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Microsoft to impose royalty fees to prevent spread of Android

Posted on Tuesday, October 26 2010 @ 14:43:11 CEST by

DigiTimes claims Microsoft plans to impose royalty fees to prevent Taiwanese handset and netbook makers from using Android and Chrome OS:
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.


As Android is an open platform, vendors of Android handsets have to pay royalty fees of at least US$10-15 per handset for licensed use of the patents concerned, the sources explained. Since Taiwan-based vendors have not been in strict compliance with the requirement for royalty fees, adoption of Android incurs considerably lower cost to them than using Windows Mobile, the sources indicated.



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