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Samsung Galaxy S II  (Source: Samsung)
You can run, but you can't hide from Microsoft's wrath

Samsung may be the latest, but it likely won't be the last when it comes to paying royalties to Microsoft. Google's Android operating system may be dominating the smartphone market -- putting it well of Apple's iOS and RIM's Blackberry OS -- but some manufacturers are paying the price via lawsuits and license agreements [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8].

Samsung is already feeling the pinch from Apple with regards to software and hardware design patents, and Microsoft just scored a nice steady stream of cash today from Samsung (estimated to be anywhere from $10 to $13 per Android handset/tablet) thanks to a new licensing agreement. 

Now, new statements from Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith suggest that the boys from Redmond are just getting started. “So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents,” said Smith to Kara Swisher of AllThingsD

Microsoft has already roped HTC into a licensing agreement (it even signed up Viewsonic and Acer), and bringing Samsung along for the ride covers a huge chunk of the Android devices on the market today. 

“I think there is a good chance we will look back at today and say this was the day that we reached a tipping point in the market,” Smith continued. 

For its part, a representative from Google blasted the agreement and questioned Microsoft's motives. The company released the following statement to TechCrunch:

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.

After that response, Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s Head of Communications, took to Twitter to kick some dirt into Google’s eyes:

Given the statements from Smith and Shaw, it appears that Microsoft is just getting started with Android licensing agreements. Motorola had better watch its back, because the belly of the beast isn't quite full yet.

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By quiksilvr on 9/29/2011 9:19:19 AM , Rating: 2
Wait a minute...

So if they just sold the phones with no OS on it, Google can just instruct people that want Android on their phones to plug it into an internet connected device and download it for free on their phone AND MANUFACTURERS WONT HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS?!

By HrilL on 9/29/2011 1:31:26 PM , Rating: 2
And that would work for what maybe 10% of the android owner population. Its not practical.

By cjohnson2136 on 9/29/2011 1:35:06 PM , Rating: 2
I think its mean as more of a hypothetical situation that would allow Google to bypass this patent stuff. I highly doubt he would suggest that plan.

By quiksilvr on 9/30/2011 10:08:42 AM , Rating: 2
It's possible. Just make it very verbal in commercials about it. And just plug the device, log into Google Android and click "detect device" and then let it suggest what you can get (Android, WP7, Symbian, etc.). Then just click and it will download and install for you automatically. Doesn't seem too difficult for even the most noobish user.

1) Log in
2) Click OS of choiec
3) Click install
4) :D

By Daemyion on 10/4/2011 11:17:16 AM , Rating: 2
That makes Google directly responsible as it's distributing directly to end users. If it comes with Google services as a default MS, Apple and others can take them to court not only for the infringements but also monopoly tactics.

Honestly though, that's exactly what Google is doing now, but without the direct legal link back to them.

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