Microsoft Inks Yet another Android Licensing Deal

It’s been quite some time Apple battling against Android-powered device makers. The Cupertino-based company has already filed infringement cases on intellectual property against Samsung, HTC and Motorola Mobility.

In views of majority, the hoards of litigations from Cupertino Company are in fact resulting in suppressing the healthy competition. However, Apple is not alone in the race, many other are up to same practices. Perhaps, the most alarming thing for Android partners is likely to be Microsoft and its IP rather than infringement cases…

While quoting a blog post on Microsoft’s website, Neowin.net reports that the company has signed its 10th license agreement with an Android-powered device maker, the Compal. Have a look at the citation:

Today Microsoft announced its tenth license agreement providing coverage under our patent portfolio for Android mobile phones and tablets. Today’s agreement is with Compal, one of the world’s largest Original Design Manufacturers, or ODM. Compal is based in Taiwan, where it produces smartphones and tablet computers for third parties and has revenue of roughly $28 billion per year.

Today’s announcement marks Microsoft’s ninth Android agreement in the last four months. More important, today’s announcement means that companies accounting for over half of all Android devices have now entered into patent license agreements with Microsoft.

The corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft, Horacio Gutierrez while talking on deal said:

We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Compal, one of the leaders in the original design manufacturing, or ODM, industry. Together with the license agreements signed in the past few months with Wistron and Quanta Computer, today’s agreement with Compal means more than half of the world’s ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under license to Microsoft’s patent portfolio, we are proud of the continued success of our licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome.

If you go through an entire article, you will come to know they define licensing deals as fair and respectful, which is hard to believe. Currently, Microsoft get $5 for every Android device that HTC sells, some similar agreements it has signed with other manufacturers as well.

Certainly, not a good deal for Android manufacturers, as their profits are often not on the higher side on first place. However, Microsoft tactfully taking advantage of these agreements, for instance, its Windows Phone is having competition with Android device – the situation is pretty much obvious.

There is a very tricky situation here as it is hard to realize whether it is Apple that is a threat for Android or it is Microsoft. Google mobile OS is certainly having a hard time. Let’s wait and see how it will manage to survive under extremely unsupportive circumstances.

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