I can’t believe Apple is suing them for this. It’s really not worth it.
The item in question here is HTCs Sense-branded lock screen for their Android devices such as HTC Desire and HTC Legend:
The lock-screen is activated every time you put the device to sleep by clicking the power button. The next time you wake it up, the lock screen is there, waiting for your finger to swipe that grayish handle downwards, ensuring that it isn’t accidentally woken up while in your pocket. Incidentally, that’s exactly what happens.
Vanilla Android – or Google Experience devices (Moto Droid, Nexus One), as well as the iPhone, have lock screens which require you to swipe horizontally, and for some distance as opposed to the meagre centimetre which unlocks HTCs screen. On those devices, the chance that you accidentally wake up and unlock your phone in your pocket is all but non-existant, whereas it’s now happened three times on my HTC Desire. The only solution I’ve found, short of re-flashing the phone with Vanilla Android, is to enable Androids unlock pattern, for an extra layer of pocket protection.
I’m thrilled with Android, and I like the HTC Desire hardware. It is, however, becoming very clear to me that custom UIs is the scourge of Android, and HTCs Sense isn’t all you’ve heard it was. In fact, it’s not sensible at all.