An anonymous reader writes: This week's Microsoft tactic against Google and its Android mobile operating system: a barrage of announcements of deals with Android vendors caving and agreeing to pay Microsoft patent royalties. General Dynamics Itronix on Monday, Velocity Micro on Tuesday, and Onkyo on Thursday. HTC is reportedly paying Microsoft $5 per Android device. Some view the agreements as indications that Microsoft has reasonably strong intellectual property claims on Android. Is Android neither 'free' as in 'beer' nor 'free' as in 'speech'? With Microsoft and others charging patent license fees and Google tightly controlling Android, this is worthy of discussion.