Prepare to see a lot more Microsoft apps and services pre-installed on upcoming Android smartphones

Prepare to see a lot more Microsoft apps and services pre-installed on upcoming Android smartphones
So, when we first heard about the apps that will be baked into the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge at launch, many were baffled as to why Samsung would have Microsoft's OneDrive, OneNote, and Skype installed on its flagships from the box. A month later, those rumors were confirmed and we now know for a fact that Sammy plans to have Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype on upcoming 2015 tablets, and we wouldn't be surprised to see at least some of said apps baked into this year's iteration of the Galaxy Note line.

Those who have been following the Microsoft and Samsung drama over missed patent payments may have deduced that the sudden agreement both companies reached may have something to do with a deal to have Microsoft services pre-installed on Galaxy devices. And, apparently, such speculations are not far from the truth.

Hardware supply chain leaksters have reported that the Windows creator is offering discounts on patent royalties to any Android manufacturers who bake Redmond's apps onto their devices. “But isn't Android a Google thing?” you may ask. Yes, the operating system is, however, some of its functions (such as faster loading of web pages or the FAT file system, which allows it to communicate with the phone's SD card, among many others) were first invented and, naturally – patented, by Microsoft. So, anyone who wishes to get into the phone building game (and use Android) will owe a small piece of their pie to Redmond. Of course, if the latter proposes a drop in their fees to anyone who pre-installs Skype, OneNote, OneDrive, Word, etc. on their phones, there are very few ODMs that would not find themselves inclined to accept the offer.

According to the report, Microsoft has made such a deal with 11 different device makers, two of which are Samsung and Dell. We can't be sure who the other 9 are at this moment, though, we're pretty sure we'll be getting used to seeing Microsoft apps and services pre-installed on Android handsets this year.

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45 Comments

1. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

This is great idea as long as they don't come with monthly subscriptions to actually have some functionality.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

As long as Google's services are still there, like Maps, Chrome, Drive, Docs, and Hangouts, then I am okay.

12. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Doesn't the Office App now need a subscription for OneCloud to mostly work? plus you can't open docs straight from the phone memory, which really defeats the purpose of an office app, or have I just not been using the app for a really long time?

19. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

all false. for starters, it's OneDrive, not "OneCloud", and it's FULLY funtional regardless of whether the user has Office or not. It is attactched to their MS account, not their Office subscription. The office sub gives you more things like added storage. secondly, NO! docs can be both opened and created simply by using Offics online, similar to google docs. All one needs to do is log into the MS account. and YES you can open docs straight from phone storage, you have been able to that for a long long time. your perception is completey skewed.

21. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Ok, I just tested it out. You can't save new documents to phone storage, which defeats the purpose of an On-the-go office app.

23. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

... why? Saving to the cloud is one of the best features. Create on phone while, say, on the bus/train to work, access from work computer to further flesh out and refine, then share from the presentation computer (or phone or tablet). I wish I had had such functionality back when I was in school, as I wouldn't have depended on 3.5" floppies and later USB sticks and email for file transfers.

28. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Talk about being spoiled. We had these novel items called pen and paper. File transfers were handing in our assignments to our teachers. I miss the 70s. Better music, better grass and less stuck-up chicks.

2. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Seems fair enough to me. They don't have to use it, they choose to. And plus, if I ever switch to android, all my MS stuff will come pre-installed. Nifty.

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Premium bloats :)

4. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I stand by the fact that one drive is one of the best cloud storage options around and what more needs to be said about word.. They have great programs and I welcome these apps on my android

5. MarquiX unregistered

I really don't care, I'd most likely use it for school, long as we aren't charged for the subscription. If we have to pay its basically just going to take up my storage space.

6. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I'm fine with it. Just no subscription please.

7. Diablo2424

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

ahh yes, more bloatware out of the box... this is why I ROM all my devices, I can't stand the BS that they come with slowing them down. I understand the reason behind these applications being pre-installed though at least, so I don't mind them as much. And in case you're wondering, yes I remove that garbage from PC's as well, so it's not just a mobile thing for me. Then again, I run Linux on my personal PC's anyway.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Well, that how a monopolist company conduct their business no surprises there. Google just have to come up with better software, just like they do with Google Search, Chrome to replace IE as the preferred browser. Google will have to innovate or perish. For me, i will always stick closely with open standards.

11. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

How is this a monopoly? They invented this stuff, and they license it out. Want to pay less? Install our stuff on it. It's the OEMs' choice to do this. They can continue to pay more and not install it. And if you are an OEM and don't care what is on the phone, why wouldn't you?

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Monopoly is a convicted Monopolist, that is a fact. I don't why you want to argue with me over this. This is the exact behavior I expect from Microsoft. I don't like them and nothing you say will change my mind. https://www.collegetermpapers.com/viewpaper/1303382599.html

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

No, Google should have been smart like Apple to join Microsoft in a cross-platform licensing agreement. It has nothing to do with open standards, it's all about intellectual property. Apple pays Nokia for every GSM iPhone it sells because of Nokia's patented technology. Gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough.

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

29. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Nice work. Bring in a flawed decision from over 15 years ago based on a summary, not a verdict. Microsoft and Apple had reached their cross-licensing deal 2 years prior to this opinion (please learn the difference between judicial opinions and jury verdicts) and the agreement was entered in Federal Circuit Court which meant it outweighed any lower court decision such as the one by that District Court Judge. The fatal flaw in that opinion was that Microsoft never priced its products at a level deemed as "monopolistic". Why? Because Microsoft never made hardware as did Apple with their proprietary OS. You can keep ranting about big, bad Microsoft and its monopolistic ways, you'll just sound like an idiot doing so.

31. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I rather be an idiot than to be blind. Which law school have you graduated from?https://www.collegetermpapers.com/viewpaper/1303382599.html Read the growing list of Microsoft .http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Microsoft I have no problem with you worshipping Microsoft just don't expect everyone to do the same.

41. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

"Which law school have you graduated from?" I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night.

32. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I rather be an idiot than to be blind. Which law school have you graduated from?https://www.collegetermpapers.com/viewpaper/1303382599.html Read the growing list of Microsoft .http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Microsoft I have no problem with you worshipping Microsoft just don't expect everyone to do the same.

43. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Did you just quote collegetermpapers? Seriously this is what you quote? "bullying company, lead by a monopolist whose tactics make former Robber Barons during the Gilded Age look polite" Sorry but Crispin has got you on this one. We already knew you dont like MS, just like i dont like Google.

13. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

I fu***n hate greedy MS and their windows that I would shift to an iphone if all android devics are like that

33. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I will do likewise. That's why I am a Mac user to begin with. I will just buy an iPhone every year. Problem solved.

40. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

I use Linux (they both are UNIX with Mac)

42. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have a DIY setup using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Surprisingly, user friend, i have steam install playing X-COM: Enemy Within.

44. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Because of MS cross license with Apple, every time you buy a Mac you give MS money. Hell you can thank MS to begin with since they pretty much kept Apple afloat at the end of the 1990's buying stock etc.

14. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

microsft od excellent company

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