Electronics giant LG becomes the 11th Android OEM to sign a licensing agreement with Microsoft. Under the agreement LG will have to pay royalties to Microsoft to access its IP portfolio for all of LG’s tablets, phones and “other consumer devices” which run either Android or Chrome OS.
So far, major Android OEMs such as HTC, Samsung and Acer have signed similar agreement with Microsoft. With the latest agreement, it leaves out only Motorola, one of the big Google Android players that has not signed such agreement yet.
In a statement, Microsoft said “We are pleased to have built upon our longstanding relationship with LG to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. Together with our 10 previous agreements with Android and Chrome OS device manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and Acer, this agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft.