Microsoft Seals Licensing Deal With Another Android Device Maker

Software giant Microsoft has signed another patent licensing deal with an Android device maker to cash in on the success of Android.

Wistron has become the fourth Android device maker in the past two weeks to sign a patent licensing deal with the Windows maker.

According to a Microsoft press release, the licensing deal covers tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices made by Wistron to be based on the Android operating system.

As usual, the entire contents of the deal have not been disclosed by Microsoft, who is expected to receive royalties on every Android based device sold by Wistron.

Interestingly, the patent licensing deal also covers devices based on Google’s Chrome OS platform, inspired by the Chrome web browser.

"We are pleased that Wistron is taking advantage of our industrywide licensing program, established to help companies address Android's IP issues," said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft.

The first big Android device maker to sign a patent deal with Microsoft was HTC, after which Microsoft went for smaller companies like General Dynamics Itronix, Velocity Micro, and Onkyo.

The company is also waging a legal battle against companies who have refused to sign a patent deal with it, like Nook maker Barnes and Nobel and Motorola.