Microsoft Signs Two More Android Patent Licensees
Microsoft today said that it has struck agreements with Coby Electronics and Aluratek, which will license smartphone-related patents from Microsoft for their own Android-based devices. Coby Electronics is based in Lake Success, N.Y., and Aluratek is based in Austin, Texas. "The licensing agreements with Aluratek and Coby Electronics demonstrate yet again that licensing is the path forward to resolving intellectual property disputes within the industry, and can be effective for companies of all sizes," said Microsoft Deputy General Counsel Horacio Gutierrez in a statement. Microsoft didn't say to what technologies the patents are related. Microsoft has reached similar licensing agreements with a number of other smartphone makers, including HTC, LG, Samsung, and others.
Researchers Suggest Phone Makers Mislead Consumers About Security Patches
Security Research Labs says Android phone makers often miss security patches but still tell owners the phones are up-to-date. Researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell examined the code of some 1,200 phones from more than a dozen phone makers for every security patch released during 2017.
Microsoft, Kyocera Expand Patent-Licensing Deal
Microsoft today said that it has expanded the scale of a patent cross-licensing agreement with Kyocera. Microsoft and Kyocera are now able to use a broader range of one another's technologies in a variety of products.
Lenovo to Preload Microsoft Apps on Android Phones
Lenovo has agreed to install Microsoft's core productivity applications on some of its Android-based devices. The apps include Microsoft Office, OneDrive, and Skype.
Luna Mobile Licenses Microsoft Patents
Microsoft today announced a new partnership with Luna Mobile, which has agreed to license Microsoft's technology patents for mobile devices. Luna has committed to launching 5 different smartphones this year, ranging in price from $139 to $459.