Android Overload: Google Fires Back On Microsoft, Microsoft Fires Back On Google and More


Boy, oh boy! Do we have a lot of drama for you here tonight in the Android Overload. This is the place where all the stories that couldn’t make it onto our front page come to hang out before making their inevitable exit. So what’s on the menu for today? Well, the most entertaining event seems to be the back and forth between Google and Microsoft! They’ve taken off the gloves and taken to Twitter and their blogs to let the world know exactly what’s going on with all this “patent” drama for your mama. It’s a bitter game of he said, she said but because of my biases, I’m leaning more towards Google’s corner. What do you guys think about M and G battling it out?

  • Microsoft responds to Google’s response (below) on Microsoft’s response. Says, Google turned down joint patent venture because Google wanted ammo to use on other companies. [TechCrunch]
  • Google responds to Microsoft’s claims that they offered to team with Google on the purchase of mobile patents. Says they didn’t fall for Microsofts trick that would have left Android defenseless. [Google]
  • AT&T and Verizon trying to undermine Lightsquared? One Lightsquared investor thinks so. [Electronista]
  • Is Verizon facing a unionized strike? Very possible unless the two sides come to an agreement. [WSJ]
  • The HTC Flyer is said to be “coming soon” to Canada’s Bell. [MobileSyrup]
  • The HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D are now available for Rogers via Best Buy.
  • Galaxy S II users in Brazil and in Poland have gotten Android 2.3.4. [Samsung Hub]
  • Facebook app updated to version 1.6.3. Bug fixes and UI touchups. [Market Link]
Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I’m starting to think this is less about google vs everyone else and more Open Source vs Proprietary. Linux wasn’t ever successful (until google made it successful) because it’s complicated and it’s not going to make anyone money. That is unless someone reboxes it and calls it iOS but then that turns it into proprietary.

    this is just a theory don’t flame me

    1. OMG your an idiot. Wow only an idiot would be idiotic enough to say something so idiotic. Oh, and you’re an idiot.

      Ooops i flamed you ^_^

      1. haha thank you for your eloquent approach :)

    2. linux was always successful, just hasn’t been as common *on the desktop*.

    3. Red Hat and Novell just might have a different perspective on whether or not Linux is successful. We may never get the “year of the linux desktop” but that doesn’t mean linux isn’t successful in commercial settings. Linux is also used on a significant portion of webservers.

      1. I apologize I should have clarified. I was talking about in the consumer industry. commercially it’s very successful. I’m one who uses linux on all but one computer in my place. I was saying that android has made it popular to the mainstream(consumer and developers) where as iOS has made it only accessible to apple users.

  2. Way to go. I am tired of hearing of paper patents with no substance. How about patenting a ‘method of communicating without wires?’

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    1. The sad thing is, there are people, even in these very forums, who defend paper patents with no substance.

  3. What I find very amusing, is that Google initial comment was mostly directed at the NORTEL deal while Microsoft is bickering about Google not joining in the NOVELL patent buyout.

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