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What does Microsoft have to do with the Nikon camera pictured here? Nope, it isn’t running a form of Windows.

Microsoft has reached a patent licensing agreement with Nikon to receive royalties on cameras that use Google’s Android operating system. It’s the latest in a series of licensing deals between Microsoft and Android device makers, based on Microsoft’s claims that Android infringes on its patents.

Financial terms weren’t disclosed, but Microsoft says the deal “provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for certain Nikon cameras running the Android platform.” Microsoft has signed similar licensing deals with companies ranging from Samsung and LG to HTC and Barnes & Noble.

Nikon’s Coolpix S800C, released last year, was touted as the first camera in the Coolpix line to also be an Android smart device.

Previously: Patents: Microsoft wants higher standards, more transparency in U.S. system




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