay: True, but a huge percentage of HTC's sales are in the US, nearly half IIRC. And, in addition, some of the patents cover things that are also patentable under EU law, so Apple may well also have European patents on them.

Shin

March 4, 2010, 7:24 am

Nobody thinks that Apple is trying to push the attention away from the recent news of using child labor in some factories? Of course the reasons you all mentioned above are on the spot too, but to me this is perfect timing...

ffrankmccaffery

March 4, 2010, 8:27 am

It seems a natural bridge between it's qwerty and touchscreen handsets and for those who can't decide between the two.

rav

March 4, 2010, 12:24 pm

@Shin


From what I read Apple carried out an audit of the factories, found out that there were children working there and is actually doing something about it. Obviously never a good thing to be associated with but I think they handled it quite well.

DrDark

March 4, 2010, 7:07 pm

I'll just leave this here and walk away quietly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Jay4d0

March 5, 2010, 6:39 am

it's interesting that part of apple's comeback at nokia was the argument that someone at nokia said 'sure we will copy the iphone' which in apples mind signified proof or at least intent that the device is a copy, whereas there is steve jobs saying the exact same thing on video

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