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ZTE signs Microsoft patent license agreement for Android

Microsoft continues to land significant patent license agreements with manufacturers of Android smartphones and tablets. The latest company to come on board with Microsoft and sign a patent license agreement is the ZTE. The company has signed an agreement licensing both Android and Chrome OS devices.

Microsoft signs Android Agreement with Hon Hai

At this point, I think we all know that Microsoft holds some key patents having to do with the Android and smartphones using the OS. So far, Microsoft has been successful in getting most of the largest Android smartphone and device makers in the world to sign patent agreements. There are some indications that Microsoft makes more money from these patent license agreements for Android than it does from its own smartphone operating system.

Microsoft head of mobile calls Android “kind of a mess” and touts Windows Phone

Oh man, the juicy news just keeps flowing in from the AllThingsD conference going on today called Dive Into Mobile. From Facebook Home, Motorola stock Android devices, and much more but now we're turning our focus towards a few comments made by Microsoft's head of the mobile Windows Phone division. This dude claims Android is "still kind of a mess" and is touting just how awesome Windows Phone 8 truly is.

Microsoft inks license deal with Nikon for Android-powered cameras

It's no secret that patent wars have been a major problem in the mobile space. Especially for a few of the big hitters like Samsung, Microsoft, and Apple. For those not following along at home Microsoft holds multiple key patents and has inked deals with just about everyone in the Android tablet and smartphone market for royalties. Now that Nikon has an Android camera, they're also getting thrown in the Microsoft coin jar.

Android still on top in comScore’s November 2012 market share report

comScore has delivered its market share report for November 2012, and unsurprisingly, Android finds itself at the top of the charts yet again. For the three month period ending in November 2012, Android's market share grew to 53.7%, up 1.1 percentage points from the three month period ending August 2012. iOS was on the rise in that period too, gaining 0.7 percentage points over the period ending in November to settle at 35%.

Android expected to cut into Apple’s tablet market share moving forward

There isn't any question that Apple's iPad line has been a major hit, but the time it's enjoying on top may not last much longer. Android has been slowly taking away Apple's market share with a number of excellent tablets (the Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 immediately come to mind), and that looks like it'll continue as we crawl toward 2016. IDC has released new predictions for the tablet market, and unsurprisingly, the predictions have Apple's share falling year after year moving forward.