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Microsoft Now Collects Royalties From Over Half of All Android Devices 241

An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has inked a deal with Compal Electronics, which pumps out gadgets that run Android and Chrome OS, for an undisclosed sum." Microsoft has an explanatory weblog post; with this deal over half of all Android devices are licensing patents from Microsoft. Notably refusing to cooperate and instead opting for the court battle route are Motorola and Barnes and Noble.
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Microsoft Now Collects Royalties From Over Half of All Android Devices

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  • Plan B (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Ant P. ( 974313 ) on Monday October 24, 2011 @08:50AM (#37815774) Homepage

    I guess it's more cost-effective to shakedown directly than using SCO as a proxy.

  • I cant help drawing parallels to the Novell agreement where Microsoft in practice paid Novell hefty sums to keep going in Microsofts direction, focusing on MS technologies and products.

    Would anyone except Nokia keep churning WP7 phones out when it still, one year after release has not gotten more than 0,3% of the market? I strongly suspect Samsung, HTC etc in reality gets paid for using WP7 and dont pay a dime to use Android. Ofcourse on paper they pay Microsoft for licenses, but then they get that money and ten times more back in the form of marketing contributions for WP7.

    Just as with Novell that is.

  • Re:Bad Choice (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Kjella ( 173770 ) on Monday October 24, 2011 @09:08AM (#37815926) Homepage

    Or because they had plenty patents of their own and cross-licensed for peanuts. Or just got a good deal. Many patent trolls will give out the first licenses for next to nothing, then try to shake down the rest claiming the rest of the industry has licensed it. We'll see when it comes to court how real their claims are.

  • by bogaboga ( 793279 ) on Monday October 24, 2011 @09:13AM (#37815972)

    with this deal over half of all Android devices are licensing patents from Microsoft.

    Why is Google silent in this matter? Now before you mod me down, I know Google have made some inconsequential comments. These have not helped at all.

    Dicalimer: I am not a lawyer.

    If I were Google, I would file a some lawsuit to 'force' Microsoft to reveal the patents that Android is infringing on, or force Microsoft not to mention the word Android in its licensing propaganda.

    My suspicions of what is really going on:

    1: Microsoft approaches an Android OEM with a 'sweet deal' relating to Android.

    2: Microsoft pays the OEM some cash and a deal is struck that results in the OEM saying no word about the deal, but allows Microsoft to spread FUD.

    On major OEMs like Samsung, the deal could be about future android based products that would envisage incorporating Microsoft technology (which actually exists and is interesting).

    You wonder why the other party says nothing at all about the licensing. But the major thing about all this is the silence of Google.

    What Google could do in addition, is to modify the non GPL portions of Android and add language that specifically prohibits licensees from entering into licensing deals like the ones Microsoft touts if they are going to be party to Microsoft's FUD.

    Here's the worry: It might backfire!

  • by transami ( 202700 ) on Monday October 24, 2011 @09:22AM (#37816060) Homepage

    Does anyone else find it ironic that the broken U.S. patent system, and by extension, the broken U.S. government, along with some good-old boy corporate nepotism, is leading us right back to the old Microsoft/Apple duopoly? No more webOS, no more Meego, RIM is on the ropes and Android looks to be next.

    Who looses? The customer.

  • by RazzleFrog ( 537054 ) on Monday October 24, 2011 @09:37AM (#37816228)

    I know the anti-Microsoft tendencies are strong on this site but Microsoft is definitely not "cementing its monopoly".

    IE market share has dropped from 70% in 2008 to 40% in 2011.

    While Windows Desktop OS market share is still high, a large part of that is still XP and Mac has made a small dent in the total as well.

    Linux continues to make huge inroads on the server OS front.

    Smartphones, Windows OS is barely a blimp. And guess what - that's where the future market is. I know several people who fully expect their next "laptop" to actually be a tablet.

    So believe it or not, Microsoft sees a future where it is struggling to stay alive and needs to reinvent itself.

  • by webheaded ( 997188 ) on Monday October 24, 2011 @09:49AM (#37816460) Homepage
    The thing that bothers me about all this is that Google hasn't stepped into the courts really very much at all yet. These companies are getting screwed using the Google OS and quite frankly, Google should be helping them out in court. I don't understand why they haven't yet.

    Also, I hate to be that guy but why do I see SO many people that don't know how to use loose vs lose? You lose a customer. You loose the hounds upon someone. That bolt is loose. You lose bolts all the time. I am not kidding at all...I see it everywhere. I think I'm starting to see this more than the people that can't use then and than right and I am perplexed.
  • Re:Plan B (Score:4, Interesting)

    by JohnFen ( 1641097 ) on Monday October 24, 2011 @12:13PM (#37819282)

    Which patents does Android violate?

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