More Android device makers come to Microsoft licensing
Microsoft has taken the if you can’t beat them; license the crap out of the patents needed approach to dealing with Android. The company has so far signed up just about every major maker of Android smartphones for patents that Microsoft holds having to do with Android devices. The latest to come to the patent talk table is Chinese firm Huawei.
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Huawei is talking with Microsoft about a patent licensing deal. Huawei has been making and selling Android products for a while and any deal will presumably have some back payments for royalties built in. Microsoft has also been using the patents it holds as a hammer to beat some makers into supporting Windows Mobile on their devices.
Huawei is said to be launching smartphone and tablets with the Android OS in the UK to start. The company has plans to expand to the US, Japan, and India in 2012 and then other countries in 2013 reports BBC. Microsoft has alleged in the past that Huawei is violating patents it holds having to do with Android.