The Ghost In The Machine - Microsoft Haunts Android Success
That's a snazzy slick super cool new Android device you have there! Most likely, you chose it because Android is a new open source OS based on Linux, and you wanted some independence from the usual iPhone / Blackberry / Microsoft Windows Phone options. Not so fast.
Microsoft actually has their hand in your pocket. Welcome to "Microsoft Android".
Impossible you say? Android is from Google, and has nothing to do with Microsoft?
Just like Voldermort, it seems Microsoft has gone over to the dark side, the "Ghost In The Machine", haunting the success of Android.
For those who aren't well versed about Android, allow me a moment to fill in a few quick details. You see, Android was a relatively new OS. Android is actually a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications. Google Inc. purchased the initial developer of the software, Android Inc., in 2005. Android's mobile operating system is based on the Linux kernel. Google and other members of the Open Handset Alliance collaborated on Android's development and release, and the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is tasked with the maintenance and further development of Android. The Android operating system is the world's best-selling Smartphone platform.
STOP RIGHT THERE. The last sentence above is the only excuse Microsoft needs for an all out attack. In an effort to delay the success of Android, and profit from it at the same time, Microsoft decided to get a "FEE" for every Android device sold.
How is this all even possible? How does a company, any company, up and decide they are going to get a fee? Simple.
Either an Android device manufacturer pay Microsoft a "patent fee", or Microsoft will sue them. Whether valid or not, just the prospect of a massive company like Microsoft with infinitely deep pockets taking you to court... smaller companies simply roll over and pay the fee. That's protection money. Some are saying that this is basically mafia behavior. Can you say Mafiasoft?Continued on the next page