Microsoft signs patent agreement with Compal Electronics over Android and Chrome devices



Microsoft has announced that they’ve entered into a patent licensing agreement with Compal Electronics that allows the Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) to use Microsoft’s patents in devices running Android or Chrome OS. Intrinsic details of the agreement are under wraps but Compal Electronics will pay royalties to Microsoft.

With Wistron, Quanta and now Compal, already under Microsoft’s licensing agreement, Android’s future without the patent deal is a big question mark. Microsoft has got more than half of the world’s ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices under their patent licensing agreement.

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