by Anton Shilov
08/15/2011 | 11:50 PM
The makers of smartphones that use Google Android operating system welcome Google’s decision to buy Motorola Mobility smartphone maker. The leading mobile phone vendors believe that the acquisition will help Google and themselves to better fight against Apple and Microsoft Corp., which accuse Android of patents infringements, in court.
“We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem,” said J.K. Shin, president, of Samsung’s mobile communications division.
Apple and Microsoft constantly sue various manufacturers, who produce devices powered by Android, and accuse those companies of infringements of patents. Apple recently managed to bar sales of Samsung tablets in Australia and Europe, whereas Microsoft wants Samsung to pay up to $15 per Android-based smartphone.
“We welcome the news of today‘s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer of HTC, in a statement.
HTC agreed to make royalty payments to Microsoft, but it fights against Apple in court so that not to pay licensing fees to one of its major rivals.
“We welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners,” said Jong-Seok Park, the president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.
It is widely believed that once Google gets appropriate mobile communications patents portfolio, it will be able to sign cross-licensing agreements with Apple and Microsoft. This will help to smartphone makers to continue manufacturing of Android-powered devices and Google to keep developing its operating system and supporting services.
“I welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners,” said Bert Nordberg, the president and chief executive of Sony Ericsson.