News by Michael Oryl on Thursday January 12, 2012.
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Microsoft has once again flexed its Intellectual Property muscle, having signed a new patent licensing agreement for LG that covers the Korean manufacturer's Android smartphones and tablets as well as its Chrome OS based devices.
Microsoft has signed many such deals over the past year, including an agreement with Samsung in September 2011, and, after signing a deal with Compal in October, announced that it receives royalties from over 53 percent of the Android devices sold in the U.S. That number is now greater than 70 percent, according to Microsoft's Horacio Gutierrez:
"We are pleased to have built upon our longstanding relationship with LG to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. Together with our 10 previous agreements with Android and Chrome OS device manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and Acer, this agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio."
Microsoft is now in a position where it almost surely makes more money from Android smartphones than it does from those running its own Windows Phone operating system.