Over the weekend, Microsoft announced that they have inked a deal with original design manufacturer, Compal Electronics, thus making making the number of Android partners that are licensing patents from Microsoft a nice round figure of ten. This adds to the list that currently includes HTC, Samsung, Acer, Quanta, Wistron, General Dynamics Itronix, ViewSonic, Onkyo and Velocity Micro.
Much like the rest of Microsoft’s agreements with their other Android partners, the fee and licensing structure of the deal remains unknown, but according to the press release, this would cover products from Compal such as tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices that run on both Android or Google’s Chrome platform.
It also seems that thanks to Compal, reportedly55% of original design manufacturer’s (Wistron, Quanta and Compal) by revenue now have Android licensing agreements with Microsoft. It looks like even if Windows Phone ends up failing and not taking off, Microsoft should still be able to make a tidy profit from at least one of their competitors – Android.
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