HTC, Samsung, Quanta, and Compal: what do these have in common once you drop in the Microsoft name? They all pay licensing fees for Android to Redmond and it looks like Huawei will join the party soon!
Victor Xu, chief marketing officer for Huawei, a Chinese telecoms giant manufacturing smartphones, among others, has recently admitted that “negotiations are in progress” with Microsoft in order to license certain intellectual properties used and infringed upon in Huawei Android-powered hardware. “We always respect the intellectual property of companies. But we have 65,000 patents worldwide too. We have enough to protect our interests. We are a very important stakeholder in Android”, he said.
After striking licensing deals with other big guns in the industry over Google’s Android, Microsoft appears to be close to signing yet another one, though details will be kept confidential as in the case of previous deals.