updated 07:05 am EDT, Fri October 14, 2011
Google CEO attacks Microsoft, Apple, Oracle
During yesterday's Google conference call, CEO and co-founder Larry Page took some time out to answer a number of questions. Chief among them, were his thoughts on the various patent disputes currently plaguing the company's Android platform. When it came to Microsoft, he did not mince his words and attacked the Redmond based software giant claiming that it is hassling its own partners.
"Rather than seeing Microsoft compete in the marketplace with their own phones, they continue resorting to legal measures to hassle their own customers," Page said. "We haven't seen the details of those agreements and I assume our partners are making good deals for themselves. We see Android growing gangbusters and we don't see anything that will stop that."
Microsoft has been criticised for targeting its partners including Samsung, HTC and Quanta by insisting that they pay royalties for using Android while also, in return, supporting its Windows Phone platform by developing handsets with its new OS. It is thought that Microsoft is currently raking in over $400 million annually in Android licensing fees from its partners who feel relatively powerless to take Microsoft on in court.
Although not mentioning Apple or Oracle by name, Page also claimed that companies attacking its Android partners, or Google directly, would only likely help the Android platform grow even more.
"We see our partners and our ecosystem growing hugely. Ultimately other companies actions will alienate their customers," Page asserted.
"We're serious about protecting the Android ecosystem."
Google also announced very healthy profits for its third fiscal quarter ending September 30. The search giant announced that its revenues were $9.72 billion. [via Android Central]