Hahaha, NICE!The benefits of paying the licensing fee don't appear to be clear to Motorola. "Microsoft has a value-based model. Their perception is that they create value in the OS and people will pay. That's a fine point," said Sandeep Sinha, a director at Motorola, at the TechNW conference in Seattle on Monday. "Right now, I don't know the value between Windows Phone 7 and Android."
As far as the patents listed by Omega_Droid....some of those specific functions listed seem broad enough to me it's almost as if they (MS) patented some of this stuff with the expectation to be litigating over it in the near future...?
Microsoft just wanted a way in; it's corporate bullying and they see how fast android is catching on and they want the money. So many people are going to be pissed if this delays all the great new devices that are coming later this year. Can this lawsuit stop the release of the future android devices?
Motorola is using that OS, and that makes Motorola Google's accomplice.
Then from there, they will work their way down the line, forcing every phone maker to conform. When no one is left, they will go after Google.
Reading the responses here, it blows my mind that a lot of people over at Engadget think Microsoft is the good guy. Seriously. Look the article up there. Reading the comments makes you wonder how someone can be so dense.
Here's the article, in case anyone wants to peruse:
Microsoft files ITC complaint against Motorola over alleged Android-related patent infringement -- Engadget
WARNING: Reading some of the comments may make you want to claw your eyes out.
Microsoft sues or threatens a lot of Linux companies and gets licensing monies pretty much everytime. Their patents may be bs, but no one has enough money or the balls to challenge them. This alone could discourage manufacturers from using Android/Linux. The Open Invention Network is a joke, IMO because the motivations there aren't as they seem...
Android's biggest problem in my opinion is the Oracle suit though. Oracle seems, for whatever reason, more interested in killing Android than just getting royalties.