Apple and HTC's License Agreement makes it the 15th Official Android Patent License Deal in 2 years


Last night's news of HTC and Apple coming to an agreement in licensing Apple's patents that HTC had infringed upon brought shockwaves through the entire Android ecosystem. When we posted the story initially, we got comments thinking that HTC might get bought by Apple soon, especially considering their recent financial troubles. If anything I hope HTC gets bought by an Android manufacturer.

Down below, we have a list of the 15  Android patent licensing deals from the past two years. It all started with Microsoft back in April of 2010.

  1. April 27, 2010: Microsoft Announces Patent Agreement With HTC
  2. June 27, 2011: Microsoft and General Dynamics Itronix Sign Patent Agreement ("Agreement will cover General Dynamics Itronix devices running the Android platform.")
  3. June 29, 2011: Microsoft and Velocity Micro, Inc., Sign Patent Agreement Covering Android-Based Devices
  4. June 30, 2011: Microsoft and Onkyo Corp. Sign Patent Agreement Covering Android-Based Tablets
  5. July 5, 2011: Microsoft and Wistron Sign Patent Agreement("Agreement will cover Wistron's Android tablets, smartphones and e-readers.")
  6. September 8, 2011: Microsoft and Acer Sign Patent License Agreement ("Agreement will cover Acer's Android tablets and smartphones.")
  7. September 8, 2011: Microsoft and ViewSonic Sign Patent Agreement ("Agreement will cover ViewSonic's Android Tablets and smartphones.")
  8. September 28, 2011: Microsoft and Samsung Broaden Smartphone Partnership ("Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties for Samsung's mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform.")
  9. October 23, 2011: Microsoft and Compal Electronics Sign Patent Agreement Covering Android and Chrome Based Devices
  10. January 12, 2012: Microsoft and LG Sign Patent Agreement Covering Android and Chrome OS Based Devices
  11. April 25, 2012: Microsoft and Pegatron Corp. Sign Patent Agreement Covering Android- and Chrome-Based Devices
  12. April 30, 2012: Barnes & Noble and Microsoft Form Strategic Partnership to Advance World-Class Digital Reading Experiences for Consumers" ("Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have settled their patent litigation, and moving forward, Barnes & Noble and Newco will have a royalty-bearing license under Microsoft's patents for its NOOK eReader and Tablet products.")
  13. July 9, 2012: Microsoft and Aluratek Inc. Sign Patent Agreement Covering Android and Chrome Based Devices
  14. November 7, 2012: Microsoft Signs Licensing Agreements for exFAT With Sharp, Sigma, NextoDi, Black Magic and Atomos Global ("The agreements cover Sharp Android tablets, Sigma and NextoDi high-end cameras and accessories, and Black Magic and Atomos Global broadcast-quality video-recording devices.")
  15. November 11, 2012: HTC and Apple Settle Patent Dispute

So what can this Apple-HTC deal mean for Android and mobile in general? It's not certain as of yet. But we do know that Apple now has a price, so maybe they aren't into completely destroying Android. Anyone think Samsung and Apple might come into a similar deal that the Cupertino-based company did with HTC last night?