Microsoft signs Quanta deal, ninth Android patent pact in 18 months

Microsoft just announced another Android  patent licensing deal, this one with Quanta Computer — saying that the agreement “provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Quanta’s tablets, smartphones and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome Platform.”

It’s the latest in a series of deals resulting from Microsoft’s claims that Google’s operating systems violate its patents — an assertion that Google’s top legal officer has described as “bogus.”

Microsoft says it’s the ninth Android-related patent agreement it has signed in the past 18 months. The most recent had been a surprise deal with mobile phone giant Samsung, the world’s No. 2 smartphone maker behind Apple.

Financial terms of the latest patent agreement weren’t disclosed, but Microsoft says it will receive royalties from Quanta under the agreement.

Other companies that have signed Android deals with Microsoft are HTC, General Dynamics Itronix, Wistron, Acer, ViewSonic, Velocity Micro and Onkyo.

  • Guest

    Google also called Oracle’s claims bogus. That doesn’t mean they aren’t going to lose the lawsuit.

  • Guest

    This is great news for Microsoft! So far this year Microsoft has made more money from Android than Google has. Kudos to Steve for continuing to demonstrate huge wins.

    • Guest

      Google has said that Android isn’t about new revenue but rather another way to monetize existing. So no, MS’s hasn’t made more from Android than Google. Google has just made the money on the search back end and not the Android licensing front end.

  • Guest

    Kindle Fire any one?

  • Guest

    Kindle Fire any one?