updated 10:15 am EDT, Thu June 30, 2011
Microsoft anti-Android patent deals targets Onkyo
Microsoft continued on its third straight day of trying to squeeze Android by landing a patent licensing deal for Onkyo's Android tablets. As with earlier deals this week with General Dynamics and Velocity Micro, Onkyo will pay royalties for every Android device it sells. The Japanese firm had no comment on the deal, most of whose terms remain secret.
The Windows developer believes it effectively owns rights to Android and, similar to its campaign against Linux, has been striking deals in the hopes that a lawsuit challenging the validity of the claims would be too costly in money and time to pursue. Microsoft has been selective in who it targets and demands extra from Android-only companies while reducing the amount or dropping royalties entirely for those who also use Windows Phone.
Onkyo has often been one of Microsoft's more loyal customers and until just recently limited its tablets almost exclusively to Windows.
Microsoft has so far had little success convincing companies to drop Android of their own accord, owing both to the better touch optimization of Google's platform as well as better battery life and other advantages. Although such tactics are common, critics have accused Microsoft of using patent royalties and lawsuits as attempts to profit despite an inability to compete with its current offerings.