Apple, Microsoft, Oracle trying to kill Android: Google

Google’s chief legal officer has accused Microsoft, Apple and Oracle of teaming up to kill Android operating software by using a bogus patents campaign. Google's chief legal officer David Drummond, wrote at the company's official blog that, "Microsoft and Apple have always been at each other's throats, so when they get into bed together you have to start wondering what's going on."

Android is on fire. More than 550,000 Android devices were being activated worldwide every day through a network of 39 manufacturers and 231 carriers. A few hours after Drummond’s outburst, Brad Smith, general counsel and senior V-P at Microsoft, denied the company was part of any plan to gang up against Google. "Google says we bought Novell patents to keep them away from Google. Really? We asked them to bid jointly with us. They said no," Smith Twitted. 

"Patents were meant to encourage innovation, but lately they are being used as a weapon to stop it," wrote Drummond. "We're not naive... we're determined to preserve Android as a competitive choice for consumers, by stopping those who are trying to strangle it."

He added that Google will fight back by "strengthening our own patent portfolio". The company, after failing to buy Nortel patents, recently bought over 1,000 patents from IBM.