Google slams Microsoft, Apple and others over patent disputes

Google has taken a rare and public pot shot against some of its biggest competitors including Microsoft and Apple. In an official blog post, the company's senior legal officer David Drummond said that a group of other businesses have taken upon themselves to wage a campaign against Google's Android operating system

Drummond says that Microsoft, Apple, Oracle Corp and others teamed up recently to secure the many patents held by the now shut down Nortel “to make sure Google didn’t get them.” He also points out that Microsoft has made recent deals with Android-based smartphone makers that allows Microsoft to get license fees from each of those devices that are sold in an attempt to “make it more expensive for phone manufacturers to license Android (which we provide free of charge) than Windows Mobile”. Microsoft and Apple have also filed patent lawsuits against a number of Android-based device makers.

Drummond says in the blog post, “We’re not naive; technology is a tough and ever-changing industry and we work very hard to stay focused on our own business and make better products. But in this instance we thought it was important to speak out and make it clear that we’re determined to preserve Android as a competitive choice for consumers, by stopping those who are trying to strangle it. We’re looking intensely at a number of ways to do that.” He added, “. Unless we act, consumers could face rising costs for Android devices — and fewer choices for their next phone. “

Microsoft has struck back with a Twitter message from its own general counsel Brad Smith stating, “We asked them to bid jointly with us. They said no.” Apple and Oracle have yet to respond.

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PCAVV:

3rd party developers put ads in their apps so they can provide them for "free" and get money that way.
If you just use Android phone (all the google apps) without 3rd party apps you will not see any ads, atleast I cant think of any right now.

Also with Apple it's not just initial cost of iphone, they get 30% of every app they sell on their App Store.

random_ said,
PCAVV:

3rd party developers put ads in their apps so they can provide them for "free" and get money that way.
If you just use Android phone (all the google apps) without 3rd party apps you will not see any ads, atleast I cant think of any right now.

Also with Apple it's not just initial cost of iphone, they get 30% of every app they sell on their App Store.

or just accidentally get an Ad blocker.. Like me..

(never get Ads.. like Anywhere in my phone) ;(

Do you guys forget that with apple or wp7 you pay one time and its done... with android somebody is constatly paying... probably if you make the correct math, google ends up making more money per device itself than MS or APPLE...
Google doesnt give nothing to anybody, avery company has to make money... the diference is that MS or Apple sell actual products that u buy and own...
Google sells advertising and all the other products are just ways to advertise, they are doors to open their bussiness, its also known that they are worse than the old neighboor down the street that looking out to the street to see whats happening, they are more the type that go in your house and start looking at everything opening drawers to see what they can find about you that can help to make their business to success....

To a certain degree i believe that google is the worse of the 3... every move they do is well planed ahead and with only one intent....

Apple on the other hand doesnt care about what you think, they want to maintain their reputation, they have top end products and they charge as so... if you dont want their product thats your problem, many people wants...

For MS i think they are the company the want to satisfy everybody... and i dont know why these days everybody banshes them, you i think its the best company, the please people in hte middle term, its not free, it's not the most expensive... their software in my opinion is the best most features for the price, statbility.... regarding this i believe when people compain they forget to compare numbers...
...
and of corse they have to make money... but again they are not the company they are and make all that money because thaty rip us of, but because its a global company with a incredible market share, and this volume creates a lot of revenue, but im sure that the
net profit per license should be minimal... on top of the the amount of people they help and the amount they give back to the world its simple crazy...

on that same prespective google is also the one that probably makes more net profit...
and if you look at it right they are the company that their only revenue is from selling something that you dont want... ads... the thing that you hate the most, and uses "half" of your screen real state... all of us hate internet advetising... that the only true product on google shelf, all the rest is markting, and android is also a markting tool for them...

Now they want the others to help them with their tool, please thing twice who is the bad guy...

If there weren't as many patent disputes sucking up the budgets of these companies, technology could have boosted far from where it is right at this moment commercially. Just take a look at Japan.

Wow, Google is a bunch of babies... I can't wait to hear their crying when they eventually get hit with an ati-trust / monopolistic practices ruling...

M_Lyons10 said,
Wow, Google is a bunch of babies... I can't wait to hear their crying when they eventually get hit with an ati-trust / monopolistic practices ruling...

Google is right..technological innovation is going to get slower and slower with these patent wars, regardless of "crying" or not.

Volatile said,

Google is right..technological innovation is going to get slower and slower with these patent wars, regardless of "crying" or not.

Right or not, it's the law and breaking the law (knowingly) and then go bitching about it is well beyond good taste.

If they have a problem, just go and claim/buy patients then open them up for everybody.

Google's good pr is on the verge of total collapse. And of course there's the EU antitrust inquiry. Pack up for a long and cold winter El Goog.

Volatile said,

Google is right..technological innovation is going to get slower and slower with these patent wars, regardless of "crying" or not.


If Google is right, Google needs to open up their server side software instead of keeping it a trade secret. Wouldn't we all benefit from learning about how they search, collect and use people information, and further technological innovation? If IP laws are so bad, let's see Google take the first step. Ha!