Parent of Foxconn is latest company to license patents from Microsoft
Microsoft has agreed a worldwide patent licensing deal with Hon Hai, the parent company of Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn. It’ll cover Hon Hai for producing smartphones, tablets and smart TVs that use the Android and Chrome operating systems.
Full details are confidential but Microsoft will receive royalties from Hon Hai.
Andy Rubin, who’d been responsible for the Android operating system as Google’s Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content, is moving to a new role at Google.
Sundar Pichai, who’d previously managed Chrome for Google, will now lead Android.
Google has announced the latest version of its Chromebook computers, adding a high-quality touch-sensitive display and the option of 4G connectivity.
The Chromebook is a laptop-type device that runs on Google’s Chrome operating system and relies on cloud storage.
Three and a half years ago, Google launched its Chrome web browser for desktop and laptop computers.
It’s now introduced a beta version of Chrome for Android-powered mobile devices, although it’ll only run on phones or tablets that use Android ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ version 4.0.
Microsoft and LG Electronics have signed a patent agreement that covers LG’s Android mobile phones and tablets under Microsoft’s patent portfolio.
It’s a wide-reaching deal that builds on an existing agreement and also covers any other LG consumer devices, including those running the Chrome OS.