According to Digitimes, vendors are squealing like pigs after getting hints that the Imperium plans to impose royalty fees on Android handsets for using its patents in e-mail, multimedia and other functions.
So far only HTC has signed for licensed use of Microsoft patents, leaving Acer and Asustek the targets for the royalty charge.
Because Acer’s and Asustek’s handset shipments are in small volumes and therefore Microsoft’s royalty charge is not based on revenues, Digitimes thinks.
Vendors of Android handsets have to pay the Imperium $10-15 per handset for licensed use of its patents.
The Taiwan-based vendors have so far ignored Microsoft’s demands for cash and like the idea of Android because it is a lower cost to them than using Windows Mobile.
It is starting to look like they will not get away with that for long and the Imperium’s legions marching behind their legal eagles are on their way.