Within a week of each other, Windows and Apple declared legal war on Google in two separate arenas.
Earlier last week the European commission started an anti-trust probe. There were suspicions that Microsoft was behind some of the complaints. Last Friday, Microsoft acknowledged that they were. (Aside: If Google is guilty of anti-trust violation, then they should face the music – but I find it awesomely ironic that it’s Microsoft sounding the alarm). You can read up on this story here.
Then just today Apple filed a patent lawsuit against HTC over 20 patents. Why HTC? HTC is the one making all of those awesome Android powered phones (e.g. G1, Droid Eris, and Nexus One). For those of you reading this who don’t know, Android is the Google backed mobile OS that is threatening to takeover the smartphone industry.
It’s going to be interesting, but it looks like Google is now in the middle of a two front war against Windows and Apple at the same time.