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Microsoft to charge royalty fees to prevent Acer, Asustek from using Android in netbooks, say Taiwan makers

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Microsoft plans to impose royalty fees on Taiwan-based vendors of Android handsets for using its patents in e-mail, multimedia and other functions, with Acer and Asustek Computer being targets in an actual attempt to prevent the two vendors from adopting Android and Chrome OS for their netbook and tablet PCs, according to Taiwan-based makers.

There are only several Taiwan-based handset vendors and only HTC has signed for licensed use of Microsoft patents, leaving Acer and Asustek being the targets for the royalty charge, the sources indicated. However, Acer’s and Asustek’s handset shipments are in small volumes and therefore Microsoft’s royalty charge is not for revenues, the sources noted.

Read more at DigiTimes

Uncategorized October 28th 2010

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