Microsoft and ZTE sign Android Patent License

04.25.13_technewsrprt_img_stories_regina-timothy_microsoft-zte-dealJust a week after announcing that it had inked an Android patent-licensing agreement with Hon Hai, parent company of Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, Microsoft has announced yet another deal this time with t China’s ZTE, one of the world’s largest smartphone companies.

While it seem odd that Microsoft is signing Android- and Chrome-related deals, Microsoft holds patents relating to navigation and how websites display content; technology used on the Android and Chrome platforms.

“Under the agreement, Microsoft grants ZTE a license to Microsoft’s worldwide patent portfolio for ZTE phones, tablets, computers and other devices running Android and Chrome OS,” Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, wrote in a blog post.

Other companies that have signed similar deals with Micrososft includes Samsung, LG, HTC, Acer, Barnes & Noble, and Nikon.

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