FoxConn to pay Microsoft royalties for Android devices

Apr 17, 2013
Workers inspect motherboards on a factory line at the Foxconn plant in Shenzen, southern China in a picture taken on May 26, 2010. Taiwan tech giant Hon Hai, parent company of FoxConn, will pay royalties to Microsoft to ward off a lawsuit over its production of devices using rival Google's Android and Chrome platforms.

Taiwan tech giant Hon Hai, parent company of FoxConn, will pay royalties to Microsoft to ward off a lawsuit over its production of devices using rival Google's Android and Chrome platforms.

A Microsoft statement late on Tuesday did not reveal the amounts the US company will be paid however.

The licensing agreement protects Hon Hai from claims that the cell phones and televisions it produces and which use Android and Chrome infringe on Microsoft's .

The Taiwanese company is the world's largest contract electronics maker and assembles products for Apple, Sony and Nokia, among others, in huge plants in China where it employs more than one million workers.

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gwrede
not rated yet Apr 17, 2013
The Taiwanese company is the world's largest contract electronics maker and assembles products for Apple, Sony and Nokia, among others.
When I was young, this used to be called Paying for Protection. Well clad gentlemen came to your shop and friendly suggested it might be a good idea. I see no difference here.

This time they didn't have the nerve to harass Apple, Nokia and Sony, so instead they went behind their back. But at the end of the day, Apple, Nokia and Sony have to pay for this protection. As a consumer I understand that ultimately I pay for this all. As usual.

Oh well. But in 5 year's time Microsoft will be well on its way to where Novell and Compaq and Sun Microsystems went.