Microsoft announced today that it has signed a patent licensing agreement with Hon Hai, the parent company of Foxconn. The agreement covers devices, including smartphones, tablets and televisions, manufactured by Foxconn that run the Android and Chrome operating systems.
Microsoft contends that certain technologies used in Google’s Android and Chrome platforms infringe on Microsoft’s patents.
Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, puts together electronic products that are often sold under other companies’ names. Though Microsoft has Android and/or Chrome patent licensing agreements in place already with many big-name companies — including Samsung, LG and HTC — the Foxconn agreement could cover smaller companies that contract with Foxconn.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, though Microsoft said it would receive royalties from Hon Hai.