Motorola Solutions and Microsoft Sign a Patent Deal – Affecting Android and Chrome OS

April 21, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Not to be confused with Motorola Mobility – the company Google just sold to Lenovo. Motorola Solutions is the other part of the company that Google broke up and sold when they first took over the company. This included the set-top boxes, and other goodies. Basically, this is the enterprise version of Motorola, while Motorola Mobility is the consumer portion. But owned by separate companies. This new agreement affects Android devices as well as Chrome OS.

“Our Motorola Solutions communications technology works best for everyone when it is backed with robust intellectual property and patents,” said Joe White, vice president of Enterprise Mobile Computing, Motorola Solutions, said in a released statement. “We are pleased to have agreed upon a solution that allows our customers to purchase Android products from Motorola Solutions with confidence.”

Motorola already has deals signed with Nikon, HTC and Samsung. As well as a few other companies. It’s also being reported that companies are paying several dollars to Microsoft for use of their IP per handset. this includes Android and Chrome OS devices as well.

Recently, Motorola sold most of its Enterprise business to Zebra Technologies Corporations for around $3.5 million. As part of the deal, Motorola kept their iDEN line up of devices and products, Motorola’s chairman also stated that going forward, his company would “manically and singularly focused on growing this public safety business.”

On the user side of things, we probably won’t see much of a difference with this deal between Motorola Solutions and Microsoft. Which is the same story for most of these patent deals. But we’ll keep an eye out and see what else happens. We could see less patent trials, but that won’t keep Apple and Samsung away from each others’ throats. We know that much. How many of you are surprised by this deal? Be sure to let us know in the comments down below.