Hon Hai Precision Industry, commonly known as Foxconn, has joined a list of manufacturers to reach a licensing agreement with Microsoft over patents associated with Android and Chrome OS. Fine details about the arrangement are being kept under wraps for the sake of confidentiality, but it's said to be Microsoft's biggest score to date, which is noteworthy as the company touts 1,100 other licensing agreements.
The Taiwanese outfit makes some 40% of the world's consumer electronics and it seems relatively safe to assume that a large and rising percentage of those devices are running a Google-made operating system, particularly among smartphones and tablets. In other words, Microsoft should have no problem collecting a fair sum of cash off Google-powered hardware that passes through Foxconn's facilities.
With the world's leading gadget maker on its licensing roster, Microsoft now has pacts with about half of the global contract firms who produce Android devices, including Pegatron and Quanta. Interestingly, it has been noted that the new deal could complicate things a little between Foxconn and device designers as Microsoft's fee doesn't have to be paid by both parties, leaving them to decide who's footing the bill.
Although the software giant has managed to cut deals with a large portion of the planet's electronics makers as well as major device brands including Samsung, LG, HTC and Acer, one name is notably absent from the list: Motorola Mobility. The Google subsidiary hasn't caved to Microsoft's demands and the pair have been locked in dispute for a couple of years with court cases ongoing in the US and Germany.
The Google Nexus 10 features Android 4.2 with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip paired with 2GB of RAM, as well as a 10-inch screen at 2560 x 1600 resolution, clocking in at 300ppi. There’s also a 5MP camera on the back, a 1.9MP camera on the front, and a battery that Google says runs for 9 hours. Other features include microUSB, Micro HDMI and not one but two NFC chips.
The Google Nexus 7 is the first Google tablet and is manufactured in partnership with Asus. It features a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display and a Tegra 3 SoC which itself comprises a quad-core CPU and twelve-core GPU. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, also you get a front-facing camera and ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
The Nexus 4 is Google’s flagship handset that shipped along Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Nexus 4 packs a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS display, 2GB of RAM, dual cameras (1.3MP front, 8.0MP back), and either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. Google also baked in NFC support and wireless charging.
The Samsung Galaxy S II runs Android 2.3 (codenamed Gingerbread) and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. It is the first handset to offer Samsung's Super AMOLED Plus screen technology (4.27-inch display, 800x480 resolution), and is the company's thinnest phone at 8.49mm, with a weight of just 116g. The device also features an 8MP primary camera with 1080p video capture, and a 2MP camera in the front, as well as integrated NFC support on some versions. It also has BlueTooth 3.0+HS and HSPA+ connectivity.
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