Microsoft signs patent deal with LG, now milking 70% of all US Android smartphones

Microsoft signs patent deal with LG, now milking 70% of all US Android smartphones
Microsoft has just announced that it has signed a patent deal with LG over Android phones, tablets and other devices, but also for Chrome OS. With LG, now 70% of all Android smartphones in the US include the Microsoft fee. Microsoft is also suing Motorola Mobility and Barnes & Noble over Android intellectual property.

“We are pleased to have built upon our longstanding relationship with LG to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. Together with our 10 previous agreements with Android and Chrome OS device manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and Acer, this agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio,” Horacio Gutierrez, corporate VP of Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft said. “We are proud of the continued success of our program in resolving the IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome OS.”

The actual terms of the agreement however weren’t revealed.

It was previously speculated that thanks to patents Microsoft might be making more money from Android devices than from its own Windows Phone platform, but it’s hard to judge as there are no hard figures. Speculations pointed out that Microsoft is getting $5 for every HTC device with Android, for example.

source: Microsoft via Engadget


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