Thursday, July 7, 2011

More with Microsoft v Android

I've mentioned the patent licensing agreements between Microsoft and various Android manufacturers. As reported on Network World, Microsoft announced that another manufacturer has agreed to a patent settlement:
Microsoft's latest target is Wistron Corp., which has signed a patent agreement "that provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Wistron's tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome platform," Microsoft announced.

You won't find Wistron devices in a Google Shopping search or on, because the company builds components for other brands. The existence of both Android and Chrome in the latest patent agreement shows Microsoft is going after Google products on multiple fronts. Chrome OS laptops, or "Chromebooks," recently hit the market from Samsung and Acer and contain the Chrome browser running on top of Linux.
Microsoft has struck more than 700 licensing agreements since launching its IP program in December 2003, including at least five with Android vendors. Just last week, Microsoft announced Android agreements with Velocity Micro, General Dynamics and Onkyo Corp.
In similar news, Microsoft is now asking Samsung to pay $15 for each Android smartphone it makes. See also our previous notes about General Dynamics Itronix (GDI) and HTC.

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