Will new Android devices from Lenovo be packed full of helpful applications from Microsoft or will they be bogged down with Redmond?EU?s bloatware?
The answer will come soon as premium Android devices from Lenovo will be equipped with Microsoft’s productivity apps, according to a deal between Lenovo and Microsoft announced recently. The deal will also apply to mobile devices carrying the Motorola brand, which is owned by Lenovo.
Microsoft Office, Skype and OneDrive will be pre-installed on millions of Lenovo devices that run the Android operating system, according to the partnership between the companies. Lenovo plans to ship millions of these Android-based devices worldwide over the next several years, according to the announcement from the two companies.
“Our collaboration with Microsoft will create new opportunities for our customers to take advantage of some of Microsoft’s most popular apps,” Christian Eigen, leader of corporate alliances at Lenovo, said in the statement. “Installing Microsoft apps and services on our devices will bring additional value to consumers around the globe.”
The patent cross-licensing agreement is part of Redmond’s push to inject its software across multiple brands of hardware to get as many PC and mobile users deploying Microsoft apps as possible. It?EU?s not clear yet exactly which of Lenovo?EU?s mobile devices will have Microsoft apps built into them.
The move might draw the ire of some users of Lenovo devices since it wouldn?EU?t be the first time the PC maker?EU?s gadgets have been pre-packaged with software that buyers didn?EU?t necessarily request.
Last year, Lenovo caught heat for pre-installing advertising software called Superfish Visual Discovery that not only sent ads to device users but also opened up Lenovo gadgets to hackers. The browser add-on tampered with Web sites’ security certificates, making devices with the software installed less able to tell phony Web sites from legitimate…