When it comes to the public’s perception of big evil companies, Microsoft long held the crown, but Google’s moves into everything seem to be putting them firmly in the firing line. Well I’m here to tell you they’re both evil and they’re having a big fight. Gather round and watch as these horribly rich behemoths trade blows to see who gets the ultimate megalomaniac title.
Microsoft is steadily working their way through the Android manufacturer list and demanding money with menace. They want royalties for Android devices because the platform infringes their patents. Since Google doesn’t charge licensing fees for Android, Microsoft could end up making more from the platform than Google does; they certainly make more from Android than they do from Windows Phone 7 right now.
The fact that the latest scalp on Microsoft’s belt is Samsung is a serious concern for Google. Microsoft now has Acer, General Dynamics Itronix, Onkyo, Velocity Micro, ViewSonic, Wistron, HTC and Samsung paying royalties for Android devices. Even worse for Google, Samsung also announced that they would be working with Microsoft to further develop and promote Windows Phone 7.
It seems Google’s move for Motorola Mobility, which was at least partly to arm themselves in the patent wars, hasn’t really persuaded Samsung that they can fight Microsoft on the issue.