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February 21, 2013

Patent Hustlers: Nikon to pay Microsoft for Android related patents

As strange as the headline may sound, it is true. Nikon has signed an Android-related patent licensing deal with Microsoft and Microsoft goes out of its way to point out in the press release that "Microsoft will receive royalties from Nikon.".

Nikon has so far released one Android-based digital camera, running Android 2.3, the Nikon Coolpix S800c. Android-wise and Android-specs-wise, this is about as exciting as a Pandigital tablet :)

Given the patent hustle and kerfuffle of our times, it is hard to tell whether Nikon signing the deal with Microsoft means they are really committed to developing more Android cameras, or the Microsoft Patent lawyers forced them to do so.

Via Mary Jo Foley, via Techmeme.


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