Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Sep 2011 15:36 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is the biggest one yet. Microsoft's professional extortion campaign - the third side of the same triangle it shares with Apple and Oracle - has finally hit Samsung. The two companies have signed a patent licensing agreement concerning Samsung's use of Android, in which a rumoured fee of $15 (!) per device will flow from Seoul to Redmond. Not entirely coincidentally, that's about the price of a Windows Phone 7 license.
Permalink for comment 491972
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: Thom has it backwards
by zima on Wed 5th Oct 2011 19:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Thom has it backwards"
Member since:

On the contrary, it means they don't need others to manufacture hardware for Android now.
Motorola invented the mobile. Nuff said.
Upset that Google isn't giving in like all the other weak minded and clueless companies, eh?

You know, it's not quite so clear. Motorola Mobility certainly is a failing company, struggling to be financially in the clear for quite some time now, borderline almost-achieving it mostly via concentrating the efforts on their remaining few decent markets, retreating from almost all others worldwide (and I can't imagine returns to be easy). Turning the wheel on that, when Moto is under Google, has a real risk of alienating other Android makers - also the big few who really push the adoption of Android - so sensibly maintaining own handset division might prove quite a headache for Google.

Then there is a real possibility that Google gave in to Motorola, was strong-armed into a deal much closer to the price-per-share that Moto wanted (remember Motorola CEO publicly contemplating the possibility of using WinPhone7, or launching a patent war of their own at other Android makers, in the week or two before Google acquisition announcement?)

How Motorola was one of the pioneers of mobile phone technology (with large part of that certainly remaining also with the "infrastructure" part of Motorola) doesn't have to mean so much when MS snatches Nokia... ;p (and then, a comparable situations doesn't mean too much, for quite some time now, to Daimler AG)

Reply Parent Score: 2