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Microsoft and Hon Hai agree on patent licensing deal

0. phoneArena posted on 17 Apr 2013, 01:40

Foxconn parent Hon Hai has agreed to enter into a patent licensing deal with Microsoft that will protect the manufacturer and allow it to use Microsoft's patents for Android and Chrome OS for devices such as smartphones, tablets and televisions; while terms of the agreement were not released, Redmond based Microsoft is expected to receive royalties...

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posted on 17 Apr 2013, 01:50

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Is Hon Hai going to be selling its own line of Android smartphones? If they were manufacturing for another end-seller, they wouldn't need to license from MS. Example is Apple - its license to the MS portfolio extends to its contract manufacturers (of which Hon Hai is one).

If so, Apple will be changing contract manufacturers before too long.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 01:50

2. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

Okay pay up man.. ;)

Instead of filling law suits and all, why don't you just pay. That settles everything..

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 02:17

3. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

I wonder what the terms of the deal are. What patents does Microsoft have that a manufacturer would need to license?

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 03:47

4. tigermcm (Posts: 860; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)

WTH MS with all this damn money you are raking in can you plz make something amazing when it comes to WP???? sheesh

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 16:35

5. xprimer (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

smells something fishy. . .

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