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Google: Microsoft 'hassles' its own partners over Android

updated 07:05 am EDT, Fri October 14, 2011

Google CEO attacks Microsoft, Apple, Oracle

During yesterday's Google conference call, CEO and co-founder Larry Page took some time out to answer a number of questions. Chief among them, were his thoughts on the various patent disputes currently plaguing the company's Android platform. When it came to Microsoft, he did not mince his words and attacked the Redmond based software giant claiming that it is hassling its own partners.

"Rather than seeing Microsoft compete in the marketplace with their own phones, they continue resorting to legal measures to hassle their own customers," Page said. "We haven't seen the details of those agreements and I assume our partners are making good deals for themselves. We see Android growing gangbusters and we don't see anything that will stop that."

Microsoft has been criticised for targeting its partners including Samsung, HTC and Quanta by insisting that they pay royalties for using Android while also, in return, supporting its Windows Phone platform by developing handsets with its new OS. It is thought that Microsoft is currently raking in over $400 million annually in Android licensing fees from its partners who feel relatively powerless to take Microsoft on in court.

Although not mentioning Apple or Oracle by name, Page also claimed that companies attacking its Android partners, or Google directly, would only likely help the Android platform grow even more.

"We see our partners and our ecosystem growing hugely. Ultimately other companies actions will alienate their customers," Page asserted.

"We're serious about protecting the Android ecosystem."

Google also announced very healthy profits for its third fiscal quarter ending September 30. The search giant announced that its revenues were $9.72 billion. [via Android Central]

by MacNN Staff



  1. igroucho

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh yeh?

    "We see Android growing gangbusters and we donít see anything that will stop that." other than Oracle...

  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The time will come, soon, when one or more truly open operating systems will populate tablets and smartphones. Then, hardware manufacturers will have to compete on features alone. Scary, I know.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Look again, Mr. Page

    "We see Android growing gangbusters and we don't see anything that will stop that."

    You're not looking hard enough Larry.

    Android is dead in the water in the iPad and counterfeit iPad market. Amazon has frozen Android development with the Kindle Fire, which runs a proprietary fork of good old Android 2.3. Developers will flock to the Fire because it is the only Android tablet capable of making money for them. Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich etc. will be ignored. No dessert for you Larry.

    But the real killer is that Amazon has cut out Google's "profit layer" from their fork of Android. Instead of generating any revenue for Google from AdMob ads or Android Market apps, the Fire will generate sales revenue for Amazon.

    This is the ultimate fate of Android in the "tablet" space. It has become a sales tool for Amazon.

  1. mr100percent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Don't lump Apple

    Apple hasn't really sued to block Android, as far as I know. They have issue with some specifics of Samsung and maybe HTC, but they're not demanding money for every non-Apple phone the way Microsoft is.

  1. FreeRange

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Do no evil?

    What a scumbag this guy is! Steals from others then criticizes them when they take Android to task for using their IP without a license. Do no evil my a**!

  1. facebook_Justin

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    As bad as Microsoft is, I really hope they wipe out Shitgle. I'd rather have Windows Phone 7 than Google's Pro-Ad c*** infesting phones.

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