Google issued a statement on Wednesday in response to Microsoft’s recent Android patent deal with Samsung.
Google branded Microsoft’s tactics as “extortion” in a statement sent to TechCrunch on Wednesday:
“This is the same tactic we’ve seen time and again from Microsoft. Failing to succeed in the smartphone market, they are resorting to legal measures to extort profit from others’ achievements and hinder the pace of innovation. We remain focused on building new technology and supporting Android partners.”
Google’s strong worded statement followed an announcement on Wednesday that Samsung had signed an Android patent deal with Microsoft. The software giant will receive royalty payments for each Samsung smartphone and tablet that ships with the Google Android operating system. Microsoft has managed to sign identical deals with six other Android manufacturers in the past three months and is currently involved in litigation with Motorola to force a similar deal. Microsoft has previously inked patent protection deals with Wistron, General Dynamics Itronix,Velocity Micro,Onkyo, Acer and Viewsonic. The agreements all appear to be identical to each other and provide cash royalties to Microsoft. The deals follow a HTC and Microsoft patent agreement signed last year relating to HTC’s mobile phones running Android. Although the terms of the deal were undisclosed, it was recently reported that Microsoft receives $5 for every HTC device sold. Microsoft is widely believed to generate more revenue from Android patents than its own Windows Phone licences.
Microsoft filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) recently, asking the ITC to block imports of some Motorola Android phones in the United States. The resolution could be a lengthy process due to Google’s recent acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Google announced in August that it plans to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Google CEO Larry Page noted at the time of the deal announcement that Microsoft and Apple are “banding together in anti-competitive patent attacks on Android.” Citing recent patent auctions, Page expects that Google’s acquisition will help protect Android in the future. A number of analysts believe Google’s deal could be beneficial to Microsoft’s Windows Phone, creating more competition between the three major smartphone operating systems.
Microsoft responded to Google’s statement on Wednesday by branding Google cry babies. Microsoft’s corporate vice president of corporate communications, Frank Shaw, tweeted the following: