"We are pleased that the list of companies benefitting from Microsoft's Android licensing program now includes a U.S.-based manufacturer of affordable cellular technologies," said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft in a statement in the press release.
Hop-on makes not only smartphones and tablets, but also Android and/or Chrome OS-based televisions, set-top boxes, eReaders and mobile-device apps.
According to FOSS Patents founder Florian Mueller, Microsoft had announced 21 Android-patent licensing deals prior to the Hop-On one. Microsoft previously signed patent-licensing deals with companies using Android and Chrome OS, under which those companies have agreed to pay Microsoft undisclosed fees to cover unspecified patented Microsoft technologies that are part of these Google operating systems.
Microsoft previously signed patent licenses with Samsung, LG, HTC, Acer, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and more.