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.
Google, Seeking Patent Peace, Debuts PAX Licensing Network
Google today announced PAX, a patent-licensing initiative for Android that the company hopes will help resolve and/or prevent patent-related threats. Companies that join PAX give each other royalty-free patent licenses that cover Android and Google applications on compatible devices.
Samsung DeX Turns Galaxy S8 Into an Android Desktop
Samsung today announced DeX, a desktop accessory for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ that allows them to function as computers when attached to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. DeX is similar in concept to Microsoft's Continuum product.
Comcast Details Mobile Phone Service as Xfinity Mobile
Comcast today revealed details of its forthcoming Xfinity Mobile phone service. The company will use Verizon's 4G LTE network for the service, using an existing MVNO agreement.
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.