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Someone is having a big smile

October 25, 2011

I didn’t realized how many Android smartphones out there already, and how scary the pace of one smartphone after another, until I read Roger Cheng’s report at CNet. And he’s only talking about the high-end phones, it’s another overwhelming story if we’re to talk about feature phones to value-conscious phones in global market.

And yesterday, Microsoft announced that they have inked the tenth Android patent agreement with Compal, the biggest smartphones and tablet computers maker for third parties. The snippet of Microsoft’s press release:

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Compal, one of the leaders in the original design manufacturing, or ODM, industry. Together with the license agreements signed in the past few months with Wistron and Quanta Computer, today’s agreement with Compal means more than half of the world’s ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under license to Microsoft’s patent portfolio

The meaning of the highlight up there: Steve Ballmer is smiling big while he sits back and throw his feet on the desk, knowing that the more Android smartphones out there means the more money his company will get. Getting richer while do nothing, who wouldn’t want that for life.

This is a wake up call for Google, Android’s future is getting darker by days.

* Note: The Galaxy Nexus photo is courtesy of Carnero.

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