Along with the Amazon Kindle Fire, this spells even greater degradation of Android

Lack of protection from Google birthed Samsung’s Microsoft deal
[Via AppleInsider]

Samsung isn’t waiting for Google to close its acquisition of Motorola, and neither have a wide variety of other Android licensees who were supposed to be protected by the deal.

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The main benefit of Android – no licensing fees due to its open nature – is gone if everyone has to pay Microsoft licensing fees.

And with Amazon forking Android and closing it with its own App Marketplace, Google may get little if any benefit itself from the sale of those Kindles.

Looks like Microsoft and Apple will benefit along with Amazon, while Google will be left simply trying to sell its phones. But both Apple and Microsoft will have dual phone-tablet strategies that Google might not  really be able to match.