Google's reported favor in dropping multitouch support from its Android phones emphasizes why we need the Palm Pre to succeed. Palm flicked two fingers at its Silicon Valley rival and says it's ready to fight any legal claim that Apple might mount over its multitouch patent.
Google's fingers, meanwhile, are stuck in so many pies that it runs into inevitable conflicts. The VentureBeat report summed up a few, including Google wanting to keep its search, maps and other services on Apple's iPhone.
Palm's is a purer play in handsets. It has more motivation to buck Apple and force a healthy airing of the iPhone maker's multitouch claim.