News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday January 17, 2012.
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After lassoing in HTC, Samsung, LG, and many other manufacturers for patent licensing deals related to Android, Microsoft's latest conquest may be Pantech, as it has been reported that the two companies are in talks for a deal.
"We are in talks with Microsoft over the patent use, but specific details have not yet been decided," said a Pantech spokesperson on the matter.
Upon closing a deal with LG, Microsoft boasted that it has patent licensing deals covering over 70 percent of the Android devices sold in the U.S. This has caused some to speculate that thanks to these deals, Microsoft actually makes more money than Google from the sales of Android devices - and certainly more than it brings in from its own Windows Phone operating system. [YonHap News via Phone Scoop]
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