Apple, Microsoft Licensing Fees Could Alter Android Landscape
Apple is reportedly negotiating with Android manufacturers for licensing fees, according to a new report. Microsoft is already engaged in a licensing campaign.Apple is apparently negotiating with some Android manufacturers to settle long-running patent disputes, according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal. Apple wants to discuss terms with Motorola Mobility and Samsung, two of the largest producers of Android devices, according to the report, which cites unnamed sources familiar with the matter. However, that doesnt necessarily mean Apple will engage in similar talks with other Android manufacturers.
If Apple did enter into an agreement with those rivals, it would mark a drastic reversal in strategy. Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously pledged to wage thermonuclear war against Android, which he viewed as a stolen product. In a meeting with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Jobs reportedly refused to accept any sort of Android-related payout. I dont want your money, he said, according to Walter Isaacsons bestselling biography. If you offer me $5 billion, I wont want it. Ive got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, thats all I want.