Google dubs Microsoft deal with Samsung as ‘Extortion’ (Update)
Microsoft replies “waaaah”
Late yesterday, we heard about the latest patent deal between Microsoft and Samsung. According to which, Samsung will have to pay royalty to Microsoft for every Android device sold. Everybody was waiting for Google statement on this episode.
It has come, given to Techcrunch earlier today.
“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.”
Oh. Extortion.. so how could Microsoft sit silently about all this. Microsoft’s head of communications, Frank Shaw soon after replied on Twitter:
“let me boil down the Google statment they gave to @parislemon, from 48 words to 1: Waaaah.”
This is not all, he went on:
I would encourage the folks in MV in slowly read graf 5 of our blog on the topic today. Here’s the link again: bit.ly/oZbi3X
Which is –
“We recognize that some businesses and commentators – Google chief among them – have complained about the potential impact of patents on Android and software innovation. To them, we say this: look at today’s announcement. If industry leaders such as Samsung and HTC can enter into these agreements, doesn’t this provide a clear path forward?”
So, Microsoft is pretty clear, it will not stop until it makes every Android manufacturer start paying it up.
Update: In all this war of words, Samsung was missing in action and they have joined with a bang, read the statement below (via Korea Times)
“If Samsung truly believed that Google’s takeover of Motorola Mobility was going to be helpful to the entire Android eco-system at large, it would have waited until that deal was closed before concluding the license agreement with Microsoft”
“Samsung knows it can’t rely on Google. We’ve decided to address Android IP issues on our own.”
– Coming from an unnamed Samsung official