It's being reported today that the two-faced Google and Samsung tag team "have joined Chinese mobile phone makers in expressing concern to China that Microsoft's bid to take over Nokia's phone business may result in higher patent licensing fees." Can you smell their fear of Nokia? And does anyone really believe that this two-faced beast is actually concerned for anyone other than themselves and how it could hurt the Android freight train?
According to a new Bloomberg report, "Google and Samsung asked China's Ministry of Commerce to make sure that the 5.44 billion euro ($7.5 billion) bid doesn't result in higher fees on wireless technology patents that will remain with Nokia. They're also concerned Microsoft will gain more power over the smartphone market and may abuse its patents."
The two companies join domestic vendors including Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. that asked China's regulators to set conditions on the deal, according to the officials. Microsoft and Nokia announced the deal in September after the Finnish company lost ground in the smartphone market to Apple's iPhone and devices running Google's Android platform.
China's Ministry of Commerce is conducting an anti-monopoly review and is likely to approve the deal, the officials said. The question is whether the ministry will demand the companies guarantee that the agreement doesn't result in higher patent fees.
Is this hypocritical on Samsung's part or what? Last month Korea's Fair Trade Commission said it was okay for Samsung to use their FRAND patents against Apple. In 2011, Apple filed a complaint with the European Commission, alleging that Samsung violates its fair competition law by abusing its dominant market power and demanding excessively high patent licensing fees for 3G wireless technology patents. Now that same hypocrite Samsung is barking at the Chinese Ministry all concerned that Microsoft could stick it to them? PEW!
This is the very same tag-team crying to the government about the need for assistance against patent trolls while at the same time joining the legal team of a patent troll to hurt Apple. This tag-team takes hypocrisy to a whole new level.
Then again, that news should put a smile on the face of Microsoft's new CEO who is currently shaking things up in Redmond. Smelling Samsung's fear of Nokia's patents will energize the Nokia team. May they pound Samsung into the ground in the coming years and put them in their place.
Nokia introduced some really great phones last week at the Mobile World Congress that introduced a very sharp hybrid UI between Android and Windows 8. See our report "Nokia Declares War on Samsung with Exciting New Android Smartphones at Stunning Prices."
For more about this latest development in China, read Bloomberg's report titled "Google, Samsung Said to Express Microsoft-Nokia Concern to China."