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June 29, 2011 at 7:52 AM

Tablet maker Velocity Micro pays Microsoft for Google Android

velocity micro cruz tablet.jpgMicrosoft’s lawyers have convinced another electronics maker to pay Microsoft for using software made by its competitor Google.

Velocity Micro, an electronics company, makes tablets called Cruz that run Android, the mobile operating system Google develops for smartphones and tablets. Microsoft makes two competing mobile operating systems: Windows Phone for mobile phones and Windows 8, an operating system Microsoft is developing to run tablet devices. Velocity also makes PCs that run Windows.

The two companies said Wednesday that Velocity will pay royalties to Microsoft. On Monday, General Dynamics Itronix said it would also pay Microsoft for selling devices with Android.

Microsoft has pursued lawsuits against Barnes & Noble and Motorola over its use of Android, which Google gives away for free. Many longtime Microsoft partners that made PCs running Windows are now selling tablets and smartphones that use Android. Sony has said it will make tablets that run Android, although Microsoft has not announced any litigation or royalty agreement with the electronics giant.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Velocity Micro, Inc., to address and secure IP rights for its Android-based Cruz tablet devices,” said Horacio Gutierrez, deputy general counsel at Microsoft, in a statement.

Here is our earlier story on the General Dynamics Itronix agreement with Microsoft.

Here is our story on Microsoft suing Motorola and our story on Microsoft suing Barnes & Noble.

(Photo of Cruz tablet: Velocity Micro)

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