Microsoft this morning announced a patent deal with LG Electronics that covers LG’s tablets, mobile phones and other consumer devices running Google’s Chrome and Android operating systems.

It’s the latest in a series of patent agreements by Microsoft with makers of Android devices, and the company says it now has deals in place covering more than 70 percent of Android smartphones sold in the U.S.

Financial terms of the LG deal weren’t disclosed. In past deals, Microsoft has received royalties on sales of Android devices. Microsoft hasn’t reported any financial details, but at least one estimate has put the sum at more than $400 million a year.

Barnes & Noble and Motorola (which Google is acquiring) are fighting Microsoft over its Android patent claims in court.

Microsoft and Google aren’t involved directly in litigation over the issue, except via Motorola. But Google’s chief legal officer, David Drummond, spoke out in August against what he called “a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents.”

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  • Guest

    I like Microsoft’s three-pronged strategy to Win on the Phone:

    1. Windows Phone, which sells millions of phones every quarter and is still growing.
    2. Apps to taste the Microsoft experience on iOS.
    3. Licensing to receive cash from the growing number of Android OEMs.

    With three ways for cash to flow in to Microsoft, this is a no-lose scenario.

  • Guest

    I like Microsoft’s three-pronged strategy to Win on the Phone:

    1. Windows Phone, which sells millions of phones every quarter and is still growing.
    2. Apps to taste the Microsoft experience on iOS.
    3. Licensing to receive cash from the growing number of Android OEMs.

    With three ways for cash to flow in to Microsoft, this is a no-lose scenario.

    • Observer of the Obvious

      Spoken like a hopeful MSFT shareholder or mobile team exec.  :)

  • Anonymous

    While the end users can hate Microsoft all they want. Their is no denying Microsoft knows how to make money. 

    • http://twitter.com/MiguelHFerreyra MiguelHFerreyra

      Ok!! Microsoft is a a sleeping giant for their failures on OS. and others aren’t so useless that know Java. You can start, has outlined to explain how the bankruptcy of Microsoft, Apple, Sun and other gandes corporations, who knew how to steal, but at the time of paying the cast lsus own employees. Dates from 2000.
      Microsoft’s have a problem called: “Linux” who broke’s the business because they came up whith a real OS but Microsoft only had faults except MS-DOS.

    • http://twitter.com/MiguelHFerreyra MiguelHFerreyra

      Ok!! Microsoft is a a sleeping giant for their failures on OS. and others aren’t so useless that know Java. You can start, has outlined to explain how the bankruptcy of Microsoft, Apple, Sun and other gandes corporations, who knew how to steal, but at the time of paying the cast lsus own employees. Dates from 2000.
      Microsoft’s have a problem called: “Linux” who broke’s the business because they came up whith a real OS but Microsoft only had faults except MS-DOS.

  • http://twitter.com/MiguelHFerreyra MiguelHFerreyra

    Microsoft’ strategy by Windows Phone 7 faults in this order:

    1) Windows Phone no hopes sells millions.2) Apps to devasted the Microsoft experience on iOS.3) Microsoft cash to adquire & run lLicensing to receive cash of Android NO-OEMs.

  • http://twitter.com/MiguelHFerreyra MiguelHFerreyra

    Microsoft’ strategy by Windows Phone 7 faults in this order:

    1) Windows Phone no hopes sells millions.2) Apps to devasted the Microsoft experience on iOS.3) Microsoft cash to adquire & run lLicensing to receive cash of Android NO-OEMs.

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