Microsoft continues to profit from Android’s success; scores two more Android patent deals
Things are looking good for Microsoft when it comes to the money its making from the growing success of Google’s Android OS. Today, Microsoft announced that it had signed two more licensing deals with Android OEMs. Today, the Redmond Washington-based company announced that it had signed licensing deals with Colby and Aluratek, two companies that manufacture Android tablets.
Although the terms of the agreement were not revealed, both Colby and Aluratek will be paying Microsoft lots of money to build products that use Google’s Android and Chrome OS. Colby and Aluratek join other Android OEMs such as HTC, Samsung, LG, Viewsonic, Acer, and more.
Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of the Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft had this to say about the new licensing deals:
We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Aluratek [and Colby]. We are proud of the continued success of our licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome.
It looks like Microsoft will continue to be making money off the success of Android. According to Goldman Sachs, Microsoft is set to earn close to $500 million from Android-related patent licensing deals during 2012.