With allegations that Google infringed on several patents in its Android operating system, two of the biggest beneficiaries of sales of mobile devices that use the technology could well be Oracle and Microsoft.
Both companies are seeking as much as a $20 licensing fee per device from handset makers that choose to use Android. That'd be roughly double the amount that Google makes in search revenue, on average, from every Android device, according to Deutsche Bank analyst Jonathan Goldberg. Google gives away the Android operating system in hopes of generating that revenue.
Goldberg learned of Oracle's bid to get licensing fees over alleged Java patent infringement in Android by chatting with "various handset makers," he said. He declined to name them, except to say that "I think they are approaching everyone who has Android OS or apps."
Goldberg added that Oracle was seeking $15 to $20 per Android device as part of an early adopters program that would, in theory, indemnify those companies in the event that Oracle wins its patent infringement lawsuit against Google, filed last August.
"As far as I know, no one has signed up for this program," Goldberg said. "They are, and I am too, particularly impressed with Oracle's spirit."… Read more