It's been some time since we have heard any news about Microsoft signing up companies to use its patents on Android devices. Today that changed when the company announced a new agreement with New York State-based Voxx Electronics that will allow it to use patents owned by Microsoft in its Android products including "rear-seat entertainment devices, tablets and other consumer devices."
Specific details of the deal were not covered in Microsoft's press release but it did state it will receive a royalty from Voxx Electronics. It's basically the same set up that Microsoft has made with the many other Android device makers it has signed up over the past few years including LG, Samsung and others. While Microsoft has never revealed just how much money it has received from its various Android license agreements, some analysts have estimated that the company gets as much as $2 billion a year from the patent deals.
Voxx Electronics was previously known as Audiovox and makes a number of consumer and business electronics products with many different brand names; they include two budget priced Android 7 and 8-inch tablets, such as the T582, shown above.
Source: Microsoft on PRNewswire | Image via Voxx Electronics