Microsoft inks deal with Honeywell, covers their Android devices under their patent portfolio

Microsoft adds Honeywell to their list of Android-based partners, and their patent portfolio.

@anthony256
Published Fri, Aug 3 2012 2:31 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:27 PM CST

Microsoft have just announced that they've inked an intellectual property (IP) deal with Honeywell, adding them to their ever-growing list of third parties who have to pay to use its software. Microsoft said in a statement:

Microsoft inks deal with Honeywell, covers their Android devices under their patent portfolio | TweakTown.com

We are pleased to have reached a patent agreement with Honeywell covering its Android devices under Microsoft's worldwide patent portfolio. Through this agreement Honeywell joins Microsoft's Android patent licensing program and demonstrates its responsible approach to the management of intellectual property.

This deal includes mentions of Chrome OS and Android, and now Microsoft has been quite effective in bringing Android OEMs into agreements that see the company collecting fees. It's not known whether all companies pay a per-unit cost, but at the end of the day they're having to hand over cash to Microsoft, or grab the closest lawyer.

Microsoft have recently talked of having over 70% of the Android OEM smartphone market as part of their licensing deal network, and now they've just added Honeywell to this list, and not so long ago, Pegatron. This deal stands out as it seems preemptive, as Honeywell only launched their first Android-based phone just hours ago.

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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