Microsoft and Compal sign Android patent agreement

More Android money flowing into the pockets of Microsoft. This time it’s the Taiwanese ODM Compal who has signed a patent agreement covering Android and Chrome based devices:

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 23, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. and Compal Electronics, Inc. have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Compal’s tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome Platform. Although the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Compal under the agreement.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Compal, one of the leaders in the original design manufacturing, or ODM, industry. Together with the license agreements signed in the past few months with Wistron and Quanta Computer, today’s agreement with Compal means more than half of the world’s ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under license to Microsoft’s patent portfolio,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “We are proud of the continued success of our licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome.”

In case you forgot; Compal is also a Windows Phone 7 ODM currently manufacturing devices for Nokia and Acer.

Continue reading Microsoft and Compal sign Android patent agreement →

Compal on track to start shipping 2 Million Windows Phones to Nokia in September

According to Taiwanese media outlets, ODM Compal will start shipping 2 Million Windows Phones to Nokia in September (and through out Q4 2011). We have previously learned that Compal became a Windows phone ODM that will also supply handsets to Acer this year. This news means that we probably shouldn’t expect the Nokia Searay to hit the market before October at the earliest which should be when other OEMs will also start shipping their new Mango handsets. 2 Million is a pretty big number for Windows Phone and could be a sign that Nokia is indeed planning a big marketing push for the holiday season to sell all those handsets in the following months.

Continue reading Compal on track to start shipping 2 Million Windows Phones to Nokia in September →

Compal becomes Windows Phone 7 ODM: Will fulfill Nokia and Acer orders


Compal Electronics Inc CEO Ray Chen announced today during an annual shareholder meeting that his company has become a licensed Windows Phone 7 ODM and will build Windows Phone devices for Nokia and Acer which are expected to ship in the Fourth Quarter of this year. Being an ODM means that you won’t see Compal branded handsets sold, the company essentially manufactures and assembles the devices for other OEMs.

Continue reading Compal becomes Windows Phone 7 ODM: Will fulfill Nokia and Acer orders →