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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

February 13, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Microsoft signs Voxx Electronics to its Android patent licensing program

Microsoft has signed on another partner to its lucrative Android patent-licensing program.

Voxx Electronics,  formerly called Audiovox Electronics, has agreed to pay Microsoft royalties on each device it produces that runs Android, including tablets and rear-seat entertainment devices, the two companies said today. The companies did not specify how much the royalties are.

Microsoft contends that Google’s Android operating system infringes on some of its patents. Many companies that manufacture Android devices have agreed to a licensing deal with Microsoft in which they pay Microsoft royalties for each Android device they manufacture.

While Microsoft has never disclosed how much per device the manufacturers pay, nor how much the program brings in overall, Microsoft’s lead attorney has said in the past that $5 per device seemed fair, while other estimates have placed the royalty much higher.

Veteran Microsoft analyst Rick Sherlund had estimated last year that Microsoft was getting about $2 billion a year on Android licensing revenue, based on estimated revenue of $5 per unit on each Android sold, and based on 70 percent of Android device manufacturers agreeing to the licensing program, according to ZDNet.

In its second quarter earnings results, announced in January, Microsoft had said that increased revenue from licensing its patents to Android phone makers had helped boost Windows Phone revenue by 50 percent to $340 million.

 

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