Microsoft has started collecting Android royalties from Samsung, but judging by the latest statement from Microsoft’s general counsel Brad Smith, it won’t be the last.
Smith said that Microsoft has not seen a single Android device that does not infringe its patents. He added that the company will look back and see this as ”the day that we reached a tipping point in the market”. Funny, because we seem to have falsely believed that innovation should be something you look back on.
Google reacted quickly and called this the same tactic it has seen from Microsoft. Namely, the company said that once Microsoft fails in the smartphone market, they resort to extortion and hindering innovation. This prompted Microsoft’s Head of Communications Frank Shaw to twitter what seems to be a mature enough comment - “Waaaah”.