After LG, Microsoft on track to sign up Pantech in Android licensing deal

After LG, Microsoft on track to sign up Pantech in Android licensing deal
The massive success for Android might at first sound like bad news for Microsoft, but come to think about it - Redmond gets licensing money from 70% of Android phone makers, and after it got LG to sign up a deal, now it’s ready to sign Pantech up as well. Pantech is the third biggest phone manufacturer in Korea after Samsung and LG.

“We are in talks with Microsoft over the patent use, but specific details have not yet been decided,” a Pantech spokesperson said.

There are no specific details on the amount of money Microsoft gets from intellectual property on each Android device, but a leaked HTC-Microsoft deal suggested $5 per handset. 

source: Yonhap via 9to5Google


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9 Comments

1. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Hopefully all the earned money will be put into Windows Phone development.

4. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

its a common man thinking. companies think differently.

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it always amazes me how that $5 a handset turns into billions a year in free revenue. Anyone remember exactly what MS has over everyone that uses android? Wonder if its something google can eventually fix.

3. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 619; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I've been dying to know the same thing

5. androidsbiggestfan

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

So Microsoft is in talks with Microsoft over patent use: “We are in talks with Microsoft over the patent use, but specific details have not yet been decided,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. LOL

6. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Good catch

7. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

We are licensing ourselves to ourselves.

8. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Android funding Windows Phone development, so strange when you think

9. barbaracyrus

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

Thank you for providing an interesting topic here. A while ago, I came across an article connected with the issue. It was entitled "LG latest Android user to license patents from Microsoft". It stated there that LG is the most recent system producer to sign an agreement with Microsoft to license its patents, and the said company is the eleventh manufacturer using Android or Chrome OS platforms to sign a deal with Microsoft. The move is intended to stay away from future lawsuits from the software giant. However, criticism has been noted. According to TechCrunch, Google has categorized Microsoft’s methods as “pure extortion.” Now, do you think this will be beneficial? If so, will the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? In my opinion, some patents are worth defending, some aren't. But, I like seeing the companies work hand in hand, because its how business should run.

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