The Samsung/Google relationship is an interesting one, with some consumers seemingly thinking that Samsung is Android (sorry LG, HTC, Sony...), but if you were hoping the two would turn on each other, well, there’s bad news today.
The world’s number one mobile manufacturer has signed a “global patent cross-license agreement” with the owner of the world’s most popular smartphone operating system. Soogle Gamsung, I call them.
The agreement covers all existing Samsung and Google patents, and any further patents filed over the next 10 years. Beautiful.
Samsung chap Dr. Seungho Ahn whispers: “This agreement with Google is highly significant for the technology industry. Samsung and Google are showing the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes.”
Ooooh, take that Apple. Just last week we were relaying the results of a pre-trial summary judgement type thing, with Apple seemingly besting Samsung ahead of another patent case.
Google guy Allen Lo adds: “We’re pleased to enter into a cross-license with our partner Samsung. By working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation.”
To be fair, I don’t think anyone was expecting Samsung and Google to come to blows, barring some unlikely future wherein Tizen steps on Android’s toes and all-out war ensues. We can but dream…