Korean tech manufacturer LG is the latest company to reach an Android licensing deal with Microsoft. The agreement is similar to those signed with HTC, Samsung and others, but unlike them, also includes Google's Chrome OS. Microsoft has benefited greatly from licensing deals. One estimate had them making three times more off HTC's Android sales alone than their own Windows Phone 7.
Microsoft attorney, Horacio Gutierrez, praised the "mutually beneficial agreement," noting that MS now licenses Android to 70% of all Android phones sold in the U.S.:
LG's Ken Hong sounded equally upbeat, saying that the deal allowed both companies to get back to what they do best, putting out products for consumers:
The Chrome part of the deal has yet to come into play, though speculation is that it will involve LG's upcoming 3D Google TV. As for the remaining 30% of the U.S. Android market, it looks like Microsoft's sights could next be set on Motorola Mobility, who was acquired by Google last year. How fascinating would it be if Google has to pay Microsoft for using one of its own products?
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