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Microsoft gets Aluratek to sign Android and Chrome license agreement

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PATENT TROLL Microsoft has inked yet another patent licensing deal for Android, with Aluratek signing on the dotted line.

Microsoft has managed to wrangle considerable amounts of cash through its Android licensing programme, so much in fact that the firm makes more cash directly from Android than Google itself. Now the company is set to make even more after getting Aluratek to sign patent licensing agreements for Google's Android and Chrome OS.

Horacio Gutierrez, corporate VP and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft made the same noises he always makes after snagging yet another firm in his net. "We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Aluratek. We are proud of the continued success of our licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome," said Gutierrez.

While Microsoft has been getting companies such as Samsung and HTC to sign Android licensing agreements, its ability to license Chrome OS is yet another blow for device makers looking for a cheap, and some would say superior, alternative to Microsoft's Windows operating system on tablets.

Microsoft didn't go into any details about how much it will make from Aluratek, however the firm pitches cheap Android tablets that lack access to Google Play, and ebook readers that are priced similarly to Amazon's Kindle, so it might not be a big earner. µ


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