“Together with our 10 previous agreements with Android and Chrome
OS device manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and Acer, this
agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android
smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under
Microsoft’s patent portfolio,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate
vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property
Group at Microsoft.
Put another way: Microsoft continues to profit from Android. The only remaining holdout among major Android handset makers is Motorola, whom Google is attempting to acquire.