Pantech could be next to sign Microsoft patent deal

Microsoft has been making patent agreements with a number of Android-based smartphone and tablet makers. Last week, the company announced its newest deal with LG. Now it appears that the next smartphone company that could be making an agreement with Microsoft is Pantech.

The South Korean news web site Yonhapnews.co.kr reports that a Pantech spokesperson has confirmed, "We are in talks with Microsoft over the patent use, but specific details have not yet been decided,"

As we have reported before, Microsoft has now made patent agreements with 11 Android-based smartphone and tablet makers, including Samsung, HTC, LG and others.  These agreements usually mean that Microsoft gets money from the sale of every Android-based product made by those companies where it has secured patent deals.

Pantech is South Korea's third largest smartphone maker. It recently began releasing smartphones here in the US. That includes the Pantech Breakout, which is at the moment the cheapest smartphone from Verizon that support the wireless carrier's LTE network. At CES 2012 last week, Pantech announced its first tablet device, the Pantech Element, that will be sold via AT&T on January 22.

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Android includes active sync to connect to MS exchange servers and hotmail, active sync isn't open source. They needed active sync for a big chunk of smartphones users, google benefit and pay nothing. So the makers of handsets, that get android for 'free' have to pay for the licensing. Its easy

duddit2 said,
Android includes active sync to connect to MS exchange servers and hotmail, active sync isn't open source. They needed active sync for a big chunk of smartphones users, google benefit and pay nothing. So the makers of handsets, that get android for 'free' have to pay for the licensing. Its easy

Interesting; where did you get the lists of the patents MS claims that Android is using? so far I have been unable to find it.
TIA

Fritzly said,

Interesting; where did you get the lists of the patents MS claims that Android is using? so far I have been unable to find it.
TIA

Google has not licensed ActiveSync for Android, only for their services (aka GMail). Any and all Android manufacturers that want to write and include an EAS client on their phone have to license the EAS protocol from MS.

I doubt Pantech is dealing with EAS licensing as most if not all of the other OEM HW vendors already licensed EAS long before the other patent deals.

scorp508 said,

Google has not licensed ActiveSync for Android, only for their services (aka GMail). Any and all Android manufacturers that want to write and include an EAS client on their phone have to license the EAS protocol from MS.

I doubt Pantech is dealing with EAS licensing as most if not all of the other OEM HW vendors already licensed EAS long before the other patent deals.

Exactly; my understanding is that MS is claiming that Android OS is infringing other patents; but again I could not find a list of these alleged violations.

neoxphuse said,
So I wonder how free is Android really? If it is really using open-source software?

Yes, but only in the core (I could be wrong, though).

neoxphuse said,
So I wonder how free is Android really? If it is really using open-source software?

Yes.. Android is free.. and it's open source. and you can use it for whatever you want. The patents in hand are related to specific UI parts that these companies use as a standard.

Now, personally, I don't really have issues with this. If Microsoft gets a piece of Android popularity and we continue getting quality hardware with a kick ass OS, Microsoft is being actually reasonable company here. Even though the patent system is broken, it shows that Microsoft is more business oriented as always and instead of trying to destroy Android, they are going with the flow and they will make some money out of it.

On the other end of the spectrum they will be offering their own solution as a competing platform with multiple hardware choices so it all turns out great.

The only one who is toxic to this whole industry is Apple really.

Boz said,

Yes.. Android is free.. and it's open source. and you can use it for whatever you want. The patents in hand are related to specific UI parts that these companies use as a standard.

Now, personally, I don't really have issues with this. If Microsoft gets a piece of Android popularity and we continue getting quality hardware with a kick ass OS, Microsoft is being actually reasonable company here. Even though the patent system is broken, it shows that Microsoft is more business oriented as always and instead of trying to destroy Android, they are going with the flow and they will make some money out of it.

On the other end of the spectrum they will be offering their own solution as a competing platform with multiple hardware choices so it all turns out great.

The only one who is toxic to this whole industry is Apple really.

We are mostly talking about activesync here, and Apple pays MS for that so... You think Apple is being toxic because they are actively defending their own patents as is required by law? Even if they weren't doing that, you would still consider Apple to be toxic, wouldn't you?

Shadrack said,

You think Apple is being toxic because they are actively defending their own patents as is required by law? Even if they weren't doing that, you would still consider Apple to be toxic, wouldn't you?

Not really.. 2 things that are facts

1. Apple has shady patents that are nothing but generalized ideas and are acting as a troll

2. Apple has no intention of licensing their patents out but want to destroy competition because that's the only way they will remain relevant in this industry.

Facts are, unlike Microsoft, Apple is riding their whole company on iPhone and iPad and will do whatever they can to kill competition.

These are the reasons they are toxic to this industry. If Apple was a an ok company and open to working nicely with others I wouldn't hate them at all. I hate them because they are scumbag, evil, cancer on technology on account of cult they have built and the whole class warfare argument.

Btw, Joshua Topolsky touches this very nicely in his rant about these Apple PR shills like MG Siegler and John Gruber. If you read it, you would understand why A LOT of people hates Apple and how they conduct business and PR. They are just an evil company that is by far worse than MS ever was at their worst, plain and simple.

http://www.theverge.com/2011/12/15/2638611/*********