Yesterday we heard that Microsoft had signed a patent licensing deal with Samsung, and that Samsung would pay Microsoft a fee for every Android device it sells, Samsung has joined other companies like HTC and Acer to pay Microsoft for patents related to Google’s Android OS.
Google has now spoken out about what it thinks about the latest deal between Samsung and Microsoft, and Google is basically accusing Microsoft of Extortion, you can see the statement below.
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 had hoped that their purchase of Motorola, and its patent portfolio would be enough to protect Android from legal action from the likes of Microsoft, but it would appear companies like Samsung don’t think this is enough, otherwise they would have not signed a licensing deal with Microsoft.