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June 30, 2011 at 8:05 AM

Electronics maker Onkyo will pay Microsoft for Google Android

Microsoft announced that a third company in as many days has agreed to pay Microsoft for using Google’s Android software on its tablets.

Onkyo will pay royalties to Microsoft, the companies said Thursday. They did not disclose how much Onkyo will pay. Onkyo is a Japanese company that makes stereos, DVD players and home speakers.

Microsoft claims that Google Android uses intellectual software that is Microsoft’s, and has sued Motorola and Barnes & Noble for installing Android on its tablet devices. Google gives away Android for free.

“We are pleased that Onkyo has taken advantage of our patent licensing program for Android devices and has signed this agreement,” said Horacio Gutierrez, deputy general counsel for Microsoft, in a statement.

Earlier this week, General Dynamics Itronix and Velocity Micro also said they would pay Microsoft royalties for using Google Android. Here is our earlier story on General Dynamics Itronix and our story on Velocity Micro.

Gutierrez said earlier that he was “pleased” by those agreements as well.

Microsoft currently does not have an operating system designed specifically for tablet devices. It is working on Windows 8, which will run tablet devices as well as traditional desktop and laptop computers.

I have reached out to Google to see if the company is interested in commenting about how a Microsoft is getting paid for Google software and I will update here when I hear back.

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