Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) says it's so. In an antitrust complaint filed with the European Commission , the Android maker has accused the pair of illegally transferring 2,000 patents to so-called patent troll Mosaid Technologies Inc.
"Nokia and Microsoft are colluding to raise the costs of mobile devices for consumers, creating patent trolls that side-step promises both companies have made," Google said in a statement. "They should be held accountable, and we hope our complaint spurs others to look into these practices."
Both Nokia and Microsoft have denied the claims that its patent sale to Mosaid last September was illegal, and Microsoft called it a "desperate tactic" by Google.
In other mobile OS news:
Analysys Mason says only 9 percent of BlackBerry users use the media player on the smartphones, compared to 98 percent that do on the iPhone. Sure, RIM's customers email a ton, but that's become a commodity. Multimedia is where it's at, and RIM's missed the mark, the firm says.
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile