Microsoft seeks Android patent licensing deal from Huawei

Huawei might the next big company to pay up to Microsoft. According to a report by The Guardian, Huawei confirmed that Microsoft is demanding royalty payments for Huawei’s products that use Google’s Android OS. Victor Xu, chief marketing officer at Huawei said that negotiations with Microsoft were in progress. No deal has been reached at the moment, but seeing how Huawei’s already negotiating with Microsoft, a deal should be right around the corner.

Microsoft continues to rack in the dough with its licensing deals. Major OEMs including Samsung and HTC are already paying up for every Android device that they sell. The total number of companies paying Microsoft licensing fees to use Android is well over 10 now. They include the following:

  • Samsung
  • HTC
  • Acer
  • ViewSonic
  • Onkyo
  • General Dynamics/Itronics
  • Velocity Micro
  • Wistron
  • Quanta Computer
  • Compal

Although payment terms have not been disclosed, it is estimated that Microsoft is currently making more money from Android than it is with its Windows Phone 7 smartphone OS.

via The Guardian

By Jonathan Radande

Jonathan converted to the Android platform from Blackberry with the original Motorola Droid. He currently has a Samsung Galaxy Nexus complete with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on Verizon Wireless, a Motorola Xoom, and a Kindle Fire. Besides keeping up with Android news, he enjoys spending time with his family, gaming, reading, and computers.