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Microsoft signs up Compal in patent deal, claims to get cut from half of all Android devices

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Microsoft has signed a patent agreement with $28 billion Taiwanese original device manufacturer (ODM) Compal Electronics. With this tenth Android agreement, over half of all Android devices are now being made by companies that have signed Android-related licensing pacts with Microsoft, claims the company.

Compal Electronics has a $28 billion business, and represents 16 percent of the Android ODM market, according to Microsoft, which already signed up the other two major Taiwanese ODMs in previous patent deals with Wistron and Quanta Computer. The latter is the manufacturer of’s Kindle Fire Android tablet, while Compal manufactures the Motorola Xoom tablet, among other devices.


Uncategorized October 25th 2011

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