Google slams Microsoft and Apple over mobile patents

Rant on official blog takes aim at rivals

Google accuses Cupertino and Big M of looking to impose "tax" on patents.

The war between Google and Apple has been escalating ever since the Big G decided to develop Android. And now the search giant has used its official blog to launch a blistering attack on Cupertino, as well as Microsoft, for using dirty tactics to hamper Android’s growth.

The post, written by Google Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, says Android has led to, “…a hostile, organized [sic] campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents.”

Drummond continues, “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; 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 Phone.”

The blog goes on to claim that these “anti-competitive” measures have led to the price of patents being needlessly inflated. He says Android’s rivals want to slap a “tax” on phones backed by Google, stating, “They want to make it harder for manufacturers to sell Android devices.”

This is incendiary stuff and could lead to all out warfare in the battle for smartphone supremacy. Hit the link below to see the full blogpost now.

Link: Google Blog