Honeywell latest to sign Android patent deal with Microsoft

Microsoft continues to sign up companies that make Android and Chrome OS products. The last such announcement were made in July, when Microsoft said that two more companies, Aluratek and Coby Electronics, signed on the dotted line to use Microsoft's patents in their Android products.

Now Microsoft has made another similar deal, this time with Honeywell. In a press release, the company announced that the well known hardware maker has now joined with the vast majority of companies that have agreed to pay Microsoft a royalty fee to use their patents inside their Android products. Specific terms of the deal were not announced.

The most interesting part of this particular deal is that Honeywell just announced their first Android-based product today. The Dolphin 7800 Android device is being marketed as a digital assistant for enterprise workers.

Microsoft either heard of Honeywell's plans to make an Android device ahead of time and pressed them to sign a patent agreement, or Honeywell decided to be proactive and approached Microsoft themselves and made a deal ahead of their Dolphin 7800 Android announcement.

As we have reported before, the only major maker of Android products that has yet to sign a Microsoft patent agreement is Motorola, which is now owned by Android's creator Google.

Source: Honeywell press release

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Press release? You mean propaganda campaign? This is a PR FUD war, nothing more.

I'll be glad when software patents are abolished. Then perhaps Microsoft will have to learn to compete solely on the merits of its own products rather than riding the coat tails of others' success.

Figure 8 Dash said,
Obligatory comment about MS being a patent troll and they're the great evil.

The evil is when you prefer suing rather than offering license agreement. What is even more evil is stealing other's patented ideas while the rest acknowledges and pays.

Brosky Oliv said,

The evil is when you prefer suing rather than offering license agreement. What is even more evil is stealing other's patented ideas while the rest acknowledges and pays.

That's right, MS is coming to license agreements not just suing left right and center like other companies do to slow them down.

Brosky Oliv said,

The evil is when you prefer suing rather than offering license agreement. What is even more evil is stealing other's patented ideas while the rest acknowledges and pays.

Agreed, it's nice to see a company that wants competition in the marketplace instead of suing them out of the market with silly, back of a *** packet, nonsense patents.

Brosky Oliv said,

The evil is when you prefer suing rather than offering license agreement. What is even more evil is stealing other's patented ideas while the rest acknowledges and pays.

Software patents are bad (I don't like the word evil, as it conjures images of hell fire and religion) full stop.

Personally I'm sick of people defending Microsoft by saying it's somehow doing everyone a favour by extorting companies using decrepit and invalidated FAT patents. I'm sorry, but Microsoft is just as bad as Apple. By forcing companies into expensive licensing agreements (with threats of patent lawsuits), Microsoft is raising the price of competing products thereby making their own products appear more attractive, as well as spreading FUD that Android, Linux, and FOSS aren't free.

I refuse to use the word evil, but companies like Microsoft are the bane of innovation, competition, and cheaply priced consumer electronics. Let's not lie to ourselves and pretend they're a force for good when it's the complete opposite.