Microsoft has partnered with Canon to improve camera technology of Nokia Lumia devices.
Both Microsoft and Canon have signed an agreement that allows both companies to use each other’s patents. So, we might see Nokia Lumia phones with Canon optics in the near future. This patent cross licensing agreement covers many of products and services being offered by both the companies.
Nick Psyhogeos, who works as Microsoft’s GM of IP Licensing of Innovation and IP World Group said, “We at Microsoft believe that patent cross licensing is right method to promote innovation as well as reduce disputes. Canon and Microsoft will delivery new technologies and product that will benefit the people.”
Nokia Lumia phones are known for their camera quality. Company’s PureView technology delivers best picture quality than competitors. The current flagship- Nokia Lumia 1020 comes with 41MP sensor. The company is using Carl Zeiss sensors with 2nd generation OIS and 6 lenses. Lumia 1020 also offers smart camera shooter and editing application software.
Microsoft believes that PureView technology can be improved by using Canon’s optics and DIGIC image processing. Hideki Sanatake, senior general manager of corporate IP and Legal HQ at Canon said, “Patent cross licensing agreement is extension of our relationship with Microsoft. Both companies are committed to develop innovative technologies.”
This partnership is definitely going to improve camera performance of Microsoft’s future devices, or may be even current Nokia Lumia phones. Microsoft can also develop detachable lenses for smartphones, like Sony QX100.
Source : EFY Times