Microsoft Enters Android Patent Licensing Deal with Quanta

Another Droid bites the dust. Microsoft’s legal team is on a roll these days. Going by the events of the past few months, I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft’s legal team at its Intellectual Property Group becomes Microsoft’s top revenue engine in the future, overtaking even Windows and Office.

After the recent patent licensing deal with Samsung, Microsoft has entered yet another deal with Quanta Computer Inc. Microsoft will now receive royalties from Quanta for every Android or Chrome device that they ship.

Here’s Microsoft’s official statement:

We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Quanta, and proud of the continued success of our Android licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome devices in the marketplace,said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft.

Microsoft now has patent licensing agreements with every major Android device manufacturer, including Samsung, HTC, Onkyo, Wistron, Acer, Viewsonic, and now Quanta. Android is certainly going to become one of Microsoft’s top cash cows soon, if it hasn’t already. If I were in charge at Microsoft, I probably wouldn’t even bother pushing Windows Phone now. It probably won’t make Microsoft as much money as Android, ever.

Google must be really pissed!

Foxconn to Make the Amazon Kindle Fire 2

Now that Amazon has launched the Kindle Fire, we have some interesting news about the rumored Amazon Kindle 2, the 10.1 inch premium version of the Kindle Fire which will compete with the iPad.

Production of the Amazon Kindle Fire was outsourced to Quanta, the same company which manufactured RIM’s Blackberry Playbook (which also explains the uncanny similarities in the designs of the two tablets).

Apparently, for the 10.1 inch Kindle Fire 2, Amazon is going with Foxconn Electronics, which also creates Apple’s iPads. According to a report by Digitimes, the Kindle Fire 2 will be available for shipping before the end of 2011, just before the holiday season.

While Amazon is taking a $10 loss on each Kindle Fire that it sells, it will likely be able to sell the Kindle Fire 2 at a profit, by positioning it as a premium product. It is expected to have much better specifications than the Kindle Fire, which is lacking in several departments when it comes to hardware.

Sources say that one of the reasons why Amazon launched the 7 inch tablet first is because of supply constraints related to 10 inch displays.

Amazon Kindle Fire