Microsoft collects fees from over half of Chrome and Android manufacturers
Microsoft is collecting millions of dollars in patent licenses from Original Device Manufacturers (ODMs) producing smartphones, tablets and other consumer devices running Android and Chrome.
Following a recent deal with the Taiwanese firm Compal Electronics, the tech giant now has more than half of the worldwide ODMs for Android and ChromeOS devices now paying it patent royalties.
ODMs are manufactures that produce products for other firms to sell under their brand.
Compal Electronics, for instance, is...