Microsoft inks Android patent deal with Samsung

As of late, Microsoft has been going after Android vendors to get royalties for each Android device that they sell. To add to its portfolio of Android vendors that it has linked patent licensing deals with, Samsung has now agreed to Microsoft's terms.

Microsoft is stating that this is the "most important Android patent license to date". As you can imagine, Samsung is one of the top players in creating Android devices and for Microsoft to be able to twist Samsung's arm into a patent licensing deal, it begins to show the power of Microsoft's patent portfolio.

Patents have been in the spotlight recently, most notably between Samsung and Apple. With these types of agreements, although this one is most likely heavily in favor for Microsoft, it does keep the court system free of patent lawsuits that usually end up with injunctions against the selling of certain products. When products are pulled from store shelves, not only is the vendor hurt, but the consumer is also faced with a fewer options as well.

Brad Smith also indicates that "while we haven't yet reached the beginning of the end of mobile patent issues, perhaps we have now reached the end of the beginning." which is an encouraging sign that possibly some of this frivolous patent disputes may be behind us, for now.

 

 

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Yeah i got that when i went to best buy and they looked at me like i was brain dead when i wanted a wp7. They kept trying to make me buy an android or iPhone. They even had racks of accessories for android and iphone only.

So maybe soon there will be more WP7 devices?? Im in ontario canada and Telus has 2 WP7 options. Bell has 2. Koodo, Virgin, and Fido have 0 and i think rogers has 1 or 2.

Colin McGregor said,
So maybe soon there will be more WP7 devices?? Im in ontario canada and Telus has 2 WP7 options. Bell has 2. Koodo, Virgin, and Fido have 0 and i think rogers has 1 or 2.

And no news on which devices any of them will get either. Rogers only has the Focus. It's the same here too in Ontario with all of the retailers bashing WP7 and telling us we don't want it, it sucks and no one likes it. Go with Android is what they say. Everyone's getting it. If you don't like it, there's always the iPhone. It's hard to get people liking a platform if the retailers are on the customers telling you it sucks and no one wants it.

So Apple aren't the only patent trolls around then.

I also like how he announces it like it's a positive step:

"Great news everyone - we couldn't make a mobile OS good enough for Samsung to adopt initially, so we decided to cripple them instead!"

No, Apple is still the patent troll. The idea behind patent is to be paid for your work/idea and not just for the right to sue others.

MS has been sitting down with companies and discussing options for using their patents. Apple on the hand goes straight to their lawyers to file patent lawsuits.

This has less to do with royalty fees than it has to do with blackmailing Samsung and other OEMs into producing more poor selling WP7 devices. If WP7 was a runaway success, you'd see less of these kinds of deals.

Joey S said,
This has less to do with royalty fees than it has to do with blackmailing Samsung and other OEMs into producing more poor selling WP7 devices. If WP7 was a runaway success, you'd see less of these kinds of deals.

Did you read the other story about how WP7 accounts for 30% of HTC's unit sales? I guess not.

Joey S said,
This has less to do with royalty fees than it has to do with blackmailing Samsung and other OEMs into producing more poor selling WP7 devices. If WP7 was a runaway success, you'd see less of these kinds of deals.
So the part about using someone elses work is just BS? What would you rather hear? Company A suing Compaby B in open court or the two striking a deal?

Feel free to replace the company names with the likes of Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, & HTC.

bj55555 said,

Did you read the other story about how WP7 accounts for 30% of HTC's unit sales? I guess not.

If you read that misleading article, you will know the author wasn't sure the 30% market share is for Singapore or Global market. But to be fair, at my workplace in Singapore, I have seen one person using WP7 and he's proud to be different from other.

Windows Phone is dead in my mind. Whilst It's not a bad interface, the only thing that can revive it in terms of developers and coverage is a whirlwind start to Windows 8 deployment. Despite that possibly happening, I can't see desktop users plumping for it and as such the "Metro" style won't catch on as much as hoped.

I also think it's a significantly weaker interface for devs.

Wiggz said,
Windows Phone is dead in my mind. Whilst It's not a bad interface, the only thing that can revive it in terms of developers and coverage is a whirlwind start to Windows 8 deployment. Despite that possibly happening, I can't see desktop users plumping for it and as such the "Metro" style won't catch on as much as hoped.

I also think it's a significantly weaker interface for devs.


I can see what Microsoft is trying to do with Windows 8. They are trying to force familiarity on to the market using their established desktop OEM monopoly. It's quite an intelligent strategy really. Will it work? If WP7 sales are anything to go by, not likley, but then again, Microsoft can forcefeed their latest UI on to a massive user base via their desktop/laptop OEM monopoly.

Joey S said,

I can see what Microsoft is trying to do with Windows 8. They are trying to force familiarity on to the market using their established desktop OEM monopoly. It's quite an intelligent strategy really. Will it work? If WP7 sales are anything to go by, not likley, but then again, Microsoft can forcefeed their latest UI on to a massive user base via their desktop/laptop OEM monopoly.

Joey, normally I'd agree with you. In times gone past yes, absolutely. However they're a victim of their own success this time. Windows 7 is without doubt a quality OS. It provides business functionality and power, along with stability.

Their problem is that many businesses are still using Windows XP SP3 as their standard OS. So not only are businesses having to make the jump from XP to Windows 7 (which was a difficult jump for some, especially in industries such as Retail and Manufacturing) but also then from 7 to 8 with ZERO benefits if the standard desktop is to be enforced (which many businesses will wish to have to stop 'playing').

I can't see their gamble, and that's what it was, working. In fact, if Apple or one of the bigger Linux distro's were clever, they'd be close to bringing something game changing to the market shortly as I can't see the Business take up of Windows 8 to be that high, especially as an early adoption model.

We'll see.

People will have prejudice for no apparent reason. A friend of my hates Microsoft with a passion for no good reason beside saying it's big. Then I let him play around with my Omnia 7 for a couple of hours and he's a converted man lol. Nothing is ever so smooth running at pitch perfect 60fps. I presume Wiggz has never use a wp7 device before. Like they say, it's even better in real life than in pictures. Wiggz should reserve his judgment after giving it a fair use.

And lol, Wiggz have no idea what he's spewing beside bs like wp7 is dead and w8 will help revive it. By Q1-Q2 next year, there will be a much different public mindshare about WP7 when consumers get around and play with it....and without the bias at the phone shop***cough*** I wonder why WP hasn't got to a good start....*cough*

Brad Smith also indicates that "while we haven't yet reached the beginning of the end of mobile patent issues, perhaps we have now reached the end of the beginning." which is an encouraging sign that possibly some of this frivolous patent disputes may be behind us, for now.
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I'm sorry but it's not because you settle that it makes it better. The problem of the petent system remains.

Guess that confirms that the rumors of Samsung dropping WP7 in 2012 were either fake or are at least no longer true

PG2G said,
Guess that confirms that the rumors of Samsung dropping WP7 in 2012 were either fake or are at least no longer true

That rumor was nonsense when it was rumored... lol Everyone thinks they know what's going on...

It's a bit encouraging no? I wonder (pure speculation) if MS reduced royalty fees to get Samsung to produce X number of windows phone devices.

bdsams said,
It's a bit encouraging no? I wonder (pure speculation) if MS reduced royalty fees to get Samsung to produce X number of windows phone devices.

I really hope Samsung start to market their Windows Phones as much as they do their Android ones, both online and off

bdsams said,
It's a bit encouraging no? I wonder (pure speculation) if MS reduced royalty fees to get Samsung to produce X number of windows phone devices.

Yeah, that would be awesome. Microsoft needs more variety in hardware.