Google accuses Microsoft, Apple and Oracle of anti-competitive attack against Android

Google apparently isn’t really fond of the competition in the mobile market (and everywhere else I guess) based on the missive against Microsoft, Apple and Oracle that the company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond posted today. I must admit this whole thing sounds really childish especially coming from a big company like Google. What’s even worst is that it’s factually wrong in some cases. First Google is apparently pissed off because the company lost the bid to win the Nortel’s patents a few weeks ago:

They’re doing this by banding together to acquire Novell’s old patents (the “CPTN” group including Microsoft and Apple) and Nortel’s old patents (the “Rockstar” group including Microsoft and Apple), to make sure Google didn’t get them

Sorry Google, but you played and you lost. Unless your 3.14 Billion bid for the patents was just for fun ? If the these patents are “bogus” why bid for them in the first place? Why not talk about the fact that you refused Microsoft’s offer to join the bid? Email proof here.

seeking $15 licensing fees for every Android device; attempting to make it more expensive for phone manufacturers to license Android (which we provide free of charge) than Windows Mobile; and even suing Barnes & Noble, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung. Patents were meant to encourage innovation, but lately they are being used as a weapon to stop it.

OK, First it’s Windows Phone not Windows Mobile. Secondly, Microsoft didn’t sue HTC and Samsung. Lastly, Microsoft has an obligation to its Investors to defend it’s patents if it thinks that they what they cover is being illegally used but other companies.

Anyway, the problem here is that Google’s reactions when they feel threatened always comes across as childish. I just can’t believe that they seriously thought that they could rule the mobile market simply by “giving away” an “open source” ,make money by data mining its users and think that competition will simply sit back and clap. Android has many advantages but Google really does sound extremely childish and hypocrite here.

source: Google

  • Pashaolu

    I think you took this more as a personal attacks gainst windocws. I think most comments were towards apple but windows was thrown in there because of the htc thing. Honestly wp7 is so weak and fallen so far behind I’m not even mad at them, but apple needs to change their ways. Honesty its not a big deal, all the crying from the other companies falling behind keeps competition going,
    This is googles world now and if other companies don’t step up google could lose motivation, like what happened to windows mobile, from 1st to last.

  • Anonymous

    “This is googles world now” ROFL, you made my day :D

  • Pashaolu

    Well Google and Apple obviously. I haven’t even seen a wp7 except at the stores, lol

  • Pashaolu

    Here is an update

    UPDATE August 4, 2011 – 12:25pm PT

    It’s not surprising that Microsoft would want to divert attention by pushing a false “gotcha!” while failing to address the substance of the issues we raised. If you think about it, it’s obvious why we turned down Microsoft’s offer. Microsoft’s objective has been to keep from Google and Android device-makers any patents that might be used to defend against their attacks. A joint acquisition of the Novell patents that gave all parties a license would have eliminated any protection these patents could offer to Android against attacks from Microsoft and its bidding partners. Making sure that we would be unable to assert these patents to defend Android — and having us pay for the privilege — must have seemed like an ingenious strategy to them. We didn’t fall for it.

    Ultimately, the U.S. Department of Justice intervened, forcing Microsoft to sell the patents it bought and demanding that the winning group (Microsoft, Oracle, Apple, EMC) give a license to the open-source community, changes the DoJ said were “necessary to protect competition and innovation in the open source software community.” This only reaffirms our point: Our competitors are waging a patent war on Android and working together to keep us from getting patents that would help balance the scales.

    Posted by David Drummond, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer